Articles of Association
The name of the group is "The University of Nottingham Stroke Research Partnership Group." (UNSRPG) with the "Brand Name"Atastroke.
The group's beneficiaries are all members & associates of the "Stroke Research Networks" and therefore ultimately all patients who suffer a stroke, their families and carers.
Aims & Objectives:
- By active participation in the debates and discussions around stroke research projects from"user & carer" perspectives, to enable effective input into the decisions made relative to the types of stroke research being undertaken and planned by academic colleagues, physicians and clinicians.
- To promote and market, on behalf of all stroke patients the vital importance of stroke research in developing protocols for prevention, treatment and service delivery in order to meet the needs of the population who have suffered a stroke.
- To influence all existing and potential sponsors, who may, or actually provide funding for stroke research and who support this organisation.
- To direct where such funding may be used and in its own right, to set up funds of its own for the furtherance of stroke care & research, including the creation of foundations, the provision of awards and scholarships for stroke research.
In the furtherance of its objectives the Group shall have the following powers,
- To raise funds in its own right
- To charge fees for services it might provide
To do all such other lawful things as are necessary for the achievement of its objectives.
Membership of, or association with the Group shall be open to anyone who has a real interest and commitment to stroke research, particularly those people who have suffered a stroke themselves, or people who have cared for them during recovery and who wish to support and uphold the aims & objectives of the group.
From within this membership or association, members shall be invited, or appointed to participate in the organisational roles and positions described below
- The appointment of an Executive Lead who shall be an academic official of the University of Nottingham whose expertise lies within the field of Stroke Research, and a Chair person, being suitably qualified and is an experienced lay stroke survivor or carer.
- A Secretary who is a lay representative of the Group.
- A Treasurer ditto
The Secretary & Treasurer roles may be combined if thought desirable to do so, however, normally these should be considered to be separate roles.
Core Research Group:
This Group is the primary organisational element of UNSRPG and is the essence of what we stand for, as it is the body responsible for delivering the Groups views, comments and input to all the research proposals that are brought to it for consideration/feedback.
- Although there is no limit to the number of members wishing to comment upon research proposals, the Core Group will normally have around 15 to 20 members attending meetings, with a maximum capacity of no more than 30. Other members are able to contribute via e-mail, by telephone, or in writing to the Secretary.
- In addition to attending Core Research Group meetings, willing members and associates can also be assigned to Research Steering Groups or to individual trials and research projects.
- Members' periods in office are flexible, based upon the ability to take part and there is no fixed time limit in relationship to the period of membership of the Group. It can be as long or as short as members feel fit. If a member should leave the Group, a replacement will be found, who is willing to serve as a member of the Group.
- Other people may be co-opted to serve on the Group as it is felt to be appropriate.
- Academic, medical, or clinical colleagues will present stroke research proposals to the Core Group for consideration, comment and advice, as the Academic Lead, or the Lay Chair feel to be appropriate.
- Other colleagues from the stroke research community may also attend meetings when invited to do so by either the Academic Lead, or the Lay Chair. Suitable education and training relative to research practices, protocols and ethics will be provided to members who will participate in the consideration, comment and advice given to academics relative to their research proposals, or when they might be involved in research projects directly.
The Standing Committee shall have the authority to conduct normal Group business, which may occur between and outside of normal scheduled meetings and also to call meetings as appropriate.
The Standing Committee shall comprise:
The Lay Chair
The Academic Lead
Core Group Meetings:
Meetings shall be called by the Lay Chair and/or the Academic Lead as appropriate and normally meetings will take place on a bi-monthly basis.
Every person present at a meeting of the Core Group shall be entitled to a vote.
Notes of meetings shall be kept as a record of the business of each meeting.
Extra-Ordinary & General Meetings shall be called by the Standing Committee giving a minimum 14 days notice.
A Quorum for General Meetings and for Core Research Group Meetings shall be the Academic Lead, the Lay Chair, the Administration Coordinator & the Treasurer, plus any other 6 Lay Members of the Group.
All funds raised by the Group shall be used to further the aims and objectives of the Group.
Lay members of the Group shall, if requested, be reimbursed travelling expenses incurred in attending meetings. Such claims must be supported by receipts, or mileage claim forms.
The Treasurer shall prepare a statement of accounts on a quaterly basis and Annual Accounts for the end of the financial year (ending 31st December).
A Bank Account(s) shall be opened in the name of the group.
Two of four authorised signatories, being those of the Academic Lead, the Lay Chair, or the Administration Coordinator, or Treasurer shall be required for all cheques raised on behalf of the Group.
Amendments to the Articles:
Amendments to the Articles shall only be made at a General Meeting of the Organisation with the agreement of a majority of the members present at that meeting.
The Group can be dissolved by a majority of those present at a General meeting called for that purpose.
In the event of the Organisation and the Group's dissolution, all remaining funds shall be given to an organisation, or organisations, with objectives similar to those of this Group, but in any case to support research for stroke. This to be decided at the General Meeting which dissolves the Group.