New BISA Outstanding First Book Prize launched in honour of L.H.M. Ling

We are pleased to announce a new book prize for early career researchers: the L.H.M. Ling Outstanding First Book Prize. The prize will be awarded for an original and innovative book published in any field of International Studies by an early career scholar during the course of the 12 months up to 31 December 2019. 
 
The aim of the prize is to honour the work of L.H.M. Ling and to recognise outstanding early career research in the discipline. BISA Trustee Julia Welland from the University of Warwick said:
 
“While BISA has long recognised outstanding scholarship in the field of International Studies through our awarding of the Susan Strange book prize, we wanted to establish a prize that would specifically recognise the originality and innovation of early career research. Dedicated to the memory of Professor L.H.M. Ling, we’d like to thank Lily’s family for their willingness and generosity in agreeing to name this prize in her memory.”
 
L.H.M. Ling was Professor of International Affairs at the New School and recipient of the 2018 ISA’s Feminist Theory and Gender Studies’ Eminent Scholar Award. One of International Studies’ most curious scholars, Lily’s work stretched across postcolonialism, feminism, Daoism and worldism. Lily is equally remembered for her generosity and compassion, present both in her writing and in her engagement with graduate students, colleagues and wider members of the academic community.
 
To be eligible for the L.H.M. Ling prize you must have graduated from your PhD no earlier than January 2015, although extensions will be granted to authors who have taken a period of maternity, parental, adoption or sick leave since graduation. 
 
Nominations are open now and close on Friday 24 January 2020. You can find out full details and make your nomination on the L.H.M Outstanding First Book Prize webpage.

BISA Emotions in Politics and IR Working Group launch a best book award – submit your nomination now

The BISA Emotions in Politics and International Relations Working Group is delighted to announce the introduction of an annual book award.
 
One prize for the best book published in the field of emotion studies, broadly understood, will be awarded at the working group’s business meeting at the BISA Annual Conference in Newcastle in June 2020.
 
The award is intended to recognise a book that excels in originality, significance and rigour in the broadly defined field of emotions in Politics and International Relations.
 
There will be a prize of a £100 voucher for the winner.

General Information

The following criteria must be met:
  1. The recipient of the award must be a current member of BISA
  2. Books eligible for the award must fall into the broadly defined category of emotions in Politics and International Relations
  3. Eligible books can be either single or multi-authored
  4. Authors can self-nominate if they wish
  5. To be considered for the 2020 prize, books must be published in either 2018 or 2019.

Nomination process

  • If you have published a book that falls within the time frame and the relevant subject matter category, and you (or your publishers/press) would like it considered for the prize, please send one copy of the book to each of the committee members (see below for details)
  • Please include a brief statement (300 words) explaining how the book provides an original contribution to the field of emotions in a rigorous and significant fashion
  • Please send a copy of your statement, and confirmation that you have sent out copies of the book, to the Chair of our award committee, Simon Koschut: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., with the working group's email address in copy: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. This means we can let you know if your book doesn’t arrive.
Books nominated for the 2020 award must be submitted to the Chair of the Selection Committee by 1 February 2020.

Selection process

  • All nominated books will be considered by the Selection Committee
  • The recipient will be announced at the working group business meeting held during each BISA Annual Conference.

Selection Committee Members

1. Simon Koschut (Freie Universität, Berlin)
PD Dr. Simon Koschut
DFG Heisenberg Fellow
Otto Suhr Institute for Political Science
Freie Universität Berlin
Ihnestr. 22 
14195 Berlin
Germany
 
2. Dr Gemma Bird (Liverpool University, UK)
Department of Politics, 
8-11 Abercromby Square,
University of Liverpool,
L69 7WZ
UK
 
3. Dr Sarah Tafakori (LSE, UK)
Department of Media and Communications (Visiting Academics), 
London School of Economics
Houghton St
London WC2A 2AE
           
We look forward to receiving your nominations! 
 

Where did we come from? International Relations in Britain before BISA

How much do you know about BISA’s history? Did you know, for example, that BISA grew out of the British Coordinating Committee on International Studies (BCCIS), the International Studies Conference (ISC) and the Bailey Conferences?
 
BISA member Barry Buzan’s answer to this is yes, and he has recently authored an interesting and informative article published in International Politics. We’ve provided a handy summary below but, if this leaves you wanting to know more, you can download the full article which has been provided free of charge by our colleagues at Palgrave Macmillan.
 
The BCCIS, ISC and Bailey conferences seem to have been the original IR players in Britain. The field was significantly smaller and less diverse than it is now. In 1928 there were representatives from just seven countries at the ISC, although this had grown to 17 by 1937.
 
LSE and Chatham house were heavily involved in some of these early IR organisations and, to some extent, these organisations were broader in subject matter than the modern day BISA – for example they successfully attracted international lawyers and historians.
 
The early IR organisations were mainly comprised of IR departments and IR think tanks. There was a focus on how IR was taught in universities, and this has resurfaced in recent times with a big push for members to get involved with the BISA Learning and Teaching Working Group. 
 
A key figure in the interwar years was S.H. Bailey, who had a passionate interest in spreading education about IR at all levels, including schools. Working with schools is something else that is resurfacing in BISA’s agenda and will be a big priority over the next few years.
 
In terms of the membership organisation structure, first BISA treasurer Susan Strange was responsible for introducing joining/subscription fees in IR. She was keen to build diversity in a world where conferences were organised by male ‘barons’ who also picked the topics and speakers. She favoured the more open and democratic model of the North American ISA. With this aim, a plan for BISA was proposed to the BCCIS, and the details of how it would be organised and function, developed by a BISA working group during 1973-4. The baton was passed to BISA at the 14th Bailey conference in 1974.
 
The first (interim) BISA committee was comprised of Professor A Buchan (Chair), RJ Barry Jones (Secretary), Susan Strange (Treasurer), Professor PA Reynolds, Professor G Goodwin, Professor D Wightman, DR CM Mason, Dr T Taylor, Professor A James and Professor J Spence.
 
Right from BISA’s inception came some of the current BISA member benefits. There was already appetite for a journal, an annual conference, a regular newsletter and specialist working groups. The inaugural BISA conference was held in 1975 in Oxford and entitled ‘The New Dimensions of Foreign Policy’. This was the formal founding moment – the first BISA AGM.
 
If this introduction to our history and the origins of IR in Britain has got you thinking, we thoroughly recommend reading Barry Buzan’s full article. Thank you kindly to Palgrave Macmillan for making this available.
 
Barry Buzan is Emeritus Professor of International Relations at the LSE (formerly Montague Burton Professor); honorary professor at Copenhagen, Jilin, and China Foreign Affairs Universities; a Senior Fellow at LSE Ideas; and a Fellow of the British Academy.
 

Join the new BISA Working Group on War Studies

We’re pleased to announce a new BISA working group on War Studies. This has been set up by co-convenors Dr James Rogers from the University of South Denmark, and Dr Patrick Bury from the University of Bath.
 
At the heart of the group is a desire to bring focus back to war in all its forms as a phenomenon in International Studies. We are keen to study War Studies in its broadest sense and, as such, are interested in quantitative and qualitative, interdisciplinary, historical and contemporary research on the conduct of war, war and gender, forms of warfare, military organisations, strategy, war and technology, military sociology, and war in International Relations. As Dr Rogers stated, “put simply, we are keen to encourage and welcome all forms of scholarship on war and conflict. By its very nature, war is an interdisciplinary topic of study and we want to facilitate and foster such discussions”.
 
The principle aims for the Working Group are:
  • to maximise interest and participation in War Studies research 
  • to encourage dissemination of War Studies research amongst the BISA community and beyond
  • to provide a platform for establishing links with think tanks and government sectors, and,
  • to publish a new War Studies journal.
The group has already held its inaugural event – a joint CWS workshop on War and Innovation at the University of Southern Denmark. We will soon hold our first Steering Committee in London and have plans to hold a ‘Technology and Warfare’ event in Bath in the Autumn of 2020.
 
In the meantime, we will be holding panels at the BISA 2020 Conference in Newcastle-upon-Tyne and are keen for anyone who is conducting research in this area to submit a paper proposal, or to put together a panel or roundtable.
 
Co-convenor Dr James Rogers said, “The war studies discipline has suffered from a lack of diversity and inclusivity in the past and this Working Group seeks to examine issues in War Studies in the broadest and most inclusive sense possible. We seek to provide a platform for the exchange of ideas, the dissemination of high quality and innovative research, and for member and wider societal networking.”
 
If you’re a BISA member you can join the War Studies working group by navigating to the ‘Members Area’ of the website and scrolling down to ‘Add Working Group Affiliation’. Non-members will need to sign up first. We also welcome membership from the military and policy backgrounds.
 
Both James and Patrick would be delighted to speak to anyone interested in joining. You can contact them at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
 
You can also follow the new BISA War Studies Twitter: @BISAWarStudies 

Research Associate Vacancy: Developing BISA’s EDI strategy: Global South scholar representation in BISA’s journals

We are seeking to appoint a Research Associate to undertake a survey of journal practices relating to strengthening submissions from Global South scholars in International Studies. This is a unique and exciting opportunity to help shape our approach to equality, diversity and inclusivity in relation to the two leading journals we publish - Review of International Studies and European Journal of International Security.
 
You will work closely with the BISA publications committee and the editors of the two journals to survey initiatives undertaken by other professional associations nationally and internationally, to evaluate their effectiveness, and to draw up a proposed strategy for enhancing the level of submissions and acceptances of papers from Global South scholars. Alongside your assessment of previous initiatives, you will undertake a series of interviews with academics and editors who have been involved in such initiatives to identify best practice. This will include skype interviews with scholars in the Global South.
 
Outcomes will include:
  • a comprehensive review of existing literature and initiatives from cognate professional associations nationally and internationally; 
  • an evaluation of the effectiveness of such strategies, based on data gathered from initiative reports, interviews and focus groups; 
  • recommendations to BISA set out in a draft strategy. 
You will be expected to develop a robust methodology for undertaking the research, identifying and negotiating access to relevant data, and analysing that data using appropriate methods. To undertake the interviews, initial funding of up to £500 will be provided. 
 
The research you generate may also be used by you to develop article(s) for peer reviewed journals under your authorship.
 
You will have a PhD in social sciences, ideally in International Studies. You will also have experience of reviewing for academic journals and submitting your research to peer reviewed journals. You will be based in the UK.

Salary

The contract is for 420 hours (equivalent to 35 hours per week for 12 working weeks), but the work may be undertaken over a longer period on a part-time basis. 
 
Pay will be £18.00 per hour and you will be able to invoice BISA weekly or monthly for hours worked. 

Application Process and Selection Criteria

Applications should be submitted by email to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by the deadline of 5pm on Friday 13 December 2019. Interviews will take place on Thursday 23 January. 
 
We ask you to provide a CV, and a statement of no more than two pages, setting out how your previous experience equips you for the role, addressing the selection criteria set out below.
 
We will use a range of selection methods to measure your abilities in these areas including reviewing your application, seeking references, and inviting shortlisted candidates to interview. 
 

Selection Criteria

Essential

Desirable

1.

PhD in Social Sciences

x

 

2.

Research in the discipline of Politics and International Studies

 

x

3.

Strong grounding in broad-based social sciences research methods

x

 

4.

Experience of undertaking qualitative interviews

x

 

5.

Experience of conducting focus groups

 

x

6.

Training in, and experience of, navigating research ethics issues

x

 

7.

Publications in peer reviewed academic journals

 

x

8.

Experience of submitting papers to peer reviewed academic journals

x

 

9.

Experience of undertaking peer review for academic journals

x

 

10.

Participation in activities of professional associations or learned societies, e.g. BISA, PSA, ISA

x

 

 

BISA and Equality, Diversity and Inclusivity

BISA is opposed to discrimination on the basis of gender or sexuality, ethnicity, race, nationality, age, physical ability, mental health status, marital status, family responsibility, class, religion or ideological belief. BISA is also committed to ensuring that inclusionary norms are embedded into all of BISA’s policies, processes, governing arrangements, and activities.   
 

Call for Papers: Postgraduate and Early Career Research Conference 2020

                           

 

Paper and panel submissions are invited for the BISA Postgraduate and Early Career Research Conference 2020: The unseen of international studies: expanded visions for the ‘second century of IR’
 
Wednesday 15 – Thursday 16 April 2020, Aberystwyth University Department of International Politics
Keynote Speaker: Dr Victoria M. Basham (Cardiff University)
 
In the last five years, we have witnessed a number of prominent events which have come to dominate headlines as well as the International Relations research and policy agenda. These have included the rise and decline of ISIS amid continuing tensions in the Gulf region, Western fears around Russian and Chinese ‘expansionism’, the rise of populism, Brexit, and the presidency of Donald Trump, among others. Meanwhile, robust responses to the climate crisis are still absent from the policymaking agendas of most liberal democratic states. 
 
Whilst these are issues of pivotal importance, researchers must also turn their attention to the less visible corners of ‘the international’ in an effort to examine the other processes and events which drive global change and have potentially significant consequences for human organisation—and indeed survival—during the next hundred years. 
 
Following last year’s celebrations marking the centenary of disciplinary IR, the BISA PGN Annual Conference 2020 returns to Aberystwyth in search of important lesser-seen trends in global politics—and the obscured aspects of more prominent topics. We invite contributions which address (but are not limited to) some of the following subject matters:
  • Security challenges of a new decade: war, peace, and the spaces in between (e.g. frozen conflicts, insurgencies, and civil war)
  • New areas and modes of global development and cooperation
  • The emerging mainstream and (previously) marginalised approaches to disciplinary IR (gender, queer, race, practice temporal, animal, inter alia)
  • Non-Western approaches to IR
  • Methodological and conceptual innovations
  • Non-Governmental actors in world politics
  • Alternative narratives and retellings of international history
  • Broadening the scope of International Studies: inter/multi-disciplinary perspectives outside of disciplinary IR which enhance our understanding of the global condition
  • Existential threats to global communities: ecological? technological? ontological?
  • Artificial intelligence and post-humanism.
The conference will provide PhD and early-career researchers with a space to present their research in an inclusive, collegial, and supportive setting, and present excellent networking opportunities. It also offers the chance to take part in a wide range of panels and activities aimed at enhancing research quality, presentation skills, and important qualities for career development. Roundtables will be delivered by experienced guest speakers and published researchers who will answer questions and offer guidance to the next generation of global scholars.
 
BISA working groups
Programme space will be set aside for BISA Working Groups to hold their own panels or roundtable discussions. Submissions for panels (minimum three participants) are invited from postgraduate or ECR Working Group members. Groups may also be offered space to display promotional materials, literature and sign-up sheets. 
 
Remote participation
We aim to hold an accessible conference. Although we are unable to fund overseas travel, we encourage submissions from non-UK scholars, from our Global South membership, and from any other members who may have difficulty travelling. Accordingly, video conferencing option will be offered to increase accessibility, enabling members to present and participate in discussions. Please indicate in your application if you would like to use this facility. Please note that remote participants will still need to be BISA members.
 
How to apply
Abstracts for papers and panels, not longer than 250 words, should be submitted to BISA PGN (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) by 15 December 2019 at 5pm.
 
Important information
  • Eligibility - There are no registration fees to take part in the conference, but BISA membership is required to participate. Become a member to benefit from many other upcoming events and opportunities at bisa.ac.uk.
  • Bursaries - A limited number of £80 grants for travel and accommodation are available. Should you wish to apply, please add a short paragraph (200 words maximum) after your abstract, explaining why the grant is required. Priority will be given to applicants who cannot cover costs with their own research funding, such as a PhD studentship.
  • Light breakfasts, lunches and refreshments for all attendees will be provided throughout the conference. Further options regarding dietary requirements will be offered when acceptance e-mails are sent in January 2020.
  • Details of roundtables, activities, additional guest speakers, and an informal dinner gathering will be confirmed by January 2020.
  • Attending the BISA Annual Conference in Newcastle (June 2020) does not preclude participation in this conference.
 
The conference will be held at Department of International Politics, Penglais Campus, Aberystwyth University, Aberystwyth, Ceredigion, SY23 3FE.
 
Aberystwyth is accessible by rail directly from Birmingham New Street and Birmingham International stations. Daily coach services run from large cities including London, Cardiff, and Bristol. Birmingham and Manchester are the nearest airports. There are several options available for affordable hotel or B&B accommodation.
 

BISA to run Model NATO event in partnership with the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office

We are delighted to announce that we’ll be running a Model NATO event on 2 December 2019 at the London offices of the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO), This is part of the run-up to the UK-hosted 2019 NATO Leaders’ Meeting, taking place 3-4 December. We will be working in partnership with the FCO to host and run the event, which will enhance the learning of around 100 undergraduate students from 15 participating universities across the UK. Through their participation in the event, students will learn more about how NATO works and why the Alliance continues to be the cornerstone of UK and European defence.
 
Some of the students participating in the Model will also have the opportunity to attend and present to ‘NATO Engages’, the official public outreach event for the Leaders’ Meeting, taking place in central London on 3 December.
 
Simulation events are a recognised model of learning and allow participants access to insights unobtainable in a traditional classroom setting. While Model UN is perhaps the best known, Model NATO too has obtained a permanent presence in the educational calendar – with simulations being run in Washington DC, Bologna, Brussels and elsewhere. Preparation for, and involvement in, a Model is often transformative for participants, inspiring students to embark upon careers and projects in diplomacy, government and military service. During the day, students will have the opportunity to talk to, and learn from, UK Government officials and diplomats. 
 
Our Model will commence with a crisis alert and each committee will have a distinct role to perform. We have randomly drawn selected countries for each of the participating universities, so students will be given a set of briefing materials on national capabilities and policies, and basic information on NATO’s mission and organisation in advance of the event. On-site advisers from the FCO will operate as ‘home government’ issuing instructions if needed and be ready to provide advice if requested.
 
The Model will culminate with an agreed set of actions and close with a plenary session dedicated to the presentation of certificates of participation and delegate awards. An evening reception will be then be held, hosted by the FCO.
 
Mark Webber, Chair of BISA and NATO specialist said:
 
“Running a Model NATO fits perfectly with BISA’s objective to promote and develop International Studies. A Model involving a crisis simulation is a text-book example of experiential learning and we’ll be able to provide students with a unique experience that allows them to be active learners.”
 
“We hope that the BISA/FCO Model NATO will have a lasting outcome, in particular in raising the awareness and self-confidence of students. Many of those attending the Model will have no prior academic knowledge of NATO as it’s not widely studied in UK university curricula, and perhaps only a rudimentary general knowledge culled from news reporting. Preparing for, and participating in, the Model, and taking advantage of a pool of learning materials specifically provided for the event, will be a unique educational experience.”
 
If you’d like to watch Mark Webber and BISA Director Juliet Dryden draw the countries for each university visit our YouTube channel.
 
The participating universities are:
 
  • Birmingham
  • Cardiff
  • Kent
  • KCL
  • LSE
  • Leeds
  • Newcastle
  • Plymouth
  • Queens University Belfast
  • Sheffield
  • Stirling
  • Surrey
  • Staffordshire
  • University of South Wales
  • Westminster 
 

Call for papers: Peace operations in the global context: national and regional interpretations of intervention

 

Tuesday 11 February and Wednesday 12 February 2020
Centre for Trust, Peace and Social Relations, Coventry University, UK
 
This two-day conference is the second in a series of events organised by the BISA Peacekeeping and Peacebuilding Working Group, which explores how peace operations are conceptualised and implemented from 'local', 'national/regional' and 'global' perspectives. For this two-day conference, we welcome papers that analyse national and regional perspectives of peace operations, and broach all aspects of the activity, including humanitarian, security, and peacebuilding dimensions.
 
National and regional perspectives may include policies and activities of actors that contribute (or not) to peace operations; the interaction of policy at a national level towards intervention into violent conflict; the interaction between interveners and national governments within countries where a mission is deployed; interactions among the local and national level; and regional dynamics of peace operations. However, papers are not restricted to these dimensions.
 
We particularly welcome interdisciplinary contributions and innovative theoretical approaches that challenge existing conceptual approaches to the study of peacekeeping and peacebuilding. It is anticipated that each substantive panel will include a balance of practitioners, scholars and postgraduates at various career stages to reflect on current debates, and discuss future directions in peace operations.
 
We invite submissions on the following themes and topics:
 
Humanitarian Aspects
  • Challenges to aspirational human rights and humanitarian goals
  • Approaches to intervention to protect human rights
  • Humanitarian action when the state is a belligerent
Privileging Security
  • Comparability between national security, global security, and human security
  • Security, counter-insurgency, and ‘robust’ approaches to intervention
  • The role of non-militarised approaches to security
Building Peace
  • Actors, policies and interests in building peace
  • Peacebuilding, statebuilding, and strong state institutions
  • Building peace and ‘exit strategies’
 
Paper and panel proposals should be sent to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by the end of Friday 1 November 2019. Abstracts for papers should be no more than 250 words. Panel proposals should consist of no more than four participants.
 
Travel bursaries
A small number of travel bursaries will be available for postgraduate students, and we will send information out on how to apply for these once the call for papers has closed on Friday 1 November.
 
About the BISA Peacekeeping and Peacebuilding Working Group:
The BISA Peacekeeping and Peacebuilding working group was established in March 2018 to provide a space for international studies researchers to develop their work on the various aspects of peacekeeping and peacebuilding. For further information on the working group or to join, visit the Peacekeeping and Peacebuilding Working Group webpage.

Call for proposals: BISA Workshops’ Conference, 14-15 May 2020

We’re delighted to announce that applications are now open for the BISA Workshops’ Conference to be held on May 14-15 2020 in Birmingham.
 
The workshops are an opportunity for groups to come together to discuss and develop projects. The subject of the workshop should relate thematically to International Studies or to the career development of scholars working in the discipline. A workshop may involve any of the following:
 
the presentation and discussion of papers for an edited volume or journal special issue
the coming together of an existing research group (for instance a BISA Working Group, a group working on a collaborative research award or an application) 
a writers’ retreat 
a teaching team wishing to workshop changes to curriculum, assessment, feedback and student engagement
continuing professional development 
 
We are open to suggestions on other themes and formats. 
 
Each workshop will have dedicated space at the venue in which to work, and will have access to overnight accommodation, meals and a plenary event. The conference site has room for up to nine workshops. We envisage each workshop as having 8 to 12 participants. 
 
How to apply
Applications should be made by a potential workshop convenor using the form at the bottom of this page. You will need to include a summary of no more than two pages of A4 stating the purpose of the workshop and a list of its potential participants. Should the workshop be approved, there is no further application process. The submission is done on behalf of the group, in other words, there is no subsequent requirement for individual applications. 
 
The Workshops are open to both BISA members and non-members, although we do require that the convenor is a member of the Association. Participants can be drawn from any career stage including PhD students. We encourage convenors to take into account gender balance when constituting their workshop.
 
The cost per participant is £250 for BISA members and £350 for non-members. PhD students enjoy a reduced rate of £150 per participant. The cost includes an evening meal and overnight accommodation on the night of 14 May 2020, breakfast on 15 May 2020 and lunch on both days.
 
Key dates and deadlines
29 November 2019: applications close 
20 December 2019: notification of approved workshops 
31 January 2020:  convenors to confirm participants’ details 
March 2020: detailed joining instructions circulated
14-15 May 2020: workshops’ conference held
 
Should you have any queries about this event, please contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 
 

APPLICATION FORM - BISA WORKSHOPS' CONFERENCE 2020

Applications should be made by a potential workshop convenor. A summary of no more than two pages of A4 stating the purpose of the workshop and a list of its potential participants must be uploaded with your application.
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Please upload your workshop summary as a word document or pdf of no more than two sides of A4
 
 

Could you be the next Postgraduate Network Vice-Chair?

Our Postgraduate Network (PGN) is looking for a Vice-Chair, followed by progression to Chair. The candidate would be in post from from 4 November 2019 to May 2021 and would spend the first seven months as Vice-Chair, followed by 12 months as Chair. This position is held on a voluntary basis, requiring a 19-month total commitment in order to fulfil both roles. 
 
If you're enthusiastic, hard-working, well-organised and committed then we want you to join our team. The opportunity is ideal for motivated and proactive PhD students seeking to diversify their skill base in working beyond their PhD research.
 
The BISA Postgraduate Committee promotes networking, support and guidance for PhD students and Early Career Researchers. We value and support the development of our members, so we organise workshops and events aimed at enhancing their learning experience and networks. You can find out more about the PGN on the PGN web pages.
 
Purpose of the Position
The successful candidate will assist the PGN Chair in the effective running of the BISA PGN in close coordination with the BISA Executive Committee, the BISA Director and BISA Comms Manager. They will contribute towards meeting the research and professional development needs of our vibrant Postgraduate and Early Career researcher membership community.
 
Eligibility Requirements
Working for the BISA PGN Committee is a valuable opportunity to gain transferable skills, so we aren’t seeking specific prior experience. However, the successful candidate must live in the UK and be registered as a PhD student (full- or part-time) for the duration of their mandate as Vice-Chair and Chair. The ideal candidate will be committed and motivated to help steer the direction and long-term vision of the BISA PGN Committee.
 
Key Responsibilities and Tasks
The Vice-Chair is an entry-level position progressing to lead the PGN Committee as Chair. It is an opportunity to learn to run the BISA PGN, assisting the Chair and coordinating tasks amongst the PGN Committee.
 
Chairing the BISA PGN requires:
To coordinate the Postgraduate Committee by ensuring that our activities respond to the research and professional development needs of our members.
To delegate tasks amongst the Committee.
To liaise regularly with the BISA Communications Manager and BISA Secretary, and when necessary, the BISA Executive Committee members.
To attend the four quarterly meetings of the BISA Executive Committee in order to report the progress of the PGN and implement any changes, (travel costs covered by BISA, extenuating circumstances may affect attendance).
To contribute to the monthly BISA newsletter (when appropriate).
To manage the Postgraduate budget allocated by BISA.
To be the first point of contact for the PGN through the email account including responding to the enquiries of members, trustees, and external interests.
 
If you'd like to apply for the role, please send a personal statement (between 300-500 words), together with proof of PhD registration to cover the length of the term as Vice-Chair and Chair to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with the subject title: Vice-Chair Application. If you would like to discuss the position prior to applying, please contact Amandine Hostein: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
 
The closing date for applications is 25 October 2019 at 5pm.
 
 
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