Dr Bryony Wakefield

Director, Research Development, Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences

University of Melbourne


Bryony Wakefield PhD, is the Director of Research Development in the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences (MDHS) at the University of Melbourne (UoM), Australia. You can connect with Bryony via LinkedIn or Twitter (@BryWakefield).

Fostering an innovative, global community to enable research service excellence is a key interest for Bryony. In September 2017 Bryony was appointed an ARMS Fellow in recognition of her enduring and substantial contribution to research management as a practitioner, mentor and trainer in the research management profession. Bryony has held two terms as a committee member on the ARMS board 2013 - 2015 and 2017 - 2019. Prior to this, her involvement with ARMS has included being the inaugural ACT Chapter Convenor 2009, joint Vic/Tas Chapter Convenor 2010, Vic/Tas Chapter member 2011-2012, and INORMS 2016 Congress organising committee member.  

In addition to her involvement with ARMS, Bryony is actively involved with the National Council of University Research Administrators (NCURA). She has served on the NCURA board, representing the international region in 2015 – 2017, and has been elected as a general board member for 2020 - 2021. Her candidate video statement summarises her interest and passion for research management and administration as a profession. Bryony participated in the NCURA leadership symposium that created and registered #ResearchAdministratorDay.

Bryony is a member of the International Network of Research Management Societies (INORMS) Research Administrators As A Profession (RAAAP) Taskforce. This taskforce is responsible for RAAAP 2 -   an international survey which seeks to identify the key skills, attitudes and behaviours of successful research management and administration leaders.

Bryony has extensive experience as a lecturer and trainer. This experience was developed at the Australian National University and the University of Canberra, as a guide at the National Gallery of Australia and intern at the National Library of Australia and more recently in presenting seminars and workshops at the University of Melbourne and at research management organisation forums. With her colleague Tania Tambiah, Bryony wrote the ARMS foundation “Pre-award Grant Processes” module. Bryony has also developed and delivers the online course “The role and importance of culture and communication in international research collaborations” for the Masters of Research Administration at Johns Hopkins University.


Authorised by the Accreditation Council to present:
National Research and Innovation System in Australia
Legislation as it affects research in Australia
Understanding Research and Researchers
Pre-Award Grants Processes
Post-Award Grants Processes