2020 Social and Cultural Geography Research Group AGM

The 2020 AGM of the Social and Cultural Geography Research Group (SCGRG) will take place online on Friday 4th Sept 1100-1300 (BST).  This year’s AGM will take place virtually, all are welcome to attend. Please encourage people who are not currently involved with the group to join us. In accordance with RGS-IBG guidelines for digital security, anyone wishing to attend this year’s virtual AGM will need to register through Eventbrite prior to the event. Details of Eventbrite registration will be posted shortly.

We have six vacancies for Committee positions as current post-holders complete their terms of office:

* Secretary: This post is a three-year term (in the first instance) and the role involves coordination of the group’s administration.  Each October the secretary prepares the annual report with the Chair and the Treasurer; the secretary also prepares agenda and notices for the AGM in July/August/September, and takes minutes of this (and any other) meeting(s).  The secretary may attend the RGS-IBG Research Groups Committee at the RGS, normally in October and March.  The secretary will usually be involved in SCGRG’s wider committee activities i.e. part of the judging panel for our undergraduate dissertation prize.

* Dissertation Officer: This post is a three-year term (in the first instance) and the role involves coordination of the dissertation prizes.  The role involves advertising the Group’s dissertation prize through appropriate media, arranging the judging, liaising with the Treasurer and any sponsors in arranging the prize, conducting interviews with winner(s) and liaising with the website officer to display examples of winning entries from previous years.  The role also involves sitting on the panel of the dissertation prize.  The dissertation prize coordinator will usually be involved in SCGRG’s wider committee activities.

* Early career and Mentoring Officer: This post is a three-year term (in the first instance) and the role involves leading the research group’s mentoring and early-career related activities.  The early career and mentoring officer will liaise with the education officer, the RHED officer of the RGS-IBG, and other research groups where appropriate, to coordinate the development of events and resources to support members.  The early career and mentoring officer would usually be involved in SCGRG’s wider committee activities i.e. part of the judging panel for our undergraduate dissertation prize.   

* Ordinary Committee Member (x 1): This post is a three-year term (in the first instance).  Ordinary committee members would usually be involved in the SCGRG’s wider committee activities i.e. contribution to committee meetings and AGMs, being part of the judging panel for our undergraduate dissertation prize, reviewing conference session proposals, and contribution to research grant applications, medals and awards nominations, and research group events. Ordinary committee members may also be asked to provide support for named committee roles.

* Postgraduate Representatives (x 2): This post is a one-year term (in the first instance) and the role involves liaising with the RGS-IBG Postgraduate Forum, engaging with postgraduate issues through our SCGRG postgraduate blog and working with our other postgraduate representative(s) on related events and activities. The PG representative would usually be involved in SCGRG’s wider committee activities, i.e. part of the judging panel for our undergraduate dissertation prize.

Nominations for successors (who must normally be a Fellow or Postgraduate Fellow of the RGS-IBG) are now open. Nominations must be in writing to the Chair (Dr Tara Woodyer tara.woodyer@port.ac.uk) and Secretary (Dr Richard Scriven – r.scriven@umail.ucc.ie) with the name of two nominators (these need not be Fellows of the RGS-IBG or existing committee members).  The deadline for nominations is Friday 28th August 2020.  The elections will be conducted at the AGM itself, where details of nominations will be shared.

Further opportunities to be elected to a named role or as an ordinary committee member may become available during the AGM itself. We’ll also be discussing different ways that our wider membership can get involved with SCGRG.

If you have any questions about any of the above posts or about SCGRG more broadly, please email Tara and Richard.