Does research management and administration have a future?

Richard Bond - Head of Research Administration, University of the West of England

In ‘The Future of the Professions: How Technology Will Transform the Work of Human Experts  (2015), Richard and Daniel Susskind argued that increasingly intelligent systems will bring fundamental changes to the way that the expertise of specialists is accessed. It is argued that in addition to the digital automation of manual processes, pervasive media with embedded intelligence has the potential to replace human expertise, in particular, that of traditional professions which, by their very nature, comprise standardised bodies of expert knowledge at their core.  Are we moving towards a scenario where academic colleagues will no longer contact the Research Office but simply ask Alexa instead?

This workshop will consider whether this is a realistic scenario for the future of research management and administration. In particular, it will explore the extent to which we need to consider how to respond to the rise of intelligent systems which, at the very least, provide the prospect of replacing the common knowledge shared by many individuals in the RMA global community.

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Room Pentland
Time 11:30 - 12:45
Date Wednesday 6th June, 2018
Theme Future Shape of Work
Style Workshop
Speakers Richard Bond - Head of Research Administration, University of the West of England

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