Constitution

Revised constitution in the light of amendments passed unanimously by the members at the fifth AGM in September 2005)
GLOBAL STUDIES ASSOCIATION (UK)

CONSTITUTION / RULES OF ASSOCIATION,  ACTIVITIES AND AIMS OF THE UK ASSOCIATION.

  1. The association shall be called the Global Studies Association.
  2. The aim of the Global Studies Association is as follows: To advance the education of the public by the promotion and  dissemination of new knowledge pertaining to the social and human sciences concerning global affairs through the provision of conferences, workshops and symposiums, by liaising and co-operating with academics from around the world who share these interests and who work in relevant fields.
  3. Membership.
    Any person or institution sharing the purposes of the  Association  is entitled to seek membership providing they pay the dues set  by the executive committee every year and agree to abide by  the Association’s  rules.
  4. Rights and benefits of membership.
    Unless otherwise stated (see membership categories outlined in article 5) membership of the Association will confer the following rights and advantages:
    1. To participate fully in all the activities of the association including the right to nominate and to vote for other members in elections to the Association’s various offices and to vote in the proceedings of the Association at General meetings and at the Annual General Meeting and on other occasions such as postal or electronic ballots such as may be arranged by the executive committee.
    2. Eligibility to seek nomination for, to stand and to hold any of the Association’s offices providing only that a member is normally a current resident of the United Kingdom  – though not necessarily a UK national – and is likely to remain resident during the term of office.
    3. To receive one or two newsletters each  year containing full and up-to-date information concerning the Association’s activities and those of its members.
    4. Reduced fees for attendance at  annual or other conferences held by the Association.
    5. A free subscription to one journal of their choice from a list of such journals in this field of study as may be offered from time to time by the executive committee and the opportunity to purchase other stipulated journals at a substantial reduction.  This benefit is only available to those members described in article 5(a) if they agree to  pay the same subscription rate to the Association as that paid by the members outlined in category 5(b).

       

  5. Membership categories. The following types of  membership are available.
    1. Concessionary members, that is undergraduate and post-graduate student members as well as those who are in part-time employment, those who are retired, the unwaged or those in receipt of benefit etc. Undergraduates shall not enjoy the rights of  members as outlined in article 4 (a) and (b).
    2. Senior academics, or those holding equivalent positions in non-University life. Overseas members who are living permanently overseas are not eligible to stand for office except in the special circumstances indicated in 4 (b).
    3. Junior academics, or those holding equivalent positions in non-University life. Overseas members who are living permanently overseas are not eligible to stand for office except in the special circumstances indicated in 4 (b).
    4. Corporate members such as  NGOs may be permitted to affiliate to the Association at the  discretion of the executive committee. However, such corporate members will only be entitled to appoint one named officer  to represent their interests. Such representatives will be entitled to participate in all the activities of the Association including attendance at conferences, special  study groups and the AGM but they will not be entitled to exercise the membership rights outlined in article 4 (a) and (b). Corporate members whose activities are judged by a majority of  the executive committee to accord with the aims of  the association  will be offered facilities to advertise their activities in the Association’s newsletter up to a limit of 100 words and to advertise  up to a limit of  500 words if they are prepared to pay the full costs in the event of  the latter.