Equality and Diversity Working Group

Join our Equality and Diversity Working Group and help us develop programmes that support all our members.

A-level summer school 2018 cohort Andrew Barratt

Vacancy on our Equality and Diversity Working Group

The Equality and Diversity working group (EDWG) has two vacancies for members  with an interest in and experience of supporting and implementing equality and diversity actions and monitoring. 

If you feel you have the enthusiasm and time to support the wider ecological community and to help make the British Ecological Society more inclusive, we’d like to hear from you.

It is important that the working group represents the diversity of our membership and we welcome applications from all members regardless of their career stage.

We are particularly interested to hear from our members who are PhD students, early career ecologists, our members who identify as Black, Asian or other minority ethnicity.  We would also like to hear from our international members.

Members can be based anywhere in the world and can join the working group meetings via video conference but please note that meetings will usually take place within UK business hours 13.00-16.00.

If you have any questions about this role or would like more information, please do not hesitate to get in touch with Karen@britishecologicalsociety.org who will be happy to answer your questions.

Application:  Please submit a short CV and covering letter to Karen@britishecologicalsociety.org no later than 1st November 2020  expressing your interest in the working group, particular areas of interest and what you would hope to achieve during your term of 3 years.

The EDWG will aim to confirm appointments before December 14th 2020.

About the Equality and Diversity Working Group

The remit of the Equality and Diversity Working Group (EDWG) is to develop and oversee the delivery of the Society’s equality and diversity work.  Equality and diversity is something that should be embedded into every operation of the BES and the EDWG is responsible for ensuring that happens.

Inclusivity is core to our values as a society and the group will ensure that inclusivity remains an integral part of all that we do. The Society’s equality and diversity remit covers our operation as a learned society and membership organisation and as an employer of staff.

The Group meets twice a year via video conference with occasional adhoc task and finish groups as required.  It is chaired by the President of the Society and includes  up to 12 members.  Three of those members will be drawn from the BES staff with knowledge of our journals, careers and training programmes and 8-9 members recruited via an open call to the BES membership.  Group members will be chosen for their representation of the BES community, experience of delivering equality and diversity policies and their understanding of the BES.  They will be appointed for an initial term of three years.

The Group will be supported by the Head of External Affairs.  Minutes will be taken of Group meetings and circulated to Group members shortly after each meeting.