Keep an eye on this page for information about the different ways you can get involved with the GA in a voluntary or paid capacity.
The GA is both a registered charity and a company limited by guarantee. It is run by a Governing Body of fourteen people who are Trustees of the charity and Directors of the limited company. The Governing Body meets formally three times a year, usually on a Saturday.
Nominations are currently being invited for two Governing Body posts. We would like to encourage members of the GA to seriously consider if being a member of the Governing body is a way they could contribute to the GA’s charitable mission of furthering geographical knowledge and understanding through education. For the elected member post we particularly welcome applications from those with practical experience in school settings or a marketing background, to complement the experience and expertise of the existing members of the Governing Body.
The two posts available from 1 September 2015 are:
- Junior Vice President, 2015–16 (one post), to be Senior Vice President 2016–17, President 2017-18, Past President 2018–19. Further details about the role of a GA President are set out below.
- Elected Member, 2015–18 (one post), the present post holder, Alan Marvell, is eligible to stand for re-nomination for a further three year term. The key role of an Elected Member Trustees is to ensure that the views and interests of the GA’s wider membership are represented on the Governing Body.
To be nominated for one of the above posts you will need to:
- be a current full personal, concessionary or group member of the GA
- complete your own details on a nomination form (available from the below web link) which includes a short statement that details your reasons for seeking to be appointed to the GA Governing Body
- get your form signed by two other GA members to support your nomination
The closing date for receipt of nominations, either by post or email, is 9 November 2014. If there is more than one nomination for any post, a ballot will be arranged with voting taking place via the GA website in the New Year. If required, any ballot details will feature in the next issue of GA Magazine. If you have any further questions about the above Governing Body roles and their responsibilities please contact firstname.lastname@example.org in the first instance. If you have any questions about the nomination process itself, please contact email@example.com.
The nomination form can be downloaded here
Further detail about the role of GA President
The President, who is the Chair of the Governing Body, is appointed two years before the twelve months term of office begins and serves the first of these years as Junior Vice President and the second as Senior Vice President, becoming President in their third year. They then serve for one further year as Past President. The four Presidents, together with the Honorary Treasurer, form the Presidents’ Group, a sub-group of Governing Body, which:
- Provides a mechanism for Presidents to gain experience and responsibility over their four-year cycle of office, and to ensure continuity within the Presidents’ Group
- Supports the President in preparing the Governing Body agenda, and prepares items for full discussion at Governing Body meetings, for example by providing a sounding board for the Honorary Treasurer and Chief Executive
- Makes recommendations on some matters for approval by the full Governing Body e.g. awards and routine premises and staffing matters, to free the Governing Body to exercise its strategic role.
The President has a number of additional responsibilities mainly in relation to the GA Annual Conference & Exhibition, including chairing the Conference Planning Board, setting its theme and delivering the Presidential Lecture.
In collaboration with the Department of Geography at the University of Sheffield, the GA offers an annual internship of one month to enable a student from the university to gain experience of working in a voluntary organisation dedicated to the promotion of geographical education. The internship is designed to appeal to students with an interest in geography and education, in educational publishing (via website and journals) and/or in gaining work experience in a small business environment.
The internship comprises a coherent portfolio of work experience at the GA that will provide the student with skills and experience in the communication of geographical issues and the promotion of geography as a subject. The detail of the portfolio will be agreed each year jointly by the GA and the Department of Geography in conjunction with the internee prior to the start of each internship period. We aim to provide the successful applicant with experience in most or all of the following:
- working for a professional organisation
- scientific/geographical writing and publishing
- supporting and furthering the learning and teaching of geography in schools
- developing novel strategies to promote geography as a subject through bridging the learning and teaching of geography in schools with that in higher education.
Contact John Lyon for more information about the GA's internship scheme.
We regret that no further GA internships are available this year.
Are you a key stage 1 or 2 teacher, have a keen interest in Global South issues and wish to contribute to the work of the Geographical Association? If so, we may have the perfect opportunity for you to combine your expertise and interests.
The GA International Special Interest Group (ISIG) is looking for a GA member to join its flourishing group. We meet in London three times a year and also contribute to the GA Annual Conference. We look after the GA's International Initiatives Fund that enables geographers from the Global South to attend Conference and visit UK schools and we organise a major Study Tour overseas each year.
The GA Guildford Branch is looking for current teachers from schools in the Guildford area to get involved in running the Branch and help ensure that the programme meets the needs of Year 11 and Post 16 students and their teachers. Come along to a meeting and speak with one of the Branch organisers, or contact Programme Secretary Richard Seymour for more information.
We are always keen to hear from new authors and welcome articles for our three journals or even proposals for new publications. Download brief information about writing for Primary Geography, Teaching Geography and Geography or visit the Writing for the GA page for more detailed information about becoming a GA author.
We are always grateful when enthusiastic members help to spread the word about the Geographical Association. If you are able to help by distributing leaflets, perhaps at a meeting or event, contact Julie Beattie who will be happy to send you a pack of promotional materials.