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Research Administration As A Profession (RAAAP) aims to find out the key skills, attitudes and behaviours of successful research administration leaders. This knowledge will better enable those appointing new research administrators to select the most promising candidates. It will also enable junior staff already in post to accelerate their career progression.
The project will also provide a snap-shot of the current profile of the profession internationally.

This will be achieved through an international survey which has been developed in consultation with the RAAAP Steering Group.  The on-line questionnaire was made available to a number of key research administration associations on May 20th 2016:

And we would like to thank each of these associations for their help in sponsoring the survey to their members.  The survey will remain open until late June.

From the summer of 2016 to spring 2017 data cleansing, analysis and report writing will be undertaken and then the findings will be shared and disseminated.  The following are scheduled or foreseen:

  • a presentation at INORMS2016 delivered in September 2016, Melbourne, Australia – very preliminary draft results
  • a presentation at CARA West delivered in December 2016, Regina, Canada – some preliminary Canadian results
  • a presentation for the Forshungsreferenten.de (GARMA) delivered in February 2017 in Potsdam, Germany – some preliminary European results
  • a presentation at EARMA delivered in April 2017 in Valetta, Malta – more preliminary European results
  • part of a presentation at SARIMA delivered in May 2017, Windhoek, Namibia – some preliminary results
  • a presentation at CARA delivered in May 2017, Winnipeg, Canada – some preliminary Canadian results and text analysis
  • a presentation at ARMA delivered in June 2017, Liverpool, UK – some preliminary UK results
  • two presentations and a poster (award winning) at NCURA delivered in August 2017 in Washington DC, USA – preliminary results and international comparisons
  • a presentation at ARMS, delivered in September 2017, Wellington, New Zealand
  • a presentation at CSHE Research Festival delivered in October 2017, Kent, UK
  • a presentation at SRAi (accepted) for October 2017, Vancouver, Canada
  • an article for the May/June NCURA Magazine
  • an article for the NCURA Research Management Review
  • an article for the ARMA Journal of Research Administration
  • a final report presenting the full findings
  • an anonymous dataset for use in future research
  • a separate dataset of anonymised responses to the free text questions

The project is funded by the US based National Council of University Administrators (NCURA) through their Research Program. A copy of the proposal can be found here.

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