Professional Development Framework

ARMA's Professional Development Framework (PDF) describes the activities, knowledge, skills and behaviours required across the full range of research management and administration roles.

The PDF enables ARMA and partner organisations to build professional development opportunities for research managers and administrators; helps individuals to reflect on their development needs and plan their careers; informs institutions’ internal training and development for research managers and administrators; and helps managers in the task of preparing job descriptions and person specifications.

ARMA's Professional Development FrameworkThe Framework covers 21 functional areas under seven themes, each viewed from an operational, management and leadership perspective.

The themes are:

  • Developing Proposals
  • Project Lifetime
  • Translation
  • Postgraduate Researchers
  • Policy and Governance
  • Management Information & Related Functions
  • Service Organisation and Delivery

The PDF will help to enhance the skills of research managers and administrators and hence provide a cadre of professionals better able to support individual and institutional research agendas.