Working Groups

Training Provisions Working Group: 2 strands

·         Identify Gaps in Current Training Provisions in UCD:    Drawing on the mapping of training provisions carried out by the URMAN Careers Development Working Group (Report appendix 3.1) identify where there are gaps in the training provisions offered in UCD and where new training provisions (including on-line provisions) are required to support URMAN members.  In collaboration with HR this will help inform the university of training required to support the core and functional competencies for the Research Management Job Family.

·         Mentoring Programme:  Explore requirements and appetite within URMAN for a Mentoring Programme to support knowledge exchange and career development for URMAN members.  This should be carried out in collaboration with UCD HR and draw on the expertise, training and resources that UCD HR provides to support the roll out of Mentoring in the University.

Induction Working Group

Aims to design and deliver an Induction Session for new research managers and administrators in UCD.  The session should draw on induction templates and toolkits provided by HR and compliment the other induction programmes that are already provided for new staff within the university.  The key purpose of the URMAN induction is to support URMAN membership and knowledge exchange.

Communities of Practice Working Group:

Discussions with UCD Agile confirm that URMAN is effectively the first and most established Community of Practice (CoP) in UCD.   Explore and plan CoP type initiatives to enhance the visibility of URMAN and to demonstrate its’ value to the University, including holding an inaugural (annual) URMAN Keynote Event with an invited high profile guest speaker.   Establish and track metrics and testimonials that demonstrate and showcase the effectiveness and benefit of URMAN.  Link with URMAN Events Working Group re URMAN CoP events.  Link up with other UCD CoP(s) and UCD Agile if / where relevant to support URMAN initiatives.

Membership & Communications Working Group:

Manage the URMAN Membership registrations, particularly liaising with the Induction Working Group to identify and include new members.  Maintain the URMAN website and social media accounts, including URMAN LinkedIn and Twitter.   Advise on and co-ordinate all URMAN EXEC communications to URMAN members, and to other units within the university as required.  Carry out URMAN surveys with the URMAN membership every 2-3 years, and liaise with UCD units such as HR on same as relevant.

Events Working Group:

The Events Working Group plan and organise regular URMAN Events to support career development, training, and knowledge sharing for URMAN members.     URMAN Events compliment, and address gaps, in the current training and development provisions that are offered in the university; and add value by designing / tailoring the URMAN Events to specifically meet URMAN member needs.   Events typically cover topics from across the entire research project life-cycle / researcher journey.  Suggestions and requests for URMAN Events are submitted from URMAN members through various channels including the URMAN Advisory Group, the URMAN Website, and URMAN Survey, and are also informed by needs identified through the work of other URMAN Working Groups.

Research Thematic Working Group – Environment:

The Research Area Communities Working Group supports local fora of Research Managers and Administrators in UCD who work in the specific research areas to meet up informally once a month and exchange information with each other about funding, new opportunities, and other relevant developments. The Group aims to develop a sense of community amongst research support staff who work in the same thematic area, and links also with the URMAN Induction Working Group as it welcomes and supports new staff working in the area. The Working Group has supported the establishment of two local communities in Environmental research and research aligned to the College of Health and Agricultural Sciences. URMAN will seek to extend and support this model to two other of UCD’s Research Thematic Areas in the coming year.

URMAN Advisory Group and Working Group Members as at June 2019

URMAN Advisory Group Caroline Treacey (Chair), Aileen Doyle (Secretary) Antonella Ferrecchia, Will Fitzmaurice, Rosemarie Gannon, Aidan McElwaine, Ciara O’Connor, Justin Synnott, Colleen Thomas, Irene Ward.
Training Provisions Working Group Justin Synnott (Chair), Conor McDermott, Ciara O’Connor, Rosemaire Gannon.
Induction Working Group Ciara O’Connor (Chair), Aidan McElwaine, Rosemarie Gannon and Irene Ward.
Communities of Practice Working Group Aidan McElwaine (Chair), Will Fitzmaurice, Caroline Treacey.
Membership & Communications Working Group Irene Ward (Chair), Valerie Norton, Cathy Quinn.
Events Working Group Colleen Thomas and Antonella Ferrecchia (Co-Chairs), Sinead McGinley, Erin Finnerty, Yvonne Smith.
Research Thematic Working Group – Environment Will Fitzmaurice (Chair)