UP in ARMS - Issue 94

President's Update
September/October 2018

I begin by giving a very big vote of thanks and congratulations to the program and organising committees of the 2018 ARMS conference held in Hobart, led by Adele Kay and Dr Megan Dean. It was a wonderful venue and showcase to a special part of Australia, and I am happy to report that 564 delegates attended the conference and workshops over four days representing 13 countries. 

I would also like to thank the outgoing ARMS Board members, Louise Fleck and Dr Marina Delpin, for their substantial contribution to the Society over the last two years. Louise and Marina are part of a very large group of more than 80 volunteers who make our Society thrive. I would also take this opportunity to welcome our new ARMS Board members: Dr Ross McLennan who will fill the role of President-Elect; Dr Misty-Lee Palmer who will fill the role of Board Secretary; and Dr Johanna Barclay who will be a General Board member, refer to the below in this newsletter. A couple of comments are worth making on these appointments. Firstly, I am very pleased that Ross has agreed to take on the role of President-Elect and I look forward to working with him over the coming year as we transition to his Presidency. I also wish to mention Misty-Lee’s appointment because this is the first time someone from a funding agency has been appointed to the ARMS Board.  The Board views this as a significant step forward and testimony of the strong collaboration we have with our key stakeholders.

In our last edition of the newsletter I advised that the Board would formally launch our new ARMS Strategic Plan: Towards 2025 at the ARMS Conference. The new plan will guide culture and provide direction to decision-making and actions towards 2025 to ensure the delivery of ARMS’ mission for its members. A full copy of the new plan is available for download from the ARMS website.

Whilst all the activities of the September conference session were taking place, there were still other activities being progressed. A final date of 12th November 2018 has been set for a joint meeting of the Australian Research Council (ARC) and a select group of ARMS directors and mangers to look at reducing post-award administration burden, and so I hope to see some very positive outcomes from this workshop. Also, the penultimate version of an ARMS ARC Discovery Project Multi-Institutional Agreement (MIA) has been developed for all to use with a big thank you to the University of Melbourne for leading this important initiative.

Finally, I made mention at the recent Hobart conference that ARMS is likely to be moving into a new clothing line. Those that were able to attend the INORMS Congress in Edinburgh this June will have heard about INORMS Congress 2020 in Hiroshima where traditional Japanese spaces would feature in the presentation venues. These will require attendees to remove shoes and hence the need for good quality socks. So we are going to be launching ‘ARMS Socks’… which is kind of counter-intuitive but hey…    

Dr Campbell Thomson
ARMS President 

ARMS Board Member Announcement 
Welcome to the new Board of ARMS

Following the Annual General Meeting of ARMS held on the 20th of September 2018 at Hotel Grand Chancellor, Hobart, we welcome the new Board of ARMS:

  • Dr Campbell Thomson, President 
  • Dr Ross McLennan, President Elect 
  • Connie Mogg, Treasurer 
  • Dr Misty-Lee Palmer, Secretary 
  • Dr Johanna Barclay, General Board Member
  • Ian McIntosh, General Board Member
  • Tania Tambiah, General Board Member
  • Dr Bryony Wakefield, General Board Member

We also acknowledge the important contributions of the outgoing Board members:

  • Louise Fleck, Departing General Board Member  
  • Dr Marina Delpin, Departing Secretary

2018 NHMRC RAO Information Session
9am - 4pm, Wednesday 31st October, Canberra

The NHMRC is offering a RAO Information session, which will be an opportunity to learn more about NHMRC’s new grant program and their new grant management system (Sapphire). NHMRC invites Research Administration Officers to register by 24 October 2018, or until the event is fully subscribed. Spaces are limited to two attendees per institution (there will not be an allocation per institution - registrations will be accepted in the order received). Register now through Eventbrite.
Please contact NHMRC with any enquiries: 1800 500 983


2018 Research Administrators' (RA) Seminar
8:30am - 5pm, Thursday 1st November, Canberra

The 2018 Research Administrators’ (RA) Seminar will be held on 1 November 2018 at the Canberra Rex Hotel in association with ARMS. The all day seminar will be followed by networking drinks from 5pm - 6pm.

The content for this year’s event will be for the benefit of early career Research Office Administrators. If you would like to attend this event, please have a conversation with your director about attendance. Enquiries can be made to:

ARMS Foundation Level Accreditation Modules
Friday 2nd November, ANU
The ARMS ACT Chapter are offering Foundation Level Accreditation Modules following the NHMRC and ARC Seminars. It's a great opportunity to attend some modules if you're travelling for the NHMRC or ARC seminars or if you live in the ACT. Read further details about these modules here or visit our website.

Research Administrator Day 
Annual ARMS Competition

Research Administer Day was recently celebrated on the 25th of September. To acknowledge the day, ARMS held an annual competition where we asked members to send in a short feature article and photos of how the day was celebrated.

We received some great entries which can be viewed on our website here, but there can only be one winner of the two bottles of Moët (or equivalent)! And the winner is... the Office of Research Enterprise team at the University of Western Australia for their creative comic strip entry! Well done!
View larger copy here.
ARMS 2018 Conference Gala Dinner  
Award Ceremony Recipients
At the recent ARMS 2019 Conference Gala Dinner, the following recipients were announced:

University Office Travel Award
The University Office Travel award was created to provide support to one ARMS Accredited Research Manager (Foundation) to attend the annual conference.

Congratulations to:
  • 2018 University Office Travel Award - Katie Donnelly, Federation University 
Katie Donnelly accepting her award with Todd Melville from University Office.
ARMS/CSIRO Awards for Excellence in Research Management Practice
These awards recognise outstanding contributions made by an individual or team that have enhanced the profession of research management and administration, and reflect the goals of ARMS.

Congratulations to the following recipients:
  • Team (Leading Change) - La Trobe University Consulting and Contracts Team - Led by Amanda Smith, including Justin Manzano, Phil Tang, Elizabeth Torney, Christine Atzis
  • Team (Providing Quality Customer Service) - Macquarie University, Proposals Team - Led by Anita Quinn, including Rebecca Syler, Fiona Collison, Carolyn Munnoch, Lyn Schedlich and Heidi Worsley
A special acknowledgement was also made to the MDHS Research Development Team at the University of Melbourne led by Anna Coppell including Nikki Fisher, David Garland, David Lane, Krista Levey, Monique O'Callaghan, Ryan Perera, Samuel Rowland, Suzy Ryan, Barbara Slattery, Alison Timms and Bryony Wakefield.
L: Members of La Trobe University Team accepting award; R: Members of Macquarie University Team accepting award.
Presentation of Fellows of ARMS
 Fellows of ARMS are part of a fellowship program which recognises individuals who have made an enduring and substantial contribution to research management as a practitioner, mentor, trainer or advocate in the research management profession.

Congratulations to the following recipients:
  • Dr Tania Bezzobs, Swinburne University of Technology
  • Professor Moira Clay, Moira Clay Consulting
L: Dr Bezzobs accepting her award; R: Peter Hicks accepting award on behalf of Moira Clay.
Presentation of Professional Level Accreditation Program Certificates
The Professional Level Accreditation Program (now renamed the Advanced Level Accreditation Program) is designed for mid to senior research managers who wish to enhance their leadership, management and content skills to become more effective research leaders in the rapidly evolving research and innovation sector. 

We formally congratulate our 2017 cohort:
  • Emily Brennan, Macquarie University
  • Monique O'Callaghan, The University of Melbourne
  • Helen Partridge, Monash University
  • Natalie Precians, Australian Catholic University
  • Robert Roche, University of Western Australia
  • Bryony Wakefield, The University of Melbourne
  • Lisa Yen, ARC Centre for Excellence in Cognition and its Disorders, Macquarie University
  • Tsharni Zazryn, Monash University
L: Helen Partridge accepting her certificate; R: Robert Roche accepting his certificate.
L: Bryony Wakefield accepting her certificate; R: Tsharni Zazryn accepting her certificate.
ARMS-NCURA Fellowship Program 2019
Applications Closing 31 October

The National Council of University Research Administrators (NCURA) and the Australasian Research Management Society (ARMS) are calling for applications for the 2019 Fellowship Program.

The ARMS-NCURA Fellowship Program is a joint initiative between the two organisations and is intended to reduce barriers to global research administration and create an administrative environment conducive to global research collaboration.
The program will provide an opportunity for ARMS members to travel to an NCURA host institution in the USA where they will immerse themselves in a program of mutual learning and knowledge exchange.
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Fellows are expected to impart their experiences and knowledge of how research management operates at their institution, identify best practices at and local knowledge of the host institution, and to respect all appropriate organisational rules and cultural practices. Fellows will also be asked to present at chapter and national conferences.
For 2019, ARMS will support up to two (2) fellowships at AUD $3000 each to contribute towards travel costs. It is expected that additional costs will be borne by the Fellow or the Fellow’s institution.

For more information and to apply, visit the ARMS website.

Applications close 31st October, 11.59pm (AEDT). Late applications will not be accepted.
The ARMS Board is now calling for membership from current members to serve on the Governance, Finance and Audit Committee.
Purpose of the Governance, Finance and Audit Committee
The GFAC will ensure that there is a robust and effective process for evaluating the performance of the Board and Board Standing Committees, and ensure the Board fulfils its legal and functional responsibilities.  Further, the GFAC supports the Board with maintaining the By-Laws and reviewing or developing other policies as necessary.  It shall oversee the rigour and independence of the election processes as well as assist the Board in fulfilling their financial responsibilities by overseeing the development and review of financial reports, assessing systems of internal controls and adequacy of risk management as well as facilitating auditing processes. Please refer to the Committee Terms of Reference for further details.
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Application Process
Interested members are required to complete an EOI template to register their interest.
All applications will be assessed by the GFAC. EOIs will be assessed against a range of skills and experience criteria which are required to be addressed by the applicant.
Note that if the number of nominees considered suitable exceeds the number of vacancies available then a ballot must be held, otherwise the suitable nominees will be deemed elected. 
For further details including guidelines, terms of reference and EOI template,  visit the website.
Any further enquiries can be directed to Brett Dobson, ARMS GFAC Executive Officer - email  or telephone +61 8 8201 2610.
EOIs are due 5PM AEDST on the 5 November 2018 to 
ARMS Education and Professional Development Committee (EPDC)
New Members Appointed

Following a recent call for membership to the Education and Professional Development Committee, the ARMS Board is pleased to announce the new members:

  • Chris Morrissy, CSIRO
  • Heather Thomas, University of Canterbury
  • Colm Halbert, UTS
  • Monique O’Callaghan, University of Melbourne

These members will be joined by existing members Ian McIntosh, Victoria University of Wellington (ARMS Board Liaison) and Denise Greenwood, Auckland University.

The EPDC oversees the operational management and delivery of the Accreditation Program (Foundation and Advanced) and other society-wide professional development activities.  Full details about the EPDC are available on the ARMS website  

RMIT University 2018 Business Research Showcase
Technological Convergence

The RMIT Business Research Office is pleased to invite you to the 2018 Business Research Showcase.

A highlight of the College of Business research events calendar, the Showcase celebrates the College’s excellent research with a three day schedule packed with panel discussions, research pitches, an HDR poster competition and the College's annual Research Excellence Awards.

The theme of Technological Convergence will bring together academics and industry experts to discuss topics including big data, blockchain, digital ethics, blockchain and much more.

Dates: 23-25 October 2018

Times: 9.30am-5pm each day

Location: Room 10, Level 11, Building 80

This is a free event open to academics, students and external guests, and you are welcome to share this email within your networks.

Please click the red button to visit the event website and to register.

Look out for further announcements in the coming months. We look forward to seeing you there!
RMIT Business Research Office

2018 ARMS Chapter Travel Award Winner  
What I learned at the ARMS 2018 Conference - Penny Chapman

Working within a small team at a research centre at the University of Newcastle (UON), I have become increasingly involved in research management and administration tasks. Having attended this conference, I learned about the many strategies that individuals, faculties and divisions have implemented in order to manage the ever changing landscape of research.

The two research themes which were of primary interest to me were “Collaboration and multidisciplinary projects’ and ‘Research funding’. Working with industry is a major component in the success of our Centre. I was fortunate to hear a number of people speak on the value of partnering with various industry stakeholders including how to leverage industry knowledge, as well as how to collaborate more effectively to understand and satisfy the expectations of stakeholders. Across all the conference sessions there was a very strong focus on achieving impact from research, and not just academic impact, but the practice of engagement and the achievement of impact in the real world and the role that research administrators can play in this.
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One of the other really interesting talks for me was from Dr Andy Flies – Sharing Science beyond the walls of academia. Dr Flies discussed his involvement in launching ‘Science at the Pub’, which essentially encourages an interest in learning about scientific subjects beyond the realms of an education institution. The target demographic of the audience at these events were non-university educated people. The majority of the research work we do through our centre at the UON is with male-dominated participants, and it can be a difficult task to engage some of these participants in research. This talk was therefore of particular interest as an innovative way of engaging people in science and research.

The conference was also a great opportunity to network with other administrators and managers. In building these strategic relationships, I can not only tap into a wealth of knowledge and expertise at other universities to improve the systems and processes we have in place at our centre, but I can also benefit through these relationships in terms of my own professional development and increase my knowledge and skills base. One of the barriers that exists for non-academic staff is access to funding for professional development opportunities. Being able to tap into the ARMS network and build new relationships through networking and mentoring is incredibly beneficial.

Attending the conference also increased my knowledge of benchmarking best practice in research management across the sector. It is estimated that there are currently in excess of 26,000 research management professionals that contribute to the research and innovation system globally, hence it is an essential profession which is now internationally recognised. Being engaged with ARMS provides the opportunity to collaborate with other research professionals and share knowledge and experiences. 

This conference exceeded my expectations and I sincerely thank the ARMS Committee and award selection panel for providing me with the opportunity to attend this event. Hobart was also a wonderful destination to hold the conference. The organisation and professionalism of the staff at the conference venue were outstanding.  

2018 INORMS Travel Award Winner  
Nicole Rice, Southern Cross University

Firstly, I would like to express my gratitude to ARMS, as without the support of a travel award my attendance at INORMS 2018 in Edinburgh would not have been possible. INORMS 2018 presented an opportunity for myself, together with my colleagues, Dr Lynette Browning and Professor Drew Dawson, from Central Queensland University to present on the concept of our collaborative program for mid-career researcher development which involves Southern Cross University, Central Queensland University and University of Sunshine Coast.

Attending INORMS presented a unique opportunity to continue existing, and initiate new discussions, with others in the research sector who are involved in researcher development programs. The ability to build working networks with international peers provides insight into the strategies which are working for other universities and institutions.
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Outside of the plenary sessions, the conference organisers selected to run the majority of workshop presentations using the Pecha Kucha format where each presentation consists of 20 slides which automatically progress every 20 seconds. This was quite successful as it ensured presentations ran to the allocated time and remained on topic. It was very pleasing to see that the committee also chose to give their opening presentations using this style. The Pecha Kucha style challenged those of us new to this format and allowed us to absorb many useful tips for this presentation style from those who are more experienced.

Our presentation on mid-career researcher development was part of the morning session on Wednesday 6 June 2018 and we were one of eight Pecha Kucha’s during this session. All eight presentations focussed on researcher capacity development and the importance of programs and training which encourage individuals to achieve and take on leadership roles. The importance of mentoring was central to many presentations on the development of research capacity. The networking with the other presenters continued after the session over lunch and then again at the conference dinner that evening.

The assessment of engagement and research impact continued to feature throughout the program with some presenters outlining the importance of equipping researchers with the skills required to think about designing their research from the outcome. For institutions in Australia, the experiences shared by our peers in the UK are quite relevant as they explained the processes they have used to prepare for each round of the REF.

Overall, all of the sessions I attended were informative and the number and quality of poster presentations was particularly high. The organising committee did a wonderful job of encouraging poster presentations and ensuring the program of poster presentations were well advertised. I would strongly encourage individuals to consider presenting either a poster or an oral at a future ARMS or INORMS conference. The contribution of the experience of research managers and administrators facilitates a broader understanding of experiences and influences development and implementation of best practice. The ability to learn from the experiences of others through the facilitated discussion networks at these conferences cannot be underestimated.

ARMS 2018 Hobart Conference
18th - 21st September, Hobart

Thank you to all who attended and participated in what was a wonderfully successful ARMS 2018 Conference! Information on the program and links to conference photos and presentation slides can be found on the conference website. 

We would also like to congratulate again the following Presentation Prize Winners:

Poster 30 – Dr Ventia Josceleyne, University of Tasmania
 “Ideas to Impact: Creating change through connected activities”


Poster 20 – Rebecca David, RMIT University
“The Elusive Cat3: Capturing philanthropic support for research funding”

Awarded to the top three ranked presentations, as voted for by delegates through the conference app

From Concurrent Session 9, Dr Che O’May, University of Tasmania
“A Game of Grants – Targeted Grant Development Support Based on Reviewer Comments”

 From Concurrent Session 10, Dr Faith Welch, University of Auckland
“The Art of Developing a University Research Impact Strategy – lessons-learnt from the University of Auckland”

 From Concurrent Session 4, Alicia Peart and Lucy Jowett, Northumbria University
“Turning up the heat on research Impact: Creating a systematic whole institution review of Impact that’s a catalyst for change”

ARMS 2018 Conference Website
Australasian Research Ethics Network Conference
26th - 28th September, Townsville
The Australasian Ethics Network (AEN) Conference was held in Townsville from the 26th - 28th of September. Thank you to all who attended. Information on the program and presentation slides can be found on the conference website. 

We also wish to congratulate again the following Presentation Prize winners:

Developing relationships, engagement and consent stream
Etivina Lovo, Fiji National University - "Engaging Indigenous Pacific Islands Communities in Bioethical Research" 

Embracing and increasing knowledge stream
Tony Callahan, University of Melbourne - "Ethics reviewers - what can we learn from each other?"

Accountability and integrity stream
Dr Geraldene Mackay, Clinical Social Worker - "Qualitative Research in Mental health Should Not Claim"

Interested in hosting the next AEN 2020 Conference?
Contact for information on how to submit a proposal.
AEN 2018 Conference Website
ARMS 2019 Conference
17th - 20th September, Adelaide

SAVE THE DATE! The 20th Australasian Research Management Society Conference will be held in Adelaide, South Australia. The theme of the 2019 conference is “Research management excellence and impact: It’s our business”.

Adelaide is well known for its rich diversity of academic research and innovative culture, but did you know it boasts a rich and vibrant arts scene and a serious food and wine culture for those foodies and wine buffs amongst us!

In 2019 we also celebrate the 20th Anniversary of ARMS. In celebrating our 20th anniversary milestone we will take the opportunity to also acknowledge the contributions of some key past members who played a significant role establishing the Society as it is today with more than 3000 members, and recognise areas of current best practice.

The ARMS 2019 Adelaide Conference website is now live, keep an eye out for all the latest announcements!

ARMS 2019 Conference Website
25th - 27th March, Hawaii

Are you a disruptor, a trailblazer, or someone seeking fresh ideas to invigorate your institutions research management practices? If you are, this meeting is for you...

Free in March next year? Be sure to consider locking in your diary our collaboration with the Society of Research Administrators International (SRA International). Both ARMS and SRA International will be hosting a joint meeting in 2019 designed for middle to senior level research management professionals under the theme of “Disruptive Trends in Global Research Management”. The theme aims to challenge the research management paradigm to embrace new technologies and emerging research in a data driven world. Focus will be placed on how institutions, and research managers and administrators, can prepare for disruptive technologies, big data, open science and AI, to name a few emerging research trends. 

Abstract submissions are now open and will close on Wednesday 31 October 2018. Individuals and organisations are invited to submit an abstract to deliver an oral presentation at the meeting. We are also accepting submissions for half day workshops. Abstracts should be no more than 250 words and outline the aims, contents and conclusions of the presentation

Detailed information on how to submit an abstract can be found on the conference website here. 


Registration for the meeting is now open and details on how you can register online, or via email can be found here. Accommodation options at the meeting venue have also been organised and information can be found here. For any registration enquiries, please contact

We invite your organisation to partner with the SRAI-ARMS Meeting in 2019. Sponsorship information can be downloaded here.
For any further enquiries, please contact
SRAI-ARMS 2019 Meeting Website
Research Information and Reporting SIG Event
Engagement and Impact (EI 2018) Debrief Session
By mid-July this year, Australian universities submitted their first full submissions for the Australian Research Council (ARC) facilitated Engagement and Impact Assessment (EI 2018) which is examining how universities are translating their research into economic, environmental, social and other benefits.  This session will be an opportunity for members to debrief regarding their experiences preparing submissions including major issues encountered and lessons learned.  This may include, for example, comparing approaches for determination of “end-users” and their cash contributions, additional engagement indicator data prepared and submitted across disciplines, strategies for development of research impact case studies and how institutions are preparing for the next EI, likely to occur in 2021.
Date/Time: Tuesday, 30th October 2018, 1pm – 3pm (AEDT)
Location: Zoom Meeting ID 794 427 2070 ( or join by phone +61 2 8015 2088
Registration: ARMS Members - Please login to the ARMS portal and register via the Events page.
ARMS Research Systems Best Practice Community

Following on from a productive session in August, a shared Office365 site has been setup to facilitate institutions sharing information about the systems they use to manage research in a standardised, easily accessible format. Already over twenty different participants from 14 institutions have signed up to be part of this initiative. If you would like to be part of this contact Jeremy Gibson ( or read the groups terms of reference here.

WA Chapter
Chapter Update

After recognising that Western Australia needs more events to get all sides of research collaboration in the room to help break down the barriers, demystify roles and expectations, make connections, and develop some shared ideas of best practice, the WA Chapter organised a Science meets Administrators meets Business event!
On Thursday 27 September, research administrators and researchers from all five of the WA universities and some of the independent research institutes, along with industry/government representatives from organisations such as WA Health, CSIRO, Anglicare, GHD, Landgate and Perth Convention Bureau, gathered in the amazing facilities of Liberty Flexible Workspaces for the first event in WA, bringing together all stakeholder groups to share ideas about ways to bridge the gap between research organisations and industry. Dr Natasha Ayers (Managing Director of AgriStart and UniBiz Connect) facilitated a fantastic brainstorming session and Prof Simon McKirdy shared his insights with a case study of the Murdoch University Harry Butler Institute. Dr Ayers and Prof McKirdy provided examples of good research management practices and the need for less competition and more collaboration between all of the universities and research institutes to create successful research partnerships for the good of the state.
There was a buzz in the room – industry representatives asking researchers about their work, research managers asking researchers and industry representatives how they can help make more connections. People meeting people they would otherwise never have connected with, talking about the fundamental divide between industry and research. Everyone had something of value to contribute. The main consensus was that WA needs more events like this, providing opportunities to connect - to get all sides in the room to chat about the wicked problems that we can only solve together!

ARMS Advanced Level Accreditation Program
EOIs for 2018/2019 closing soon!

The Society is now calling for applications to join the 2018/19 cohort for its Advanced Level Accreditation Program (formerly known as the Professional Level Accreditation Program) aimed at developing leaders in research management. This comprehensive program combines contemporary leadership theory and practice grounded in a research management context. It includes a blend of learning styles incorporating taught material with case studies, group learning, workplace assignments and individual mentoring. Electives give participants a deep knowledge of contemporary issues in research including research impact, international funding programs, data analysis and more. The program is developed and delivered by leaders in research management and will be directly applicable to mid-senior level research managers in universities, hospitals, research institutes and research agencies, government and funding bodies.
Want to find out more?
Visit the website for full details. 

How do I apply?
To apply for the Advanced Level Accreditation Program, please complete the application form and return to the ARMS Administrative Officer 
by 5 PM AEDT 19 October 2018

ARMS Foundation Level Accreditation 2018 Program - Register Today!
Have you considered the ARMS Foundation Level Accreditation for your professional development needs in 2018? 

The program is designed for persons either new to research management (1-3 years); those with longer experience wishing to refresh their knowledge; and/or those who may have specialised on one specific area of research management but wish to broaden their knowledge areas.


"As a researcher for over 20 years, I entered the research management space with a different approach, that of applying for grants and funding from a research prospective. I completed the Foundation program 5 years into the role, and found it was valuable in focusing some of my tasks to the critical aspects. In some modules it was a strong reminder of the areas of importance to both researchers and institutes, and for other modules it set frame work to structure the work flow much better. The modules also allowed for a range of open discussions which highlighted the differences in approaches between a range of institutes, and how these might be valuable in the area in which I work in a smaller medical research institute. As part of the Foundation program there is the requirement for completing  ongoing training, thus supporting the need to continue to be educated and up to date. Through this program I have also continued to create networks within the Scientific Support space that have been extremely useful in my roles".

Kerryn Westcott, Grants/Ethics/ACRF Centre Project Manager
Olivia Newton-John Cancer Research Institute.

Modules can be taken as stand-alone units or as part of the broader Foundation Level Accreditation Program. So what are you waiting for? Become part of a growing network of Accredited Research Managers or ARMF(s) in 2018!

Bookings for the remainder of 2018 can be made via the ARMS Portal. The schedule is featured below.

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The cost per module is $365 for ARMS members and $465 for non-members (GST incl where applicable). This fee includes pre-reading material, online assessment, presentation by an endorsed ARMS Training Fellow and refreshments on the day. Our cancellation policy can be reviewed here.

In-house Delivery
Did you know that in-house delivery of the Foundation Program is available? This was very successful in 2017 as it enabled delivery of our programs to non-traditional delivery sites. Whether you would like your staff to complete one module or complete the entire Foundation Level Accreditation Program, we can customise a program to suit your needs. Conditions apply, enquire today.
For further information about the Foundation modules and the Foundation Accreditation program, please see the ARMS website or contact the ARMS Administration Officer on +61 08 8201 5592 or at
2018 ARMS Foundation Level Accreditation Program Schedule
New South Wales Chapter
Currently available:
26-Oct National Research and Innovation System in Australia, University of Technology Sydney
26-Oct Legislation as it affects Research in Australia, University of Technology Sydney
5-Nov Research Finance, University of New South Wales
5-Nov Research Integrity, University of New South Wales
Registrations opening soon:
19-Nov HDR Candidature Management, University of Technology Sydney
19-Nov HDR Admissions and Completions, University of Technology Sydney
Western Australia Chapter
22-Oct Working with Industry, Curtin University
22-Oct Research Finance, Curtin University
20-Nov Research Ethics - Human and Animal, University of Western Australia
20-Nov Research Integrity, University of Western Australia
Queensland, the Northern Territory and Papua New Guinea Chapter
29-Oct Higher Degree by Research Scholarships, Griffith University
29-Oct Higher Degree by Research International Partnerships, Griffith University    
Australian Capital Territory Chapter
Attending the ARC RAO Seminar? These modules are scheduled for the next day:
2-Nov National Research and Innovation System in Australia, University of Technology Sydney
2-Nov Understanding Research and Researchers
2-Nov Pre-Award Grant Processes

ARMS members can register for these modules by logging into to user portal and selecting the "Events" link. For non-member regsitrations and any other accreditation enquiries, please contact
For details of the below positions, visit the ARMS Job Opportunities webpage. Corporate members can post vacancy notices on the site at no charge.
Organisation Position Closing
Australian Catholic University Senior Research Officer 18-Oct
Monash University Partnerships and Business Development Manager 18-Oct
University of South Australia Project Officer to the Dean of Graduate Studies 23-Oct
Australian Catholic University Research Fellow, School of Psychology 23-Oct
Australian Catholic University Research Project Officer x 2 24-Oct
Specialist Health Services Strategic Manager (Papua New Guinea) 28-Oct
Swinburne University Finance Analyst - Research Office 29-Oct
Vertigo Ventures Business Dev/Client Relationship Manager 31-Oct
University of Technology, Sydney Director, Research and Innovation Office 7-Nov
ARMS acknowledges the generous support of our corporate partners:

ARMS Executive Office Contacts:
Maria Zollo
ARMS Chief Operating Officer
Phone: +61 8 8201 2525

Brett Dobson
ARMS Management Accountant
Phone: +61 8 8201 2610

Grace Mulraney
ARMS Conference and Major Events Coordinator 
Phone: +61 8 8201 2911

Bridget Jay
ARMS Accreditation Program Administrator
Phone: +61 8 8201 5592

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