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A global view of research administration

An international survey will help to reveal the skills and attributes needed for success in the profession of research support, say Simon Kerridge and Stephanie Scott.

What is research management and administration? Is it a profession—a career choice—and if so, how might you best position yourself for advancement?

These are the questions that led to the development of a research project called Research Administration as a Profession, funded by the National Council of University Research Administrators, the professional body for research managers in the United States. Put simply, the idea is to survey research managers and administrators around the world and ask them how they got into that line of work and what skills and experience they needed to help them advance in the profession.

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