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In the research office

Research offices support researchers with guidance on governance, applications, finances, intellectual property and many more aspects of funding and administration. They can—and should—be your best friend. Get to know what goes on in them here.

You might also find our Know How section on Managing your Project useful, you can click through to that here.     1. What happens in a research office? 2. The blogging research manager 3. Research support organisations and diary dates     1. What happens in a research office?   Research Office Overview, Imperial College London

An overview of what happens in a research office, and how offices support researchers. Though written for staff at Imperial, there are general points relevant to academics and support teams at other institutions. The website is clear and easy to understand, and serves as an excellent example of what research support offices do.

Joined-Up Thinking? The research office in the 21st century

This paper, written for the association for professional research managers and administrators, ARMA, explains ‘joined-up’ research support and discusses whether research offices are fit for purpose in the 21st century. The case studies are the University of Sheffield’s central research office, the University of Manchester, which has a devolved research management system, and Bournemouth University’s system, which uses a smaller number of staff with multiple "hats". Though published in 2006, this article remains a good introduction to the subject.

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