Regional Faculties provide a regional presence for the Global Health Trials, sharing skills and knowledge at a local level between members working in different disease areas and research centers. The regional faculties are run by dedicated, enthusiastic trialists of many different roles, who volunteer their time to create regional activities in many areas. Regional faculties are fun and dynamic groups of individuals, and more people are always welcome! We are looking for keen members to get involved with this rewarding and beneficial activity. It does not take that much of your time - have a look today at different ways to contribute to Global Health Trials. The ultimate aim of succesful faculties is to facilitate self-funded core groups of researchers within an institution, who are building local research capacity for their area.
Our Current Faculties:
Have a look below and see whether there is already a faculty in your area! If so, you could get involved with their existing activities; if not, you can work towards creating a new faculty.
Before becoming a regional faculty member or starting a new faculty, users must first become contributors and senior contributors to the website (please see the 'Get Involved' pages). Once members have shown contributions to the Global Health Trials community, as long as there are at least two members, they can form regional faculties which aim to:
- Create local networks of research groups, institutes and individuals to share opportunities such as training, research collaborations and job opportunities
- Learn about and share information on local events, conferences and workshops
- Find local courses running and work with the training providers to open free places to Global Health Trials members
- Identify expert and colleagues locally for collaboration, mentoring and staff exchanges
- Get involved in reciprocal monitoring schemes
- Create online activities such as 'ask the expert' panels or 'issue of the month'
- Write blog content about local research sites or groups – e.g. a write up of methodology for a recent trial or study/training they did
- Run lunchtime seminars at local group/centres on pertinent, locally relevant research issues and write them up for the website
- Encourage local research sites to join Site-Finder as part of their signing up to the regional faculty
- Encourage staff to use the eTraining Centre and the PMS scheme; some faculties are providing support sessions in IT labs for this
- Run regional workshops to encourage collaboration and skills sharing
Regional Faculty Levels are based on the 'Get Involved' model, which encourages users to work together to share expertise and create regional networks (see below). For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.