What do PRISMs do?

PRISMs are a powerful community of professionals who can positively influence research culture as they are sitting at the heart of research teams and their activities, from staff/PhD student recruitment and induction to communication/marketing and inclusive event management. They are embedding and living EDI policies in their research initiatives and act as driver and first point of contact for a positive research culture.
Breadth of knowledge, experience and skills, alongside the ability to form strong networks bringing together all relevant expertise for a successful research team, are key to these roles.
PRISMs require, among other characteristics, high levels of analytical and strategic thinking, emotional intelligence, resilience, communication skills, as well as recognised leadership traits such as empathy and persuasiveness to enable successful research communities.

Duties include but are not limited to:
  • managing resources and ensuring timely delivery of objectives;
  • identifying ways to improve productivity and efficiency and reducing delays;
  • ensuring programme operations comply with internal control policies and legal requirements;
  • supervising and coordinating activities of the parties involved in the programme;
  • resolving issues internally and externally;
  • compiling and writing progress reports and giving presentations to internal and external stakeholders;
  • creating new initiatives according to the strategic objectives of the research team.

PRISMs connect people and processes, drive research development, dissemination, communication, and ensure that research investments are utilised to their full potential.

PRISMs act as arbiters to unite individual research agendas into a collaborative approach, and drive opportunities for building teams that are larger than the sum of their parts, rather than opportunities for individual output.

PRISMs build new connections internally and externally to foster ideas and income generation across Higher Education Institutions (HEI), governmental agencies, industry, and the general public.

PRISMs add their expertise around vision statements, people engagement and community building, governance, research communication, event management and more to grant applications.

PRISMs bridge between the day-to-day running of their research ecosystems and the development of long-term strategies to grow the respective research area locally, nationally, and internationally wherever possible.
Last edited: 22 March 2023

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