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The Structure of the EIS

The Annual General Meeting (AGM) is the main decision making body of the EIS. AGM instructs Council, which in turn instructs the Committees of the Council.

The EIS is a democratic organisation run by its members. All members can stand for election to become involved in decision making processes.

Annual General Meeting

  • The AGM is the "sovereign body” of the EIS. It meets in June. The venue varies from year to year.
  • Around 350 delegates elected by local associations and the self-governing associations, (ie EIS-ULA and EIS-FELA) attend the AGM.
  • Local association representatives are elected, where necessary, by secret ballot.
  • The 125 members of the Council are automatically delegates at the AGM.
  • The AGM discusses motions and approves the Council decisions for the previous year.

It is important for members in schools to be aware that delegates appointed from local associations, or equally individual EIS Council members, speak as representatives of their local associations and, therefore, on behalf of the membership within that local association.

It is therefore important that as many members as possible become involved in the process of electing AGM delegates and attend meetings where AGM delegates are to be appointed or where AGM motions are to be discussed. [top of page]

National Council

The Council of the EIS is the principal executive committee.

It meets around five times a year usually in Edinburgh and also at the AGM. It is the main decision-making body of the EIS outwith the AGM.

There are around 125 members of the council elected directly by EIS members in local associations and also by members of the EIS self-governing associations, ie EIS University Lecturers’ Association (ULA) and EIS Further Education Lecturers’ Association (FELA).

Council Elections are by secret ballot. Current President and Vice-President are listed here

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Committees of the Council

The Council of the EIS incorporates 5 subcommittees:
Executive Committee:
Its main function is to ensure that the work of the Council is properly carried out.
Its other functions include the financial and administrative affairs of the EIS, staffing, the EIS Constitution, training of EIS members, and the political trade union and international work of the EIS.
It also has a role in coordinating EIS activities both nationally and locally.
Education Committee:
The main role of the EIS Education Committee is the development of the educational policies of the EIS and the pursuit of these policies in schools, colleges and universities.
It also has a role in the determination of teacher professionalism, in seeking to define quality in education and also in responding to educational initiatives from the Scottish Executive and other bodies.
Employment Relations Committee:
The Employment Relations Committee of the EIS deals with employment matters, health and safety issues, legal affairs and also the benevolent work of the EIS.
The committee also has a role in supporting members on legal, grievance and disciplinary matters and other casework related issues.
Equality Committee:
The Equality Committee of the EIS promotes the equality of opportunity of all teachers and lecturers in Scotland regardless of race, gender, sexuality and disability.
Salaries Committee:
The role of the EIS Salaries Committee is to seek to maintain and enhance the salaries and conditions of service of teachers in Scotland largely through the work of the Scottish Negotiating Committee for Teachers (SNCT).
On issues of pay and conditions of service it is the main negotiating committee of the EIS. It also deals with superannuation matters.

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National Council

Committees of the Council