Looking for an opportunity to build your profile, skills and experience?

Interested in becoming a charity trustee?

Want to play a role in enhancing the study of Politics in the UK?

Then this opportunity to be a trustee for the Political Studies Association of the UK (PSA) could be for you! You can find out more about the role and what it entails here.

The PSA is the leading learned society of its kind in the UK and welcomes students, academics, and practitioners within its membership from around the world. The PSA is a registered charity and to function effectively requires a team of trustees (known as the Executive Committee) to set its strategy and oversee how it operates and invests its resources. We are now calling for nominations from our academic membership to serve as trustees to ensure the PSA continues its journey to excellence, sustainability, diversity, and growth as a dynamic and vibrant scholarly community. 

You can find out more about our trustees and governance here.

All those elected will become legal trustees of the Association as a charity and, therefore, must act in accordance with Charity Commission guidelines. Please see here for more information. Trustees serve on the Executive Committee for a maximum of two three-year terms.

This year, we are looking to elect at least two trustees. These positions are open to all academic members and we especially welcome nominations from women academics.

It is important that our Executive Committee reflects the diversity of our association in all its forms. Studies indicate that women and people from ethnically diverse heritage are less likely to apply for roles unless they meet every single criteria. If you are excited by this opportunity but your past experience doesnt't fit perfectly, please don't be discouraged from submitting your nomination!

Trustees of the PSA have a chance to shape the organisation’s strategy and hence achieve more for our 1600+ members. It's an chance for you to develop your skills, broaden your networks and make your contribution to improving the PSA as well as providing an opportunity to work with others to give something back to the discipline and support others in their endeavours. You will be given full training and support in carrying out this important, enjoyable, and fulfilling role.

The Executive Committee meets around four times a year – both online and in person (normally at the PSA’s London office). As such, the roles involve a time commitment in between meetings that fluctuates throughout the year but is not insignificant.

The timeline for nominations and the election is as follows:

  • Nominations open: Friday 5 January
  • Nominations close: Friday 8 March
  • Voting opens (if required): Friday 15 March 
  • Voting closes: Friday 12 April 
  • New trustees’ first Executive Committee: June 2024.


To run, please email nominations@psa.ac.uk with the following information:

  • Your name; 
  • Your institutional affiliation (if you have one);
  • Your PSA academic membership type (e.g., general, ECN);
  • The name and email address of a seconder for your nomination, who is also a PSA member (they may be based at your own institution or elsewhere), whose name as your seconder will be made public on your profile as a candidate;
  • A personal statement (max.150 words) that will be used within any election publicity as the rationale for why members should vote for you and what skills and experience you have that will make you a great trustee;
  • A headshot photograph to go alongside your personal statement. 


If an election takes place, please note the following campaigning rules for candidates:

  • Please keep the election a positive and good-humoured affair. If you happen not to be elected, there will be another election next year, so please focus on telling others of your possible contributions, rather than other candidates’ weaknesses. 
  • In terms of campaigning techniques, please feel free to canvas your colleagues and post on social media. If tweeting, please use #PSAelection24.
  • There is a strict budget of £0 for each candidate in the election; in other words, you cannot spend any money on your election, be it to purchase gifts for voters, take out newspaper advertisements, or otherwise!
  • If Specialist Groups wish to highlight individual candidates, they must please highlight every candidate who is a member of their Group when doing so. 


We look forward to receiving your nomination.

If you have any questions about these roles, standing or the election, please contact the Returning Officer, PSA Honorary Secretary, Professor John Craig (j.craig@kingston.ac.uk)