The Association

ARMA (UK) is the professional association for research management in the UK. We represent research leaders, managers and administrators, offering professional development and opportunities to build networks, knowledge and skills. With over 3,000 members, we work with UK-wide and international bodies to influence and understand the changing research management agenda, translating the impacts of that change for our members. We work with others to promote public trust in research, communicating its benefits and value. Most of all, we work to enhance research management as a professional partner in the UK research environment.We provide a wide range of membership benefits and development opportunities, including regular e-news, social media channels, a member magazine, the Professional Development Framework, a jobs mailing list and our Annual Conference.

The ARMA Strategy for 2018 to 2021 has five key strands:

Engage and influence the sector in a challenging world

We’ll work to improve ARMA’s ability to make a positive contribution to the research policy landscape and to strengthen representation of research management and administration as a profession. We’ll continue to develop  our member services and activities to assimilate the emerging research and funding landscape. We’ll encourage debate and discussion with external bodies, linking our members with the broader sector.

Build and connect communities and collaborations for members

We’ll strengthen relationships with sister associations and related professional bodies, in the UK and internationally, to benefit the member offer. We’ll create opportunities for greater networking and sharing of practice among members, and link to our members to professionals in associated fields. We’ll work with partners to develop a new bursary programme. We’ll create a legacy from the INORMS 2018 Congress, making resources available to INORMS members around the world.

Transform professionalism for the future workplace

We’ll focus on enhancing skills within the profession to lead change and increase resilience. We’ll support our members to develop their understanding of both the political world and policy development. We’ll seek to understand the impact of changes in the workplace, and help our members to manage the convergence within teams and across service. We’ll update the framework that guides our professional development activities and we’ll ensure that our qualifications continue to meet the needs of the changing profession.

Promoting and supporting an inclusive, transparent and ethical research environment

We’ll support our members to recognise the value of diversity in improving organisational performance. We’ll respond to changes in the sector by supporting emerging areas of professional practice and expertise. We’ll work with partners to identify and share best practice, and work with members to uphold the principles of research ethics integrity. Our focus will contribute to building public confidence and trust in research results.

Enhance the membership experience while delivering value for money

The new Executive Office will manage the operational priorities that support the delivery of our strategic plan, guided by the principles established in 2017. These put member benefit and value for money at the centre of the decision-making process.

Find out more about our new Strategic Plan here. Members can login to access further information about the Plan here.

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.

Company documents

Articles of Association

Strategic Plan 2018-21

Annual Reports and Accounts

Minutes of AGM

ARMA Guiding Principles

ARMA Terms and Conditions 2016

ARMA (UK) Ltd Privacy Policy

The Association of Research Managers and Administrators (ARMA (UK)) is a company limited by guarantee and governed by its Memorandum and Articles of Association. The company was incorporated on 31 May 2006, with Registered Company number 05833769. Our members are those individuals subscribing to ARMA who are employed by research organisations, who are involved in any aspect of research management.

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