In recent years BERA has been going from strength to strength with engaged membership, a wide array of events including our annual Conference, higher impact factors for our four journals, and record amounts of funding awarded for research. BERA Council has significantly contributed to this; setting strategic priorities, providing academic leadership and helping our engagement within and beyond the academy. Despite the uncertainty and impact of Covid-19 on our activities, BERA remains in a strong financial and reputational position and we are currently in the process of updating our ambitious strategic plan for the next five-year period.
Further information on the Council election application can be found here.
Further information on the role of Conference & Events Chair can be found here.
As part of our wider commitment to greater equality and diversity at all levels of the organisation, BERA Council has resolved that it should seek increased representation from members with a Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) background. In acknowledging the structural inequalities and unjust power imbalances that affect our members, we wish to be proactive in addressing this within our own structures. We are confident that BERA Council will benefit from the advantages that diversity brings, including different skills, life experiences and backgrounds, bringing a fresh perspective to the board. Therefore, we will be prioritising the recruitment of people with a BAME background for these roles.
In addition, as part of our commitment to the four nations of the United Kingdom, we wish to see at least one of the ordinary vacancies filled by an applicant working in Wales.