SRF Terms of Reference

Education and Engagement Committee: Terms of Reference

The remit for the Education and Engagement Committee is to provide oversight and leadership for the Society’s disbursement of scholarships, grants, prizes and other sources of funding or support.

Committee composition, attendees and reporting:

  • The Education and Engagement Committee is a committee of the Council and reports directly to Council.
  • The Chairperson of the committee shall normally be the General Secretary.
  • The committee shall typically consist of not less than three Council members, appointed by Council in addition to the Chairperson. However, non-council members may be co-opted to the Committee by appointment from the Chairperson and agreement of the Council.
  • All Committee members are expected to assist in the reviewing of applications submitted to the Committee in a timely fashion, provide the Chairperson, or appropriately nominated alternative, with their scores and comments and be available at Council meetings for the discussion and agreement on applications made to the Society for funding.
  • The committee will typically meet three times a year.

Main duties of the Committee:

  • To review applications for, and have oversight and administration of Travel Grants, Academic Scholarships, Vacation Scholarships the Stewart Rhind Science Writing Prize and other appropriate Society schemes, taking into account the charitable objectives of the Society.
  • To carry out periodic reviews of all grants and awards and report to Council on proposed changes, including but not restricted to their scope, remit, award value, eligibility criteria and frequency. This shall be conducted in consultation with other Committees, Council members and Society members as appropriate.
  • To review applications for Society support for courses and workshops and provide resources and support for educational activities deemed appropriate by the Committee, Council and where appropriate the wider Society.
  • To oversee The Society’s obligations with respect to public benefit and other statutory reporting as regards to grants
  • To review annually the Committee’s terms of reference and its own effectiveness and convey any recommendations to Council.

SRF Policy and Public Engagement Committee

The remit for the Public Engagement Committee is to provide oversight and leadership for the Society’s public disbursement of information and is responsible for developing, overseeing and reviewing the Society’s external policy work, interactions and communications with Members, key stakeholders and the public.

Committee composition, attendees and reporting:

  •  The Public engagement Committee is a committee of the Council and reports directly to Council.
  • The Chairperson of the committee shall normally be the Vice-Chair of the SRF
  • The committee shall typically consist of three Council members including the Chairperson. Additionally, two non-council members will be co-opted to the Committee by appointment from the Chairperson and agreement of the Council.
  •  The committee will typically meet three times a year.

Terms of Reference

• To co-ordinate “reproduction and fertility” based public events that engage the general public about the importance of reproductive biology to Society. This will involve organizing events and workshop such as

1. Sex in 3 cities lecture that targets general academia and undergraduates

2. Public events that run alongside the annual SRF/Fertility conferences

3. Workshops that encourage interest in reproductive biology in schools and the wider community

• To raise the profile of The Society and promote reproductive biology to key audiences and stakeholders in the UK and internationally.

• To identify public policy areas that will impact our members, publications, and reproductive biology and from this to develop position statements where appropriate.

• To oversee The Society’s communications activities with members, key stakeholders and the public.

• To advise Council on The Society’s relationships with, and funding of, external organisations required to advance our objectives, such as parliamentary committees, research councils, charities, sister societies and organisations relevant to the sector.

• To coordinate The Society’s response to policy consultations, working closely with other Committees and organisations as appropriate