PhD Manager exhibiting at Adelaide QPR conference

PhD Manager is going to Australia!

We are excited to be exhibiting at the Quality in Postgraduate Research conference in Adelaide, Australia in April. QPR is one of the world’s biggest and longest-standing conference on doctoral education.

Our Technical Director Ben Summers will be attending, and we are looking forward to sharing PhD Manager and the wider Haplo Research Manager system with a new audience.

If you’ll be attending the conference, please get in touch at hello@phd-manager.co.uk and we would be delighted to organise a demonstration of PhD Manager.

City, University of London selects Ethics Monitor

We are delighted to welcome City, University of London our growing family of Ethics Monitor users, and to help support their management of research ethics.

Szabi Steiner, the Research and Enterprise Operations Programme Manager at City University said: “At City we were looking for a research ethics management system that not only improves efficiency but is also convenient and easy to use. Haplo’s Ethics Monitor combines functionality and usability in a way that will provide excellent user experience for our students, academics and ethics committees.”

University of Derby selects PhD Manager

The University of Derby has selected PhD Manager to support their rapidly developing Graduate School.

Professor Clare Brindley, Head of Research at the University said: “The University of Derby recently tendered for a management system for its post-graduate students and staff; it became clear the PhD Manager was the best choice for this. The system makes tracking student progress throughout their journey much easier for staff and students alike, with clear views to show upcoming events and where progress is not being made. Online forms and a comprehensive reporting system will simplify life for our academic staff and research student office alike, reducing administration time and allowing them to provide an excellent student experience.”

PhD Manager User Group Meeting, February 2018

After delays due to the snowy weather in December, the PhD Manager User Group met on 9 February at the University of Northampton. The meeting was organised by our group co-ordinators David Watson from the University of Northampton and Tracey Bean-Williams from Open University.

Haplo shared upcoming new developments for PhD Manager including reminder alerts and enhanced functionality for training needs analysis, planning, and logging of PGR development activity.

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The impact of PhD Manager

We asked institutions using PhD Manager what the impact has been since implementing the system.

Before using PhD Manager, institutions described their processes as time consuming, manual, and slow; relying on frequently out of date information; and with processes which were difficult to track. Event management was time consuming with multiple steps using several different systems or spreadsheets. Tracking the workflow of documents in paper-based processes was slow and clunky, based on circulating word documents by email. Institutions frequently reported that before the implementation of a single PGR management system, their processes involved a series of databases and spreadsheets which were disparate and uncoordinated.

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What your repository can’t do

The Haplo Repository has been carefully designed to meet the demands on institutional repositories. By using established information management principles, we’ve mitigated the pain points which have limited what institutions have previously been able to do with their repository. Here’s a few of the key benefits enjoyed by repository managers using Haplo:

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5 reasons to avoid an ‘in-house’ solution

We sometimes hear about universities who’ve decided to build a PGR system ‘in-house.’ Sometimes we hear from them before they start the project but more often a few years later when the system they built is no longer meeting their needs.

Here’s the problems we’ve seen and why you may want to avoid building in-house:

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Introducing our new Ethics Monitor team

After spending over ten years in corporate information management, I am excited to move to the other side of the software and join Haplo as Product Facilitator for Ethics Monitor. Whilst I was initially nervous about changing direction, I am excited to use the knowledge I’ve gained from my past experiences and add it to everything I’m learning as a new member of the Haplo team.

I am here to work closely with our clients as they make the exciting move to using Ethics Monitor. I look forward to answering support queries, preparing and providing training materials specific to each client’s needs, and managing the process from preparing the workflows and forms through to the testing and implementation of the system. My aim is for your transition to Ethics Monitor to be enjoyable and hopefully a little bit exciting. Haplo has created a more efficient way to tackle an old task and I’m pleased to be part of the team that will be delivering that.

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University of Leicester joins PhD Manager

We’re delighted to welcome the University of Leicester to our growing family of PhD Manager users and help them support their Graduate School and are excited about starting development soon.

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PhD Manager Product Facilitator

We’re currently recruiting a new position within Haplo, our PhD Manager Product Facilitator.

It is a key role in supporting and working with our growing community of university users, where you’ll develop a deep knowledge of their requirements of the PhD Manager system.

As the product owner, you’ll be defining the design and future direction of this exciting system to help create great software to support researchers.

Click here to read the full job description.

PhD Manager December User Group

Our next PhD Manager User Group will be held in December at the University of Northampton, and our group co-ordinators David Watson from the University of Northampton and Tracey Bean-Williams from Open University are busy organising the session.

With an increasing user base, the PhD Manager User Group will enable Haplo to continue to work effectively as true partners with our institutions.

As well as updates on PhD Manager deployments and developments, the session will focus on how Haplo can support the implementation, training and testing for our newer institutions and a discussion on the positive impact PhD Manager has had to Graduate Schools.

If you would like to find out more, email hello@phd-manager.co.uk for details.

Haplo at King’s College Careers Fair

Last Wednesday myself and Emma, our Sales & Marketing Manager, visited King’s College London for their Careers Fair so that we could talk to undergraduates about the current career opportunities here at Haplo.

I graduated from King’s College last year after studying Computer Science so it was good to go back to the campus and see how it’s changed (there’s a lot of building work!) as well as seeing some familiar faces.

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