Issues and challenges of research information management in higher education institutions – and possible solutions

Misheck Nyirenda, Durban University of Technology

Published 20 March 2017

A knowledge-based economy is characterised by the use of knowledge, especially knowledge that is a result of thorough research – a great deal of which is conducted in higher education institutions (HEIs). In order for HEIs to realise the benefits of research information, there is a need for effective and efficient management of this information. However, the road to effective research information management (RIM) involves many issues and challenges. In this blog, Misheck Nyirenda, from Durban University of Technology, proposes solutions which can help HEIs meet their RIM goals. Read more

Responding to the growth of the research agenda  

Åsa Olsson, Programme Director, LH Martin Institute for Tertiary Education Leadership and Management, University of Melbourne, Australia

Published 30 November 2016

Many universities are striving to improve their research profile at the same time as funders are increasing their expectations on the researchers they fund. Thus the role of research managers is becoming more important, easing the joint pressures of increased competition, expectation and bureaucracy. Some institutions are better prepared than others – Asa Olsson from the University of Melbourne may be able to help. Read more

RAAAP: research administration as a profession

Simon Kerridge, Director of Research Services, University of Kent, UK

Published 22 August 2016

Simon Kerridge worked with an international team to develop a global survey of research managers and administrators to find out more about the profession – so far they’ve received over 2,000 responses and they will soon be analysing the results.  This blog gives some more information about the survey and what we might expect to learn. Read more

Surveying the RM profession

Focus on Ghana - research management

Beatrice S Biney-Nyamekye, Research Development Officer, College of Humanities, University of Ghana, Ghana (all authors listed at the end of the article)

Published 29 July 2016

Research management is a growing profession around the world. In this blog the research management team at the University of Ghana explore the issues affecting Ghanain universities in managing their research output, with a particular focus on barriers to effective research management. Read more

Ghanaian researchers

Names are messy

Alice Meadows, Director of Community Engagement and Support, ORCID

Published 30 May 2016

Ensuring that academic articles are correctly attributed can be a complicated and time consuming process. There is now a growing use of the ORCID iD in order to reduce any errors, with publishers and funders increasingly using the system. Alice Meadows from ORCID explains how the system works and how your institution can benefit. Read more

Names can be messy - unique identifiers can help

Namibian librarians take a leaf out of Cardiff University's book

Joseph Ndinoshiho, University Librarian, University of Namibia
Jakobina Mwiiyale, Assistant Reference Librarian, University of Namibia

Published 11 April 2016

Two junior librarians from the University of Namibia recently visited Cardiff University for a one month CSC Professional Fellowship. During that time, Jakobina and Joseph explored a number of innovative approaches to meet the needs of students and staff. Read more

Jakobina and MariAnn Hilliar Subject librarian participating in ‘Ask aLibrarian’ session with a student

Research management in Malaysia – An evolution of research and development in the University of Malaya (UM), Malaysia

Dr Bong Yii Bonn, Research Manager, Institute of Research Management and Monitoring, University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Published 22 March 2016

The University of Malaya, Malaysia is one of five new research universities in Malaysia, leading the charge to develop the country's research base. Dr Bonn explains the University of Malaya's approach to developing their research management processes and bringing the institution into the world's top 100 research universities. Read more

University of Malaya

The role of ORICs in Pakistani higher education

Prof Dr Raheel Qamar, COMSATS Institute of Information Technology, Pakistan
Ms Bushra Ghaus, Manager Research Development, Fatima Jinnah Women University, Pakistan
Neil Johnson, Member Engagement Coordinator, ACU

Published 6 November 2015

In 2010, the Higher Education Commission of Pakistan established the model for universities across the country to establish an Office of Research Innovation and Commercialization (ORIC) to promote a greater management of research. Five years on, two ACU members reflect on the success of the ORICs. Read more


Humanities research in the digital age

Michelle Smith, Deakin University, Australia

Published 27 October 2015

Advances in technology have had dramatic effects upon university libraries and those who depend upon them, making finding and accessing research material easier than ever before. Generally seen as a positive shift, the digitisation of research outputs has led to unforeseen negative impacts for some researchers. In this guest blog, Michelle Smith from Deakin University addresses the perils of digitisation for some researchers. Read more


A student-led publishing revolution

Ben Bowman, PhD Student, University of Bath, UK

Published 2 July 2015

Four PhD students from three universities in the UK have established an Open Access journal, drawing on the expertise of staff and students at the South West Doctoral Training Centre (SWDTC). In the process they picked up the unique skills required to produce an Open Access journal, which challenging the existing 'old boys' network' that prevents many attempts to publish original research. Read more


In 2010, the Higher Education Commission of Pakistan established the model for universities across the country to establish an Office of Research Innovation and Commercialization (ORIC) to promote a greater management of research. Five years on, two ACU members reflect on the success of the ORICs.

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