Cultivating a research culture: awareness campaign kicks off

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The research awareness campaign hosted by the Research and Innovation Office was well-attended by students and academics alike.

The research awareness campaign hosted by the Research and Innovation Office was well-attended by students and academics alike.

MACK MAKHATHINI
THE Research and Innovation Office hosted its first research awareness campaign at the University of Zululand (UNIZULU) last month.

The aim was to promote and stimulate a culture of research within the UNIZULU community. The series of events ranged from lectures on various topics – postgraduate students debates, exhibitions, research office open day to library workshops on plagiarism, referencing, Turnitin (the plagiarism detector) and publishing research.

Deputy Vice-Chancellor for Research and Innovation Professor Rob Midgley said the feedback from the UNIZULU community was positive.

“Our academics, postgraduate students and even undergraduate students who are essentially our pipeline for postgraduate population at UNIZULU attended in their numbers. This initiative has also triggered an interest for research collaboration among faculties and departments.”

Prof Midgley added that the research awareness campaign had definitely stimulated the development of a stronger research culture at UNIZULU.

“We hope to build on this initiative and continue to showcase and take pride in our research,” he said. The Research and Innovation Office’s Zinhle Ntuli thanked the Deputy Deans, HODs, academics, the library and the postgraduate students for making the initiative a success.

“We hope that we can continue to work together in the future, continue to promote and grow research at UNIZULU.”