New HERDC module released in Elements

26th September 2013

We are very proud to announce that Elements is the first ever Research Information Management System to offer a HERDC module.

The HERDC module was designed in partnership with clients in Australia and has just been released from beta after completing development and testing. The module will aid universities in Australia with the HERDC (Higher Education Research Data Collection) exercise that takes place on an annual basis.

In 2013, an estimated $1.67 billion of funding will be made available to eligible Australian higher education providers (HEPs) by the Department of Innovation. To be eligible, each institution is required to submit research income and research publications data for the year to secure their funding. Elements’ new HERDC module has been designed specifically to enable the capture, nomination, verification and reporting of research outputs required for submission in this annual exercise.

“One of Symplectic’s core beliefs is the best solutions are built in partnership with clients”, says Daniel Enright, Business Analyst at Symplectic. “Working closely with our clients in Australia throughout the development of the HERDC module afforded the team immediate feedback from those with first-hand experience of preparing HERDC returns. We’re really pleased with the result and look forward to receiving additional feedback from those now making use of the module in their live systems.”

The new HERDC module allows for the apportionment and allocation of publication data as outlined by HERDC guidelines, all within the intuitive interface of Elements. New user roles, assessment screens, labelled actions, system messaging and HERDC-specific reports help streamline research information management for Australian institutions.

“The audit requirements of the HERDC process were well documented, but the administrative effort associated with capturing the underlying data was less clear”, says Jonathan Breeze, CEO of Symplectic. “Working closely with multiple Australian clients has allowed us to introduce a configurable solution capable of addressing the needs of the HERDC exercise and its associated administrative effort.”

The HERDC module was made available in Elements v4.4 to all Australian clients, with plans for further enhancements in the coming months.

If you want to find out more about the release, or to upgrade your system, please head to our support site.