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Join us as we celebrate Session 4 of Research Week: Undergraduate Research Support on Wednesday, April 15 at 1pm.

The launch of the new digital Open Access undergraduate research journal – UR@UCT will take place alongside the showcasing of completed undergraduate research stemming from the various faculties.

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logo-small_cusUCT’s eResearch Centre was established in March 2014 to connect researchers to the most appropriate tools and services to transform and accelerate their research. This presentation by the eResearch Centre will cover what eResearch is, what the eResearch Centre offers and how researchers can engage with the Centre to enhance their research through specialised IT services.

Session 3 of Research Week 2015 is dedicated to eResearch.

Wednesday 15 April 2015 from 11:30 – 12:30.


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Research Week Opening

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Join us as we celebrate the Opening of Research Week 2015 on Wednesday 15 April from 9am – 11am.

Our speakers for this event are: Ms Gwenda Thomas (Executive Director, University Libraries), Professor Francis Petersen (DVC Institutional Innovation), Associate Professor Suellen Shay (Dean: CHED), Professor Anton le Roex (Dean: Faculty of Science) and a member of the UCT Student Representative Council.

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With the annual UCT Libraries Research Week at hand, the library is gearing up for the influx of postgraduate researchers from across the university. On Monday 13 April, Emerald publishing will kick off Research Week with an author workshop. The workshop will introduce researchers to a series of academic guidelines touching on research methodologies, stylistic resources and criteria required by international journals for publishing.



Date:               Monday, April 13, 2015

Time:               9:00am – 3:00pm

Location:         Health Sciences Campus, PG Seminar Room 2, Barnard Fuller

Campus:          Health Sciences Campus

Categories:      Postgraduate event

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UCT Libraries, in collaboration with the Research Office, eResearch Centre and the Office for Postgraduate Studies, will be hosting its second annual Research Week from the 13th to the 17th of April 2015 in the Library Learning Lounge, located within the new Snape Building on Upper Campus.

We invite all emerging researchers and postgraduate students to attend this special event. The aim of the Research Week programme is to provide a platform for emerging researchers and postgraduate students to develop research skills and broaden their knowledge of research processes at UCT and in the wider academic community.

Spread over four days, the programme includes author workshops, an introduction to eResearch, ethics and ethics processes, research support services, and an afternoon showcasing postgraduate research at UCT. In an effort to recognise the research excellence of undergraduate students, a session in the programme is dedicated to showcasing completed undergraduate research and highlight support for such research. The event will be concluded with an Engagement Evening led by special guest, Professor Tim Noakes.

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Hosted annually by UCT libraries, the Savvy Researcher is a collective series of seminars and workshops aimed at postgraduate students. The series targets all aspects of the postgraduate experience, covering numerous topics that feed into the research cycle.

All the Savvy series workshop presentations are put onto the UCT Libraries Libguides. If you would like to get hold of the presentation of any recently attended workshop, a workshop that you have missed, or perhaps a talk on a topic covered in previous years, click here

Starting the PhD Journey

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009UCT Libraries was well represented at this year’s PhD journey workshop with the Postgraduate Research Commons team in attendance. Hosted annually by the Centre for Higher Education Development (CHED), the workshop aims to introduce first year PhD students to various resources available at UCT, as well as to provide a platform for students to build supportive relationships with peers. This year also saw the assembly of the Careers Service, ICTS, The Writing Centre, Doctoral Degrees Board, International Academic Programs Office (IAPO), Postgraduate Centre and Funding Office and Postgraduate Literacies.





Due to the high interest in last week’s Academic Writing Skills Savvy workshop, a repeat session has been scheduled. The session will take place in Ulwazi Training Room in the Knowledge Commons – Chancellor Oppenheimer/Main Library – Upper Campus, on Friday, March 13, from 15h00-16h30.

To book for this workshop, click here.

Savvy Researcher Series

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After another successful year of workshops and training sessions, the Savvy Researcher Series will make its 2015 debut on Thursday 5 March and run for the rest of the semester. If you are starting out your research, the Savvy Researcher Series is not to be missed. Covering various topics from reference managers to writing literature reviews, to name but a few, the Savvy Researcher Series is the first step on the road postgraduate success. See dates and topics below:

5 March 2015: Academic Writing Skills for Postgraduates

12 March 2015: An introduction to Refworks

19 March 2015: An introduction to Endnote

26 March 2015: What Google Scholar can do for you

9 April 2015: An introduction to Mendeley

23 April 2015: Where does insight come from (Fostering serendipity in research)

30 April 2015: What is a literature review?

7 May 2015: Funding for your Postgraduate studies 

14 May 2015: An introduction to Geographical Information Systems 

20 May 2015: Open Access and Open Scholarship

21 May 2015: Making sense of Digital Humanities 

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Writing Centre consultant Libby Eaton

Building on the success of last year’s alliance, this year will see the UCT Writing Centre return to the Research Commons to provide ongoing support to students within the library.  This will serve the need for further support for the postgraduate student body as well as forging the way for both the Research Commons and the Writing Centre to be a prominent partner for research at UCT.

Writing Centre consultant Libby Eaton will be availing herself to students in the Research Commons Seminar room weekly, on Tuesdays from 9:00 – 13:30. Struggling to write that proposal, reworking a chapter, need a fresh eye to peruse your writing, we can assist. See the brochure below for the online booking procedure.

Writing Centre Brochure