Research efficiency: taking it to the next level

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Ian Powling
As research administrators gather for ARMA’s Edinburgh Regional Symposium, Ian Powling shares some examples of the contribution the research community is making to creating more efficient universities.

In June Efficiency Exchange asked delegates at the ARMA conference in Brighton the chance to offer their ideas for making academic research administration more efficient and effective. We heard a range of views on sharing good practice, collaboration and streamlining processes.

But the research community are already making a positive contribution to making universities more efficient and effective. Here are some examples of what is happening:

Academic registry:

  • Keeping track of time – benchmarking for efficient timetabling: Read more >
  • Smarter lab facilities
  • Martin Farley: ‘my work should never harm the science, but rather aims to improve it’: Read more >
  • Do you speak laboratory? Read more >
  • Championing change in Sunderland’s new science complex: Read more >
  • The efficient lab – maximising the use of scientific research equipment: Read more >

Sharing research facilities:

  • The UK Data Service: best practice in efficiency, effectiveness and value for money: Read more >
  • The future for sharing: Read more >
  • Sharing equipment – a welcome efficiency?: Read more >

Equipment sharing:

  • Glenn Swafford: ‘huge prestige is still attached to what equipment is where’: Read more >

Other relevant articles:

If you have any success stories at your university that you want to share or would like to suggest some your own ideas about how to make university administration more efficient, please email Rosie Niven.

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