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The Covid-19 pandemic has changed every area of the higher education experience and the Peer Mentor Programme, which was piloted in the Department of Mechanical Engineering in 2019, has been very successful in assisting first-year students.

Department of Chemical Engineering Senior Lecturer, Dr Mahabubur Rahman Chowdhury, has been appointed as an editorial board member of the prestigious Journal of Frontiers in Micro- and Nano-Scale Sensors.

Tuesday, 18 May 2021

Emerging scholar on the rise

Emerging scholar, Sisanda Nkoala, has been awarded an Early Career Conference grant by the Association of Commonwealth Universities to present two papers at the International Association for Media and Communications Research’s (IAMCR) 2021 conference.

Newly appointed lecturer, Consumer Science: Food and Nutrition, Zani Veldsman is keen on making a sustainable difference through the application of her skills and knowledge in the fields of new product development and innovation, nutrition and wellness.

The new Dean of the Faculty of Informatics and Design, Prof Tembisa Ngqondi, is passionate about human capacity development and looks forward to making a contribution to the university and to communities.

Applications for the Mandela Rhodes Scholarship are now open, providing an opportunity for admission for African graduates to further their studies at one of the leading universities in South Africa.

Three academics in the Faculty of Education have been awarded new ratings by the National Research Foundation (NRF) in recognition of their research outputs.

Prof Liesel Hibbert was awarded a C2 rating while Drs Zayd Waghid and Pieter Boer each received a Y2 rating.

“I am deeply honoured and grateful to have successfully received an NRF rating,” said an ecstatic Waghid. “A Y2-rating is a testimony of the fact that one’s research outputs were of high quality and that it has significant impact in my field of educational research, which is social justice education.”

He added that a rating is a strong indication that one is ready to enter the professoriate, which has always been his goal to serve the academe at the highest level in his capacity as a researcher. “I hope to share my knowledge and experiences with colleagues in my faculty in the hope that they will also apply for NRF rating in the near future,” enthused the Senior Lecturer in Senior Phase and Further Education and Training.

Waghid said the rating is a vindication of CPUT’s stance on research as there are not that many rated researchers in the country, particularly in the field of educational inquiry. “The presence of rated scholars enhances CPUT’s research ethos both nationally and internationally,” he contended.

Boer said he is delighted and humbled by this recognition. “I have been doing research on the functional fitness for individuals with Down’s Syndrome for 12 years and it has been an extraordinary journey,” he added.

He said the rating provided direction and purpose into the research that he does and motivation to work harder and become a leading expert in a very specific area of research. “Furthermore, improving the quality of life for a vulnerable group of individuals provides feelings of appreciation and contentment,” intimated Boer.

Hibbert’s interdisciplinary research includes sociology of language and politics, educational linguistics, educational research, psychology, literature and discourse analysis.

According to the NRF website, a C2 rating is awarded when, with the exception of no more than a single reviewer raising some minor concerns, all other reviewers are firmly convinced that the applicant is an established researcher with a sustained recent record of productivity who are recognised by their peers as having produced a body of quality work, the core of which has coherence and attests to ongoing engagement with the field.