RMPL Award for Excellence in Research Management

The inaugural ATEM / Campus Review Best Practice Awards Ceremony was held on Monday 17th September at the University of South Australia, Adelaide. 140 people attended the ceremony which included presentations from ATEM president Dr Stephen Weller and the Minister for Tertiary Education, Senator Chris Evans.

The winner of the ResearchMaster Award for Excellence in Research was Dr Erich von-Dietze from Murdoch University, for his winning project on Animal Ethics Management. ResearchMaster would like to congratulate Dr von Dietze for winning this award, which recognises his demonstrated excellence in leadership in strengthening research ethics management.

Since 2006 Erich von Dietze has initiated a range of innovative and transformative improvements in the management of research ethics, resulting in streamlined and effective ethics management, a positive change in research culture and enhanced organisational performance. Dr von Dietze has also been recognised beyond Murdoch University, through his involvement in the establishment of the Australasian Ethics Network, as well as invitations to contribute expertise to the NHMRC and the WA Corruption and Crimes Commission.

Congratulations also to Dr Jane Fernandez from Avondale College of Higher Education for her highly commended project on the TAREC Portfolio, where she has demonstrated outstanding leadership and management in the development of a research culture. Dr Fernandez introduced a series of innovative programs to encourage and support research projects and publications, and developed tools and resources to support staff to assist in building their research and writing skills. This has seen research now being included in undergraduate teaching, and an annual increase in the weighted value of reportable scholarly activity, in line with the College’s strategic plan to achieve university status.

October 2012

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