GCYFRG Committee Vacancies – AGM 2017

After years of dedicated service to the GCYFRG committee (across a number of different roles), Rebecca Collins and Matej Blazek are both stepping down this summer after their current terms as Secretary and Treasurer (respectively) end.  A huge thank you from all at GCYFRG for your contributions over the years!

Ahead of our AGM at the RGS-IBG Annual Conference (Wednesday 30 August, 13.20-14.20), we now have an open invitation for the election of these two named committee roles.  These positions are both three-year appointments in the first instance, with the possibility of standing for a further three years at the end of that term.  Short job descriptions are below to advise potential candidates, but both Rebecca (rebecca.collins@chester.ac.uk) and Matej (matej.blazek@newcastle.ac.uk) are happy to chat informally to those interested, as am I.  Please note, for both Secretary and Treasurer, nominees must be Fellows of the RGS-IBG.

Nominations for election must be made in writing (e-mail), to the current Secretary (rebecca.collins@chester.ac.uk) with details of two nominators, whose nominations we will verify in advance, should you or they not be able to attend the AGM. Nominators need not be Fellows of the RGS-IBG or be existing members of the GCYFRG committee.  Nominations must be made by Friday 18th August 2017.  Any questions, please do get in touch.

We are also advertising for two new postgraduate liaison officers for 2017/8, with thanks to outgoing members Naomi Maynard and Kalia Kaparounaki, and welcome invitations via the same route.  These are one year posts.  All nominations must be made by the same deadline – Friday 18th August 2017.  These post-holders need not be RGS Fellows (or Postgraduate Fellows).  Again, any questions, please do get in touch.

Treasurer Summary

  • Handle routine financial transactions of the research group;
  • Oversee the technicalities of maintaining the group’s bank account;
  • Produce annual statements and other finance-related documents for the RGS-IBG;
  • Assist other committee members with the planning of events and initiatives;
  • Contribute to other research group activities as relevant.
  • As required, represent GCYFRG at RGS-IBG meetings, e.g. annual Research Group Forum, twice-annual Research Group Sub-Committee.

Secretary Summary

  • Work closely with the Chair and Treasurer to ensure the research group fulfils its reporting requirements to the RGS-IBG.  This includes the production of annual meeting agendas (with the Chair) and annual meeting minutes, as well as additional updates requested by the RGS-IBG roughly twice per year.
  • Communicate with the GCYFRG committee and wider membership on a range of issues linked to research group responsibilities and activities.
  • Work with the Chair, Treasurer and other committee members to develop research and teaching-linked opportunities for research group members.
  • Maintain an up-to-date list of committee members.
  • Respond to enquiries from prospective new members (with Membership Officer).
  • As required, represent GCYFRG at RGS-IBG meetings, e.g. annual Research Group Forum, twice-annual Research Group Sub-Committee.

Postgraduate Liaison Officer

  • This role involves liaison with the RGS-IBG Postgraduate Forum, as well as working with the wider GCYFRG Committee to develop opportunities and resources that support postgraduate students and research
  • Along with all the GCYFRG committee, our postgraduate members are invited to mark an undergraduate dissertation as part of our annual prize
  • Our officers are encouraged to introduce new initiatives i.e. in the past these have included twitter hour reading discussions; workshops; panels at IBG conference etc.
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