Project Report: Research Staff Benchmarking Project

Bridgstock, Ruth S. (2006) Project Report: Research Staff Benchmarking Project. Queensland University of Technology.



Queensland University of Technology is committed to "expanding its research profile by combining broad and strong encouragement to research in disciplinary and crossdisciplinary areas, with a selective application of limited resources" (Queensland University of Technology, 2006x, p.2). Within this overall aim, a key objective as documented by QUT’s Research and Innovation Plan 2007-2011 (Queensland University of Technology, 2006) is to increase research capacity by (i) ensuring that QUT’s structures, profile, workload and promotion arrangements support enhancement and sustainability of research productivity; (ii) developing early and mid career researchers; and (iii) ensuring high quality physical and virtual infrastructure.

While it is acknowledged that research-only staff (staff members employed principally or exclusively to conduct research) make a substantial contribution to QUT’s research productivity, relatively little has been documented about their participation in research, their employment conditions, or their potential roles in enhancing research capacity. Recognising this, the QUT Research Staff Benchmarking Project was commissioned in August 2006 by QUT’s Assistant Deans-Research and Institute Directors in conjunction with the Office of Research and the Human Resources Department. The Library and Information Technology Services provided further in-kind support.

The project aimed to identify key ways that QUT can increase its research capacity by strategically recruiting, supporting and developing its research-only staff.

The Research Staff Benchmarking Project’s objectives were: a) To describe and benchmark QUT’s research-only staff human resourcing, including employment, research capabilities, and professional development, at an enterprise-wide and Faculty / Institute level (where relevant), and b) To make strategic recommendations regarding research-only staff recruitment, employment, retention and development.

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ID Code: 6240
Item Type: Report
Refereed: No
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Keywords: research staff, research only staff, research assistants, research capacity, university staff, higher education policy, university employment, university working conditions, research careers, university casualisation, tenure, casual staff, research output, HERN
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > SPECIALIST STUDIES IN EDUCATION (130300) > Educational Administration Management and Leadership (130304)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2006 (please consult author)
Deposited On: 16 Feb 2007 00:00
Last Modified: 09 Jun 2010 12:37

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