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BASAS Council Elections 2021

Are you interested in playing a vital role in shaping the future direction and activities of BASAS?

If so, BASAS would very much welcome nominations for a range of forthcoming vacancies arising on BASAS Council (see below for more details of this year's vacancies). To register your interest please ensure that your completed Nomination forms media/Nomination_Forms_2021.doc are submitted by the deadline of 31st July 2021.

This year Council will be seeking nominations for a new Secretary, one GEC representative, as well as one Ordinary Member of Council. The terms of office for all of these posts will be for an initial three years and will commence with effect from November 2021.

Should the number of nominations exceed the number of vacancies for any of these roles then BASAS members will be asked to select a preferred candidate through an election process.

Brief Role Descriptors for each of the forthcoming vacancies are detailed below- and if you would like to find out any more about any of these roles (on informal basis and without commitment), please do not hesitate to contact the Assistant Secretary at who will direct you to the appropriate person.

The Role Descriptors for each position are as follows:


i. Subject to the Council's control and to the other Rules, the Secretary shall exercise a general control over the Association’s affairs and employees;
ii. He or she shall whenever possible attend the Meetings of the Association, the Council and its Committees, and shall be responsible for conducting the correspondence and for the general business of the Association;
iii. Under the general direction of the Council the Secretary shall organize lectures and arrange for the dispatch of circulars, programmes and publications, retaining a copy of each;
iv. The Secretary shall prepare an Annual Report recording the activities of the Association;
v. The Secretary shall ensure all members of the Association receive the Annual Report and be notified of the place, the day and the business of the Annual General Meeting, or any other general meeting, in writing using email unless a member shall specifically request that they be notified in writing using the postal system 14 days in advance of the meeting;
vi. He or she shall keep an up-to-date list of members of the Association and from time to time publish the current Rules together with such lists in accordance with any direction of the Council. The list shall indicate the Officers, those who have served or are serving on the Council, in addition to Ordinary Members.

Ordinary Members of Council

Ordinary Members of Council will:
i. Participate in council meetings and attend the Annual Conference wherever possible;
ii. Lead and/or contribute to Council sub-committees;
iii. Promote the Association amongst their institutions and networks;
iv. Ensure the proper governance and management of BASAS;
v. Abide by BASAS rules and values at all times.

GEC Representatives

Graduate and Early Career (GEC) Network representatives on the Council ensure that GEC members’ needs are being met by the Association. GEC members are trustees and elected by the GEC membership only. There are currently two seats on the Council for these positions. GEC members will:
i. Represent GEC needs on the Council;
ii. Promote membership to the Association to those eligible to join the GEC Network;
iii. Lead on communications with GEC Network members (via JISCmail discussion list and dedicated Facebook page);
iv. Organise GEC Network workshops at the Annual Conference;
v. Encourage participation in the Annual Paper Prize;
vi. Encourage participation in the Annual Conference;
vii. Liaise with other academic organisations and networks which share GEC Network interests.

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BASAS Campaign

On 11th July, 2013, we launched our BASAS Campaign. We announced our intention to establish an endowment fund, and we pledged to use our expertise to ensure BASAS continues to support workshops, language training grants, and other initiatives to sustain the study and research of the countries and people of South Asia.

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