Since 2007, the Association has had an Academic Affairs and a Clinical Affairs Board, each chaired by one of the two vice presidents. The Academic Affairs Board oversees Education, Research and Training matters and is comprised of the chairs of various committees and several elected/co-opted members.
Academic Affairs Board membership
Meetings & Reporting
The Chair will convene at least two meetings a year of the Academic Affairs Board, each meeting to be held at least one month before a meeting of the Executive Committee.
The Chair will provide a written report to the Executive Committee and will lead discussion at the Executive Committee on this report.
Terms of reference
The Academic Affairs Board will concern itself with all aspects of local and national policy and activity relevant to training, education and research in renal medicine and renal science.
By integrating and co-ordinating the work of the committees represented on the Board, the goal will be to strengthen the contribution of the Renal Association to these areas of activity.
The Academic Affairs Board will be actively involved in supporting training education and research involving all constituencies represented within the Association’s membership including consultants, both academic and NHS; clinical trainees; non-consultant career grade clinicians; and renal scientists who are not clinicians.
The Board will in particular:
- Review and approve the proposals for annual work programmes presented to the Board by the Chair of each Committee.
- Identify opportunities for complementary work to be undertaken in parallel by the Committees.
- Identify and manage potential overlap and duplication among the work of its constituent committees
- Identify and prioritise training, education and research opportunities, working as appropriate with the Clinical Affairs Board and its committees
- Identify opportunities for close working with other bodies active in these areas of work – for example the Kidney Research UK; the Royal Colleges of Physicians of London, Edinburgh & Glasgow; British Renal Society; British Association for Paediatric Nephrology; British Transplantation Society, the UK Kidney Research Consortium
At its early-2013 teleconference, Board members outlined their areas as follows:
- Research committee (chair Moin Saleem) - includes non-clinical scientists' grouping (see below), important to integrate with clinically-qualified researchers as much as possible. Also the right place to integrate with BRS (their new research elad is Paula Ormandy). Also has representation from Renal Scientits Group, Rare Diseases and UKKRC; Moin aiming to use the website to cross-fertillise information as much as possible.
- 'Basic scientists' - group aims to look after the interests of a group that historically felt excluded - need to continue to work on this
- International (chair David Goldsmith) - historically has dealt with visitng fellows from developing countries, aims to attract overseas trainees, and aims to raise the outward-facing profile of the RA, to a wider catchment inc in Europe.
- UKKRC (Tim Goodship) - range of thematic groupings of clinical researchers aiming to develop studies leading to portfolio inclusion. Also includes Dorothea Nitsch's efforts to train SpRs in epidemiology and trials methodology.
- Education and Training Committee (Chair Jeremy Levy) has improtant role re postgraduate training, dealing with SAC, exams etc...NB to date Academic Training has been more under the umbrella of research committee.
- Rare Diseases - (pending change of leadership. 15+ rare disease groups now; RADAR coming online for all.
- BAPN - Research committee, Exec and Trustees all have BAPN representation; cross-fertilisation is impratnat wherever possible.
Among other points raised:
- Integrating KRUK - cross-Trustee presence has been initiated (and Moin as RA Reseach chair is now included in KRUK Research Strategy committee).
- Co-working with BRS also beneficial
- The Advanced Nephrology Course as a shing star in our educational sky!