Research project managers needed to test new professional development framework

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Volunteer research programme and project managers, from within MAHSC, are needed to test a new development framework, designed to raise capabilities within this profession.

The development framework has been drawn up by the Research Programme Managers’ Network (RPMN), a 130 strong group of locally based research programme and project managers.

The RPMN framework is intended to assist these individuals in identifying areas for development and training needs within their career.

Key areas of performance, and the main tasks required for each, have been identified in the framework and users can rate their current abilities and see clearly what is needed to progress to succeeding levels. The four performance areas are: project management, research governance, communication, and leadership and management.

Charlotte Stockton-Powdrell, Senior Project Manager at the university’s Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health and Co-chair of RPMN, said ‘Our group used a formal methodology to create the framework and we now need 2 or 3 volunteers, ideally from each MAHSC partner, to pilot the tool.

‘Testers could use it in their annual personal development review or, if their review has already taken place, on a simulated basis.

‘We would like feedback on how useful the framework is, both for the individual and their manager, in identifying their current skill level, providing clarity on the requirements for progression and informing the next steps in their development.

‘This feedback will be invaluable in helping us finalise the framework prior to rollout. Programme and project managers play a critical role in delivering high quality research and this framework will drive consistency and improvement in professional standards.’

MAHSC research programme and project managers who would like to volunteer can contact Charlotte at charlotte.stockton-powdrell@manchester.ac.uk Tel: 0161 306 0523

* RPMN was set up in 2013 to provide peer-to-peer support and share best practice among research programme and project managers in MAHSC and the North West. To find out more click here and follow them on Twitter @ResearchPMN_NW


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