The BSA operates a network of over 40 Special Interest and Study Groups. Study Groups focus on major fields of research within the discipline, like Medical Sociology, Religion and Media. Special Interest Groups, such as the Sociologists Outside Academia, Early Career Forum and the Postgraduate Forum, bring together people who share common experiences and challenges in their academic and professional lives.
Each group provides a professional and social network in which individuals with specialised research, teaching and professional interests can connect and develop their own events to supplement the Annual Conference.
We currently have three openings for convenors in various groups. These are listed below and anyone interested can contact Claire Simmons, Membership Development Officer for further information.
Violence Against Women
The Violence Against Women study group has recently adopted a three co-convenor model to help regenerate the work it does and spread the workload. Currently the group has two convenors, they are Ceryl (Bangor & Lincoln) and Louise (Gloucestershire), and they are looking for a third BSA member to help.
Co-convenors take a role in every aspect of the study group’s work. This includes managing the email list; organising events; writing responses to consultations and relevant short articles; to liaising with cognate groups. You will help guide the progress of the study group, take part in our plans for publication and, most importantly, help this 30 year old group continue its work.
MedSoc North East
The Convenors position has become available for an enthusiastic medical sociologist, or group of medial sociologists, who are keen to get more involved in the running of the group. It is available immediately and involves the following activities over the course of the convenorship:
• To bring together researchers and others with an interest in the critical sociological study of health and health service related issues.
• To foster collaborative working between individuals and organisations.
• To offer mentoring to early career researchers and postgraduate researchers.
• To build a community of interest on specific medical sociological topics as identified by its membership.
• To bring to policy discussion and wider debate in the region a sociological understanding of health issues.
• To bolster the existence and raise the profile of medical sociology as a research discipline (and the contribution of relevant research findings to teaching) within the Higher Education institutions of the North East.
Food/SCOFF (Scottish Colloquium on Food and Feeding)
The group are looking for two new convenors, ideally one based in the South and one in the North, to help assist with Social Media, event running and planning and general convenor activities.
If you are interested in these posts for the Food sg please send your expression of interest to Claire Simmons by Friday 18 August.
Should you want any further information on these vacancies or wish to chat about the role of the convenor please do call Claire on 0191 3830839.
We look forward to speaking to you and welcoming you on board soon.