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Responsibilities and role of the ASE Chair

Find out more about the roles of

Chair of the Association
Chair-Elect of the Association
Immediate Past-Chair of the Association

Chair of the Association

Responsibilities:

  • To Chair the Assembly of the Association and develop its activity
  • To represent the Association on appropriate bodies and at appropriate events related to science education.
  • To develop and promote key Association initiatives.
  • To make contact with the Regions of the Association and lead an annual Regional Officers’ meeting
  • To contribute to the development and review of the Association’s strategy
  • To act as a Trustee of the Association, or to delegate a position on the Council of the Association to the past-Chair of the Association
  • To be part of the Chair trio group in coordinating the work of Committees, Editorial Boards, Specialist Groups and Regions with the Assembly under the aegis of the ASE Strategic and Business Plans

Specific Tasks: To attend and act as a figurehead at the Annual Conference.
Period of Office: 1 year commencing on 1st August in the year following election as Chair-elect. This to be followed by 1 year as Immediate Past- Chair.
Selection Procedure: Automatic assumption of office from position as Chair-elect.
Responsible to: Council and Assembly
Likely Commitment: Attendance at the meetings identified under Specific Tasks. Frequent visits to Headquarters for planning and further meetings. Flexibility to participate in a significant number of events throughout the UK and abroad, sometimes at short notice. 
Special Conditions: Requires commitment of the order of at least 2 days per month, including preparation for the three Assembly meetings per year

The Association is committed to allowing all members to have equal opportunity to be nominated for the post of Chair of the Association.  Therefore, if payment is necessary to an employer in order to cover the cost of releasing members from their place of work should the commitment arise on a work day, ASE will provide this within the limits of the annual budget. However, no positions on Council or the Assembly are remunerated.

Chair-Elect of the Association 

Responsibilities:

  • To represent the Association as requested by the Chair of the Association.
  • To take a significant role in running the Assembly of the Association
  • To promote key initiatives that will continue during the year as Chair of the Association.
  • To make contact with a number of Regions of the Association.
  • To prepare for the subsequent year as Chair of the Association.
  • To be part of the Chair trio group in coordinating the work of Committees, Editorial Boards, Specialist Groups and Regions with the Assembly under the aegis of the ASE Strategic and Business Plans.

Specific Tasks: To attend the Annual Conference
Period of Office: 1 year commencing on 1st August in the year of election. This to be followed by 1 year as Chair of the Association and 1 year as Immediate Past-Chair
Selection Procedure: Election by ballot of the members
Responsible to: Council and Assembly
Likely Commitment: Attendance at meetings identified under the specific tasks given above, plus visits to a number of Regions and involvement in occasional events. See Special Conditions above but note that commitment is likely to be at a lower level than that of Chair of the Association

Immediate Past-Chair of the Association

Responsibilities:

  • To represent the Association at appropriate events as requested by the Chair of the Association.
  • To take a position on the Council of the Association if delegated by the Chair of the Association.
  • To take a significant role in running the Assembly of the Association
  • To make contact with the Regions of the Association.
  • To continue with the promotion of one or more key Association initiatives, which were developing during the previous year
  • To be part of the Chair trio group in coordinating the work of Committees, Editorial Boards, Specialist Groups and Regions with the Assembly under the aegis of the ASE Strategic and Business Plans

Specific Tasks: To attend the Annual Conference. To monitor the working of the Assembly with a view to recommending improvements
Period of Office: 1 year commencing on 1st August in the year following office as Association Chair.
Selection Procedure: Automatic assumption of office from position as Association Chair.
Responsible to: Council and the Assembly
Likely Commitment: Attendance at meetings identified under the Specific Tasks given above, plus involvement in a number of occasional events. Refer also to Special Conditions above but note that commitment is likely to be at a lower level than that of Chair of the Association.