The Association for Science Education
  1. Home
  2. About ASE
  3. Governance


The Association for Science Education is a charity registered in England and Wales (no. 313123) and Scotland (no. SC042473).

The Association was granted a Royal Charter on 13 October 2004. The Royal Charter sets out the Association’s charitable objectives and the framework within which it works. The object of the Association as stated in the Royal Charter is:

  • Improving the teaching of science and providing an authoritative medium through which opinions of teachers of science may be expressed on educational matters.

The links below provide information on how ASE operates as a professional body, our governance and strategy. 

ASE Charter, Operating Procedures and Strategic Plan

The ASE's Governing documents are our charter, bylaws and operating procedures. 

Operating procedures 2014
Rules of the Association
Royal charter and bylaws
Strategic plan 2012 -2017

ASE Committees and Elections

ASE calls for nominations every year to elect members to become involved in our governance structure: Council, Assembly and national committees. Members are asked to vote for the Chair of the Association.

Find out more about ASE elections

ASE Annual Reports

Our Annual Report 2013/14 reviews our performance for the year, the progress we're making and our plans for the future. We also issue a Financial Statement 2013/14.

Download our archived annual reports (pdfs): 2012/13 / 2011/12 / 2010/11 / 2009/10 / 2008/09 for older reports, please contact

ASE Annual General Meeting (AGM)

Annual General Meeting Minutes are available for download for the years:

2015 /2014 / 2013 / 2012 / 2011 / 2010 / 2009 / 2008 / 2007 / 2006 / 2005 / 2004 / 2003 / 2002 / 2001 / 2000 / 1999 / 199

ASE Region Handbook and Resources

ASE consists of 18 regions in the UK that facilitate and co-ordinate activity for science educators within their area. 

ASE region handbook (2014)
ASE expense claim form
ASE region forms, templates and guides (zip file) include expense claim forms and documents templates to help run successful events
ASE code of conduct

ASE Calendar

Key dates for ASE meetings for Assembly, Council and Committees.

ASE calendar 2015/16

ASE Quality and Audit Committee

The Quality and Audit Committee (Q&A) was established to ensure that the Association operates to the benefit of the members.  In short, it is the members’ voice within ASE. The Q&A Committee will report to the members at the AGM at ASE Annual Conference. In addition, approved minutes of Q&A meetings are published for all members to read.

Q&A committee report to members AGM 2014

Q & A Minutes from Meeting held on 12th June 2015