Sliedrecht, Netherlands & Sydney, Australia, June 09, 2014 – UNIT4, the global leader in software that supports business change, announced today that it will sponsor the Australasian Research Management Society annual conference in 2014 as it continues to establish its credentials in the region as a leading international provider of research management software.
Within the broad conference themes of Impact and Influence, ARMS 2014 (September 17-19, National Convention Centre, Canberra) attracts leading figures from the global research industry exploring research and research management/administration topics. These include data collection, collation, storage, sharing and analysis and how this informs change; developing best practice systems and technology for streamlining administrative processes; and responding to demands of risk management, research integrity, and compliance.
ARMS is an international organization dedicated to the professional development of research managers and administrators, the promotion of the profession of research management and the enhancement of the research enterprise.
“Today’s education institutions and research organizations face a daunting set of challenges as they strive to respond to a changing economic environment and compete on an increasingly international stage, while maintaining close financial control,” said David Turner, Group Marketing Director at UNIT4. “Against a background of changing demands and uncertainty in funding streams, institutions are now required to adopt operational and research processes and systems that are comprehensive, reaching across and beyond institutions, yet also responsive to change. The costing, pricing and approval processes for grant applications are increasingly important for example. Improving these processes can enable institutions and research organizations to become more consistent, efficient and dynamic.”
In the last few months alone, UNIT4 has announced a contract with Monash University, the largest in Australia, to manage more than $300 million in annual research grants as it aims to fulfil global research ambitions, a US$1.5 million SaaS (software as a service) agreement with Robert Morris University in North America; and a contract with the University of Huddersfield in the UK as it seeks to increase research revenue by 50 per cent.
Dr. Ian Tebbett, CIO, Monash University said: “Controlled research management practices are crucial for universities with ambitions in this area. Research intensive institutions have historically struggled with the complexity of proper management processes. Few solutions exist on the market that can meet requirements end to end. State-of-the-art IT systems that draw the best out of our professional staff and engage them in delivering on our institutional goals are essential. UNIT4’s research management solution, including its unique Research Costing and Pricing system, along with the company’s experience in the sector, promises the control universities like Monash require to be world leading in the field of research.”
UNIT4 develops education management solutions and services under the UNIT4 Campus brand, that enable institutions and research organizations to embrace change independently and sustainably so they can become more flexible, efficient, and innovative. Agresso Research Costing and Pricing is a comprehensive costing, pricing and approval solution that enables the production of accurate cost estimations and agreement on appropriate prices for grant applications for even the largest, most diverse or fast-changing national and international establishments. It was developed in partnership with the Universities of Oxford and Cambridge and has sold rapidly since its launch. UNIT4 provides software solutions to more than 400 Education and Research institutions worldwide, making it a leading supplier to the sector with significant ambitions.
UNIT4 is also a key sponsor of the Association of Research Managers & Administrators (ARMA) 2014 conference in the UK, June 10-11. The ARMA Conference promotes excellence in research management and administration by sharing best practice through a mix of workshops, plenary sessions, networking opportunities and social events.
From June 11-13 UNIT4 will attend the EUNIS 2014 Congress in Sweden as a platinum sponsor. This is the annual event of the European University Information Systems organization whose mission is to help member institutions develop their IT landscape by sharing experiences and working together.