Business Transformation – The Research Workstream

by | Apr 14, 2017

Jenny Johnston is a Business Analyst working on the Research Workstream within the Business Transformation Programme. This workstream aims to deliver a cradle to grave research and administration solution with new standard workflows and business rules that will help the University manage its research portfolio.

The team is working to clarify the processes involved in administering research projects and have recently completed a series of workshops with various stakeholders across the research applications and project lifecycle.


“We have been holding workshops to examine the processes involved in managing research projects, from capturing the details of the initial idea to the completion of the research and beyond. By involving key stakeholders in these workshops, we can ensure that the solution meets requirements and successfully delivers the capability to track and report on the progress of our research projects.

We will build a streamlined process for the administration of research. This will improve our ability to report internally and externally. Crucially it will also assist with the knowledge capture of our research activity.

One of the key aims of the workshops was to identify where and when data is required, by whom, and how best to obtain it. We aim to reduce the effort involved in managing and analysing data while simultaneously improving the quality and effectiveness of the information available.

In order to migrate to the new solution, we have also been assessing our existing data and will be carrying out a data cleansing exercise before we transition to OneUniversity, or integrated business solution.

We aim to deliver a clear set of processes that people can understand and follow easily. The processes will be, as far as practicable, standard across the University. This is much more than simply having a system to record data, it is a step change in how we nurture and support academics so they can concentrate on doing research!”

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