The third Research Awards Gala Dinner was hosted at the Umfolozi Casino, Empangeni on 15 October 2015 by the Research and Innovation Division. Recognition was given towards achievements to those who made a noteworthy contribution to UNIZULU’s research endeavour. Also, the Awards indicate the kind of research behaviour that needs to be cultivated at UNIZULU.
Keynote Speaker Prof Sechaba Mahlomaholo, Dean of the Faculty of Education at the University of the Free State spoke about the importance of research in a comprehensive university. He said it was relevant because the research done can inform the work that is done at diploma levels to address the needs of the community.
Various awards were given, but special mention must be made to the following:
• Most productive emerging researchers – Dr EL Asuelime, Dr MM Shongwe and Dr N Sithole, who produced 1.00 publication unit in 2014
• Most productive researchers – Prof SD Edwards, Prof DD Tewari and Dr MAN Duma, who produced
11.32, 4.66 and 4.33 publication units respectively
• The Creative Arts Award – Dr N Sithole and Mr L Mafu
• The Department of Geography, which produced 2.50 publications per capita
• The Department of Biochemistry and Microbiology, which received the Role Model award
• The Department of Chemistry, which won the award for the most productive department per capita, taken into account both postgraduate and publication outputs – followed by the Department of Biochemistry and Microbiology in second place and the Department of Psychology in third place.
Daniela Viljoen from Research and Innovation Office said the Awards evening is their Division’s prestige event and a lot of work is put in behind the scenes to ensure its success. “I want to thank all the staff in the Research Office and the Communications and Marketing Division, who gave of their time in various ways, including doing things that would not normally be found in their job descriptions – well done to you all, the evening was a great success,” she said.