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 Danie Visser, the eResearch strategy aims to support these goals and provide the best ICT solutions to accelerate research at UCT.
Professor Danie Visser
Professor Danie Visser's portfolio as deputy vice chancellor covers research and internationalisation. Visser is professor of private law at UCT and a recipient of a National Research Foundation A2 rating. His main work has been in the law of unjustified enrichment, comparative law and legal history. He studied at the University of Pretoria, from which he holds the degrees B.Iuris, LLB and LLD, and at the University of Leiden in the Netherlands, where he obtained a further doctorate in law. He is a former dean of the Faculty of Law (1996-1998) and a sometime holder of the Huber C Hurst Eminent Visiting Scholar Chair at the University of Florida (2001).
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.
Director, Technical Support Services ( ICTS): Andre Le Roux
Le Roux has been employed at UCT since 1999. In this period he has held the positions of developer, systems programmer (SAP basis), manager of computer-assisted learning support and manager of the computing platforms team. Le Roux’s division within ICTS provides a range of infrastructure, platforms and web development capabilities to projects. This ICT infrastructure includes specialist human resources and technology capabilities spanning networking, HPC, general compute and storage.
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.
Deputy Director, Technical Services: Dr Dale Peters
Peters holds a PhD in library and information sciences from the UKZN. She began her career in libraries at UKZN followed by two years at the University of Goettingen in Germany as scientific technical co-ordinator. Here she spearheaded an EU-funded e-infrastructure project called DRIVER (Digital Repository Infrastructure Vision for European Research). She returned to UKZN and worked in their IT department until she joined UCT towards the end of 2013. Before coming to UCT, Peters led the Digital Innovation in South Africa (DISA) project, in the collaborative development of digital library services across multiple southern African research and heritage institutions through a central digital library infrastructure.
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.
Marketing and Communications Manager: Carolyn Newton
Newton began working at UCT as Communications and Marketing Manager in March 2014. In this position Newton's focus is on visibility for research and internationalisation at UCT. This includes a strategic overview of the Research Office, UCT eResearch, the International Academic Programmes Office (IAPO) and the postgraduate office. Before taking up this post, Newton has had a varied career that includes features writer at the now defunct Femina Magazine, editor of the feminist journal Agenda, freelancing as a journalist in South Africa and then in academic publishing in the UK.