The Institute of English Studies, School of Advanced Study is seeking two new representatives for its Advisory Council. The Council meets three times per academic year and oversees the governance of the Institute. The Council has members from University of London member institutions, libraries, and from institutions both internal and external to the higher education sector. Having representative members from all aspects of the discipline is important to the Institute. Members will normally be appointed to the Council for a term of 3 years.

As SAS’s remit is national, it is important that the IES Council has strong representation from across the UK and we welcome applications from Wales and Northern Ireland in particular. We also welcome applications from colleagues with research and teaching interests in languages and linguistics, creative writing, open access, and decolonial/world literatures, as well as from librarians and those who work with publishers or in publishing.

The role of the Advisory Council is to offer impartial advice on the Institute’s strategy, policy and operations, and to ensure that the IES works nationally and internationally on behalf of English Studies. The Council also offers advice on the IES’s academic functions, monitors its national role, and acts as a sounding board for new plans and ideas. The Chair of the Council is Professor David Amigoni, Professor of Victorian Literature, Keele University.

To apply for this role please email the Institute Manager Helen Bhandari on with;

-Short (1 page) CV

-300 words (max) on why you would like to apply for this position, outlining what your contribution to the Council might be

Criteria for selection will focus on the strengths of individual applicants but also address the need for balance as far as possible in terms of HEI type and location, specialism, and diversity of membership. IES recognises that early career applicants are unlikely to have as full a range of experience and achievement as more established colleagues and this will be recognised in selection. The Institute is committed to diversity and inclusion and welcomes applications from all backgrounds, including Black and Minority Ethnic and LGBTQ+ applicants.

Any questions please email the Institute Manager. Candidates will be reviewed by a panel made up of an Advisory Council member, the Council Chair, and the Director of the Institute of English Studies. Deadline to apply is 24 November.

Candidates will learn the outcome of their application by 10 December via email.

Please note that the Council usually meets in person in Senate House in London, but for the current time the meetings are online.

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