RMBT Program updates

Update from the DVCRI – September 2021

Professor Bronwyn Harch

What a busy time September has been for UQ! And so wonderful to be able to hold Research and Innovation Week this year, after having to cancel our 2020 activities due to COVID. It was a great opportunity to celebrate the work being carried out in the research and innovation area by our researchers, research administrators, partners and HDR students and supervisors.

The RMBT Program had double cause for celebration during Research and Innovation Week with the next phase of the HDR Enhancement project delivering its improvement to the thesis submission process. All HDR students will benefit from being able to submit their final thesis through the UQ RDM interface. This integration delivers an end-to-end online experience with informative dashboards that enable candidates, advisers and Graduate School staff to track and manage submissions.

A second successful partnership for RMBT that happened during Research and Innovation Week was the launch of the Impact Tracker integration project. Impact tracker enables researchers to capture vital information about engagement activities and impact resulting from their research, and there have been 60 new registrations in the first two weeks since go-live on 14 September. The RMBT team have been working to ensure additional support resources are available via the Impact Tracker Systems Training Hub

I would like to congratulate Project Manager, Tom Court, for delivering this important resource for capturing research impact.  

Despite the dual challenges of COVID lockdowns and some staff changes earlier in 2021, the Research Management Business Transformation (RMBT) Program continues to support the research community by implementing new digital systems that are transforming the business of research. The Program has evolved in maturity since its inception in 2017, as the demand for new initiatives has increasingly grown. To address this growth, the RMBT Program, MyResearch Project and Research Systems teams have been brought together to provide end-to-end support for the rollout of new systems, by leveraging the expertise of each of these teams to transition new initiatives from ideation to implementation and on to business as usual. Jan Wisgerhof is at the helm after accepting a 12-month appointment to the role of Deputy Director of Research Business Transformation. This role will provide an additional layer of support to the Program by taking on the responsibility of project owner on the MyResearch and RIMS projects, contributing to good governance practices through committee membership and advocating for RMBT at a higher decision-making level.

It is so pleasing to see the RMBT Program continue to deliver tangible outcomes for researchers and to know that as the Program moves into its next phase, the benefits to UQ staff, students and researchers will increase exponentially.

“Yours in excellence and impact…”


Professor Bronwyn Harch
Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research and Innovation)
The University of Queensland