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Research and Innovation

Professor José FrantzProfessor José Frantz is the Deputy Vice-Chancellor: Research and Innovation.

The University of the Western Cape (UWC) has over the past few years steadily become one of South Africa’s research-led teaching and learning universities, with the capacity to produce and advance new knowledge in areas of recognised research strength and the translation of this knowledge through innovative endeavours.

The Office of the DVC: Research and Innovation core functions are to:
  • Strengthening postgraduate offerings and exploring options for expanding the programme and qualification mix (PQM)
  • Sustaining an enabling research environment that promotes research
  • Maintaining a critical mass of strong, productive researchers
  • Establishing and sustaining strong, strategic, and mutually beneficial research partnerships
  • Growing and strengthening UWC’s postgraduate culture and support to postgraduate students
  • Continuing to build and strengthen its innovation capacity

Office of the DVC: Research and Innovation

Professor José Frantz - NRF C-rated Researcher (2019-2024)
DVC: Research and Innovation

Ms Juliet Lesch
Personal Assistant and Office Coordinator

Dr Thabile Sokupa
 Director - Special Projects

Ms Althea George
Manager - Grants and Finances

Research Support Unit Heads

Dr Clement Nyirenda
Position: Director - eResearch Office (ERO)

Dr Fikile Vilakazi
Director - Gender Equity Unit (GEU)

Dr Shirlene Neerputh
Director - UWC Library Services

Professor Julie Phillips - NRF C-rated Researcher (2022-2027)
Director - Research Development and Postgraduate Support

Dr Ana Casanueva
Director - Technology Transfer Office (TTO)

Professor Julian May - NRF C-rated Researcher (2022-2027)
Director - DST-NRF Centre of Excellence in Food Security

Click here to browse through UWC's current NRF rated reseachers (as at 4 July 2023)

UWC'S NRF SARChI Chairs   UWC Research Chairs   

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Research & Innovation