ARMS Winter School 2020 - CLOSED
7 Electives On Offer

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.

To register an EOI for future elective deliveries please email


The Winter School has no formal pre-requisites for the electives featured in the 2020 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 - Accredited Research Managers (Advanced) seeking to broaden their practical understanding of the topics - Note: ARMFs and ARMAs can claim CPD hours if completing an elective. 


Each Winter School elective has a list of suggested pre-reading materials that is documented in the prospectus and also 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 the ALAP, provided enrolment commences within the next two years.    

Special Discounted Elective Rates for 2020

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 assessment. Participants will be required to cover any other incidental costs. 
At a minimum, participants will be required to log into 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 28 May 2020.

The Winter School electives are expected to be delivered between mid June and mid August 2020.

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

Monday 20 July 11am - 2pm
Tuesday 21 July 11am - 2pm
Wednesday 22 July 11am - 2pm
All session times are listed in 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. Participants will develop two documents as part of post workshop assessment:

  • The institution clinical research business development plan/strategy
  • A clinical research study start-up check list/flow chart to assist their researchers

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

Monday 15 June 11am - 2pm
Monday 22 June 11am - 2pm
Monday 29 June 11am - 2pm

All session times are listed in 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 one day 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 Bryony Wakefield, PhD, Research Services Solutions & Simon Stewart | Bespoke Client Solutions

Wednesday 24 June 11am - 2pm
Wednesday 1 July 11am - 2pm ( Oportunity for 15 minute one-on-one session with the presenters.)
Wednesday 8 July 11am - 2pm 

All session times are 11am - 2pm 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 realize improvements. These may include specific methodologies such as the well known Lean/Six Sigma, Balanced Scorecards, Human Centred Design and Agile delivery. This elective will introduce participants to common business improvement tools and use example processes along with case studies to explore the use of such tools in improving research management processes.

Presenter: Professor Cameron Neylon, Media, Creative Arts and Social Enquiry, Curtin University

Thursday 30 July 3:30pm - 5pm
Thursday 6 August 3:30pm - 5pm
Thursday 13 August 3:30pm - 5pm

All session times are listed in AEST

Evaluating research responsibly, efficiently and effectively is increasingly challenging. While the availability of data and tools has expanded, the transparency, flexibility, and contextual relevance of these can be limiting. At the same time the need for efficiency and speed in research evaluation is increasing. In turn these requirements have led to increasing antagonism from researchers themselves towards evaluation.

This workshop will confront these issues head-on. We will use the SCOPE model developed by INORMS Research Evaluation Working Group to support responsible evaluation to address these issues and provide a framework for successfully engaging stakeholders. Working with new data sources and techniques we will show both the potential power of data-driven approaches and the dangers and pitfalls associated with them.

Presenter: Professor Moira Clay, PhD, Moira Clay Consulting

Thursday 25 June 11am - 2pm
Thursday 2 July 11am - 2pm
Thursday 9 July 11am - 2pm

All session times are listed in AEST

“Development of Institutional Research Talent” is about developing and implementing strategies to develop research talent. The program will define why you do talent development, how you do it (your unique value proposition) and what you do to develop talent. It comprises five modules: Why develop research talent? / Spotting talent / How do you develop talent? / Approaches to developing talent / Evaluating talent development. 

The modules provide valuable knowledge and principles that will enable you to meet the challenges of a complex environment and effectively facilitate talent development. 

Finally, we provide practical strategies to implement in your own organisations.

Presenter: Mark Berlage, Grad Dip Science & Technology Commercialisation, MEd (Adult Education), M Phil (Higher Education), Berlage Business & Educational Services; Research Partnerships Manager, Macquarie University

Monday 13 July 11am - 2pm
Tuesday 14 July 11am - 2pm
Wednesday 15 July 11am - 2pm

All session times are listed in 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, these complex partnerships need to be approached strategically, and managed carefully to ensure outcomes are achieved and risks minimised. This module will look at a range 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 will help participants to identify and evaluate partnerships for both opportunities and risks, and provide insights on how these might be managed and communicated. Where relevant, current guidelines and legislation will be provided and discussed, and the political environment considered. Upon completion, participants will have an appreciation of a range of complex research partnerships in the organisation and how to manage these to support high quality research outcomes. 

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

Monday 27 July 11am - 2pm
Tuesday 28 July 11am - 2pm
Wednesday 29 July 11am - 2pm

All session times are listed in 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. Attention will be given to the major international funding opportunities – including Horizon Europe, US federal, and several other key partner countries – by exploring the ways they are different from your familiar domestic programs and the resources that you can access to assist you with engaging with these mechanisms.