The Process of Application for Membership of SIHR
Those applying for membership of the Scottish Institute of Human Relations should be familiar with the Criteria for membership – please see page 8. The Articles of Association of SIHR can also be provided if requested, or obtained from the website.
Those applying for membership or to belong to the Network are requested to complete the relevant application form and send to The Membership Committee , SIHR, 172 Leith Walk, Edinburgh EH6 5EA. Applications for full membership should enclose a curriculum vitae and the names of two existing members willing to act as sponsors, and their contact details. This format enables those already in the SIHR membership to take a part in enabling applications. If however the applicant does not know anyone within SIHR, they can offer a reference instead who can attest to their ability to satisfy the criteria. All applicants are welcome to ask for contact with someone from the membership committee, to discuss any questions they have about SIHR or about application.
One of the Members of Committee will contact either the sponsors or the applicant if sponsors are not available. The application will be discussed by the Membership Committee who will either seek further information or make a recommendation to the Board.
Membership is a standing item on the Board agenda and meetings are usually held once a month. The recommendations of the Membership Committee are presented to the Board, may be discussed, and the Board makes a final decision in good faith. Applicants will then receive a response from the Chair of the Board.
Following receipt of the membership subscription new members are invited to an introduction meeting. These meetings explain organisational structures and procedures, indicate current happenings in SIHR and show members how books are borrowed from the library. Relevant policies can be communicated such as ethics and standards, health and safety etc. Just as importantly, those who attend, whether new members or those of longer standing, get to know each other, and share interests.