Mark Webber

Call for nominations to serve on the BISA Executive Committee 2024

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We're pleased to announce that we have four trustee positions up for election to the BISA Executive Committee. 

We rely on the dedication, expertise and support of elected trustees to oversee BISA’s mission to develop and promote International Studies and related subjects through publication and research, the maintenance of academic networks, and the free exchange of ideas. 

As the UK’s foremost professional association promoting International Studies, we represent the interests of those who research, teach and study the discipline. With over 30 specialist working groups and a postgraduate network, we convene more than 60 events a year including an annual conference, give funding to support research and scholarship, award a number of prizes that recognise excellence in research and learning and teaching, and are home to two highly-regarded academic journals plus a prestigious book series. 

Over the last few years, we have made great strides in our approach to communications, outreach, public engagement, career development and learning and teaching. With a growing membership and over 16,000 followers across our social media platforms, we are committed to serving our membership and the wider community. 

We are looking for trustees with the following qualities: 

  • Values-led 

  • Strategic thinking 

  • International outlook 

  • EDI focused 

  • Excellent time management/able to dedicate the time that the role requires.

Available positions

  1. Secretary:  We are seeking a trustee with an eye for detail to take on the role of Secretary. This trustee position, serving a three-year term (2024-2027) is responsible for keeping the ‘conscience’ of the Association, ensuring that trustees take decisions and act in line with the public benefit mission, and comply with relevant legislative and regulatory requirements. 

  2. There are three positions available as an ordinary trustee. Ordinary trustees may be asked to take responsibility for a particular portfolio of work. In this round of elections, we are particularly interested in applications from colleagues who have an interest in inputting on ideas for the programme of UG and PG virtual events (including professional development events) and any experience of fundraising. These positions are two-year terms.

"If you care about who gets included and who gets marginalised within the discipline, being a trustee offers one way of shaping and impacting how the discipline of international studies is practiced at a national level."
Julia Welland, former BISA trustee
A photo of Julia Welland, former BISA trustee

It is essential that you read the relevant role description before nominating yourself or being nominated for a position on the Executive Committee. If you're elected you will become a legal trustee of BISA as a charity, so you must act in accordance with Charity Commission guidelines

For a full description of each role please download the documents at the bottom of this page. 

We strongly encourage applications from women, candidates from Black and minority ethnic backgrounds, and those with senior leadership experience in academic departments or faculties.  All nominees must be BISA members

For details of how to nominate, a full timeline for the election, and more information, visit our elections page

Nominations close at 11.59pm (UK time) on Friday 12 April 2024.

“Assisting in the running of BISA has given me a broad perspective on the development of the discipline - I have been involved in the setting up of a new journal, running student-focused Model NATO events, liaising with BISA research groups and discussions on everything from REF to TEF. In helping to run the UK's premier International Studies association, I now appreciate more fully the importance of an organisation I first joined (many years ago) at the outset of my career.”
Mark Webber, Former BISA Chair
Mark Webber