BARS Postgrad Rep: Call for Expressions of Interest

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Please see below for a call from BARS’ President, Nicola Watson, for expressions of interest in the role of postgraduate representative on the BARS Executive.  As a former postgrad rep, I’d encourage you to apply if you’re intrigued and eligible – it’s a very rewarding post.

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Historically, BARS has always been concerned to support postgraduate and early career researchers and teachers in the field.  This remit means that the constitution of BARS requires that the executive should include one co-opted post-graduate to represent post-graduate members and students in the field more generally.  The position of post-graduate representative on the executive of the British Association of Romantic Studies is due to fall vacant in the autumn of 2014.  Post-graduate members serve for a term of two years (renewable according to the status of their studies), during which they will attend four executive meetings, and will have the opportunity of co-organising special post-graduate events at the BARS international conferences (BARS 2015 will be held at Cardiff) and the BARS biennial postgraduate and early career conference (due to be held next in 2016).  The position therefore offers experience in conference organization and in running an association, together with excellent networking opportunities.  Most importantly, it therefore offers the chance to help shape and support the postgraduate community within Romantic studies.  The post is unpaid, although travel expenses are met by the Association.

Eligibility: We are looking for someone who expects to have postgraduate status until the summer of 2016.

Please send expressions of interest, together with a one-page curriculum vitae including a brief description of your research, to the Secretary of the Association, Helen Stark, at helen.stark@newcastle.ac.uk, copying in the President, Nicola Watson, at nicola.watson@open.ac.uk.  The deadline for expressions of interest is 1 September 2014.

If you would like to discuss the position further with a current or previous post-graduate representative, please contact Helen Stark in the first instance.