Graduate Education Managers’ Network: Call for Co-Chair

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We are seeking a Co-Chair for the GEM Network. The call for nominations closes on September 29th 2023.

With Mary-Beth Kneafsey’s tenure as Co-Chair drawing to a close, we are seeking a new candidate to help run the GEM Network. 

The successful applicant will have wide-ranging knowledge of postgraduate education and in particular the challenges facing Doctoral College Managers, Managers of Doctoral Training Partnerships and of Centres for Doctoral Training.

Nominees should be able to advise on how the GEM Network can help to support the development of best practice in the light of the current priorities for Graduate Education.

About our Professional Networks

Our Professional Networks are central to our claim to be the voice of the postgraduate community’ and help us to deliver our ethos of being a charity driven by the sector for the benefit of the sector.

The UKCGE currently runs three Professional Networks: for Doctoral Deans and Directors; for Graduate Education Managers; and for Research Supervisors. 

What does being a Co-Chair Involve?

The GEM Network meets face-to-face at least twice a year – once for a stand-alone workshop, and once at a Symposium during the UKCGE Annual Conference. This requires the Co-Chair of the Network to be willing to design, plan and facilitate these meetings, which may also take place at the Co-Chair’s own institution. 

Additionally, the GEM network meets for regular one-hour online discussions, led by network Co-Chairs.

The Co-Chair of the GEM Network can therefore expect to spend at least six days per year in planning and hosting Network meetings, and in writing content for the GEM Newsletter.

Visit the GEM Network page to read profiles of our current Co-Chairs.

Equality, Diversity and Inclusion

If you are engaged in postgraduate education and have an interest in shaping the sector on a national level, we would love to hear from you. We strongly encourage candidates of all different backgrounds and identities to apply. Each new volunteer is an opportunity for us to bring in a different perspective, and we are always eager to further diversify our approach to developing a community of practice in which solutions can be shared across institutions.

How to submit your expression of interest

For informal inquiries about the role, please contact Mary Beth Kneafsey. If you’re ready to apply, please fill in the form below.

A shortlist of four expressions of interest will be presented to the UKCGE Executive Committee, who will make the final decision on who is appointed. Nominations close on September 29th 2023.

The call for expressions of interest has now closed.