Increasing professionalism of higher education managers and administrators : Focusing on research managers and administrators

Poon, Joanna 2005, Increasing professionalism of higher education managers and administrators : Focusing on research managers and administrators, in BERA 2005 : Proceedings of the 2005British Educational Research Association conference, BERA, Glamorgan, Scotland, pp. 1-11.

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Title Increasing professionalism of higher education managers and administrators : Focusing on research managers and administrators
Author(s) Poon, Joanna
Conference name British Educational Research Association. Conference (2005 : Glamorgan, Scotland)
Conference location Glamorgan, Scotland
Conference dates 14-17 Sept. 2005
Title of proceedings BERA 2005 : Proceedings of the 2005British Educational Research Association conference
Editor(s) [Unknown]
Publication date 2005
Conference series British Educational Research Association. Conference
Start page 1
End page 11
Total pages 11
Publisher BERA
Place of publication Glamorgan, Scotland
Summary The aim of this paper is to discuss the increasing professionalism of research managers and administrators. The paper firstly discusses recent changes to the research environment and follows with changes to research administration. Then follows with the discussion of the research method and research findings. Data was collected through semi-structured interviews with research managers and administrators working in various Higher Education Institutions in the North West of England during the period from June to August 2005. Four interviewees were research managers and administrators working in research support and another four working in research students support areas. Two research support officers and two research student administrators have research backgrounds while the other two have administration background. The interview questions aim to seek the interviewees comments on the development of knowledge and skills that facilitate them to perform their role and the preference modes for delivering the professional development events. The interviewees working on different areas have different requirement on their knowledge requirement. The interviewees working in research student support area think it is important to develop their knowledge on their understanding of students needs. While, the interviewees working in research support suggested that it is important to be kept updated on changes to the research environment and relevant policies. The interviewees with different backgrounds have different skills training needs. Interviewees with research background suggested it is important to provide research skills training for colleagues who do not have research background. On the other hand, interviewees with administration background think their administration skills should be further enhanced. All interviewees prefer that professional development events be delivered in informal mode, such as conference and workshops.
Language eng
Field of Research 159999 Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 970115 Expanding Knowledge in Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services
HERDC Research category E1.1 Full written paper - refereed
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30054209

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