A collective voice for literature and languages in Scotland

Next Level Programme

Next Level is our new career development programme. It’s a pilot programme that aims to equip two mid-career arts professionals on the path to a senior position with the intended outcome of increasing diversity within the literature, languages and publishing sector. Each candidate will receive one-to-one mentoring with an industry professional and training tailored to your career goals.

The first round of the tailored programme is for one applicant and includes up to 80 contact hours (10 days) over three months from February 2020. Round 1 is now closed. 

It’s designed for a mid-career arts professional who is either employed by or works as a freelancer for an organisation in the literature, languages and publishing sector in Scotland.

We’re particularly interested in applications from those who self-identify as being from an under-represented group, for example, BAME (Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic), working class and/or disabled.

We consider mid-career to be someone with 4-6 years’ experience of working in the sector and who would not define themselves as working at senior management level.

Round 1 is now closed. Applications for Round 2 for the second applicant were due to open in May with the programme taking place over the Summer of 2020, but due to the Coronavirus pandemic, this will be delayed until later in the year. 

The Next Level programme includes

  • 4 x 60-minute, one-to-one mentoring sessions with an industry professional working in, for example, publishing, bookselling, programming, libraries
  • Training in presentation skills and how to make an impact
  • Shadowing opportunities and/or other training opportunities

At the end of the programme, the successful applicant will be asked to share their experience with the LAS membership either through a presentation or a written piece as part of the evaluation process.


We’re looking for participants who can demonstrate:

  • The ambition and energy to lead
  • A commitment to Scotland’s literature, languages and publishing sector
  • The creativity and potential to work at a senior level

You are eligible to apply if you:

  • work as a freelancer for or are employed by an organisation within the literature, languages and publishing sector
  • work for/with a LAS Member or LAS Network Associate
  • have between 4-6 years’ experience working in the sector and would not yet define yourself as working at senior management level

We especially welcome applicants who self-identify as being a POC (person of colour), working class and/or disabled.

The programme is aimed at arts professionals working for/with an organisation within the literature, languages & publishing sector and is not open to full-time writers. You are, however, eligible to apply if you’re a writer and you also work as an arts professional within the sector and you meet the eligibility criteria above.

What costs are covered by Literature Alliance Scotland?

We’ll cover the costs of:

  • Training
  • Travel expenses within Scotland
  • A living wage stipend can be available where the successful applicant would not be paid for their time participating in the programme.


Before you apply…

Check your eligibility

Read the information to check if you’re eligible to apply. If in doubt, contact Jenny Kumar via admin@literaturealliance.co.uk to confirm if you’re eligible.

Check your availability

Check the timeline and duration of the programme. If you work for an organisation, you should discuss this with your employer before applying as you’ll need to take some time out. If you are a freelancer, you’ll need to ensure you can time out to complete the programme.

Find a nominator

You’ll need to find a nominator to support your application by completing a Nomination Form. Be sure to select someone who knows you well and who can comment on your leadership potential as this is an assessed part of the application process.

If you’re employed by an organisation, the Nomination Form must be completed by your employer/line manager. If you’re a freelancer your nominator could be a client within the literature, languages and publishing sector.

How to apply

Please download our Next Level Application Pack which includes an Application Form and Nomination Form and email both completed forms to Jenny Kumar on admin@literaturealliancescotland.co.uk with a short covering letter by the deadline. Please include ‘Next Level application’ as the subject heading.

What you’ll be asked to submit

  • Information about yourself
  • Respond to questions on your experience and aspirations
  • Include a Nomination Form completed by your employer (if you’re an employee) or a recent referee (if you’re a freelancer).

Selection Process

  • A panel of LAS Trustees will select a shortlist of applicants for interview. Their decision is final.
  • The panel will assess applicants based on the eligibility criteria and the quality of the responses in the candidates’ application and nomination forms, which will be anonymised for the selection process.