Simon Kerr elected president of the Australasian Research Management Society

October 14 / 146

Dr Simon Kerr, Research Manager in the Faculty of Science, has been elected president of the Australasian Research Management Society (ARMS).

Dr Kerr is the third University staff member to hold the position.

ARMS is the professional society for people working in research administration and management across Australia, New Zealand, Singapore and the Pacific region. Most universities, including Melbourne, and many research organisations in the region are corporate members.

Dr Kerr said he first encountered ARMS in 2006 while working at the University of Otago, New Zealand, and soon became an active member.

“I helped organise the 2008 ARMS Conference in Hobart and am a member of the International Research Management Conference 2016 organising committee,” he said.

“ARMS is a significant regional professional society undergoing rapid growth and development. I feel very honoured to support this vibrant and clever community as President. 

“It is all about helping great research happen.”

Dr Kerr has been at the University for seven years. He was Faculty Research Manager at the Melbourne School of Land and Environment (MSLE) for most of this time, but was seconded to Melbourne Research to lead development of the new University Research Pricing Policy. He now works in the Faculty of Science and looks after the team at MSLE during the restructure.

Dr Kerr took up his position as president in September. He said it was primarily a strategic leadership role.

“In practice, it involves many phones conferences, face to face meetings, public talks and lots of email, policy development and submissions to government,” he said. 

“But because I get to work with some cool and clever people, it is entirely worth the long evenings and time in catch-up mode from my day job.

“I am particularly grateful to Dr Marija Maher, the former MSLE General Manager, for agreeing to support my time commitment to the ARMS community.”

The University is well represented in ARMS with Dr Bryony Wakefield from the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences a current member of the Executive.

“I strongly encourage staff members engaged in managing research to sign up via the ARMS website under the University’s corporate membership and get involved,” Dr Kerr said.

Associate Professor Stella Clark (2000) and Dr Sianna Panagiotopolous (2005) have previously held the presidency while at the University.

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