Edition 66
10 September 2015
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The Accreditation Council, the committee authorised for overseeing quality standards of Accreditation Program module content, recently called for nominations from qualified and experienced research managers to form an
initial pool of presenters for the delivery of modules. These authorised module presenters have been designated ARMS Training Fellows and are recognised by the Accreditation Council as having the knowledge and skills to speak authoritatively on selected areas of research management and the ability to effectively train others. The Accreditation Council recently identified a need for a wider spread of ARMS Training Fellows throughout Australia, New Zealand, PNG, the Pacific Islands and Singapore authorised to present module material which resulted in a further call.  The Council has now reviewed all nominations and is pleased to announce that there will be 17 more Training Fellows to compliment the pool of existing Training Fellows.   
Name Organisation Region Authorised to Deliver
McMahon, Mr Ian Private ACT
  • The National Research and Innovation System in Australia
Hales, Mr Alan University of Newcastle NSW
  • Research Ethics
  • Research Integrity
Krastev, Dr Yordanka University of Technology Sydney NSW
  • Research Ethics
  • Research Integrity
Melrose, Mr Alan UNSW NSW
  • Legislation as it Affects Research in Australia
Pearson, Mr Grahame The University of Sydney NSW
  • Understanding Research and Researchers
  • Research Data and Analytics
Swift, Dr Tracey University of Auckland NZ
  • National Research and Innovation System in New Zealand
  • Legislation as it Affects Research in New Zealand
  • Pre-Award Grants Processes
  • Post-Award Processes
Woodhouse, Ms AJ (Amanda-Jane) University of Otago NZ
  • The National Research and Innovation System in New Zealand (co-presenter only)
  • Legislation as it affects Research in New Zealand (co-presenter only)
  • Understanding Research and Researchers
  • Pre-Award Grants Processes
  • Post-Award Processes
Wiseman, Mr David Queensland University of Technology QLD
  • The National Research and Innovation System in Australia
  • Understanding Research and Researchers
  • Pre-Award Grants Processes
Delpin, Dr Marina Flinders University SA
  • The National Research and Innovation System in Australia
  • Understanding Research and Researchers
  • Research Ethics
  • Research Integrity
Oswald, Mr Steve Flinders University SA
  • Post Award Processes
Smith, Ms Pamela Flinders University SA
  • Understanding Research and Researchers (co-presenter only)
  • Pre-Award Grants Processes
Sneddon, Mr Roy University of Adelaide/Freelance RAO SA
  • Legislation as it affects Research in Australia
Huang, Ms Tricia National Medical Research Council, Ministry of Health, Singapore Singapore
  • National Research and Innovation System in Singapore
  • Legislation as it Affects Research in Singapore
Kay, Ms Adele University of Tasmania TAS
  • Research Ethics
  • Research Integrity
Barbour, Dr Liz The University of Western Australia WA
  • National Research and Innovation System in Australia
  • Understanding Research and Researchers
  • Pre-Award Grants Processes
Dixon, Dr Mark The University of Western Australia WA
  • Legislation as it affects Research in Australia
  • Research Ethics
  • Research Integrity
Jones, Professor Margaret Edith Cowan University WA
  • Understanding Research and Researchers
  • Pre-Award Grant Processes

On the much welcomed first day of spring the local launch of the Tasmanian Chapter was celebrated in Hobart. Approximately 40 colleagues, some new, some old friends, gathered at the Medical Science Precinct to toast this exciting development. The inaugural Chapter Committee hosted an evening of networking.  Adele Kay, ARMS Chapter Convenor, also welcomed new Chapter Committee members.
At the launch Dr Mark Hochman, ARMS Accreditation Program Manager, presented certificates to the new cohort of Accredited Research Managers (Foundation) (ARMF) from the region (please refer to list in later article). There was strong representation from the University of Tasmania, CSIRO, Australian Antarctic Division and the local hospital. The Tasmanian Chapter is looking forward to strong member involvement in shaping the future of ARMS in Tasmania and is very excited about the opportunities for knowledge sharing, professional development, collaborations and networking that the local Chapter will bring.


The Accreditation Council congratulates the latest cohort to have successfully completed all the requirements for accreditation as an Accredited Research Manager (Foundation) or ARMF.   The following join a current pool of 90 individuals who have received the Accredited Research Manager (Foundation) or ARM(F) post-nominal since the Foundation Level Accreditation Program was launched in September 2013.

Name Organisation
Ma, Belle (Ling) Australian National University
Erlich, Rebecca Baker IDI Heart and Diabetes Institute
Pearson, Vivienne Institute for Breathing and Sleep, Austin Hospital
Blundell, Nigel University of Tasmania
Burbury, Caroline University of Tasmania
Dwyer, Catherine University of Tasmania
O'Reilly Wapstra, Julianne University of Tasmania
Pink, Mandy University of Tasmania
Robinson, Jennifer University of Tasmania
Ryrie, Daniele University of Tasmania
Vincent, Kate University of Tasmania


Notice is herby given that the Annual General Meeting (AGM) of ARMS is scheduled for:
Date: Thursday, 1 October 2015
Time: 4.15-5.00 PM
Location: Orchard Hotel Singapore, Lavender Room

The business of the AGM shall be:
Confirmation of previous AGM minutes

  1. To confirm the minutes for the 2014 AGM
  2. President’s Report
    To receive and consider the Presidents Report for the year ended 30 June 2015 and report on Accreditation Program for the period ending 30 June 2015
  3. Presentation of Annual Accounts
    To receive and consider the Financial Statements for the financial year ended 30 June 2015.
  4. Announcement of ARMS elections for 2015
    To announce the newly elected Executive for 2015/2016 as a result of elections held pursuant to the By-Laws
  5. Any Other Business.
    To consider any other business of which due notice has been given.

The ORCID Working Group* has been busy contacting institutions to determine their interest in joining an Australian ORCID consortium membership agreement, along with seeking feedback on the proposed Consortium Model.
ORCID is an international, interdisciplinary, open, not-for-profit organisation. Its core function is to provide a registry of unique, persistent, and resolvable person identifiers together with web services to enable interoperability through integration of identifiers into your research systems and workflows.
ARMS member institutions wishing to take part in the consultation are advised to first read the following:

  1. The Joint Statement of Principle - ORCID: Connecting Researchers and Research was launched on 14 April 2015 by representatives of the ORCID Working Group and is available here. This paper provides information on the ORCID initiative, its tangible benefits to researchers, institutions and the nation, and current ORCID institutional membership in Australia.
  2. The NHMRC and ARC Joint Statement on ORCID issued on 14 April 2015 is available here. This statement provides information on how ORCID is viewed by the research funding agencies.
  3. The ORCID Consortium membership and costs is outlined in the draft Australian ORCID Consortium Model document. This document also provides information on the role of the Consortium Host. It is available here.

This consultation will be distributed through multiple channels, however, we would appreciate each institution providing a single response on whether it is interested in joining the Consortium, preferably by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor - Research (DVC-R) or the equivalent Officer. Please provide your response no later than Monday 14 September 2015 to with the subject heading “institutional response.

We have also set up a web page for the ORCID consultation. It contains links to the Consortium Model and related documents. The web page is available here.
Thank you in advance for your participation. If you have any questions or comments, please contact with the subject heading, “questions” or “comments”.
*The ORCID Working Group is comprised of representatives from Universities Australia (UA), the Council of Australian University Librarians (CAUL), the Australasian Research Management Society (ARMS), the Australian National Data Service (ANDS), the Australian Access Federation (AAF), and the Council of Australian University Directors of Information Technology (CAUDIT).


Voting members of the Society will have recently received a link to an online voting poll. If you are a voting member and have not received this link, please contact the Returning Officer immediately,

Please note that the poll closes 5 PM AEST on 17 September 2015.


Date:                     23 November 2015
Location:               Macquarie University (location details to be confirmed)
Topic:                    Ethics in the Field
Audience:              Human ethics committee members, researchers and administrators
Further details about the event will be available shortly.



We are pleased to confirm that NHMRC and the Australian Research Council (ARC), in association with the Australasian Research Management Society (ARMS), will again be hosting a Research Administrators’ Seminar in November 2015.

The seminar is a valuable opportunity for both new and experienced Research Administration Officers to hear the latest updates from senior staff at ARC and NHMRC.

The seminar is to be held in Canberra on 16 and 17 November 2015. The venue for both days is Hotel Realm, 18 National Circuit, Barton ACT 2600.

Hotel Realm website
Attendees are being offering a discount of 10% off the best available accommodation rate. To access this rate, delegates can either call central reservations on 02 6163 1800, or email the team at: and reference the code ‘CORP’.
Car parking is available at Hotel Realm. Access to the car park is via lane way off Bourke Street.

Registrations are now open.
Please follow the link below to register for the RAO Seminar. Please remember that NHMRC and ARC are not responsible for accommodation or travel arrangements.
ARC/NHMRC Seminar Registration 2015

The NHMRC are also seeking expressions of interest from RAO’s to present on the following topics from the perspective of an RAO: Peer Review, Research Integrity and Research Administration. We have a small number of places available for RAO’s as speakers.
Please limit your submission to 500 words or less, advise which topic/s you wish to address and submit your expression of interest via by 30 September 2015.

ARC draft agenda (PDF, 77KB)
NHMRC draft agenda (PDF, 32KB)



Please click the below link to register now for the ARMS 2015 Conference! 

To make amendments to your registration please click on the link below

All registration prices are in AUD$
Early bird registrations have now closed.
Standard registration will be available from Wednesday 1 July 2015 until Monday 31 August 2015
Late registration will be available from Tuesday 1 September 2015

Conference Registration Includes:
Attendance at all Conference sessions
Welcome Reception on Wednesday 30 September 2015
Conference Dinner on Thursday 1 October 2015
Morning /afternoon teas and lunch as per program
Name badge, Conference handbook, satchel and delegate listing

Day Registration Includes:
Attendance at all Conference sessions (for selected day of attendance)
Morning /afternoon teas and lunch as per program (for selected day of attendance)
Name badge, Conference handbook, satchel and delegate listing

Pre Conference Professional Development Workshops, Accreditation Modules and Collaboration Meetings
Fees for Pre Conference Workshops, Accreditation Modules and Collaboration Meetings are additional to the Conference registration fee.

Professional Development Workshops

Early bird registration is available from Tuesday 30 June 2015
Standard registrations will be available from Wednesday 1 July 2015 until Monday 31 August 2015
Late registration will be available from Tuesday 1 September 2015
11th - 15th September 2016 
Invitation – INORMS 2016 Conference
The Australasian Research Management Society (ARMS) welcomes you to save the date for the International Network of Research Management Societies (INORMS) conference to be held in September 2016 in Melbourne, Australia.

The theme of the conference is Research Management in a Connected World. Program themes include “Collaboration, Coordination and Partnerships”, “Global Research Management”, Leadership and Culture” as well as specialist sessions.

Attendees from universities, CRCs, research institutes, government agencies and the private and not for profit sectors from around the world will share best practice and learnings. The conference will facilitate connections on a personal, collegial and institutional level.

Key Dates: Registration, Call for Abstracts and Papers opens 9 September, 2015. Early bird registration closes 9 June 2016.

Find out more at


The ARMS Foundation Accreditation Program delivery schedule is available on the website
For further enquiries, please contact the ARMS Administrative Officer, Tracey Kelly


The Australasian Research Management Society (ARMS)  is an international organisation dedicated to the professional development of research managers and administrators, the promotion of the profession of research management and the enhancement of the research enterprise.  The Society values a stronger, vibrant research sector in the region, high standards of research governance including the protection of integrity and ethics of research, and the profession of research management as integral to the research endeavour.

ARMS comprises over 2000 members from universities, medical research institutes, Commonwealth research agencies, State and federal government departments. It is structured into a number of Chapters, mainly based around Australian States but also New Zealand and Singapore -and includes Special Interest Groups convened around communities of specific research management issues.

Following the successful introduction of the ARMS Foundation Level Accreditation Program, the Society now wishes to introduce a Professional Level Accreditation Program aimed at enhancing the leadership, management and content skills of research managers.  Three core areas have been targeted which now form the basis for this call for tender.  These areas are described in three individual work packages as follows:

WORK PACKAGE 1 – Development and Delivery of Core Module Leadership, Management and Strategic Thinking Skills 

WORK PACKAGE 2 – Development and Delivery of Elective Modules 

WORK PACKAGE 3 – Group Moderator Package 

Applicants wishing to bid for one or more Work Packages should complete a Proposal Form for each Work Package and provide supporting documentation which addresses all nominated criteria and submit to the ARMS Chief Operating Officer, Ms Maria Zollo by 5.00pm eastern standard time 5 October 2015.

Further enquiries may also be directed to Maria Zollo, telephone +61 402 418 973.
The following modules will be delivered at the conference:

National Research and Innovation System in Singapore (compulsory module)
Nanyang Technological University
Tuesday 29 September
8:30am – 12:30pm
Covering the role of government, business, and higher education in the national research and innovation system; funding mechanisms; Codes and current issues.

Legislation as it affects research in Singapore (compulsory module)
Nanyang Technological University
Tuesday 29 September
1:00pm – 5:00pm
Covering the most common legislative frameworks affecting research in Australia.

Pre-Award Grants Processes (elective module)
Nanyang Technological University
Wednesday 30 September
8:30am – 12:30pm
Looking at the role of research administrators in pre-award grant processes, grants development programs, supporting researchers, and ‘grantsmanship’.

Research Data and Analytics (elective module)
Nanyang Technological University
Wednesday 30 September
1:30pm – 5:30pm
Management information systems, reporting, repositories, use of data to support strategy implementation; the emerging role of impact assessment.

Member - $360 per module
Non-Member - $460 per module

To register please click here.
Places are limited so register today to ensure your place in these modules. 
Please note registration is through the ARMS 2015 Conference
website. If you are already registered for the conference you can add these modules to your registration. Not registered, why not register today! 



Accredited members wishing to retain their accreditation will be required to commit 60 hours of Continuing Professional Education or CPE over a three year period. Claiming hours is simple to do: 
  1. Complete a CPE Claim Form available for download here. This form requires brief information on the type of event/activity, its applicability to research management and the ARMS accreditation program and must be countersigned by the member’s line manager.
  2. Then submit your form to the ARMS Executive Office where your form will be assessed by the Accreditation Council
Click here to view a recently approved CPE form.

Completed forms must be submitted to the ARMS Chief Operating Officer: Forms are reviewed (and approved) by the Accreditation Council. CPE hours will be recorded against each member's profile.

The ARMS Foundation Level Accreditation Program Policy Document details all requirements to achieve and maintain accreditation at the Foundation Level. For further details please read the ARMS Foundation Level Accreditation Program Policy Document
Accreditation Profile
We recently interviewed Mandy Pink, Research Administrator Officer from the Arts, Business and Law Research Hub at the University of Tasmania about her experience with the ARMS Foundation Level Accreditation Program.  
What does your work involve?
Working with academics and research teams in the pre-award stage of grants, I provide hands on advice on funding 
opportunities, grantsmanship, budgets and administrative processes, as well as broader guidance on developing and communicating a research agenda.

What were your expectations of ARMS Accreditation prior to commencing the modules?
I was new to research administration at the start of the program, having moved from a school executive officer role. I wanted to understand the broader context of research in Australia and to check the quality and relevance of the advice I am providing.
Can you give one example of something learned or developed during the Accreditation process that assisted you in your work?
An example of a query that would have had me stumped: ‘Why do my industry partners want me to waive my moral rights? I shouldn’t do that, should I?’  I now know how to provide context for these concerns.
What specific feature did you find (or have found) best about the Accreditation?
I appreciate the body of knowledge (modules materials). I have been surprised by how often I refer back to the module information.
How has Accreditation influenced what Research Management means to you?
It was a revelation that in grappling with the ambiguities of my everyday job I am participating in an emerging profession - great validation.
If you were to recommend ARMS Accreditation to a colleague or friend, what would you tell them?
The modules are not too onerous (trust me) and are designed to be applied to your work straight away. The value is in understanding the context of our work which makes it easier to explain to researchers why the dry research admin tasks are important.
Job Board
  • Pre-Award Services Coordinator, RMIT, due 13 September 2015
  • Research Projects Manager, Australian Catholic University, due 14 September 2015
  • University Veterinarian, University of Tasmania, due 14 September 2015
  • Manager of Research Integrity and Ethics, University of Tasmania, due 18 September 2015
  • Business Development Officer (Complementary Medicine and Health, Research Engagement, Development and Innovation, Western Sydney University, due 20 September 2015
  • Research Manager, The Kids Cancer Project, due 30 September 2015
  • Research Grants Officer, Australian Catholic University, due 4 October 2015
For details of the above positions, visit the ARMS Job Opportunities webpage. Corporate members can post vacancy notices on the site for free. 
Chapter News

ARMS November 2015 Publications Analysis Workshop

Following an enthusiastic response that saw the June event reach capacity within a few days of registration opening, the ARMS SA Chapter is holding a second Publications Analysis Workshop on 24th and 25th November 2015. This event will be free to employees and students of member institutions – including the University of Adelaide, University of South Australia, Flinders University and CSIRO, but also colleagues from ARMS member organisations outside South Australia.

The first day of the workshop will take attendees through a basic introduction to bibliometrics, the data and metrics involved, and how they are applied to measuring the output and performance of institutions, departments and individuals. The second day, which will take place in a computer lab, will give attendees hands-on experience with publication and citation analysis, using the tools you will have available at your institutions. Attendees may come to either or both days, but the second day assumes either existing knowledge of bibliometrics or attendance of the first day of the workshop, as well as basic MS Excel skills. Both days of the workshop will take place at the Waite Campus on Waite Road in Urrbrae.

If you would like to learn more about this important area of research management and assessment, please register for Day 1 of the November 2015 ARMS Publications Analysis Workshop here and register for Day 2 of the November 2015 ARMS Publications Analysis Workshop here.


A Meet and Greet network function with staff from the Curtin University Research Office was held in August following the WA Chapter Committee Meeting.  Attendees were asked to introduce themselves and explain what their role was within the research office.  This was followed by lots of discussions and card swopping, a great way to expand on your network.

A Workshop Survey was conducted using Survey Monkey seeking feedback on what type of professional development workshops and networking events members would like to see being held in WA.  The committee is now working hard on bringing the wish list together.
Special Interest Groups

Research Ethics & Integrity Special Interest Group

The Ethics & Integrity SIG has a number of activities, including workshops and key conference topics, at the upcoming Singapore conference to further the needs for its members. Building from this momentum there will be local events co-badged with ARMS Chapters on

 the topics of human research ethics, research integrity and research export controls. For updates and input keep an eye on the ARMS events pages or contact Dr Ted Rohr on E: or T: +61 2 9385 4235.
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