With the research landscape currently undergoing huge changes, keeping abreast of the latest policy and technological developments is a challenge for everyone working in research administration. This is particularly so for those working in small institutions where the ‘research office’ can consist of just one or two people who are expected to cover a wide range of activities from REF submission through to research funding applications, research information management and the administration of research degrees. Whilst small research offices may only have to deal with tiny volumes of each type of activity, staff still need to have quite detailed knowledge to deliver them. Maintaining current knowledge of changes to policy, technology and infrastructure whilst still doing the day job can be challenging. Most training opportunities are focused on single topics of interest such as research impact or research ethics. Staff working in small institutions simply do not have the time nor the resource to attend training or briefing sessions that cover the many varied topics that their roles encompass. This workshop will explore some of the challenges faced by small research offices in managing current awareness and will offer some practical suggestions for keeping up to date.
Key Learning Points:
Understand the challenges of managing current awareness in small research offices Develop some strategies for managing current awareness for small research offices Networking opportunities for research staff working in small institutions
|Valerie Lodge||Arts University Bournemouth|
|Theme:||Research Management & Administration Development|
|Level:||Operational / Administration|
|Date:||7th Jun 2017|
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