Research management in small institutions – ARMA here we come!

Research management in small institutions can present unique challenges. I have talked about some of the positives before and now I am pleased to report that I, and a couple of colleagues from St Mary’s and Sussex Universities, will be presenting a workshop at the ARMA Annual Conference in June exploring the challenges of Research Management within smaller institutions. Below is the title, abstract and learning aim for the workshop:

Title: Research Management in Small Institutions: Lessons for growing research cultures


With the ever growing competitiveness of the research funding landscape smaller institutions are recognising the need to be innovative in order to increase their share of research funding. Many have started to professionalise their research support through implementation of new approaches to resource sharing and collaboration as well as building internal research infrastructure that is more common to larger institutions. But how can you drive these changes when resources are restricted and institutions have been predominately teaching-led in the past? This workshop, led by Leeds Trinity and St Mary’s Universities with input from other smaller institutions including Newman and Bishop Grosseteste Universities, will provide a unique insight into developing and implementing research strategies and culture when budgets are tight and you are starting from a low base.  The workshop will outline examples of research development structures whilst also describing a number of practical approaches to developing research culture, using examples of grant development support, research management systems and career development support for researchers. These approaches may be of benefit particularly to staff operating at departmental/faculty level across a range of institutions.

Learning outcome:

“Participants will, through a greater appreciation of research development in smaller institutions, be equipped with ideas and examples of how research culture can be developed and income can be grown from a low base.”

If you are coming to the conference then you would be more than welcome to join our session. The new conference website has just gone live. You can find out all about the conference on it and specific information about our session here. Hope to see you in Birmingham!