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

We are seeking new members of the Equality and Diversity Working Group (EDWG). We are particularly interested in attracting early career and female members from all communities of colour but welcome applicants from across all minority ethnicities to lead on developing ideas that support black and other minority ethnicities (BAME) and work with the secretariat to ensure that the BES does all it can to support all our members. 

The EDWG has launched a number of projects that support the diversity of our members and we have learned that the support we offer is most effective when it is informed by and championed by community members with direct experience of community needs. Regardless of your career stage, you can inform our equality and diversity work, whether it is the challenges facing early career researchers now or challenges of progression up the career ladder.

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

Application: Please submit a short CV and covering letter to Karen Devine no later than 14th October 2018 expressing your interest in the working group and what you would hope to achieve during your term of 3 years.

The EDWG will aim to appoint no later than the 31st October and may arrange a phone call before this date to discuss the role. In the event of multiple applications being received, the EDWG will take a vote, prior to the 31st October.

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.

In the 2015-2019 BES Strategic Plan a goal is to increase the diversity of those doing ecology and the establishment of the EDWG is part of meeting that objective. The Group was established through the acceptance of the Equality and Diversity Task and Finish Group recommendations by BES Council in December 2015.  The EDWG reports directly to BES Council.

The Society’s equality and diversity work covers both its operation as a learned society and membership organisation, and as an employer of staff. The remit of the EDWG covers both these areas.

The Group meets twice a year, with out of pocket costs of travel and subsistence for Group members being met by the BES. It will comprise a Chair (in the first instance the President) and up to 12 members.  Three of those members will be drawn from the BES staff (Executive Director plus two others) and 8-9 recruited from 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 CEO and Head of External Affairs. Notes will be taken of Group meetings and circulated to Group members shortly after each meeting.