UCT eResearch plays an integral part in the University of Cape Town's research strategy. This strategy commits to resource, support and internationalise research; to enhance disciplinary and transdisciplinary research; to support engaged scholarship and bring research into teaching.
Office of the Deputy Vice-Chancellor for Research & Internationalisation
Under the guidance of the Deputy Vice Chancellor for Research and Internationalisation, Professor Michael Kyobe, the eResearch strategy aims to support these goals and provide the best ICT solutions to accelerate research at UCT.
Professor Michael Kyobe
Professor Michael Kyobe will stand in as acting Deputy Vice-Chancellor (DVC) for Research and Internationalisation until the conclusion of the recruitment process for the new DVC. Kyobe was the Deputy Dean of Research and Internationalisation in the Faculty of Commerce. He has a long association with UCT, having joined the university as an associate professor of information systems in 2004. In 2014 he was promoted to full professor. He is a National Research Foundation-rated researcher. At an institutional level, Kyobe serves as a member of the following committees: University Research Committee, Committee for Research Reviews, the Postgraduate Student Funding Committee and the eRA Project Implementation Committee. He also serves on several external national and international bodies.
Information and Communication Technology Services (ICTS)
Information and communication technologies (ICT) have become the lifeblood of research. It is the role of ICTS to respond to these demands, both with the appropriate infrastructure and expertise.
Executive Director, ICTS: Sakkie Janse van Rensburg
Janse van Rensburg has spent over 36 years in the ICT sector. In 2005, Sakkie joined the University of Free State (UFS) as director of ICT. He moved to UCT in 2009. He was the chair of ASAUDT (Association of South African University Directors of Information Technology) from 2009 to 2011 and served on this committee for an additional five years. He holds a MBA from the University of Free State. He established the eResearch Centre at UCT in 2014 and is currently a board member of TENET and serves on the South African Federation for Identity Management for Research and Education implementation committee.
The eResearch support strategy of the Libraries focuses on two major areas - that of enabling access to and visibility of UCT scholarship - and in the research data management domain. Further responsibilities include the provision of user support services in the compilation of data management plans in compliance with increasing data sharing mandates of funding agencies; and to ensure the citability of datasets.
Executive Director: Gwenda Thomas
Thomas took office as executive director, UCT Libraries in November 2011 after five years as director of the Library Services Division at Rhodes University. In her position, Thomas contributes to the strategic vision for the provision of academic information services at UCT. She is responsible for UCT Libraries, a system consisting of the Main Library (Chancellor Oppenheimer), seven branches - among which are the Law and Medical Libraries - and several special collections, including the African Studies Libraries and Manuscripts and Archives.
The Research Office
The role of the Research Office within UCT eResearch is to communicate the support and services the centre can provide for our researchers. This includes training and development programmes for researchers hosted through the Research Office. The Research Office also seeks to support global research partnerships. Today eResearch facilities and capabilities are an important part of these partnerships.
Executive Director, Research Office: Dr Marilet Sienaert
Sienaert completed a PhD in Literary Studies at the former University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN) and worked at the universities of Pretoria, UKZN and Durban-Westville from 1977 to 2000. As executive director, Sienaert works closely with the cluster of research committees as well as the deputy vice chancellor for research, to develop and implement the institutional research strategy and to position UCT optimally in relation to ongoing challenges and opportunities in the national and international research and policy environment.