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Academic Affairs Committee


Chair: Prof Phil Kalra

Since 2007, the Association has had an Academic Affairs and a Clinical Affairs Committee, each chaired by one of the two vice presidents. The Academic Affairs Committee oversees Education, Research and Training matters and is comprised of the chairs of various committees and several elected/co-opted members.

Terms of Reference

Coming soon

Academic Affairs Committee


  • Chair: Phil Kalra (Academic Vice President) (2016 – 2019)
  • Chair, Rare Disease Committee: Detlef Bockenhauer (2014- 2018)
  • Chair, Education and Training Committee: Aine Burns (2017 – 2020)
  • Chair, Research Committee : Jill Norman (2016 – 2019)
  • Chair, International Committee: Iain MacPhee (2018- 2021)
  • BAPN Rep: Richard Coward
  • Chair, UKKRC: Phil Kalra
  • Elected Council Member: Mark Dockrell (also a member of the Renal Scientists Group)
  • RA President (ex officio): Graham Lipkin

UK Renal Research Strategy

The UK Kidney Research Consortium held a successful launch event for the UK Renal Research Strategy on April 14th 2016. Find the document here.

Recent Activity

The Committee has continued to meet regularly by teleconference and by email circulation.

Committee members’ areas are as follows; more information from individual committees can be found in the right hand sidebar.

  • Research Committee (chair Jill Norman) – 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 research lead is Paula Ormandy). Also has representation from Renal Scientists Group, Rare Diseases and UKKRC.
  • ‘Basic scientists’ – group aims to look after the interests of a group that historically felt excluded – need to continue to work on this. Current lead is Tim Bowen. Jill Norman is a renal scientist who chairs the Research Committee.
  • International (David Goldsmith) – historically has dealt with visiting fellows from developing countries, aims to attract overseas trainees, and aims to raise the outward-facing profile of the RA, to a wider catchment including in Europe.
    ISN membership is free to UK renal trainees under 37y old.
  • UKKRC (Paula Ormandy) – 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, and Tom Hiemstra’s Clinical Trials network.
  • Education and Training Committee (Aine Burns)plays a role in postgraduate training, dealing with SAC and the MRCP SCE exam. Academic Training has been more under the umbrella of research committee.
  • Rare Diseases (Detlef Bockenhauer). A growing portfolio of rare disease groups now; RADAR online for all and has signed up nearly 14,000 patients.
  • BAPN – Research committee, RA Council and Board of Trustees all have BAPN representation; cross-fertilisation is important wherever possible.