Early Career Rep Council Nominations 2021

Nominations are now closed.  Voting will open on Monday 16 November – members will be notified via email.

The SRF values the views and opinions of its Early Career Members, and therefore includes two Early Career Rep positions on the SRF Council. This is a great opportunity to see the workings of the Society and get involved in decision making which shapes the future of the SRF.

We are seeking an SRF Early Career Member to take over from Dr Jessica Roach (Royal Veterinary College) who will be finishing her term in January 2021. The term for the new Rep will run from Jan 2021 – Jan 2023 and for the first year you will be working alongside Dr Aleona Swegen (University of Oxford) who took on the role in January 2020.

The role

As an Early Career Rep, you will attend Council meetings where you represent the views and concerns of postgraduate students, postdoctoral scientists, and other early career scientists. During the two years, you will also sit on two of the SRF Committees; the Education and Engagement Committee and the Programme Committee. Early Career Reps also help to organise Early Career events at the annual Fertility meetings such as the SRF Early Career Researcher Symposium.

During your term, you will still be able to benefit from SRF grants, bursaries and awards.

Attendance at meetings

Council Members are expected to attend Council Meetings. The foreseeable meetings are due to be held:

  • 2021: Spring (tbc April/May) and Autumn (tbc November)
  • 2022: January (to coincide with Fertility 2022).

You will be reimbursed for travel costs incurred by attending these meetings.

Council meetings are held at a hotel in an accessible UK location, currently Manchester Airport and take a Thu/Fri format. A working dinner is held the evening prior to the Council Meeting. Overnight accommodation is provided, and travel expenses reimbursed.

The Committee meetings are held at the hotel on the afternoon prior to the Council meeting (May and November) but in the same location. Overnight accommodation is provided. Therefore, you can expect to be away on Early Career Rep business for up to two working days (including travel time) at least two times a year.


9 November 2020 Deadline for Nominations: in the case that only one application** is received, the successful candidate will be notified

**16 November 2019: If more than one application is received, all Early Career Members will be sent a unique link to vote online to elect the next Early Career Rep.

10 December 2019: voting closes.

January 2021: winner formally announced following the conclusion of the SRF Student Prize Session at Fertility 2021.

Please do not hesitate to contact Jessica (jroach@rvc.ac.uk) or Aleona (aleona.swegen@wrh.ox.ac.uk) if you would like more information regarding the position.