FAQs - Fellowship Board Election 2019

If you are an RCVS Fellow who is interested in standing in the 2019 Fellowship Board Election you may find the FAQs on this page useful.

Frequently Asked Questions

Everything you need to know about standing for election

  • In 2019 there are effectively two elections, one to elect the Chair of the Fellowship Board and one to elect 2 new members to the Board who will serve to promote projects and engagement. Fellows must choose which election to stand in and cannot stand in both.

    Those considering standing for election first need to secure nomination from 2 Fellows of the RCVS.

    There is then paperwork for you to fill out and sign, and paperwork for your nominees and you to sign. Both can be found at www.rcvs.org.uk/fellowshipboard19.

    For you, there is a short form, which includes your name, qualifications, address and other contact details.

    You will need include a short biography (max 200 words) and a personal statement (max 300 words).

    You also need to send us a high resolution digital image to be included in the election information which will be sent to voters.

    Meanwhile your nominees will need to complete a form that asks for their name and Register information, and to confirm by email to the RCVS (fellowship@rcvs.org.uk) that they agree to nominate you. You also need to sign this form (electronic signatures are acceptable).

    The paperwork needs to be submitted to us by 5pm on Friday, 26 July 2019 by email to fellowship@rcvs.org.uk. We may directly contact nominators to confirm their proposing or seconding of the candidate for election.

  • All Fellows will be eligible to put themselves forward as a candidate and vote in the Fellowship Board election, including Honorary Fellows and those who have been admitted this year and will be eligible to receive their Fellowship at Fellowship Day (20 September 2019).

    Notwithstanding the Vice-Chair from the RCVS, where a member of the Fellowship Board is appointed to senior position within the wider RCVS governance structure (for example a Committee Chair), they would be required to resign their position on the Fellowship Board.

  • Closing date for submission of nominations - Friday, 26 July 2019 (at 5pm)

    Election voting information published to Fellows - week commencing Monday, 29 July 2019

    Closing date for receiving votes - Monday, 2 September 2019 (at 5pm)

    Candidates informed of results - Tuesday, 3 September 2019

    New members join Fellowship Board - Friday, 20 September 2019 (Fellowship Day)

    *With the exception of the closing date for submission of nominations, these dates are a guideline.

    In the first year newly elected Fellows will take up their positions on the Board at Fellowship Day (20 September 2019). Going forward, it is expected that the transition date will become RCVS Day (held in July each year), this will harmonise the Fellowship Board with other senior College positions such as the President, Council members and Chairs of the Committees.

  • Following the decision to create an expanded Fellowship Board taken last year and approved this April at the new Advancement of the Professions Committee, in order to allow the Fellowship’s governance structure to better meet the initiative’s ambitious 3-year plan the introduction of the new members will aid the transition to a size and structure comprising:

    • Chair
    • Vice-Chair from appointed from the RCVS
    • Vice-Chair from the Fellowship (also the Chair of Fellowship Science Advisory Panel)
    • 3 Credential Panel Chairs
    • A lay member appointed by RCVS Council
    • Immediate past Chair of the Fellowship Board (new position)
    • 2 members responsible for delivering projects and engaging with the wider Fellowship (new positions)
  • It should go without saying that your statement needs to be legal, decent, honest and truthful.

    Links to websites etc. are not permitted in your biography or statement. (You may publish a link to a single campaigning website, for example a Facebook or Twitter account, in your contact details.)

    We aim to publish exactly as submitted – which means that any typographical errors will also be included. The College would only intervene if the proposed statement is libellous or is perceived to bring the College into disrepute.

    The Code of Professional Conduct pertains to the publication of your statement, as much as any other element of your professional life.

    More detail about what to include in your statement is included in the ‘Guidance notes for candidates’ which can be downloaded from www.rcvs.org.uk/fellowshipboard19.

  • There is no limit to the number of election candidates each year.

  • All positions are subject to a term limit of 3 years.

    Individuals may re-stand for election or appointment to a position they have previously held, but only after a term break during which period they are not on the Board.

    An individual may, however, stay on the Board for 2 consecutive terms in different positions. For example, a Panel Chair could stand for election as the Fellowship Chair.

  • Fellowship Board members generally meet in person once a year at the RCVS offices in June to review applications to the Fellowship. There are also 2 or 3 further meetings held on an ad-hoc basis and usually by video/teleconference.

    On average successful candidates might expect to spend around 3 to 4 days a year on Fellowship Board business in terms of meetings (face-to-face and conference calls). Additional time will be required to keep on top of emails, read paperwork and to support in the delivery of projects.

  • We try to be, both for staff and Fellowship Board members. Generally, there are fewer meetings during the holiday periods, because we follow an academic calendar.

    Meetings can planned at least a year in advance, although additional meetings may be added at shorter notice.

  • Fellowship Board members are not paid directly for the work they do. However, employers can claim a loss of earnings allowance on your behalf (and, if you are self-employed, you can do this). The rate is set at £310 per day, currently under review.

    Days spent on specific College business can be claimed for (e.g. meetings) but not time spent on emails, preparation for a meeting, or reading time.

  • Reasonable expenses are covered, including an overnight stay in London, if that is required.