The Royal Musical Association is now recruiting new members for its Student Committee.
The Royal Musical Association is the largest and oldest learned society for music in the UK. This is an exciting opportunity for you to become a member of the RMA Student Committee where you will have a personal hand in shaping RMA’s student activities as the RMA continues to prioritise and expand the benefits to its student members.
The Student Committee liaises between the RMA and the wider student body. During your two-year service, you will act as a voice for RMA’s student members and take active roles in organising and promoting student-relative activities. There are two posts available this year: one Student Representative and one ‘Ordinary’ Member. Please see this document for details of these positions.
If you would like to put yourself forward, please email Nuria Bonet, Student Representative <firstname.lastname@example.org> by 17:00 on FRIDAY 15 DECEMBER 2017. The hustings will take place on the first day of the Research Students’ Conference in Huddersfield (4-6 January 2017) and the candidates will be expected to attend. You will be expected to give a short overview of your candidacy. Voting will happen via ballot after the hustings and the results will be announced on the second day of the conference. Successful candidates will be expected to attend the RMA Student Committee meeting on the final day of the conference.
Please include your name, contact email address, affiliation, and a short explanation of why you consider yourself a suitable candidate. You are also encouraged to submit a short manifesto about your candidacy for publication on the student blog.
Why you should apply
Nuria: I’m the outgoing Student Representative and this is an overview of my activities over the last two years; the role has provided me with a number skills and experiences that I could not have gained otherwise at this stage of my academic career.
First things first: The role on the student committee lasts two years. The candidate with the highest number of votes becomes Student Representative and the runner-up becomes an Ordinary Member. The committee comprises 5 members. A new Student Representative is elected every year, that means that the newer one shadows the senior one for a year before becoming the senior one.
In the last two years, I have:
- Edited the student blog: it involves finding suitable topics, contacting potential contributors and writing your own pieces.
- Attended and chaired the student committee meetings
- Attended the RMA Council, Publications committee and Events committee meetings: I have experienced the highest decision-making processes in the organisation. It has given me insight into important issues such as REF 2021, the publication process and governance.
- Helped the organisation of the Research Students’ Conference at Huddersfield: this has given me an important experience of organising a big conference.
- Organised a study day from scratch: this is hands-on experience in organising an academic event, from budgeting to curating the academic content.
- Been a contact person for students within the organisation.
I will soon pass the torch of Student Representative on to Phil Robinson and a newly elected candidate. I am very happy to say that I will however continue working for the RMA as the Research Skills Officer! The experience as Student Representative almost certainly contributed to getting this role.
David: I’m the outgoing (or, at least, time-expired) ordinary member. Over the past two years it’s been an extraordinary fulfilling learning experience in finding out how an academic association functions. There are plenty of opportunities to contribute in person at events, and behind the scenes via the Student Committee. Obviously, in return for this, some time commitment is needed – but the most vital thing you bring to the RMA is ideas (not only about events), enthusiasm, collegiality, and communications ability. I would say that, without doubt, it is a very worthwhile investment of (not very much) time.
If you have any questions or queries about the candidacy process, please contact me at <email@example.com>