TaPRA Constitution

Constitution for Theatre and Performance Research Association Limited (TaPRA Ltd)

Adopted by members at the TaPRA AGM, for which voting closed on 31 October 2020.

Article 1 - General

The Theatre and Performance Research Association Limited (hereafter TaPRA) is a not-for-profit company limited by guarantee (previously a Membership Association). It exists in order to facilitate, sustain and promote excellence in research through and into all aspects of theatre, the performing arts, and performance studies.

All proceeds accrued by TaPRA are returned to the organisation; there are no salaried members of staff on the Executive Committee, although TaPRA will from time to time employ the services of professionals (solicitors, administrators, accountants) to facilitate the smooth running of the organisation.

    1. TaPRA does not express a political affiliation but will, via the Executive Committee, seek to represent and protect the best interests of research and researchers (the membership) with respect to issues that pertain to the profile and policies affecting the theatre and performance research community.
    2. TaPRA fosters the creation and ongoing activities of Working Groups that address specific areas of research through and into theatre and performance. Working groups are intended to be inclusive, to allow for creative synergies and to cut across institutional, disciplinary and cultural/geographic boundaries.
    3. TaPRA’s official language is English.
    4. TaPRA’s membership is largely made of academics and performance practitioners working in the UK research environment, whether or not they are formally affiliated to an institution of Higher Education or other Research Organisation, but welcomes international members.
    5. TaPRA will hold an Annual General Meeting (AGM), chaired by the TaPRA Chair or delegated Executive Committee member, normally at its annual conference. AGMs may take place online, virtually or remotely.
Article 2 - Aims

TaPRA is based on collegiality within a formal structure. It exists to advance the interests of theatre and performance research and researchers; its aims are:

  1. To foster, sustain and promote original and innovative research at the highest level.
  2. To promote and defend the future of research and researchers in the broad area of theatre and performance.
  3. To enable and advance productive and dynamic research networks through an annual conference and wider research events/activities curated or organised by the Working Groups and/or Executive Committee.
  4. To generate links and collaborate with SCUDD and other cognate organisations in defending research across Arts subjects in the UK and internationally.
  5. To be an ambassador for research excellence in the widening disciplinary fields of theatre and performance, including through the sponsorship of awards and prizes.
  6. To encourage dynamic research among the PG community.
  7. To encourage and, where possible, fund initiatives for supporting and sustaining research excellence among ECRs as they enter employment.
  8. To facilitate dissemination of works of scholarship and practice-as-research through publication.
Article 3 - Membership & Subscription

Membership is on an individual basis. TaPRA does not admit group or institutional memberships.

Membership is normally open to any individual on payment of the appropriate fee. In exceptional cases the Executive Committee may refuse an application for membership or renewal of membership.

Members undertake to observe the frameworks laid out by UK Research & Innovation (UKRI) and the Universities UK Concordat to Support Research Integrity, with particular reference to promoting research integrity and maintaining highest standards of good practice. The Executive Committee reserves the right to refuse membership and/or attendance at TaPRA events and/or presentation of work that is demonstrated to have breached acceptable research conduct resulting in fabrication, falsification, misrepresentation, or plagiarism.

Subscription is on an annual basis and runs from the first day of the annual conference to 11.59pm the day before the next conference (or from the point of joining to 11.59pm the day before the next scheduled conference), unless either otherwise noted at point of joining or the membership is extended thereafter. A concessionary rate is available where eligibility can be demonstrated.

The Executive Committee will review the level of the Annual Subscription each year and propose any changes to it at the AGM.

Honorary life membership may be granted by the Executive to individuals who have given distinguished service to the organisation. Such memberships will be confirmed at the Annual General Meeting.

All members have a right to attend and vote at the Annual General Meeting.

Article 4 - Executive Commitee

TaPRA is managed by an Executive Committee. The Executive Committee is responsible for managing the Association’s affairs and finances and executing the decisions made by the membership at the Annual General Meeting and is empowered to seek, where appropriate, the means to support and maintain the aims of the Association. The Executive Committee consists of named offices, some of which may be staffed by more than one member, each of whom is a full member of the Executive Committee.

The offices are as follows:

  • Chair
  • Secretary (including responsibilities as Treasurer and Membership Secretary)
  • Conference Officer
  • Communications Officer
  • Research Officer: Development & Public Engagement
  • Research Officer: Awards
  • Working Group Coordinator(s)
  • Postgraduate Group Representative(s)
  • Early Career Researcher Representative
  • Immediate Past Chair (not elected, only in year following change to Chair)
  • Lead organizer of next annual conference (not elected)

(A job description for each officer’s portfolio are available on the TaPRA website; these contain further information relating to the operational practices and responsibilities for each post-holder)

  1. Executive Committee members are elected by ballot by all members of TaPRA for a period of appointment of three years (unless otherwise noted in their role descriptor), which may be extended to four years with the approval of at least half of the current Executive Committee. The term for the Immediate Past Chair and Lead organizer of next annual conference is normally one year.
  2. The term for a Postgraduate Group Representative shall be for two years.
  3. Any Executive Committee member may run for a second consecutive period of office in the same role. They are also able to stand for election for other roles on the Executive Committee.
  4. Candidates for election to the Executive Committee must be members of TaPRA. Nominations must be made by two members of TaPRA. Nominees must declare in writing that they are willing to stand as candidates. The names of all candidates will be circulated to all members for election.
  5. The Secretary is responsible for inviting and receiving nominations and for the conduct of the elections. Notice of forthcoming elections and the closing date for nominations will be published and circulated to all members.
  6. Where there are no candidates for nomination to any one post, or in the cases of parental leave or job shares, the Executive Committee has the power to co-opt members for a fixed term of no more than two years.
  7. The Executive Committee may invite nominations for officers without portfolio in the interests of ensuring full representation on the Executive Committee.
  8. The incoming officer will usually take up their office at annual conference and AGM.
  9. The Executive Committee will meet at least three times a year, which normally includes a formal scheduled meeting at the annual conference. Reasonable expenses for attending formal meetings of the Executive Committee are reimbursed.
  10. Postholders will not necessarily need to attend every meeting but all Executive Committee members are expected to attend at least half of the meetings scheduled per annum in addition to the AGM. Should an officer fail to meet the minimum attendance requirement the Executive may agree to open the post to ballot.
  11. The Chair of TaPRA will oversee the business of the Executive Committee. The Chair will be required to call a meeting of the Executive Committee at the request of any three members of the Committee. The Executive Committee is considered quorate when 50% +1 of voting members are present. Decisions shall be taken by majority vote. The Chair does not vote unless the vote is tied.
  12. The Executive Committee entrusts to the Secretary the administration of funds, the operation of bank account(s) and the preparation of the annual budget and the accounts. The accounts will be presented annually for approval at the formal Executive meeting at annual conference.
  13. The Executive Committee may decide urgent matters by electronic correspondence within a 48 hour period, subject to the participation of at least two thirds of the Committee. Where a vote is tied, the Chair will have the casting vote.
  14. The Executive Committee may appoint ad-hoc Sub-Committees to fulfill different tasks, whose chairs shall be chosen from the TaPRA membership and whose terms of reference shall be established by the Executive Committee.
  15. At least 30% of the Executive Committee will comprise Black or Global Majority heritage researchers. The Executive Committee and the AGM will endeavour to ensure that the members of the Executive Committee provide broad representation. If the election of postholders by membership, and confirmed at the AGM, does not result in broad representation, then the Executive Committee is empowered to co-opt appropriate representation.
  16. The Chair and Secretary of TaPRA are the Directors of TaPRA Ltd. and are subject to all of the responsibilities therein. Executive Committee meetings constitute Directors Meetings.
Article 5 - Amendments & Dissolution

 Amendments & Dissolution

    1. The Association’s Annual General Meeting may amend this Constitution subject to a majority of two thirds of the members present and voting, provided that a quorum of at least 15% of the membership at the time of the AGM be present and that written notice of the amendment proposed has been circulated to all members not less than four weeks before the Annual General Meeting.
    2. TaPRA is established for an unlimited period. TaPRA may be dissolved by the agreement of not less than three quarters of those members present at an Annual General Meeting or an Extraordinary General Meeting specifically summoned for the purpose by the Executive Committee, giving all members at least one month’s notice of the date of the meeting and the reasons for the proposed dissolution.
    3. In the event that the motion is passed, the Executive Committee shall be charged with dissolving TaPRA.
    4. Any remaining funds shall be given to organisations pursuing similar aims with a view to supporting research in the discipline for unaffiliated researchers, as determined by the Executive Committee.

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