UFH Rewards Researchers’ Excellence and launches Research Report

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This week, 15 - 18 November, the University of Fort Hare’s Govan Mbeki Research and Development Centre (GMRDC) will host its annual Research Week of Excellence in recognition of Academics who have made sterling and meaningful contributions to the university’s research output.

This year’s event is themed: Prioritising Meaningful Research with Impact in The Decade Of Renewal.

Giving context to the conditions that this year’s event is taking place, Prof Simatele Munacinga, GMRDC Acting Director: Research Management said: “The Covid-19 pandemic has profoundly affected mobility and the ability to conduct research. Despite this, UFH academics have continued to be research active. They have continued to produce research that peers and policymakers have recognised as having a meaningful impact.”

The four-day programme will start with roundtable discussions during the first three days where esteemed Researchers from all six Faculties of the university will present their latest studies and projects. The discussions will be held virtually.

Day one will showcase research that has had an impact within the academic space, communities around the university as well as in policy spaces.

Day two will focus on postgraduate students and postdoctoral fellows. In anticipation of the decade of renewal at UFH, the programme will kick off with an open discussion with students, supervisors, and postdoctoral fellows.

Day three: will highlight innovation activities within the institution.

Day four will be the crowning of the week. An awards evening will be held at the Alice campus where those who have distinguished themselves in research will be lauded with the Vice-Chancellor’s awards in the following categories:

  • Emerging Researcher
  • Senior Researcher

The university will also celebrate and honour its 29 National Research Foundation (NRF) – Rated Researchers.

Another highlight for the awards evening will be the launch of an annual Research Report.