Free NCURA Webinar: Same Same, But Different: Departmental Challenges and Successes

Dear Colleagues:

The Office of Research is providing access to the Live Virtual NCURA Workshop – Same Same, But Different: Departmental Challenges and Successes to the campus community free of charge. This live webinar will be held on Thursday, April 25th, at 11:00 AM (PST). To register, you will need to click on the unique link below. Please do not share this link with anyone outside of the UC Irvine community. You must use your email address to register, or your registration may be cancelled by NCURA. If your NCURA account is set up with your personal email address, you’ll need to set up a free account using your email (you can do so by clicking here to create a new profile). 


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Same Same, But Different: Departmental Challenges and Successes 

April 25, 2024
2:00 – 3:30 pm ET * Webinar
3:35 – 4:30 pm ET * After the Show * Talk with the Faculty Directly!

Borrowing from this popular phrase with origins in Southeast Asia, this session will explore the similarities and differences between research administration offices of all sizes whether central or departmental. While our research volumes are drastically different, the workloads, per capita funding for staffing, and stressors are quite similar. Join us as we provide our perspectives from our different vantage points. We will discuss staffing challenges, remote/hybrid workforces, and dealing with last minute proposals along with the challenge of being all things to all people.

Learning Objectives

By the end of this webinar, participants will be able to:

  1. Recognize the similarities and differences faced by leaders of small medium, large and massive research administration portfolios.
  2. Understand how to leverage connections to network in solving problems
  3. Identify common and unique challenges faced by these types of institutions.

Format of webinar: 90-minute presentation, followed by 55 minutes of discussion.

Tanya Blackwell

Grants and Contracts Manager, Department of Medicine

Duke University

Robyn Remotigue

Executive Director, Office of Research Services, School of Public Health

University of North Texas Health Science Center at Fort Worth

Susan Sedwick

Senior Consultant


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