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Research and Innovation

Professor 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 is thus tasked with the following responsibilities:
  • 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
Please click HERE to download the matrix of the support services offered by the Office the DVC: Research and Innovation, and the departments responsible for each of these services.

DVC: Research and Innovation Office

Professor José Frantz - NRF C-rated Researcher
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

Vacant Position: Director - eResearch Office (ERO)

Dr Fikile Vilakazi
Director - Gender Equity Unit (GEU)

Professor Mario Smith
Acting Director - Division for Postgraduate Studies (DPGS)

Dr Shirlene Neerputh
Director - UWC Library Services

Professor Julie Phillips - NRF C-rated Researcher
Director - Research and Postgraduate Support

Dr Ana Casanueva
Director - Technology Transfer Office (TTO)

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