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Professionalising Research

More than 200 staff from the Research Services community convened to highlight priorities in the higher education sector.

The fourth biennial Professionalising Research Management (PRM) Conference took place last month at the Melbourne Convention Centre, allowing staff to discuss Monash initiatives, technologies and systems, as well as offering skills development and networking opportunities.

Eighteen speakers were engaged for the day, including Former Tasmanian Premier David Bartlett. The former premier’s presentation focused on how connectivity is changing education. Concurrent breakout sessions on skills development were also offered on a range of topics covered by presenters.

This year’s conference saw a number of new events and services, including the exhibition stalls, a poster competition, professional headshots offered to delegates and the Research Services Excellence Awards for Excellence in Service and Excellence in Technical and Infrastructure Support.

Winners of the Inaugural Research Services Excellence Awards are as follows:

  • Excellence in Service: Lilyanne Price, Research and Postgraduate Manager, Chemical Engineering
  • Excellence in Technical and Infrastructure Support: Leesa Hughes, Senior School Compliance Officer, School of Biological Sciences
  • Excellence in Technical and Infrastructure Support (team award): Chris Phyland, Peter Arnold, Ben Fries, Antonio Benci, David Zuidema, Brett Williams, Rod Cutts and Mark Harrison, Monash Instrumentation and Technical Development Facility, Faculty of Science.

Jane Holt, Executive Director, Office of the Provost, said the event received positive feedback across the University.

“The working party outdid themselves this year, producing an extremely professional, relevant and engaging conference for our research services community,” Ms Holt said.

As part of an endeavour to professionalise research management at Monash, the University will host a series of in-depth sessions throughout 2016 on the popular topics presented at the PRM conference. Details of these events will be featured in the RS Buzz (Research Services Update), circulated monthly to the Research Services community.