FAQs

    What are the membership types and which one am I?

    There are four basic types of membership, according to nationality, job description and place of residence:

    • Founding members

      These are a very small group of people that gathered the 26th June 2012 and founded SRUK/CERU. As such it is a close group and no one can become a founding member or stop being one. They do not have special benefits other than the pride of having been responsible for the birth of SRUK/CERU.


    • Regular members

      Regular members are the core member type of SRUK/CERU. Most of the current members of the society are regular members. They benefit from all what the society offers and can be involved in it in all possible ways. In order to qualify to be a regular members, an applicant must be of Spanish nationality, currently employed as a researcher (student, junior or senior) and reside currently in the UK.


    • Associate members

      Someone living in the UK but not working as researcher at the moment or having other nationality than Spanish, are eligible for the status of associate member. These members share most of the benefits with regular members and can enjoy most of what the society has in stock, with a few caveats: they cannot be part of the board of directors of SRUK/CERU or vote in the General Assembly (though they can attend), and they do not qualify to apply for SRUK/CERU scholarships.


    • Friend members

      People not residing currently in the UK have the disadvantage of not being able to attend most of the events, though they can if they so wish. As such this type of member is exempt from paying any fees, since they cannot benefit for most of the society's products. Due to that, their role in the management of the society is very limited and they cannot form part of committees or attend the General Assembly.

    The benefits or privileges of the different types of members can be seen summarised in the following table:

    Which constituency do I belong to?

    Constituencies are assigned according to proximity of a member's workplace or residence to a big city, centre of the constituency. However, up to a point, a member can choose to belong to another constituency of the one closest to him. That is the case, for instance, when the closest constituency has not been founded officially yet and another one in the vicinity has. At the end of January 2014, the only constituencies officially stablished are that of London, Cambridge and South-West. The geographical distribution among the constituencies of SRUK/CERU, specified in the last General Assembly, in alphabetic order, is:

    • Cambridge: Cambridgeshire and East Anglia.
    • London: Greater London and South-East of the UK.
    • Manchester, Liverpool and Leeds: Lancashire, Cheshire and Yorkshire.
    • Midlands: All counties in the West and East Midlands.
    • Newcastle and Cumbria: Northumberland, Durham and Cumbria.
    • Northern Ireland: North of Ireland.
    • Other Countries: Anywhere not in the UK or Spain.
    • Oxford: Oxfordshire.
    • Scotland: North of the border.
    • South-West: South-West of the UK.
    • Spain: Anywhere in Spain.

    What is the level of seniority and what is it for?

    The level of seniority corresponds with the point of his/her career that a member is at. It is necessary to specify this so that members can pay fees in accordance with what they earn. A Student level refers to pre-doctoral researchers, that is Master and PhD Students, and thus their fees are lower. The Junior level is for those with a early career research position such as postdocs, research fellows, lecturers, etc. Finally Senior level is for those with long lived research careers, with positions such as senior postdocs, reader or professor. In terms of annual income, Student corresponds to below £20k, Junior between £20k and £40k, and Senior above £40k.

    It is worth noting that Associate Members of Senior level only pay fees at a Junior level, due to their reduced privileges.

    A summary of the levels and the fees that apply to each can be seen in the following table: