World class research deserves world class support.
The world moves forward, understanding improves, and research needs become ever more sophisticated. As research administrators and researchers alike have pointed out for years, the needs of the sector evolve as research sophistication increases. Bluntly put, more sophistication demands more funds. But it’s not just the rising costs of facilities, staff and materials, or the…Read More
A brief review of peer review: Where did it come from? Where is it going?Higher Education Insight
Peer review has a long history. We look at its past and present, and contemplate its future. Peer review is a cornerstone of academic publishing. It’s supposed to ensure that published research is of a high standard by drawing on the knowledge of multiple experts in a field to make sure that the new information…
Research sector demands high quality data management.Higher Education Insight
Many of us undoubtedly breathed a sigh of relief when the halt on Australia’s national research quality valuations, Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) and the Engagement and Impact (EI), was announced. But there’s a broader awareness that with recommendations arriving from the Australian Universities Accord committee by the end of 2023, this is less…
The University of Adelaide has upgraded to RME 7Higher Education Insight, Research Administration, News
The upgrade to RME 7 is a big step for the Go8 university. The university’s research systems team have collaborated extensively with ResearchMaster to ensure a smooth roll-out across their systems. The upgraded system offers individual researchers an improved experience in applying for funding and ethics clearance, and better visibility over their own activities. It…
How Can We Arm Research Teams for Success?Research Administration
The research landscape in Australia is complex. Funding is labyrinthine, and even industry professionals struggle to stay abreast of every possible rule change, roll-out, new initiative or reporting requirement. In this industry, recent years have seen abrupt or strange changes to funding rules, new demands on research administration, and unexpected changes to expected reporting requirements.…
Celebrating 3 more Australian discoveries in health and medicineHigher Education Insight
Health and medical research is one area in which Australia excels. We look at three recently published studies focusing on health and medical research in Australia.
SES indicates university students are more concerned about education quality than freedom of expressionHigher Education Insight
For the first time the Student Experience Survey has undertaken to measure perceptions of freedom of expression on campus, but it seems students themselves are broadly more concerned with the quality of their education.
New review for Australian Research Council bears watchingHigher Education Insight
After a tumultuous few years, independent review of the ARC is welcomed as diverse stakeholders recognise weaknesses in its current processes.
Not just universities responsible for Australia’s poor research commercialisation track recordHigher Education Insight
Coverage of Australia’s relatively poor track record for research commercialisation focuses on research sector obstacles, but industry also plays a role.
Recent research projects could impact billions of consumers worldwideHigher Education Insight, HDR
The link between the management of chronic illness and crops we consume as staple foods is an exciting area of interest for these early career Australian researchers.
3 Recent Australian Discoveries You Probably Didn’t Hear AboutHigher Education Insight
Australia is home to some of the best researchers in the world, but rarely do we hear about their work in mainstream news. Here’s three fascinating discoveries from recent years.
Where did university rankings come from, anyway?Higher Education Insight
Today we accept university rankings as business as usual, but the practice is newer than you might think. Today we accept higher education rankings as a global phenomenon: institutions know they’re coming, some might “massage” their data, ranking drops are fretted over, ranking rises crowed from the rooftops—and then the familiar pattern repeats for the next cycle.
A brief history of university education and social mobilityHigher Education Insight
Universities now enjoy a reputation as vehicles for equality and social mobility. But they certainly didn’t start out that way. So how did they arrive there?
Familiar jokes aside, qualifications in humanities, arts and social sciences offer tremendous valueHigher Education Insight
Current funding policy has been characterised as disincentivising the study of HASS disciplines in Australia, but they actually offer a lot to graduates and to society.
From Gutenberg to the Internet, technology is a driver of education and researchHigher Education Insight
The evolution of technology operates in synergy with higher education and research: the more equal our technology to the challenges of cheap and fast communication, the farther our reach and the more we get to learn from each other.
Research supervision is a vital underpinning of research institutionsHigher Education Insight
Academic supervision is a vital underpinning of research institutions, but recognition is not always concomitant with the influence of the role. Keeping on top of training and development is more important than we think.
Scrapping ERA would be inimical to universities’ interests—here’s why.Higher Education Insight
ERA may be an imperfect framework but as proving value attains more eminence by the day, research evaluation becomes critical to universities’ interests.
Could improving wellbeing for academic staff elevate student experience?Higher Education Insight
The burdens of student support services would appear to position academic staff wellness in opposition to student wellness, but the research suggests they are interdependent
Disruption to the culture of academia might be a good thingHigher Education Insight
We’ve heard that the government’s efforts to improve research commercialisation seek to create cultural changes in Australian research. That might not be such a bad thing.
Covid-19 made science communication more important than ever—but we’re still having the same problems we had 20 years agoHigher Education Insight
The covid-19 pandemic has exposed vulnerabilities in health research translation, but it is far from the first time we’ve had problems with medical research and misinformation.
Research is vital to our economic and social growth. But how has the pandemic affected our PhD students?Higher Education Insight
PhD students are no strangers to high-stress, low-support work environments. The pandemic has exacerbated existing pressures.
5 life-saving Australian inventions you didn’t know aboutHigher Education Insight
Australia celebrates a robust history of medical research and development. Here are five lesser-known inventions that have contributed to the global good.
Funding diversity is the key to resilience for the Australian higher education sectorHigher Education Insight
The pandemic has exposed a weakness in our research funding model in Australia. Instead of switching our overreliance from one source of funding to another, we must diversify to promote stability and resilience.
Emerging technologies and online marketplaces are changing the way students study in AustraliaHigher Education Insight
Despite its challenges, the pandemic represents an exciting time for technology in higher education. It has accelerated the uptake of digital media and AI among other new innovations.
Expanding research commercialisation presents new challengesHigher Education Insight, Research Administration
Universities are set up to optimise funding from student enrolments, not to prioritise research commercialisation. Scaling up research commercialisation will require nuanced policy and a cultural shift.
DCA awarded ISO 27001 certificationDCA News
Database Consultants Australia (DCA) is pleased to announce we have been awarded ISO 27001 certification, the international standard that describes best practices for an ISMS (Information Security Management System). This builds on our long-established PCI-DSS certification, expanding the depth and breadth of our security practices.
The 3 reasons why Australia is turning to microcredentialsHigher Education Insight, Research Administration
Bite-sized certifications provide accessible up-skilling to Australian workers and lower risk for employers.
How can Australian universities improve their ability to adapt to regulatory uncertainty?Research Administration
Superficially small, ground-level changes can improve the adaptability of a whole organisation. For universities, cultural change, supporting staff and co-workers, and ensuring high-quality professional communication can make all the difference.
Well managed technology solutions reduce overwork for academic staffResearch Administration
Occupational stress among academic staff is at an all-time high, but technology can help alleviate the burden.
The Top 3 Things Universities Must Do to Thrive in 2021Research Administration, News
Universities must learn to fully embrace being online, the opportunities afforded by research commercialisation, and administrative flexibility to succeed.
Massey University Te Kunenga ki Pūrehuroa (Massey) has successfully upgraded to ResearchMaster Enterprise Version 7.5.1 (RME 7.5.1)Research Administration, News
The upgrade from RME5 to RME7 is a significant change and represents a major improvement to the university’s research management administration.
DCA Group appoints Michael McCallum as Chief Executive Officer- ResearchMasterNews
ResearchMaster is pleased to announce the appointment of Michael McCallum as the organisation’s Chief Executive Officer.
Charles Sturt University Upgrades to ResearchMaster Enterprise version 7.6News
The Research Team at Charles Sturt University have successfully implemented a major upgrade to ResearchMaster Enterprise Version 7.6 (RME).
In the wake of Australia’s Foreign Relations (State and Territory Arrangements) Bill 2020 research administration is more important than everResearch Administration
Australia’s Foreign Relations (State and Territory Arrangements) Bill 2020 is the latest piece of legislation concerning foreign interference and national security at a federal level. It requires that states, territories, local governments and public universities notify the Federal Minister for Foreign Affairs of their foreign arrangements, with the aim of ensuring that such arrangements do not adversely affect Australia’s foreign relations and are consistent with Australia’s foreign policy.
University of the Sunshine Coast Successfully Upgrades to RME7.6Research Administration, News
The University of the Sunshine Coast (USC) has continued the trend of Queensland universities successfully upgrading to ResearchMaster Enterprise Version 7.6 (RME).
ResearchMaster Partnering with Victoria UniversityHDR, Research Administration
Victoria University (VU) recently upgraded to ResearchMaster Enterprise Version 7. Hear from the team of both the Research Services and the Graduate Research Office as they share part of their journey
Victoria University of Wellington Successfully Upgrades to ResearchMaster Enterprise Version 7Research Administration, News
Victoria University of Wellington (VUW) in New Zealand have successfully completed a major upgrade of ResearchMaster, recently going live with ResearchMaster Enterprise version 7 (RME7) across multiple functionality areas.
Is upgrading your research management system worth the effort? Alex Skevofylakas has the answersResearch Administration
Leading the upgrade of a university enterprise solution can seem like a monumental task when you also have your day job to contend with, how did you find the experience?
Winners Announced: 2021 ACGR Awards for Excellence in Graduate Research EducationHDR, News
The Australian Council of Graduate Research (ACGR) has announced the winners of the 2021 ACGR Awards for Excellence in Graduate Research Education and celebrated some of the inspiring work that is happening in Australian universities.
Victoria University implements ResearchMaster Enterprise 7Research Administration, News
The Research Services and Graduate Research team at Victoria University have successfully implemented a major upgrade of ResearchMaster Enterprise latest iteration RME7
University of Wollongong wins the 2020 ResearchMaster Award for Excellence in Research ManagementNews
Congratulations to Sharon Athanasios and Lorraine Denny who have been awarded the 2020 ResearchMaster Award for Excellence in Research Management.
ResearchMaster Supports ACU Candidature Services SuccessHDR, News
The ACU Candidature Services team are celebrating after successfully upgrading to the latest iteration of ResearchMaster’s research administration solution, RME7.
ResearchMaster selected to partner with Curtin University to deliver Research Management SolutionNews
Curtin University has announced ResearchMaster as their chosen supplier to deliver its Research Management Solution
DCA achieves PCI-DSS certification for data security while processing 20M transactionsNews
DCA has achieved PCI-DSS certification for the 8th consecutive year. Our accreditation includes Service Provider at the highest level (Level 1) as well as Merchant accreditation.
Australian Council of Graduate Research shines a bright light on excellence in research trainingNews
Amidst the challenges and concerns it is important to continue to recognise and reward the dedication and excellence that is at the foundation of university research and teaching.
Australians are attaining more higher degrees than ever before, so what is driving them away from university roles?HDR
More Australians are attaining higher degrees than ever before, but diverse pressures are driving them away from traditional university roles and instead toward industry and business.
Making the most of technology to ease the burden of research administrationResearch Administration
Increasingly, technology is stepping in to help balance the burden of administration for Australian researchers and the teams that support them. But how do you get the most out of a research management solution?
Leading universities set to benefit from latest RM technologyNews
CQUniversity (CQU) and University of Technology Sydney (UTS) are the latest higher education institutions to benefit from the ResearchMaster Enterprise state of the art technology.