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 Mamokgethi Phakeng, the eResearch strategy aims to support these goals and provide the best ICT solutions to accelerate research at UCT.
Professor Mamokgethi Phakeng
Professor Mamokgethi Phakeng is a pre-eminent educator and mathematics education researcher, she is acknowledged both locally and internationally for contributions to her field. Throughout her career, Phakeng has focused on the development of mathematics education in primary and high school as well as on teaching and learning mathematics in multilingual mathematics classrooms. She was commended for this work in 2011 by being named the most outstanding Senior Black Female Researcher in the last five to 10 years by the National Science and Technology Forum. In April 2016 the president of South Africa bestowed on her the Order of the Baobab (silver) for her excellent contribution in the field of mathematics education and for representing South Africa on the international stage through her formidable research work.
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 UCT Libraries
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.