What is eResearch?

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To many researchers out there research is a set of methodologies that you apply when gathering and interpreting data out in the physical world. But in the busy modern world with so much data available online, with connections to many millions of people on earth, there are other options for research too. Chido Mbambe has more to say on the subject here.


Covering various topics that feed into the research cycle, from academic writing to literature reviews, and bibliometrics, the Savvy workshops are essential in supporting research at all levels. The second semester of the Savvy Researcher Workshop Series will be starting on Thursday 16 March and take place every Thursday for the rest of the semester. For more information on individual sessions and booking procedures, see the programme below:

16 march 2017: Academic writing for postgraduates – book now

23 March 2017: Techniques for doing smart literature searching – book now

30 March 2017: An introduction to EndNote for Windows – book now

6 April 2017: An introduction to EndNote for Mac users – book now

13 April 2017: An introduction to RefWorks – book now

20 April 2017: Where does insight come from – book now

11 May 2017: What is a literature review – book now

18 May 2017: Systematic reviews – book now

25 May 2017: Funding your postgraduate studies – book now

1 June 2017: Open Access and Open Scholarship – book now

8 June 2017: What the library can do for you – book now

15 June 2017: Bibliometrics – book now

22 June 2017: Writing a journal paper for publication – book now

29 June 2017: Research Data Management - book now

6 July 2017: What Google Scholar can do for you – book now

Please note that bookings and queries are administered by Dumisa Dlodlo (dumisa.dlodlo@uct.ac.za)

2015-11-24_Hewitson_700Climate change scientist Professor Bruce Hewitson is UCT’s newest A-rated researcher following the latest round of National Research Foundation ratings.

A-ratings are awarded to researchers who are “unequivocally recognised by their peers as leading international scholars in their field for the high quality and impact of their recent research outputs”.

Further good news is that Drs Robyn Pickering and Katye Altieri have been awarded P-ratings, also known as the NRF President’s Award. These are awarded to young researchers (under 35) who, on the basis of their research outputs in their early postdoctoral careers, are likely to become future leaders in their field.

Pickering is an isotope geochemist and lecturer in the Department of Geological Sciences. Altieri is a senior research officer in energy, environment and climate change in the Energy Research Centre.

Story by Helen Swingler. Photo supplied.

rr2014Research 2014-2015 is now available online. Read about research highlights from the year including radio telescopes and gamma rays, fighting TB, reviving extinct languages, genetic diversity in baboons, culture and the constitution in SA, and the plant that is rarer than rhino but just as prized by poachers.

Research Report 2014 – 2015

IBM SPSS free introductory workshop

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downloadDo you work with statistics  or have to analyse data on a regular basis? If so, then this free introductory SPSS workshop is for you. SPSS is a powerful data analysis package offered by UCT to all students and staff, that also offers data management and data documentation.

The course will take place on Friday, 31 July 2015

Time: 09:00 – 16:00

Venue: Wolfson lab 1, level 7, Health Sciences Library, Medical Campus

Course: 3358 (on ICTS training calendar)

Book your seat today by going to the ICTS website training course booking form or by emailing ICTS on icts-training@uct.ac.za


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…)