14 December 2018

Research Office staff from around Australia attended the annual ARC Research Administrators’ Seminar, held in Canberra on 1 November 2018. Approximately 140 research office staff from 36 universities attended. Other organisations represented included the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies (AIATSIS), CSIRO, Telethon Kids Institute, The Granted Group, The George Institute and the Victor Chang Institute. 

This year’s seminar was aimed at Research Office staff who are relatively new to ARC processes. Topics covered included:

  • update on ARC activities and policies
  • overview of ARC grant opportunities and funding
  • continuous submission of Linkage Projects
  • eligibility requirements
  • new research output functionality in RMS
  • Post-award and Major Investments updates.

The day provided Research Office staff with the opportunity to network with each other and to engage directly with ARC staff. These interactions were highly valued by attendees and ARC staff.

As in previous years, the seminar was run in association with the Australasian Research Management Society (ARMS). Ms Shubhra Roy, Secretary of the ARMS ACT Chapter, gave an update on ARMS activities, the benefits of joining the local ARMS Chapter and the professional development opportunities that ARMS offers, including accreditation modules. 

Feedback received from attendees reported that the day was informative, interactive and beneficial to their role in the Research Office. This feedback will be used to inform future ARC activities, including workshops and webinars.

Image: Research Administrator Seminar participant asking questions.