RAISE Election for Committee Vacancies 2021

We are delighted to open the call for self-nominations for the RAISE Committee Member Vacancies below. The elections will take place during the online RAISE Conference, 1-2 September 2021.

The RAISE Committee is responsible for the management and oversight of all RAISE activities, including the annual conference, Special Interest Groups, reading groups and collaborating with other sector organisations to advance student engagement.

The Committee normally meets at least three times per year. Successful applicants will be expected to attend the next 3 committee meetings (dates TBC but will likely take place during November 2021, January, April and July 2022) as well as our annual conference in Lincoln on 7-8 September 2022.

Meetings may be held in person or by electronic means (including MS Teams or email), but at least two meetings a year will be held in person (pandemics allowing!) and one may be held at the same time as the AGM during the annual conference. RAISE will cover the travel expenses and conference fee for student committee members.

Applicants should be aware that the RAISE Committee and positions operate on a voluntary basis and successful applicants will be expected to commit approximately 100 hours a year.

The RAISE Committee would benefit from a diversity of backgrounds, both in person and in profession. In particular we welcome nominations from those from Black, Asian and other ethnic minority backgrounds as they are currently under-represented on the committee.

About RAISE


Founded in 2010, RAISE is an independent, not-for-profit network for staff and students to debate, research and share practices relating to Student Engagement.

We aim to act as a hub and network for all those in Higher Education with an interest in Student Engagement.

We meet regularly in Special Interest Groups, host the Student Engagement in Higher Education Journal and hold activities such as reading groups. We also host a major international conference each September.

We are excited to welcome new members to our committee at a time where student engagement remains a topical, ever-evolving theme in higher education, with an increased focus due to continuous higher education policy developments and the global pandemic.




How to nominate yourself for this fantastic opportunity


Please complete the nomination form online which involves an expression of interest (500 words maximum) outlining:

  • Your interest in Student Engagement
  • Why you would like to join the RAISE committee
  • Why you would like to nominate yourself for the role
  • Any relevant experience
Deadline for submitting your nomination is 5pm Friday August 20th 2021. Access the nomination form here.




Positions available for election


The below positions are subject to constitutional approval at the RAISE AGM on Thursday 2nd September 2021. Vice Chair Term: 3 years Portfolio:

  • Deputising in the absence of the Chair in all duties.
  • Oversight of all RAISE activities and website in collaboration with the Chair.
  • Coordinating RAISE publications (other than the Journal).
  • Member of RAISE Finance Sub-committee.
  • Supporting the Chair with external relationships with other HE bodies.
Secretary Term: 3 years Portfolio:
  • Internal communications within the RAISE committee.
  • Convening and notification of Committee and General Meetings, oversee the taking of minutes and dissemination of minutes and action points.
  • Oversight of all RAISE activities in collaboration with the Chair and Vice Chair.
  • Organising any internal surveys or evaluations.
  • Delivering a report on membership matters to the AGM
Communication Officer Term: 3 years Portfolio:
  • Working closely with the Marketing Officer to develop and implement the communications strategy and seek opportunities to disseminate RAISE activities to the wider sector.
  • Responsible for creating communications content on behalf of RAISE, tracking analytics and maintaining digital archives.
  • Responsible for co-ordinating the RAISE Jiscmail, Advance HE Connect and Reading Group communications.
  • Be aware of other events, activities and campaigns hosted by other Higher Education organisations.
  • Delivering a report on Communications activities to the AGM
Marketing Officer Term: 3 years Portfolio:
  • Working closely with the Communications Officer to develop and implement the communications strategy and seek opportunities to disseminate RAISE activities to the wider sector.
  • Responsible for marketing strategies and activities and the branding of RAISE.
  • Responsible for co-ordinating RAISE social media platforms, making banners and adverts.
  • Responsible for coordinating design and purchase of RAISE merchandise.
  • Be aware of other events, activities and campaigns hosted by other Higher Education organisations.
  • Delivering a report on Marketing activities to the AGM.
Special Interest Group (SIG) Co-ordinator Term: 3 years Portfolio:
  • Key contact for all SIG leaders.
  • Responsible for overseeing the activities of the SIGs and coordinating the reporting back to the RAISE Committee.
  • Ensuring the SIG leaders convene at least one meeting of their SIG annually and report on activities.
  • Delivering a report on SIG activities to the AGM.
Ordinary Committee Members (x2) Term: 2 years Portfolio:
  • Contributing to the Committee through advice and assisting the Officers in the execution of their responsibilities.
NB: The RAISE Constitution states that: Sufficient other members who shall be elected to make the size of the Committee total twelve (officers and members). The Committee may allocate specific responsibilities to officers or committee members. Any member may apply for these positions but note that, if less than two students are elected to the other vacant Officer positions, then these places will be reserved for students to ensure sufficient student representation on the committee.The minimum number of current students on the committee must be three. If only one of the Officers is a current student, then one of the committee member places shall only be open for a current student. Student Committee Members (x2) Term: 1 year Portfolio:
  • Contributing to the Committee through advice and assisting the Officers in the execution of their responsibilities.
  • Supporting the Student Officer for student-specific engagement strategies, events and initiatives run by the RAISE network.
  • Facilitating student events at the RAISE Conference and other events throughout the year.




Eligibility to nominate


The above vacancies are open to any member of the RAISE network who is currently a staff member, associated practitioner or student in the Higher Education Sector, national and international, who is working and/or interested in researching and promoting student engagement.

Anyone who is signed up to the RAISE Jiscmail is considered a member of RAISE.




Election process and key information


If candidates meet the above criteria and wish to submit a self-nomination, they must complete and submit the online nomination form by 5pm on Friday 20th August.

The nominees and their statements will be published on the RAISE website ahead of the RAISE conference.

A secure online election will take place throughout the duration of the online RAISE conference over Wednesday 1st and Thursday 2nd September 2021. Only delegates attending the online conference will be eligible to vote and receive a unique, secure voting link.

Votes will be submitted and counted online using the ‘Choice Voting’ software to ensure voting is secure. Results will be published online after the conference subject to verification by the Returning Officers.

The election will be overseen by the Chair, Treasurer and Student Officer of the RAISE Committee who are acting as Returning Officers. All queries or complaints regarding the election should be addressed to the Returning Officers and will be dealt with within two working days.

Candidates are encouraged to attend the AGM, which is held during the RAISE conference on Thursday 2nd September at 1pm. It is not compulsory for candidates to attend the AGM if they have other commitments. If candidates or RAISE members wish to attend the AGM but are unable to attend the rest of the conference, please email raise@newcastle.ac.uk.




Schedule of election process


w/c 12 July 2021: Nominations open online 20 August 2021: Deadline for nominations (5pm) 27 August 2021: Announcement of candidates on RAISE website 1-2 September 2021: Election open throughout duration of RAISE conference; Annual General Meeting on 2 September at 1pm 3 September 2021: Verification of results and announcement of election results online




Returning Officers for 2021


Steve McVeigh (Chair)

Tania Struetzel (Treasurer)

Kiu Sum (Student Officer)




Contact details


If you have any further questions, please email raise@newcastle.ac.uk