Responsibility for RIGs in BELMAS
Responsibility for the overall policy in relation to RIGs lies with BELMAS Council and is delegated to the RIGs Co-ordinator who will normally be a member of the Council. The responsibilities of the Co-ordinator are to:
- Make recommendations to Council, or the Executive if appropriate, concerning the establishment of new RIGs
- Advise and support RIG Convenors in the development of their RIGs
- Work with the BELMAS office to manage the RIGs presence on the BELMAS website
- Oversee the RIGs budget allocated in the development plan
- Monitor the progress of RIGs and report annually to Council on RIG activities
Setting up a RIG
Proposals to establish a RIG should be made in the first instance to the BELMAS RIGs Co-ordinator. The proposal should indicate the purposes and focus of work of the RIG, likely initial membership and details of the proposed Convenors(s) of the RIG. BELMAS can provide ‘seed corn’ funding to enable the proposer(s) to determine the viability of the RIG.
This might support:
i) a meeting of a possible lead group (normally a maximum 4 people), for which BELMAS would pay travel expenses
ii) an open meeting of all those interested in the area to share research interests and gauge whether the RIG is likely to be viable. BELMAS would pay travel expenses of the leaders, simple refreshments and, if necessary, room costs. In some circumstances BELMAS might fund the expenses of a visiting speaker for this first meeting.
Managing a RIG
Each RIG must have at least one Convenor who will be responsible for leading and organising the work of the RIG, managing the RIG’s webpage and accounting for its work to BELMAS Council through the BELMAS RIG Co-ordinator.
Budgets and Plans:
Each RIG will be allocated a small annual budget (currently £1500) to support RIG activities. This must be accounted for annually. If a more ambitious programme is planned that requires a larger budget, a brief development plan must be submitted to the BELMAS RIG Co-ordinator for approval by the Co-ordinator and the BELMAS Executive. It is envisaged that RIG funding might be used for items such as paying for marketing material, venue costs, refreshments and speakers’ fees and expenses associated with meetings, and travel expenses of meeting organisers. Organisers should seek to minimise costs where possible and seek the RIG Co-ordinator’s advice if in doubt.
A dedicated page on the BELMAS website will be created by the BELMAS office. This will be accessible by all BELMAS members who choose to sign up to it. It will include facilities for establishing a list of member interests, depositing documents and social networking within the RIG. Members of each RIG are expected to update their own entry in the dedicated online listing of members.
RIG meetings are normally open to all BELMAS members and may, if appropriate, recruit more widely. RIGs are expected to organise their own meetings within their approved budgets. However, support if required will be provided by the BELMAS Office for advertising events, booking rooms and refreshments, and enrolling attendees.
Each RIG will be expected to provide a brief annual report to the BELMAS RIGs Co-ordinator, outlining: (i) the activities undertaken, (ii) levels of engagement (separating out engagement of BELMAS members from that of non-members), (iii) benefits for members and any wider outcomes, and (iv) expenditure against budget.
Members of RIGs may commit to work toward specific outputs, such as symposia at BELMAS or other Conference(s) or publication in books or journals.
There may be opportunity for cross-thematic or cross-disciplinary work which may see more than one RIG join forces in a particular project. RIG activities might also help in attracting additional funds to further enable members’ research interests/projects in the field of educational policy, leadership and management.