Your branch is determined by your home address. UK branches are aligned to Government Office regions and branch membership in the Crown Dependencies, Ireland and the Associated Territories is determined by your country or jurisdiction.
Your branch membership is displayed on your membership dashboard in MyCG.
The UK branch areas are aligned to the Government Office regions as follows:
Due to the challenges of North/South travel, members and students in Wales can participate in one of three branches in neighbouring regions, based upon their home address.
Members and students in North Wales will be part of the North West branch.
Members and students in Mid Wales will be part of the West Midlands branch.
Members and students in South Wales will be part of the South West branch.
There is no London branch as members who live in London have many opportunities to attend a broad range of events from the Institute and other organisations which are London based.
Many branches in the Associated Territories were recently expanded and now welcome members and students from neighbouring countries in their region that did not previously have a branch, as follows:
The Barbados branch includes members and students in Canada, St Lucia and St Vincent and The Grenadines.
The British Virgin Islands branch includes members and students in Anguilla, Antigua & Barbuda, the Bahamas, Bermuda, Montserrat, St Kitts and Nevis, Turks & Caicos Islands.
The Cayman Islands branch includes members and students from Belize and the USA.
The Trinidad & Tobago branch includes members and students from Colombia, Guyana and Granada.
The Ghana branch includes members and students from Cameroon, Gambia, Nigeria, Sierra Leone and St Helena.
The Uganda branch includes members and students from Botswana, Kenya, Rwanda, and Tanzania.
The Zambia branch includes members and students from Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Swaziland and Zimbabwe.
The Mauritius branch includes members and students from Madagascar, Reunion, Seychelles and South Africa.
The Sri Lanka branch includes members and students from Australia, Bangladesh, China, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Maldives, Myanmar, New Zealand, Pakistan, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam.
The Middle East and North Africa branch includes members and students from United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Brunei Darussalam, Cyprus, Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and Turkey.
A new virtual branch will be established to support members and students in Europe.
Many of our branches cover large areas, but with opportunities to hold both virtual and physical events throughout the geographical area when social distancing rules permit, we are confident we can facilitate local connections and networks.
Additionally, branch events programmes will reflect local issues and speakers to make sure that their offer is highly relevant to their members’ needs and remains distinct from the digital and physical events programmes provided by the Institute.
All students and members receive information from their branch as part of our membership service. However, if you want to change this you can choose to opt-out of communications from branches in MyCG at any time.
Your branch membership is determined by your home address. If we have got it wrong, it may be because we do not have your most up-to-date details. You can fix this by logging onto MyGC to review and update your record.
If you have difficulties in updating your record or want to request a change your branch for another reason, please get in touch with us by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The best way to find out more about your branch is to take part in one of its events. Details of what’s on will be shared with you by email from September and branch activities are also regularly featured in the In the Loop monthly membership bulletin.
You can also check your branch page on the Institute website or contact your local Committee by sending a message to email@example.com.
If the event contains technical or professional development content, it will carry CPD hours that will count towards members’ annual CPD requirements. If the event is a purely social networking event, it will not be eligible for CPD recognition.
Branches are run by teams of volunteers with the support of a dedicated team at the Institute. Many branches are organised by committees to share the task of curating events and building local partnerships and networks. Each committee has several different roles that you could get involved with – from chairing to minute-taking, events organising to marketing. Branches can also have a student champion in to ensure that student needs are actively met in branch activities.
On a more ad hoc basis you can also support your local branch in other ways. These include speaking at an event or arranging a speaker through your personal network, mentoring or building relationships with local Higher Education Institutes, employers, regulators or other professional bodies.
Absolutely. We actively encourage students to participate in their branches as it is a great way to build your network, connect with your peers and gain professional support at an early stage in your career. If you are unsure of where to start most branches have a Student Champion who can tell you more about what’s happening in your branch and how to get involved.
Yes, you can do this in MyCG.
Of course. Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We will reply to you as soon as we can and continue to add new questions to this page as they come up.