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Tuesday, 20 August 2019

Developing future black female researchers

PATHFINDER: Prof Jonathan Jansen, an A-rated South African researcher, facilitated two workshops for CPUT’s early- and mid-career black female academics. PATHFINDER: Prof Jonathan Jansen, an A-rated South African researcher, facilitated two workshops for CPUT’s early- and mid-career black female academics.

As South Africans celebrate Women’s month to pay homage to the brave and fearless women who marched to the Union Buildings in 1956, CPUT announces its commitment to increasing the number of female researchers.

The university has embarked on a Customised Career-Focused Development Programme towards building future black women researchers, in collaboration with the National Research Foundation (NRF), under the auspices of an oversight committee led by Prof Marshall Sheldon, DVC: Research Technology, Innovation and Partnerships, in conjunction with Research Development.

“The grant focuses specifically on growing and strengthening early- and mid-career academics (mainly black academic women) in order to increase their representation among established researchers,” says Sheldon. “[This sets] a transformation agenda to change the researcher landscape in South Africa, especially among Higher Education Institutions with a low number of black women established researchers.”

The NRF put out a call for a Customised Interventions Framework to which CPUT responded and was successful.

Dr Patricia Smit, Manager: Capacity Development, says the objective is to identify and assess the readiness levels of the black women academics to submit NRF rating applications and provide the NRF with a diagnostic report.

“The process entails the development of a customised plan for each participant to assist the women to focus on their career trajectories for success in the higher education sector,” says Smit.

So far already 30 women have joined the programme. As part of this programme we have identified a rated NRF researcher who will work with these wonderful women and together focus on their career trajectories for success in the higher education sector.

The participants have already kicked off the programme with an orientation session and this week (is this last week) participated in two workshops where they were granted the opportunity to interact with an A-rated South African researcher, Prof Jonathan Jansen, and CPUT’s very own leading and NRF rated women researchers.

“This is one of the most exciting programmes that we are busy with this month, and I want to encourage all our female researchers to push through the challenges because you too can be a leading researcher and CPUT will support you in your endeavours,” says Sheldon.

Written by Kwanele Butana

Email: butanak@cput.ac.za

Provides coverage for the Business and Management Sciences and Education Faculties, Student Affairs Department and Cape Town and Mowbray Campuses.