In Issue 11 of Incite, we reported on what research staff associations are all about, and asked if the University of Manchester should have one.

We are pleased to provide an update to this article and report that the University of Manchester Research Staff Association was officially launched in April 2011 at the Research Staff Conference.

The RSA hopes to provide a forum for researchers to share their ideas and concerns about issues relating to both work and social life.

To find out more and get involved in the regular meetings and social events, please visit