Much has been written about Research Management and Administration in HEI’s but this has often had a focus on Central RMA services. Whilst the role of a central research service cannot be understated, what about RMA’s working in Departments, those who are immersed in the academic world? How does their experience differ from those in Central RMA roles? This talk will examine some of the important and often understated work that local research support provides and the challenges it faces. It is a role that differs from one Department to another but covers the whole spectrum of the research world, from postgraduate researchers to internationally renowned academics. RMA’s as a profession have recently been described as ‘third space professionals’ (Anderson and Toom, 2017), existing in an ambiguous space that requires skills able to transgress academic and administrative boundaries. I would argue this is particularly so for local RMA’s who are often the first point of contact for research enquiries and who are holding the front line. What can we do to support our researchers; to support ourselves and other local researchers; to develop the necessary skills to exist in this blended space?
|Time||15:45 - 17:00|
|Date||Tuesday 5th June, 2018|
|Theme||Leadership & Professional Development|
Kay Cunningham - Research Support Manager, Department of Sociological Studies, University of Sheffield