Professional bodies

There are two major organisations in the UK that provide professional development opportunities for research support and administration staff.

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ARMA is the professional association for research managers and administrators in the UK. Its members work in a variety of organisations, including universities, funding bodies, the NHS and independent research organisations, as well as organisations providing services to research support offices. Its activities are focused on encouraging professional development and networking amongst research managers and administrators.



PraxisAuril is an educational not-for-profit organisation set up to support innovation and commercialisation of public sector and charity research for social and economic impact. PraxisAuril encourages innovation and acts as a voice for the research commercialisation profession, facilitating the interaction between the public sector research base, business and government. PraxisAuril provides a forum for best practice exchange, underpinned by a comprehensive training and development programmes.