UP in ARMS - Issue 105
MONTHLY NEWSLETTER OF ARMS
PRESIDENT'S UPDATEMay 2020
I hope that you and your loved ones are well and staying safe, and that you each have access to all of the supports that you require in these challenging times.
I’m finding it hard to believe that it is 65 days since I last wrote something for the Up in ARMS newsletter.
February 2020 seems a lifetime ago, and also as if it has only just finished. So much has happened in these past two months. It sometimes feels as if the whole world has changed. In many ways it has.
In addition to the restrictions on travel and gatherings; most of us are working very differently to how we ever have before. Not only in terms of location and an even more pronounced reliance on technology, but also adopting new modes of communication, needing to rapidly change processes and procedures, and supporting researchers navigate an unprecedented and uncertain external environment. As I’ve said before, the stories I have heard from across the ARMS community of the ways in which we as a profession have navigated our way through these uncharted waters have been phenomenal. Everyone should take a moment to look back on all that you have achieved this year and feel rightly proud of all that has been accomplished.
To provide an opportunity for us to share these stories, ARMS will shortly be releasing details about the first of two additional events to be held across 2020. Running across a week in late May/ early June, a series of short, online, interactive sessions will be fora for discussion about how the community has reacted and responded to the COVID-19 pandemic. I have already been fortunate to have conversations with many colleagues from across Australia, New Zealand, and Singapore and have been reassured and inspired by each of them. Our hope is that by sharing our experiences, members will be able to implement new ideas into their daily practices and identify opportunities for further discussions and collaborations.
Importantly, these achievements have come whilst dealing with the myriad impacts of this crisis beyond the walls of work. The physical distances between work, education, family, have been reduced, whilst the distances between people have increased. So many of us have been challenged by this, each in their own way.
I have been heartened by the steps that many have taken to look out for their colleagues and to use professional and social networks to maintain and build connections during this potentially isolating situation. Acknowledging this element of the crisis has been high on ARMS’ agenda. In addition to some PD Sessions @ Zoom workshops focused on mental health and effective working from home practices, we have now established a wellbeing resource page on the website – including links to sources of support and videos from recent webinars. Now more than ever, it is important to connect with peers and to continue to develop your knowledge, skills, and experience. ARMS is committed to delivering high quality services and supports – throughout the course of this pandemic we will continue to provide opportunities for you to connect, to learn, and to develop your professional expertise. Until such point that we can meet again – best wishes and keep well.
Dr Ross McLennanARMS President
WHAT'S UP in ARMS?
Update from the ARMS Board
ARMS understands the importance of maintaining engagement with our peers in the research and research management communities, especially during periods of uncertainty such as that posed by this current pandemic. As such, ARMS, like many organisations, is examining alternative methods of delivering our range of services, while ensuring that the quality of benefits is maintained.
We are working closely with a range of stakeholders and member volunteers to provide regular networking, education and training programs to all our members. Here is a snapshot of some initiatives we are implementing to ensure that we continue to provide learning and professional development opportunities for our members, your colleagues, through this difficult period:
• ARMS Annual Conference – In the interests of public safety and wellbeing, and understanding the financial pressures that institutions are facing in 2020 in response to the impacts of the pandemic, the ARMS Board has taken the decision to cancel this year’s event. The Conference will instead be delivered in Perth in September 2021 at the Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre with the same theme “Disrupting the status quo: challenging the research and innovation culture to advance the research enterprise” - which will be even more relevant in 2021 as it is now! We encourage you to attend and participate in this event.
• ARMS AEN Conference – The AEN Advisory Committee have had lengthy discussions regarding the 2020 Conference delivery. In the interests of safety and wellbeing of our conference delegates and support staff, the committee has regrettably decided to postpone the 2020 Melbourne Conference for delivery in 2021 with dates to be confirmed.
• Virtual event available to all members - To ensure that members still have an opportunity to connect with others across the sector, the ARMS Board has given approval to deliver a virtual online professional development event (date to be confirmed) which may offer a blend of online and face to face Chapter-based networking options (pending further advice from authorities on public gatherings). This is by no means intended to replace our flagship conference, but instead offers members an opportunity to stay connected and to celebrate our achievements and more importantly our resilience as a profession in making it through a very tough year. We will be providing more information about this event in the near future as timelines become clearer.
• PD Sessions @ Zoom - A popular offering last year and proving even more popular in this current climate. Members will have access to a range of one-hour webinar offerings free of charge on a range of topics pertinent to the profession. Refer to separate article in this newsletter for full details.
• Delivery of Foundation Level Accreditation Program (FLAP) - While the FLAP has traditionally been delivered in a face to face workshop style, ARMS will be temporarily transitioning some of its workshops online via zoom to ensure that members continue to access the necessary training. It is also important to note that ARMS has also invested heavily in online delivery of its FLAP program and will later this month launch its first online module on the National Research and Innovation System in Australia. Details will be provided to the ARMS community shortly.
• Advanced Level Accreditation Program (ALAP) – The ALAP provides research training which focuses on leadership and strategic thinking for mid to senior level research management professionals. This intensive, 8-month program is uniquely placed to deliver leadership, advanced management and strategic thinking skills in a research management context. While the ALAP has been designed as an in-house residential program, we are currently working with all our commissioned Service Providers to consider alternative delivery methods for the various elements that comprise the ALAP. Places are still available for our 2020 cohort. For enquiries, please contact the ARMS Accreditation Program Administrator firstname.lastname@example.org
• ARMS Winter School 2020 - ARMS will this year be delivering its annual Winter School as a webinar series, with a wide range of workshop topics on offer:
• Advanced Clinical Research Management; • Assessing the Societal Benefits of Research;• Business Process Improvement in Research Management;• Data Driven Research Improvement; • Development of Institutional Research Talent; • Securing International Research Funding; and • Managing Complex Strategic Partnerships.
Interested in attending? email email@example.com and visit the website for more details.
Global research study into people's challenges and experiences whilst working from home, even on a part time basis, during COVID-19
Researchers from Curtin University are conducting a global research study into people's challenges and experiences whilst working from home, even on a part time basis, during COVID-19.
The research involves a series of multiple surveys over the next several months, asking you about your work, your well-being, your productivity, and other related aspects.
This research is very important and will be used to develop practical guidelines to improve people's health, well-being, and productivity. Participation is entirely voluntary (with just some small taken of appreciation, such as a personalised feedback report after the third survey and a voucher after the fourth survey) and the research conforms to Curtin University's ethics process. More details about the survey are here:
You can directly take the survey here
MENTAL HEALTH IN A COVID-19 WORLD
PD Sessions @ ZOOM
- SAVE THE DATES -
PD Sessions @ Zoom are scheduled between 12 pm and 1 pm AEST
(AEDT October to April) unless noted otherwise.
ARMAs and ARMFs - Note that these sessions will automatically accrue 1 hour of Continuing Professional Development (CPD).
Information on each session, including registration and Zoom log-in details, will be sent to ARMS members prior to each event and posted as an event on the ARMS Events page.
May 7th - ThursdaySpecial Guest
The upside of COVID-19 – flipping our mindsets away from ‘crisis and challenges’ to ‘adaption and opportunity’
Presenter(s): Adam Lamb, Entrepreneur and Innovator, Mentor/Coach, Speaker, Angel Investor
May 13 - WednesdayARMS BoardFuture Research Management Leaders Webinar
Facilitator: Mr Steve Hannan from the University of Newcastle.
Panel members:• Professor Zee Upton – Executive Director – Skin Research Institute of Singapore (A*Star)• Dr Campbell Thomson – Director of Office of Research Enterprise, University of Western Australia• Dr Maxine Bryant - Director Research Services, University of Canterbury• Mr Alistair Duncan – Executive Director, Research Office – La Trobe University
June 2nd - FridayACT ChapterShaking Hands with Uncle Sam: a journey to increase US funding
Presenter(s): Paul Harris, Director of ANU, North American Liaison Office; Marie-Helen Rousseau, Manager of ANU, Research Funding and Development Office and David Sprinkle, ANU, Research Coordinator, Research Funding and Development Office
July - TBCSingapore Chapter
Topic: TBCPresenter(s): TBC
August 26th - WednesdayTasmania Chapter
Writing a strong job application for the research administration sector.
Presenter(s): Dr Regina Magierowski
September 10th - Thursday
Health and Medical Research Special Interest Group
Mental Health Management for Research Management Professionals
Presenter(s): Dr Debra Wood, University of Canberra
October - TBCQLD/ NT /PNG Chapter Post WA Conference Wrap-Up Presenter(s): TBC
October 13th - TuesdayNSW Chapter
“Grantsmanship on a shoestring: a time-efficient approach”
Presenter(s): Dr Thorsten Kostulski and Dr James Walsh, UTS Research Capability and Development Team
November 10th - TuesdayNZ/Pacific Island Chapter
Removing the anxiety around Indigenous engagement and conversations
Presenter(s): Ms Jaylene Wehipeihana, University of Auckland and Dr Faith Welch, University of Auckland
December 2nd - WednesdayVIC Chapter
Our Identity: Research Management as a profession in a global context
Presenter(s): Dr Bryony Wakefield
Date TBCNZ/Pacific Islands Chapter
Topic: TBC Presenter(s): TBC
CONTINUING PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT (CPD) UPDATE!
Accredited Research Managers (Foundation) or ARMFS and Accredited Research Managers (Advanced) or ARMAs, PLEASE NOTE:
CPD has a brand new look, name, and a number of considered changes.
Accredited members (ARMFs and ARMAs) can expect to receive an email next week which will detail the ways CPD is now managed and recorded in the new portal. Here are some of the key changes to expect:
Should you have any questions or concerns regarding CPD please contact the ARMS Accreditation Program Administrator email firstname.lastname@example.org
Chapter and SIG Updates/Events
During the COVID-19 pandemic, Chapter and Special Interest Groups (SIGs) have been instructed to consider alternative ways to deliver local events. Some of these events now form part of the PD Sessions @ Zoom series, enabling all ARMS members access to much needed content during this period.
From the SA Chapter Committee
SA Chapter members will have recently received an invitation to complete a survey to ascertain the types of activities members will prefer while working from home. If you have not had the opportunity to complete the survey, we encourage you to do so!
Accreditation, Professional Development and Training
ARMS Foundation Level Accreditation 2020 Program
Due to COVID-19 restrictions affecting the face to face delivery of Foundation Level modules, ARMS has made the decision to move some of the Foundation Level modules to online learning platforms. Modules scheduled prior to July 1st, 2020 will now be delivered via Zoom. Some modules have been successfully delivered via the Zoom Meeting platform with feedback being sought from the participants.
ARMS is pleased to announce that more modules will be delivered over the next several months via Zoom. Please see the list below for those modules which we are currently confirming as Zoom Meetings. Registrations for these modules should be opening, or reopening, over the next few weeks. In order to maintain a reasonable number of participants in each meeting, registrations will be capped at 16 members per module.
Modules to be Delivered via Zoom Meeting
1.1-Aus: National Research and Innovation System in Australia
1.2-Aus: Legislation as it affects research in Australia
1.3: Understanding Research and Researchers
2.1: Pre-Award Grants Processes
2.2: Post-Award Processes
4.2: Research Integrity
6.1: Working with Industry
Please note that when the pandemic was declared, all modules that were open for registration were temporarily closed until further notification. These modules are currently listed as 'Sold Out' but are actually closed and no longer taking registrations. Once the modules are confirmed as Zoom Meetings, the delivery details will be modified and registrations will reopen. Members who registered for modules prior to them closing, will retain their registration booking and be offered positions in the new modules scheduled to be delivered via Zoom.
The availability of programs and dates indicated below are subject to change and confirmation. Should current restrictions be lifted, ARMS will endeavor to confirm the following module offerings as face to face deliveries.
Australian Capital Territory Chapter
30-Jul-20 1.2-Aus: Legislation as it affects research in Australia - TBC30-Jul-20 5.1: Research Information and Analytics - TBC29-Oct-20 1.1-Aus: The National Research and Innovation System in Australia - TBC29-Oct-20 2.3: Research Finance - TBC
New South Wales Chapter
02-Jul-20 1.1-Aus: The National Research and Innovation System in Australia - TBC02-Jul-20 6.1: Working with Industry- TBC27-Aug-20 1.3: Understanding Research and Researchers- TBC27-Aug-20 5.1: Research Information and Analytics- TBC
New Zealand Chapter
02-Jul-20 1.2-NZ: Legislation as it affects research in New Zealand - TBC02-Jul-20 2.2: Post-Award Processes - TBCURONZ 1.1-NZ: The National Research and Innovation System in New Zealand - TBCURONZ 2.1: Pre-Award Grants Processes - TBC
Queensland/Northern Territory Chapter
06-Aug-20 1.1-Aus: The National Research and Innovation System in Australia - TBC06-Aug-20 5.1: Research Information and Analytics - TBC10-Sep-20 1.3: Understanding Research and Researchers - TBC10-Sep-20 2.3: Research Finance - TBC
South Australia Chapter
20-Jul-20 1.3: Understanding Research and Researchers - TBC20-Jul-20 5.1: Research Information and Analytics - TBC21-Jul-20 1.1-Aus: The National Research and Innovation System in Australia - TBC
04-Nov-20 1.1-Sing: The National Research and Innovation System in Singapore - TBC04-Nov-20 1.2-Sing: Legislation as it affects research in Singapore - TBC05-Nov-20 1.3: Understanding Research and Researchers - TBC03-Dec-20 4.2: Research Integrity - TBC03-Dec-20 5.1: Research Information and Analytics - TBC
09-Jul-20 1.2-Aus: Legislation as it affects research in Australia - TBC23-Jul-20 4.2: Research Integrity - TBC20-Aug-20 6.1: Working with Industry - TBC06-Aug-20 1.3: Understanding Research and Researchers - TBC
23-Jul-20 1.2-Aus: Legislation as it affects research in Australia - TBC23-Jul-20 5.1: Research Information and Analytics - TBC
Western Australia Chapter
12-Nov-20 1.1-Aus: The National Research and Innovation System in Australia - TBC12-Nov-20 1.2-Aus: Legislation as it affects research in Australia - TBC
2020 ARMS WINTER SCHOOL
The ARMS Winter School is a popular feature in the Society's annual professional development calendar. This year’s program offers seven (7) new and or enhanced electives for research management professionals who wish to develop a deeper understanding of a particular topic and its application to research management.
To enable easier accessibility, electives will be delivered in a flexible format via the online Zoom platform. This delivery approach will involve structured, shorter meetings with the presenter(s), and breakout rooms for participants to collaborate. The sum of the shorter online meetings will equate to a full day workshop. During the workshops, participants will develop knowledge and skills in a specialised, relevant area, network with other participants and have an enjoyable time!
Interested participants can enrol in one, two or more electives as stand-alone professional development programs. The electives can count as credit towards future participation in the ARMS Advanced Level Accreditation Program (conditions apply) or as CPD for ARMFs and ARMAs. Details are available on the ARMS website.
For details of the below positions, visit the ARMS Job Opportunities webpage.
Corporate members can post available positions on the site at no charge by contacting the ARMS Executive Office.
29 May 2020
From the ARMS Executive Office
ARMS acknowledges the generous support of our corporate partners:
ARMS Executive Office Contacts
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ARMS Conference and Major Events Coordinator
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ARMS Administration Officer
ARMS Accreditation Program Administrator
Phone: +61 8 8201 5592
Email the ARMS Executive Office
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