Didn’t we just fall into these roles? – professionalism & networks from a chance career

Ruth Graham - Faculty Research Manager for the Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences, University of Sydney

Have we ever met a colleague that knew from their teens that research management was their calling? Or more often, we have flourished in a university environment and found our niche. As managers and leaders, how can we motivate others that might be working in research administration roles in a temporary basis for a centre or part-time as part of their doctoral studies?

This presentation will detail the highs and lows of trying to energise high-performing teams at both a local faculty level (working across six discipline-based schools and also a myriad of over twenty interdisciplinary research centre or network staff) and across the organisation-wide University of Sydney Research Manager Network (URMN). It will stress the importance and tactics of communications between faculty-based professional staff and a central Research Office. It will cover the challenges of navigating a career in a profession that some are (sadly) still are unsure of its existence and yet are reaping the rewards. The presentation will draw from Ruth Graham’s experience as Co-Chair of the URMN for the past two years and proudly putting ‘Research Manager’ since 2013 as her profession on her landing card when travelling.

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Room Lowther
Time 14:00 - 15:15
Date Tuesday 5th June, 2018
Theme Leadership & Professional Development
Style Pecha Kucha
Speakers Ruth Graham - Faculty Research Manager for the Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences, University of Sydney

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