Transforming Research Services Update: Proposed Operating Model Consultation Update

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Following my post on April 12, please see below further information on the Transforming Research Services project.

Thank you to everyone for your contribution to the proposed operating model consultation, as part of the step change toward providing enhanced research services.

Consultation was extended to 5.00pm, 3 May, with further opportunities to provide feedback after Easter.

Rationale for change

The key drivers of these proposed changes are the significant growth in scale of RMIT’s research and innovation work, changes in the Australian research policy environment, and service issues raised by researchers across the University.

The current consultation is for a proposed operating model that will provide:

  • high-quality advice and support for researchers and graduate researchers
  • more equitable and accessible services
  • smarter and more consistent ways of working 
  • a structure where the RMIT research community acts as a unified team advocating for exceptional service delivery
  • enabling systems, processes and digital transformation
  • clearer and more flexible career pathways for research services staff.

For more detail please visit Sharepoint site or reach out to our leadership team.


Following initial feedback from the consultation process, senior leaders from the Research and Innovation Portfolio and Colleges participated in a consultative co-design workshop today to explore potential ways of working in the proposed operating model.  We’re looking forward to continuing these discussions to ensure that further decisions on the proposed future state are informed through multiple consultative mechanisms.

To date, there has been over 100 individual queries and over 40 emails related to specific roles and individual circumstances.  The team are endeavouring to respond to each query as quickly as possible.  Common questions and themes are being provided as updates on the Sharepoint site.  Otherwise responses are being provided to individuals.

The R&I Portfolio thanks everyone for their contribution to this process so far. 

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