ResearchNow Portal Public Release and integration with Flinders Staff Profiles

Since ResearchNow go live in August 2019 the ResearchNow Portal has only been available within Flinders campuses.  On 30th January the ResearchNow Portal will be available publicly and accessible via the Flinders website.

In addition, researcher’s current Flinders Staff Profile Page will have some integration with their researcher profile page on the ResearchNow Portal.  Selecting the Research tab on Staff Profiles will open the researcher’s ResearchNow Portal page.  The current Publications tab in the Staff Profile Page will be removed and the publications information will now be presented in the ResearchNow portal as research outputs. The change will have the following additional impacts:

  • Researchers will need to manually maintain their profile information in both the Staff Profile Pages and ResearchNow.  This includes biography and qualifications
  • Similar information regarding professional engagement and activities will be presented in both the Staff Profile Pages and ResearchNow Portal
  • Research expertise in Staff Profile Pages will be replaced by fingerprints in the ResearchNow Portal

The public release of the ResearchNow Portal is an exciting evolution in how Flinders will showcase its researchers and their research to the wider community. You can get to the ResearchNow Portal at within Flinders and externally when it has been made public.

ResearchNow Awards Management Release

The ResearchNow Awards Management functionality, including research applications, awards and projects (that will be managed entirely by the RDS Grants and Tenders team) has gone live.

This release is focussed on awards management including the management of research applications (for research income from competitive grants or contract research), awards (research income awarded), and research projects. Researchers can be applicants, award holders, or project participants and will see their new applications, awards and projects on their Personal Overview screen when logging into ResearchNow. For the moment  researchers won’t enter or edit these records, only the RDS Grants and Tenders team will have this access and they will work closely with researchers to create and edit this content.

At some stage, projects will begin to appear on the ResearchNow Portal in the same way as Research Outputs and other research content currently appears. The RDS Grants and Tenders team will work with researchers on making Projects public when they are ready.

Inspire – Submission of Thesis and Supervisor Training

The Inspire program continues on its bold vision to become Australia’s first Digital Doctorate system. In November the Inspire team release the ability for Students to upload their Thesis for grading via Inspire.

This functionality adds to the features previously released in Inspire which allow Students to notify their HDR supervisors they Intend to Submit their Thesis and for Supervisors to Nominate Examiners online. The Submission of Thesis functionality has allowed CILT to decommission the aging and no-longer supported REX system.

Students have already provided early feedback on the new Submission process stating I do like the new system a lot. Inspire made the requirements a bit clearer than the old form/ the REX system (which I had started a submission in too). For example, I knew I needed to write a justification for the length but was not sure where to put it on the old form, whereas it was really clear in Inspire. LOVED the confetti!! Made a little video of it, and sent a photo of it out to all my family and friends who have been waiting for me to submit!”

In January the Inspire team released the ability for Researchers to access HDR Supervisor Training. Previously there had been no one clear system that captured the requirements and compliance of HDR Supervisors training. The new system will provide a single interface for Researchers to be able:

  • to find HDR Supervision training
  • book into courses
  • be awarded compliance points for activities provided by the University or external providers (eg at Conferences)
  • award certification for HDR Supervision training to support professional development.

This functionality not only provides improved capabilities to current and prospective HDR Supervisors, it also ensures consistent quality is being applied for HDR Supervisor training and enables the OGR to provide government reporting and meet Audit requirements.

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