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The ARMS Winter School is a popular feature in the Society's annual professional development calendar. This year’s program offers six (6) 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 a virtual meeting 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.

To register an EOI for future elective deliveries or to make an enquiry please email arms.adminofficer@flinders.edu.au


The Winter School has no formal pre-requisites for the electives featured in the 2021 program. The electives are intended for:

  • Mid-senior level research management staff interested in developing a deep, practical understanding of the topics; and
  • ARMFs - ARMS Accredited Research Managers (Foundation) or ARMAs - ARMS Accredited Research Managers (Advanced) seeking to broaden their practical understanding of the topics - Note: ARMFs and ARMAs will automatically accrue CPD hours if completing an elective. 


Each Winter School elective has a list of suggested pre-reading materials that is attached to the Event Purchase Notification (Confirmation email). The pre-reading list will also serve as a future resource list for participants.


At the end of the workshop, participants will be invited to complete a non-compulsory assessment

Those participants who wish to enrol in a future cohort of the Advanced Level Accreditation Program (ALAP) are strongly encouraged to successfully complete this assessment as this will count as credit towards a future ALAP, provided enrolment commences by the end of 2022. 

Special Discounted Elective Rates for 2021

ARMS Members: $550 per elective (GST inclusive)
Non-Members: $650 per elective (GST inclusive)

Please note that the price will be discounted at the checkout for ARMS members.

The cost for each elective includes participation in the workshop, workshop notes and an optional assessment. Participants will be required to cover any other incidental costs. At a minimum, participants will be required to log into the virtual meeting platform (Zoom)  using a laptop or computer and not a phone.

Continuing Professional Developmental (CPD)
ARMFs and ARMAs will automatically accrue 8 CPD hours per elective.

The Winter School registration portal is expected to open officially in April 2021.

The Winter School electives are expected to be delivered between June and July 2021.


Presenter: Dr Mark Hochman, PhD, Research Management Consulting Pty Ltd

No longer accepting registrations.

Dates: Tuesday 01, 08 & 15 June 2021
All session times are 11:00 am - 2:00 pm AEST

With many calls on government’s public purse and research budgets becoming tighter, the ability to demonstrate the real-world impact of research is being seen as increasingly important. This elective examines the role of research managers in supporting the impact of research. It examines the definitions of research impact, looks in detail at impact models and pathways to impact from both the literature and practice. National research impact assessment mechanisms are discussed including the difference between impact measurement and assessment.

The workshop includes helpful information for research managers in establishing research impact tool kits and promoting impact literacy within research performing institutions.



Presenter: Dr Rado Faletič & Dr Martin Grabert, Montriox Pty Ltd


Cancelled - Will endevour to re-scheulde later in 2021.

Dates: Wednesday 02, 09 & 16 June 2021
All session times are 11:00 am - 2:00 pm AEST

In this module you will be introduced to the paradigms and practices of international research collaboration and international funding opportunities. The module will particularly focus on the skills you need to develop in order to confidently and professionally support your organisation in obtaining and managing international funding. Examples of major international funding opportunities will be presented and discussed, including ways they are different from your familiar domestic programs and the resources that you can access to assist you with engaging with these mechanisms. These include Horizon Europe, US federal, and several other key partner countries.

This workshop will be co-led by Dr Martin Grabert, former Director of COST in Europe, which has facilitated the international collaborations of some ¼ million researchers.



Presenter: Associate Professor Tam C. Nguyen, Deputy Director of Research, St Vincent’s Hospital, Associate Professor, Melbourne Medical School 

Cancelled - Will endevour to re-scheulde later in 2021.

Dates: Monday 21, 28 June & 05 July 2021
All session times are 11:00 am - 2:00 pm AEST

The Advanced Clinical Research Management elective will cover the challenges of managing multi- sites, multi-institutional projects including navigating research ethics, research governance, improving community and consumer engagement and building relationships with external funding bodies. The workshop will cover key processes and strategies in business development, project, and team management in the clinical research setting. Participant learn practical and essential skills for effective and active business development and clinical research management.



Presenter: Dr Bryony Wakefield, PhD, Research Services Solutions



Dates: Tuesday 29 June & 06 July 2021
All session times are 11 am - 2:30 pm AEST

Supporting research activity is a complex task involving a myriad of activities. As such, business processes to support the management of research needs to be constantly evolving to ensure researchers and other stakeholder expectations are being met.  

Business process improvement enables you to identify areas where you can improve accuracy, effectiveness and/or efficiency and then redesign those processes to realise improvements. This course will introduce you to process improvement methodologies, with a focus on how to develop your own value stream map to improve a research management process. You will also learn about the value of cross-functional teams, approaches to listening and learning from end users and how agile ways of working can enable you to better refine priorities and continually improve processes.

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Presenter: Professor Moira Clay, PhD, Moira Clay Consulting


Cancelled - Will endevour to re-scheulde later in 2021.

Dates: Wednesday 30 June & 07, 14 July 2021
All session times are 11 am - 2:00 pm AEST

“Development of Institutional Research Talent” is about developing and implementing strategies to develop research talent.  The program will define the why, how, and what of talent development and provide knowledge and principles for senior research managers to meet the challenges of a complex environment, balance competing needs and effectively facilitate talent development.  Practical talent development strategies will be provided. 

The work package will be highly interactive and involve content-based presentations, scenario-based group discussions, case studies and group projects.



Presenter: Mark Berlage, M Phil (Higher Education), Research Partnerships Manager, Macquarie University and Guest Presenters


Dates: Monday 12, 19 & 26 July 2021
All session times are 11:00 am to 2:00 pm AEST

The benefits of highly collaborative research are widely accepted, and the involvement of a wide range of partners along with the globalisation of research is now commonplace. However, the development and management of these complex partnerships needs to be approached strategically and managed sensitively and actively to ensure outcomes are achieved and risks minimised.

This module considers a variety of potential strategic research partners including:

  • International researchers and research institutions; 
  • Industry partners, with a focus on those with a vested interest;  
  • Indigenous and other culturally sensitive partners;
  • At risk groups or communities; and  
  • Philanthropic partners, with a focus on tied investment.  

This elective aims to help participants to identify and evaluate prospective partnerships for both opportunities and risks and provide insights about how these might be managed and communicated. Where relevant, current guidelines and legislation are provided and discussed, and the policy environment considered.  Upon completion, participants will have an appreciation of a range of complex research partnerships and how to develop and manage these to support high quality research outcomes.

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