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Risk Assessment for Researchers: Relevant, Realistic, Reasonable?


Crees-Morris, J and Waldron, D, Risk Assessment for Researchers: Relevant, Realistic, Reasonable?, Stimulating Change: Inspire, Innovate, Engage - Proceedings of the Australian Research Management Society Conference 2013, 11-13 September, Adelaide, Australia, pp. 1. (2013) [Conference Extract]

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Last year the leading university risk financing Unimutual paid out close to $4M for research that was lost, damaged or seriously interrupted by the failure of temperature-controlled environments. These losses were preventable. In addition to being a large financial burden for the sector, this represents hundreds of articles which will never be published, numerous research grants which will never be extended, and dozens of post-graduate students whose studies were seriously disrupted. (Harry Rosenthal, Regis Unimutual General Manager, Risk Management Services).

In 2009 the Australian Maritime College, an institute of the University of Tasmania, introduced risk assessments as a core component of research funding applications. Training in risk management and assessment was made available to all researchers and postgraduate candidates in groups and one-on-one. A softly-softly approach was adopted, recognising that the addition of a risk assessment could be seen as yet another "time-consuming" administrative task, detracting from the "real" research.

This poster will illustrate the need for and the benefits of risk assessments, their importance as a planning tool and an innovative way we developed to "get the message across".

Item Details

Item Type:Conference Extract
Keywords:risk assessment, risk assessment training, research risk assessment
Research Division:Education
Research Group:Education systems
Research Field:Higher education
Objective Division:Education and Training
Objective Group:Schools and learning environments
Objective Field:Policies and development
UTAS Author:Crees-Morris, J (Mrs Judy Crees-Morris)
UTAS Author:Waldron, D (Mr David Waldron)
ID Code:86516
Year Published:2013
Deposited By:Research Division
Deposited On:2013-09-20
Last Modified:2013-09-20

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