The University of Melbourne
Melbourne Research Office
FACULTY RESEARCH MANAGERS COMMITTEE MEETING
The 1st Faculty Research Managers Committee for the year was held in the boardroom, Level 7 of
the Alan Gilbert Building at 1pm on Tuesday 10 February 2009.
Charlie Day, Jacqui Randall
1.0 Items for Discussion:
1.1 Excellence in Research Australia (ERA)
Because the ERA response is due in 13 weeks all other agenda items for the first meeting of
2009 have been deferred to the second meeting.
Shane Wood presented a briefing paper detailing the University’s planned response to the
draft ERA Submission Guidelines for the Physical, Chemical and Earth Sciences (PCE) and
Humanities and Creative Arts (HCA) clusters. Lyn Yates (Pro Vice-Chancellor, Research)
confirmed that discussions had been held at this morning’s matinee meeting where the Vice
Chancellor advised that the ERA response was considered by the University to be a high
priority and that the response to the submission guidelines needs to show the University of
Melbourne in the best light possible.
Some discussion was had around the table about using the ERA response as a forum to
source resources to improve system efficiency in data collection. It was agreed that this
would be a reasonable position however, there are only 13 weeks to respond to the
submission which is not enough time to make appropriate changes to THEMIS.
The Melbourne Research Office is seeking a secondment from a HEW4-5 administrative staff
member and FRMS were asked to consider if any of their staff could take on this position
within the MRO.
Action: Faculty Research Managers who have staff that could be seconded to the ERA team
should advise David Cookson by COB Wednesday 11 February.
The ERA Strategy Committee requires two Faculty Research Managers to be represented on
the Committee. Michael McBain advised that he was happy to participate should nobody
else from the HCA cluster be represented.
Action: A second Faculty Research Manager needs to nominate themselves for a position on
the ERA Strategy committee and should advise David Cookson by COB Tuesday 10 February.
2.0 Date of next meeting
The next meeting will be held on Tuesday March 3, 2009, The Boardroom, Level 7, Alan
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