TaPRA Constitution

Article 1 - General

 The Association is called the Theatre and Performance Research Association (hereafter TaPRA). It exists in order to facilitate, sustain and promote excellence in research through and into all aspects of theatre and the performing arts.

  1. TaPRA does not express a political affiliation and is not a lobbying body, though the Chair is empowered to represent 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 practitioners working in the UK research environment but TaPRA welcomes international members.
Article 2 - Aims

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

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

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

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 research ethics framework as laid out by the Research Councils (RCUK) 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 annual conference and/or presentation of work that is demonstrated to have breachedacceptable research conduct resulting in fabrication, falsification, misrepresentation, or plagiarism.

Subscription is on an annual basis and runs from conference to conference or from the point of joining to the next scheduled conference. 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
  • General Secretary (including Membership)
  • Treasurer
  • Conference Secretary
  • Digital Communications Officer (liaison with Webmaster)
  • Research Officer
  • Working Group Coordinator
  • Postgraduate Group Representative

(A job description for each officer’s portfolio can be found here [add link] with further information relating to the operational practices and responsibilities for each post-holder)

  1. The Executive committee members are elected by ballot by all members of the Association and their appointment is submitted for renewal every three years but may be extended to four years, whereby the fourth year is deemed as “handover” year to incoming post-holder.
  2. The term for the Postgraduate Group Representative shall be for two years and may be renewed for a further two years by ballot and re-election. Former Student members of the Executive Committee shall subsequently be eligible to stand for election as ordinary members on the same terms and conditions as other members.
  3. 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 published on the website and circulated to all members for election.
  4. The General Secretary (office includes Membership Secretary duties) 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.
  5. Where there are no candidates for nomination to any one post, the Executive Committee has the power to co-opt members for a fixed term of no more than three years.
  6. The Executive Committee may also invite nominations for officers without portfolio in the interests of ensuring full representation on the Executive Committee
  7. The incoming officer will usually take up their office at annual conference and AGM.
  8. The Executive Committee will normally meet three times a year, which includes a formal scheduled meeting at the annual conference. Reasonable expenses for formal meetings of the Executive Committee are reimbursed.
  9. Attendance at Executive Committee meetings will not necessarily require all post-holders to attend every meeting but all Executive Committee members are expected to attend at least one meeting per annum in addition to the formal annual conference meeting and AGM. Should an officer fail to meet the minimum attendance requirement the Executive may agree to open the post to ballot.
  10. 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.
  11. The Executive Committee entrusts to the Treasurer the administration of funds, the operation of an online banking account and the preparation of the annual budget and the accounts. The accounts will be presented annually to the Executive Committee for approval at the formal Executive meeting at annual conference.
  12. 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.
  13. The Executive Committee may appoint ad-hoc Sub-Committees to fulfil different tasks, whose chairpersons shall be chosen from the members of the Executive Committee and whose terms of reference shall be established by the Executive Committee.
  14. The Executive Committee and the AGM will endeavour to ensure that the members of the Executive Committee provide broad representation. If the election of post-holders by membership, and confirmed at the AGM, does not result in broad representation, then the Executive Committee is empowered to co-opt appropriate representation from within the membership.
Article 5 - Amendments & Dissolution

 Amendments & Dissolution

  1. The Association’s Annual General Meeting may amend the 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. The membership list will be available on request from the General Secretary (& Membership).
  2. TaPRA is established for an unlimited period. The Association may be dissolved by the agreement of not less than three quarters of those members present at an Annual General Meeting or a 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 the Association.
  4. Any remaining funds shall be given to organisations pursuing similar aims, to the publication of works of theatre research or similar objectives, as determined by the Executive Committee.

TaPRA and SCUDD are seeking nominations for REF members

To be considered for membership of REF2021 sub-panel 33, the forms and guidance documentation are now available. Deadline 30 November 2017.

TaPRA and SCUDD are seeking nominations for REF members

To be considered for membership of REF2021 sub-panel 33, the forms and guidance documentation are now available. Deadline 30 November 2017.

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