About ARMA

ARMA is the professional association for research management in the UK. We represent research leaders, managers and administrators, offering professional development and opportunities to build network, knowledge and skills. We work with UK-wide bodies to influence the research management agenda and we help our member understand that impact of the rapidly-changing environment in which they operate. Most of all, we work to enhance research management as a professional partner in a UK research environment.

The ARMA Strategic Plan 2013-18 has five key pillars:

Individual Excellence

We will support the development of excellent research managers and administrators and support our individual members in continuing to develop their skills and expertise. We will ensure that by providing a diverse range of professional tools, resources, events and development opportunities individuals can manage their career effectively.

Professional Excellence

In order to facilitate excellence in research we will continue to promote research management and administration as a recognised and respected profession. We will develop professional standards for RMAs and identify a formalised and accredited pathway for members to develop their skills and expertise. Our aim is for this pathway to be recognised both nationally and internationally.

International Excellence

We will ensure the international dimension of research management and administration is recognised in all of our activity. We will work in partnership with sister organisations and support other international organisations in influencing and driving the professionalisation of research management and administration across the globe.

Creating inclusive communities of practice

We will provide mechanisms and resources which enable increased dialogue amongst our members and the creation of communities of practice regionally, nationally and internationally. We will create networks for our members in order to share ideas, problems, solutions and best practice in research management and administration. We will diversify the profile of our membership and provide opportunities to link with other networks and raise the profile of research managers and administrators.

Ensuring a sustainable ARMA

Through transparent and robust governance and business planning, we will ensure the financial and organisational sustainability required to support all of our strategic priorities. Efficient and effective governance and organisational management will ensure our members receive value for money and that we provide opportunity for responsible growth and the enhancement of member benefits.

The strategy provides a framework through which we deliver our core activities:

Training and development programme

Our members have access to discounted rates for the ARMA Training & Development Programme, offering a range of workshops, webinars and videos to help them build the knowledge and skills they need.

Networking opportunities

Our members can engage directly with other members on issues that are important to them, and build their networks through our Special Interest Groups and other events. Members can exchange information, ideas and best practice to build knowledge and expertise.

Professional qualifications

Members can develop their skills by participating in an ARMA Qualification, accredited by the ATHE and offered at research administrator, research manager and research leader levels.

Policy development

Our members can help the Association to influence policy development, through ARMA’s Research Policy Forum and by participating in ARMA responses to policy consultations and issues.

Annual Conference

Our members get discounted rates for ARMA’s Annual Conference, where they can access workshops, plenary sessions, a commercial exhibition, a poster competition, the Gala Dinner and a host of networking opportunities.

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