5.0.2The University of Cape Town has again been ranked as South Africa’s best university in the inaugural Best Global Universities (BGU) ranking by usnews.com.

This brings the total number of global university rankings that feature South African institutes to five, with UCT now topping four of the local listings.

In this latest ranking, Harvard University claims the No. 1 spot overall, on a list featuring 500 institutions, followed by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology at No. 2 and the University of California – Berkeley at No. 3. (more…)

GSBThe new research director at Africa’s top business school, the University of Cape Town Graduate School of Business, believes that the school can do even more to promote research that can change the world.

Academics should strive to do research that deals with real challenges and opportunities in society, says Dr Stephanie Giamporcaro, 36, senior lecturer and the new research director at the University of Cape Town Graduate School of Business (UCT GSB). (more…)

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Trying to complete a PhD thesis in time for the October deadline? We share some advice on getting over that final hurdle.

Many PhD students are now in the final throes of writing their thesis. Turning years of research into a single, coherent piece of work can be tough, so we asked for tips from supervisors and recent PhD graduates. We were inundated with tweets and emails. (more…)

Emerging out of a partnership between UCT libraries, ICTS and the Research Office, the UCT eResearch Centre was established to link these support services to researchers and to take the University to the next level of research excellence. The UCT eResearch Centre’s mission is to partner with research groups around the University, working with them to:

  • Enhance their research and eResearch capabilities,
  • Connect them to the most appropriate tools or services, and to
  • Allow them to sustain these capabilities.


The eResearch Centre works

  • in close partnership with key service divisions on campus andlogo-small_cus service providers nationally and internationally
  • to improve alignment of UCT operations to support research


Have a look their website here as well as the UCT Savvy Researcher series here

Are you struggling with anxiety and stress related to your research? In the video below, Health Psychologist Kelly McGonigal shares her experiences with stress and how we need to change our perspective thereof.

BLogUCT’s size-and-shape strategy commits it to becoming a research-intensive institution, where postgraduate students make up 40% of the student body. Deputy Vice-Chancellor Professor Danie Visser explains the university’s research plans and ambitions. (more…)

If you spend more time sneakily reading that bestseller rather than journal articles and books related to your research, or like me, happen to be pursuing research related to literature, then this post is for you. Calling all bibliophiles. This weekend, the African and South African publishing world will descend on Cape Town for the annual South African Book Fair at the CTICC. Here is your chance to rub shoulders with some of your favourite local authors and their publishers. Follow the link below for more about the event, as well as the programme.

Book Fair Programme

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Research Week was well underway as day 2 of Research week arrived. Springer editor, Fritz Schmuhl, addressed attendees on scientific writing for publication, sharing his vast editorial knowledge and experience from the past 20 years.

Speaking to the difficulty of getting published, Fritz touched on both the author’s and the editor’s challenges, giving attendees great insight into the processes that govern publication, as well as common mistakes that go along with article submissions.

Make sure to have a look at his presentation, which will be available on the blog soon. (more…)