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ERIC Number: EJ972936
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 6
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 18
ISSN: ISSN-1360-3108
Research Management and Administration: A Reflection of Where We Are and Where We Need to Go as a Profession
Langley, David
Perspectives: Policy and Practice in Higher Education, v16 n3 p71-76 2012
In this article, the author reflects on research management and administration (RMA) as a profession. RMA arose from the need to manage growth in the number and complexity of research awards over the last fifty years, and is an activity and profession that continues to mature. It has grown in parallel with the increasing complexity of research funding, which is often larger in scale, milestone driven, multi-partner, multi-discipline, required to demonstrate impact, and subject to more audit, and arguably, greater governance and bureaucracy. It is now commonplace to find a dedicated research office in the majority of universities, particularly those that are research-intensive institutions, whose role is to offer and provide support to the individual researcher and also represent institutional needs. The majority of people employed in these offices are now highly skilled, experienced, and often expert practitioners. Gone are the days when research administrators were deemed to be "just a clerical, non-academic function." The scope of functions typically found within the remit of the research office continues to expand as the policy and funding environment changes and it is now commonplace to find teams that support policy, strategy and systems, research development and pre-award support, project and contract management, financial and post-award support, research governance and ethics and enterprise and innovation. (Contains 1 table.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom