Why choose ARMS Accreditation?
People come into research management from many different backgrounds. Some from administration, some from management and an increasing amount from research backgrounds. Much of the learning in research management comes from on the job training supplemented by workshops, conferences and personal encounters.
ARMS ACCREDITATION PROVIDES:
- Independent verification of the skills and knowledge of those engaged in research management
- An opportunity to learn from other passionate research administrators currently working within the industry and experience different perspectives
- The environment to network with other like-minded research management professionals.
FOUNDATION LEVEL ACCREDITATION
The Foundation Level Accreditation Program is designed for individuals who are:
- New to research management/administration (less than 5 years)
- Not new to research management/administration but seeking to update their knowledge
- Seeking to learn more about research administration
- Not new to research management but may be new to a specific element of it
- Seeking to extend their knowledge beyond existing specialisations.
- Demonstrated knowledge of the key elements of research and the innovation system
- Basic understanding of legislation as it applies to research
- Understanding of the motivations and drivers for researchers and research managers
- Successfully applied learnt knowledge to a case study simulating a real life management experience.
REQUIREMENTS FOR GAINING ACCREDITATION AS AN ARMS ACCREDITED RESEARCH MANAGER (FOUNDATION) OR ARMF
To become accredited, candidates must:
- Attend five module workshops. Three of the completed modules must be compulsory and the remaining two elective modules are of the participant's personal preference.
- Complete the multiple choice assessment for each of the five modules. Candidates must achieve a minimum score of 75% to pass this assessment
- Complete a Case Study. This is a critical review highlighting issues of relevance to research management professionals. Case studies are offered bi-annually (typically May and October).
At the successful completion of all stages you will receive the post nominal ARMS Accredited Research Manager (Foundation) or ARM(F)
HOW IS ACCREDITATION MAINTAINED?
Accreditation will be for an initial period of three years and will require ARMFs to undertake 60 hours of continuing professional education over this period.
The objective of continuing professional education helps members to:
- Maintain relevant knowledge
- Develop and implement research management practices in their workplaces
- Develop their career
- Be an example or mentor to other research management professionals in their workplace.
Read more on Continuing Professional Education.
The Accreditation Council oversees the quality standards of module content and the ARMS Training Fellows. This provides independence from the ARMS Board in accreditation recommendations and standards.
What will I study?
ARMS has developed sixteen modules within the Foundation Level Accreditation Program. These consist of seven compulsory modules and nine elective modules. For those who wish to complete the Accreditation program they must complete three compulsory modules and two elective modules. The compulsory modules are country specific.
The sixteen Foundation Level Modules are:
Module 1.1-Aus: The National Research and Innovation System in Australia: covering the role of government, business and higher education in the national research and innovation system, funding mechanisms, codes and current issues - compulsory module for Australia. Read more here.
Module 1.1-NZ: The National Research and Innovation System in New Zealand: covering the role of government, business and higher education in the national research and innovation system, funding mechanisms, codes and current issues - compulsory module for New Zealand. Read more here.
Module 1.1-Sing: The National Research and Innovation System in Singapore: covering the role of government, business and higher education in the national research and innovation system, funding mechanisms, codes and current issues - compulsory module for Singapore. Read more here.
Module 1.2-Aus: Legislation as it affects research in Australia: covering the most common legislative frameworks affecting research in Australia - compulsory module for Australia. Read more here.
Module 1.2-NZ: Legislation as it affects research in New Zealand: covering the most common legislative frameworks affecting research in New Zealand - compulsory module for New Zealand. Read more here.
Module 1.2-Sing: Legislation as it affects research in Singapore: covering the most common legislative frameworks affecting research in Singapore - compulsory module for Singapore. Read more here.
Module 1.3: Understanding Research and Researchers: the only "soft skills" module in the Foundation level program - should cover models of research, what drives researchers how to understand and relate to researchers - compulsory module for all regions. Read more here.
Module 2.1: Pre-award Grants Processes: looking at the role of research administrators in pre-award grant processes, grants development programs, supporting researchers, Grantmanship etc - elective module. Read more here.
Module 2.2: Post-award Processes: including financial management and reporting requirements, institutional systems to support effective post award grants management, central vs devolved models, mechanisms for interaction with finance units, faculties, researchers and funders, IT support systems - elective module. Read more here.
Module 2.3 - Research Finance: looking at developing an understanding of how research is funded; key university finance processes as they relate to research; the cost of research and how its outcomes may be evaluated; managing the finances of research projects and allocations including reporting; effective costing and pricing of research projects; and key areas where things go wrong in research finance – elective module. Read more here.
Module 3.1: Higher Degree by Research Scholarships: the purpose of this module is to provide an insight into the current and evolving practices around the management of scholarships for Higher Degree by Research (HDR) candidates - elective module. Read more here.
Module 3.2: Higher Degree by Research International Partnerships: the purpose of this module is to provide an insight into the current and evolving practices of international research training - elective module. Read more here.
Module 4.1: Research Ethics - human and animal: covering requirements of AHEC, the National Statement on Ethical Conduct in Human Research, the Australian Code of Practice for the Care and Use of Animals for Scientific Purposes, Harmonisation of Multi-centre Ethical Review and the role of ethics administrators in supporting these Codes - elective module. Read more here.
Module 4.2: Research Integrity: covering the emerging international Responsible Conduct of Research Codes, the Australian Code for Responsible Conduct of Research - examining institutional requirements of education, implementation, compliance and monitoring - elective module. Read more here.
Module 5.1: Research Information and Analytics: including management information systems, reporting, repositories, use of data to support strategy implementation; the emerging role of impact assessment - elective module. Read more here.
Module 6.1: Working with Industry: Examines different research drivers for industry and public research organisations; will examine the institutional strategies and parameters that build a culture of collaboration and will examine the role that the Research Office can play in ensuring industry collaborations are effective and beneficial to all parties - elective module. Read more here.
Who will assess me?
Case Study Reviewers are endorsed by the ARMS Accreditation Council. These are typically very senior and experienced research management professional such as Research Office Directors. For consistency in marking, Case study reviewers are provided with a set of marking instructions which includes a set of standard responses to each of the case study questions.
ARMS Training Fellows:
ARMS Training Fellows (or module presenters) are also appointed by the Accreditation Council. ARMS. These are individuals that act as ambassadors to the Accreditation Program and have been recognised by the ARMS Accreditation Council as having the knowledge and skills to speak authoritatively on selected areas of research management and the ability to effectively train others.
ARMS Training Fellows come from varied backgrounds and provide comprehensive knowledge of research management. They also bring a fresh and innovative approach to the delivery of module material.
Read more information on the ARMS Training Fellows.
The Accreditation Policy and Procedures manual has full details of all requirements to achieve accreditation and to maintain accreditation.
For more information on the ARMS Foundation Level Accreditation please read the ARMS Foundation Level FAQs.