Call for applicants: New Researcher Representative Position on the BESA Executive Committee

The British Education Studies Association is looking for applicants for our New Researcher Representative Position on the BESA Executive Committee. Below are further details about the post including essential and desirable criteria. If you are interested in this exciting post please send a cover letter and a short CV to Mark Murphy at

The deadline for applications is Friday April 25th 2014.

Best wishes, Mark Murphy, BESA Chair

New Researcher Representative Position on the BESA Executive Committee


This position is an exciting opportunity to represent new researchers who attend the British Education Studies Association Annual Conference.  BESA holds a supportive and collegial conference every year for those researching in the field of education studies where new researchers are invited to present their work alongside more experienced academics. New researchers include students at all levels of study, from undergraduate to postgraduate and also academics who have just started researching in their field. The duties of the new researcher representative include:

  • supporting new researchers prior to, during and after the conference. Support prior to the conference is predominantly via email, providing information and advice when necessary. During the conference the  researcher representative would be expected to introduce him/herself and provide any support necessary, including introducing new researchers to one another to enhance support.  BESA is increasingly developing a community of new researchers who are attending this conference each year and in turn, there is a new researcher support system developing within BESA.
  • providing support after the conference via email, offering any additional advice when necessary; for example guidance on publishing in the BESA journal.
  • providing support and guidance to the BESA Executive regarding the organisation of the Early Career Researcher Conference, which is an annual event and takes place the day before the main conference.
  •  attending the four executive meetings during the year and report any issues and concerns of new researchers (reasonable travel expenses to these meetings are reimbursed by BESA).
  •  Helping to develop and expand the student and new researcher content of the BESA website and also help to promote BESA more generally via their own networks.

I have to say that it is an absolute privilege to have been given the opportunity to be the new researcher representative for the last three years.  I have loved the job satisfaction that comes from supporting fellow new researchers, some who are presenting for the first time. However, I have also developed valuable organisational and supportive skills that I can use within my post-doctoral career. I have found the BESA Executive Committee to be very friendly, including me as an equal to all other members of the Committee and they have been very welcoming to all of my ideas.

Zeta Brown (new researcher student representative 2009-2012)

Essential criteria:

  1. To work in the field of Education Studies and demonstrate a passion for education as an academic subject
  2. In depth understanding of Education Studies degrees and Education studies as an academic subject
  3. Effective communication skills
  4. Effective IT skills and being able to use social networks to communicate with other students
  5. Being able to work as part of a team and support others
  6. Willing to travel in order to attend the BESA meetings and the Annual Conference (travel expenses will be paid)
  7. Willingness to travel, represent and promote BESA in other universities across UK (travel expenses will be paid)
  8. Willing to promote BESA on a national basis
  9. To monitor and promote the use of social network sites e.g., Twitter on behalf of BESA

Desirable criteria:

  1. Willingness to develop a research profile within the education studies field
  2. Demonstrate the ability to influence and develop both self and others in the field of education studies
  3. Willingness to travel, represent and promote BESA internationally if necessary (travel expenses will be paid)
  4. Willingness to develop writing skills both personal and in others in support of publications in the BESA journal
  5. To advise BESA executive on use of website and other social media platforms
  6. To contribute to BESA’s strategic developments and public profile across HE sector