Who are Research Managers and Administrators and why do they need an Association?

The session will cover two main topics.  First it will reflect on the results of the recent international survey - see - of research managers administrators (RMAs) which elicited 2,691 responses from over 60 countries (including a few from Germany).  As well as looking at how and why people became RMAs it also asked about the sorts of skills that are favoured in RMA leadership. This forms the backdrop for a case study of the development of the UK Association of Research Managers and Administrators (ARMA) - see - and its 25 year history and will conclude with an assessment of why and how the association has grown from a self-help group to a professional association with over 3,000 members.

Simon Kerridge is currently the Director of Research Services at the University of Kent, where he is responsible for all aspects of the research support including pre-award, post-award, information, strategy, assessment and governance.

He is the Chair of the Association of Research Managers and Administrators (UK) and has previously served for twelve years in various other ARMA Board positions.  He is passionate about the development of Research Management and Administration as a profession in the UK.