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Election of New BSA Trustee (Education)

The Board of Trustees of the British Shakespeare Association wishes to appoint a new Trustee to further the Association’s aims to educate, promote and foster a better understanding of Shakespeare and his work. We are looking for someone who will be able to join the Board and become a member of the Education Committee. Applications are open to any member of the BSA from the teaching profession (active or retired), and we particularly welcome applications from disabled applicants, those from BAME backgrounds, and members of the LGBTQ+ community. Trustees work voluntarily (with reasonable expenses reimbursed) to further the aims of the BSA across its four main constituencies of members: academic researchers, teachers, theatre practitioners and members of the public.

The British Shakespeare Association is a registered Charity and its Trustees are also Directors and take joint responsibility to help the Board promote the Association’s objectives which are: to educate, promote, and foster a better understanding of Shakespeare and his works in a manner consistent with an educational charity limited by guarantee; and benefiting those individuals, members, charities, or institutions with an educational purpose toward the study of Shakespeare in the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.

In line with these objectives, and with its policy for diversity, inclusivity and equal opportunities, the Board warmly welcomes applications from any member of the Association with a background in teaching, from any part of the United Kingdom.

Trustee profile and duties

Trustees are required to attend three meetings of the Board of Trustees per year, which are normally held via Zoom in January, May, and September, and to attend the Association’s AGM. The BSA will meet reasonable expenses for UK travel associated with attending any BSA meetings where necessary, and accepts virtual attendance via videoconferencing. In addition, some of our Trustees also sit on sub-Committees of the Board (whose business is usually conducted virtually).

The Board of Trustees of the British Shakespeare Association wishes to recruit a new Trustee from the teaching profession. We are looking for a member of the BSA who is willing to give of his or her time to further the aims of the BSA with particular attention to members of the teaching profession and their pupils. The Trustee would undertake to:

  • attend three meetings of the Board of Trustees per year and the Association’s AGM
  • take an active part in the BSA’s Education Committee (virtually)
  • liaise with members of the Board and the committee to organise teaching-related events (either as stand-alone events, or sessions within the BSA’s conference)
  • encourage Education Committee members to write teaching-related blogs for publication on the BSA’s website

The Trustee will (1) inform the Board of the current interests and matters of concern amongst teachers and their pupils, including changes to the curriculum and assessment; (2) help in the planning of BSA events to meet the needs and interests of these groups; (3) help to develop strategies to engage teachers and their pupils in BSA events.

We wish to appoint someone with:

  • a keen interest in developing enthusiasm for Shakespeare’s work amongst young people and teachers (essential)
  • direct experience of teaching in either secondary or primary education (essential)
  • an awareness of the national curriculum and recent changes therein (essential)
  • knowledge of current assessment practices e.g. working with primary assessment or examination Boards as a teacher or an examiner (desirable)

The BSA is a charitable company limited by guarantee and all Trustees share a responsibility as Directors to ensure that the BSA is managed well.

Trustees are elected by the membership for three years and may stand for re-election for a second term.

What are the benefits of joining the BSA Board?

You will gain:

  • opportunities for networking, mentoring and collaboration with scholars, practitioners and education professionals in Shakespeare studies
  • professional development through contributing to a non-profit charitable organisation
  • a wider perspective on Shakespeare and advance knowledge of Shakespeare-related events and research
  • the opportunity to steer the organisation to better meet the needs of practitioners in theatre, radio, tv, film, education, and academia, and to engage members of the public with the work of Shakespeare.

Application process

If you wish to nominate yourself please submit a CV and a 300-word (max.) statement that outlines your interest in the role and any relevant experience. Please submit this by email to José Pérez Díez and Maria Shmygol at the BSA’s email address by Monday 12th of September 2022.

Please contact Chris Green (current Education Committee Chair) should you require any further information about this role.

The new Trustee will be expected to take up their role from October 2022.

In the event of there being multiple applications for the post, we will invite you to amend your statement if you wish to do so in preparation for an election (by electronic means) by BSA members.

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