Call for Volunteer Moderators: BARS PGR/ECR Discord Community

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The British Association for Romantic Studies (BARS) would like to invite expressions of interest from those interested in becoming a Volunteer Moderator for the BARS PGR/ECR Discord Community which will be launching soon.  

We are looking for postgraduate or early career researchers, working in or interested in Romanticism and who have experience of using Discord previously, to assist in the moderation of our new BARS PGR/ECR Discord Community. BARS endeavours to support PGR and ECRs as much as possible. We hope that this new community will present an opportunity for fostering peer networks and become a place to ask and answer questions, share ideas, and perhaps even organise social events. We think it would be a great idea to form connections ahead of the BARS ‘Romantic Making and Unmaking’ 2024 Conference taking place this summer in Glasgow and online (and we encourage PGR and ECR attendees to join the BARS Discord Community).

Responsibilities as a Volunteer Moderator will include:

  • Monitor user content to ensure it does not break the BARS Discord server rules;
  • Liaise with members of BARS Executive and Volunteer Moderators;
  • Respond to inquiries from BARS Discord server users;
  • Assist users to access and use the BARS Discord server;
  • Report and deal with complaints from BARS Discord server users;
  • Contribute to the development of the BARS Discord server.

The successful applicants will work closely with members of the BARS Executive, and other PGR/ECR Discord Community Volunteer Moderators.

You will have the chance to contribute directly to the BARS postgraduate community and to develop valuable skills in the field of scholarly communications (communication, group moderation, teamwork, problem solving), which will be useful in academic and non-academic roles alike.

Essential requirements:

  • Postgraduate student or early career researcher
  • Interest in Romanticism.
  • Previous experience of using Discord, either as a member of a community or as a moderator.

To apply: Please send 250 words maximum explaining why you are best placed to undertake the duties above to by 17 May 2024. Informal enquiries can be directed to Amy Wilcockson at

Many thanks to Will Sherwood, PGR at the University of Glasgow, for the idea of a Discord Community.