Edinburgh Geological Society: Appointment of Promotion Secretary
The Edinburgh Geological Society is a voluntary association of
around 500 members whose principal aims are to encourage public
interest in geology and to advance geological knowledge. The Society
has recently approved a Strategy for the next five years and now
wishes to engage a Promotion Secretary on a self-employed basis
to assist with its implementation.
The Promotion Secretary would: raise the Society's profile; promote
its publications; and publicise its events and initiatives. It
is envisaged that the work would be carried out over a two-year
period (subject to review after the first year) and require on
average about one day per week. Payment for services would be
£100 per day, plus relevant approved expenses. Total remuneration,
including expenses, would be a maximum of £5,000 per annum.
Applications for this work should comprise a statement of relevant
experience and of the reasons why the applicant would be suitable,
supported by a separate CV. To be considered for this work, applicants
should have: good communication skills, the ability to work well
in a team, a track record of taking the initiative but also working
to targets and deadlines, good IT skills, and an interest in earth
sciences. A qualification in geology would be an advantage but
is not essential.
Applications should be sent by email to Christine Thompson at
email@example.com, from whom further details are available,
by 30 April 2016.
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Grants and Awards made by the Society
The Society makes grants and awards in three categories.
1. Grants to projects that further the aims of the Society -
stimulating public interest in geology and the advancement
of geological knowledge. Any organisation or individual can
apply for a grant, application deadlines are 31 October and 30
2. The Society recognises excellence in geology by awarding the
Clough Medal and The Clough Memorial Award. Application
deadline 31 January.
3. The Society makes small grants to support fieldwork
from the Clough and Mykura Funds. Application deadline 31 January.
Further information about all these grants
Appeal for donations - could you support the work of the Society?
EGS Council work hard to control expenditure and try to
ensure that we do not eat into our financial reserves to pay for on-going activities.
This has meant that occasionally we are not able to do everything we would like
particular, there are two initiatives that we think EGS members would feel worthy
of greater support; therefore we are inviting members to consider making additional
financial donations (which can also be gift-aided if you are a UK taxpayer!).
year we receive many applications for Fieldwork Grants from the Clough
and Mykura Funds, and we usually give several grants amounting to a few hundred
pounds, from the income generated by these funds. However, demand exceeds the
amount of money available, and we would like to offer more support to worthwhile
fieldwork projects, many of which are undertaken by young geologists just starting
out on their careers.
Since 2010 we have organised a project to give free Rock Boxes
to Scottish Schools. These boxes contain 16 hand specimens
of typical Scottish rocks, plus bags of mini-specimens allowing
pupils to carry out hands-on experiments in small groups. Teachers
greatly appreciate access to these boxes which are now enabling
teaching about Scotland's geology to take place within the new
Curriculum for Excellence. Almost 200 boxes have been distributed,
through generous sponsorship by Senergy, Conoco and indivduals.
Each box costs £55, and we would like to continue to offer
them to schools for free. Could you help by giving a donation?
If you would like
to make a donation please contact Bob Morley, our treasurer, for further information
Annual subscriptions are due on 1st October at the following
Ordinary Fellows £20.00
Family Fellows £10.00; thus
Joint Fellowship becomes £30.00
Senior Fellows and Glasgow Associates
Junior Associates £4.00
Please send cheques payable
to Edinburgh Geological Society to the Membership Secretary (see
Members who pay by Standing Order should ensure that
their Bank is making payment at the correct rate, following the subscription increases
which came into force on 1st October 2005. Please act as soon as possible in order
to avoid errors and extra work for the Treasurer and the Membership Secretary.
Those who do not already pay by Standing Order may like to take this opportunity
to start using this method of payment. If in doubt about your current membership
status and payment arrangement, please contact the Membership Secretary (see