to support work with by scholars and practitioners in shaping theory, policy and practice in the field of sexualities research in education;
to bring together diverse voices from the research community, creating a forum for discussion and dissemination of research related to sexualities in the context of education;
to create opportunities for collaboration on research projects in this field;
to establish a point of contact with parallel groups internationally, and contribute to opportunities for international collaboration and partnership;
to support the publication of research reports and discussion papers in academic journals with an interest in this field, such as Sex Education, Sexualities and Gender and Education in the UK, and the Journal of LGBT Youth in the United States;
to organise research events, such as conferences, seminars and lectures, focusing on sexualities;
to provide a channel for the dissemination of research in this field to the wider research community.
As a SIG convenor you receive a number of benefits, support from the BERA office and are invited to attend convenor meetings in London, with all other SIG convenors.
Convenors are vital to the work of BERA, investing energy in the promotion of the SIG and its activities. The main role of the SIG Convenor(s) is to co-ordinate, oversee and develop the mission and activities of the particular SIG.
Convenors should expect to work within all the guidelines and advice provided by the BERA Office. These are in place to ensure good practice and that all legal, financial and insurance matters are taken care of and that any risks to individuals or organisations are minimised. In particular with regard to planning events, activities or any expenditure, SIGs should all follow the appropriate procedures
By agreeing to assume a position of SIG convenor, individuals are committing to fulfilling all of the responsibilities and obligations that go with that role. SIG Convenors are expected to exercise their own judgment to meet the requirements listed in BERA guidance and to seek further advice from the BERA Office if in any doubt. If any procedures are not followed then the BERA Office reserves the right to take whatever action may be necessary to protect BERA’s legal, financial and reputational position. Such matters will also form part of the review of each SIG that is undertaken by Council.