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UWC Annual Research Report (May 2018 - April 2020)

Author: Professor José Frantz - Deputy Vice-Chancellor: Research and Innovation

The Annual Research Report is written in May 2020, but covers the period from May 2018 to April 2020. The data in the report is shown in year-by-year graphics and tabular breakdowns.

(Published - 17 September 2020)

Dear Campus Community,

This document is the third Annual Research Report for the University of the Western Cape. The Annual Research Report is written in May 2020, but covers the period from May 2018 to April 2020. The data in the report is shown in year-by-year graphics and tabular breakdowns.

The research activities at UWC are wide-ranging and are therefore difficult to measure using one set of numbers or measurables in isolation. In order to provide as clear a picture as possible, the Annual Research Report uses statistics and data from a number of sources. The data examined reports on a variety of activities, including success in obtaining research funding, dissemination of research findings, ratings of researchers, along with commercialisation and industry engagement.

This report also highlights some of the research successes of the various Institutes and Centres at UWC. It is hoped that together the information gives an overview of research excellence at the UWC.

As we have come to the end of our 2016-2020 research strategy, we have made significant progress as we walk towards making UWC a leading research led teaching and learning university. I highlight a few achievements:

We have increased our number of rated researchers, and specifically A-rated researchers;
We have increased the number of SARCHI chairs to 19, with almost 50% being women;
We have developed and awakened a critical mass of emerging researchers to become productive publishing academics;
We have supported 16 additional staff towards PhD completion; and,
We have been able to secure approximately R20 234 506 from the NRF through individual researcher grant applications.

These are but a few of our highlights that continue to strengthen UWC, and I wish to thank everyone who contributes to making research count at UWC.

Professor José Frantz
Deputy Vice-Chancellor: Research and Innovation


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