Expressions of interest invited for the Education and Training Committee Chair



The Royal Economic Society has agreed to establish an Education and Training Committee, for which the terms of reference for this committee are included below. The chair of the Education and Training Committee will be appointed as soon as practical and the appointee will assist the Executive Committee in filling other positions on this new committee.

Person specification

The chair of the RES Education and Training Committee will be a senior UK-based economist with extensive experience of economics education. Active involvement in graduate research training and some prior involvement with the Society’s activities are desirable.

Job remit

The chair of the Education and Training Committee will:

  • Chair meetings of the Education and Training Committee, overseeing the production of agenda and minutes, and liaising with the Society’s staff as required;
  • Report to the RES Executive Committee on discussions that take place within the Education and Training Committee;
  • Ensure a written report is provided from the Committee to the February meeting of the Executive Committee each year;
  • Together with other relevant chairs, ensure effective liaison takes place between the Education and Training Committee and other RES committees, including CHUDE and the Communications and Engagement Committee.
  • Be a member of the RES Executive Committee and a trustee of the Society, taking the responsibilities this involves under UK Charity Law.

Term: Three years.

The role is unpaid. Expenses will be reimbursed in line with the Society’s expenses policy.

Administrative support will be provided by the RES office.


Expressions of interest in this role are warmly invited. These should include a CV and be made by email to the RES office (RESoffice@res.org.uk) by Monday 23 September 2019. It is hoped that a decision on the appointment can be made shortly after this date.

Queries about the role can be directed to the RES Secretary-General, Denise Osborn (secretary-gen@res.org.uk).

Education and Training Committee Terms of Reference


The purpose of the committee is to co-ordinate and oversee the Society’s activities relating to economics education and training.


The Education and Training Committee will:

  • Advise the Executive Committee on matters relating to the education and training of students studying economics at university and also on continued professional development for those working in economics.
  • Advise the Executive Committee on policy matters in relation to the schools curriculum.
  • Regularly review all RES education and training support and activities, proposing new initiatives or changes where appropriate.
  • Oversee RES-sponsored events and other support for postgraduate economics students and early career economists.
  • Oversee the RES collaboration and participation in the European Job Market.
  • Oversee RES competitions for students studying economics at university.
  • Oversee RES grants for conference attendance and other professional activities.
  • Liaise as appropriate with other RES committees (including the Engagement and Communications committee in relation to schools) and external bodies with an active interest in economics education and training.


The Committee will comprise:

  • The Chair, an ex officio member of the Executive Committee;
  • The Society’s President, who may be substituted by the President-Elect or Past- President;
  • Two members of Council;
  • A member nominated by the chair of CHUDE;
  • Up to two further co-opted members, not necessarily members of the Society.

The chair will be appointed for a three-year term. The role will not receive a consultancy fee.

Relevant RES staff will attend meetings as appropriate and will provide the secretariat support for the committee.

Frequency of meetings and reporting

The Education and Training Committee will meet twice per year. The Committee reports to the Executive Committee and will annually provide a written report for use in the Society’s Annual Report and for discussion at the February meeting of the Executive Committee, with other reports as appropriate. In addition, minutes of all meetings will be available to all members of the Executive Committee.