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How to make sure your CV reflects who you are

As a recent or soon-to-be graduate, you’re probably gearing up to find the research job of your dreams. With all the steps involved in that process, it’s easy to overlook one important thing - how your CV is written. Standing out from the crowd No matter how good your research is, or how many innovative [...]

By |May 24th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

6 things to expect starting out as a researcher

The transition from university lab sessions to a full-blown research environment can be challenging for newly-graduated scientists. Adapting to the pace and requirements of a new lab, while meeting your supervisor’s expectations, can be daunting - but with the right preparation, you’ll be able to adapt and make the transition with ease. Here are six [...]

By |May 17th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

What are sustainable livelihoods and how do they reduce poverty?

Despite education, democracy, and advances in technology, poor communities around the world continue to experience significant challenges, especially in less-developed rural communities. After decades of intervention by governments, NGOs and academic research projects, the successes and failures of rural development have resulted in a holistic system that aims to empower poor communities - the sustainable [...]

By |May 10th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Top Green Tech Trends for 2017

The development of green technology has reached levels that were unimaginable a decade or two ago - but what lies in store for the sector in 2017? Here are some of the most important emerging trends. Power storage, smart homes, and solar energy Three broad categories of innovative green products are making their presence felt [...]

By |May 3rd, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

10 Fail-Safe Interview Tips

The dreaded interview process is a gauntlet that must be run by every graduate. Although the process is undoubtedly daunting, there are some substantive steps that all candidates can take to give themselves an advantage over their peers. Know the Business - The candidate who knows the employer’s website backwards and forward is likely to [...]

By |April 28th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

The Social and Economic Impact of a Water Scarcity

With every other Hollywood blockbuster featuring a dystopian future with no water, one would be forgiven for thinking that South Africa, given its current lack of rain, is on the cusp of doomsday. Although the reality of the situation isn’t nearly so dramatic, we would be well advised to take heed of the social and [...]

By |April 24th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

The Impact of Women in Research

Women have been responsible for some of humanity’s greatest contributions to science and research. However, women are frequently denied their due credit, with male counterparts and the media all too often downplaying their contributions. With this in mind, we take a step back and stop for a moment to appreciate the true impact of women [...]

By |April 19th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

How to Choose the Best Research Partners

Whether it be the quantity of the data or an extremely nuanced focus area, circumstance will often have it that assembling a team, as opposed to a solo effort, is the best course of action when conducting your postgraduate research.   However, assembling the optimal research team is no easy feat, with a poor decision [...]

By |April 10th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

VUT achieves 2nd Runner up at National Three Minute Thesis Competition

VUT is delighted to announce the second runner up Immaculate Linda Achieng’ Ouma from the Faculty of Applied and Computer Sciences. Her thesis title is: Preparation and characterization of manganese doped iron oxide magnetic nanoparticles coated pine cone powder and its applications in water treatment Her future plans are: Work as an academic to help [...]

By |April 6th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

South Africa’s First Climate Change Court Case: Verdict and Significance

South Africa's First Climate Change Court Case: Verdict and Significance On the 8th of March, 2017, South Africa bore witness to its first ever court case concerning climate change when Earthlife Africa (ELA) challenged the construction of a new coal-fuelled power station on the basis that the climate change impacts of the proposed power station [...]

By |March 23rd, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments
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