Research Capacity Development Programmes

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Research Capacity Development Programmes

All staff who participates in the Research Capacity Development Programmes are required to commit to developing their research and obtain reasonable research outputs per annum. The Research Capacity Development Programmes creates opportunities for staff to support each other forward. Publication and accredited research outputs and appropriate outputs such as patents.


The Global Legacy Trust is a programme that provides writing guidance for staff and students in the beginning stages of their proposal writing. The programme supports both Masters and Doctoral students and is made up of three modules, each taking place over five full days. The first module consists of an overview and introduction on participants proposal topics and the ethics around research. The second module deals with qualitative and quantitative methods participants will choose to use regarding their research topics and projects as a whole. The third and final module involves the collation of all written information and presentation of ones work. These modules take place over three months which allow the participants time to digest and process information from each module then applying it to their own projects.
The workshops covered interactive methods of inquiry, concept analysis & historical analysis, alternative methods of data collection
The workshops covered basic introduction, basic qualitative research, introduction to mixed methods, implementation & return on investment
The workshop takes the participants on a journey from the inception of the problem, the research design, the interview protocol, the collection of the data, the analysis of the data and the display and presentation of the findings. Reading material on the most current trends in qualitative research will be distributed amongst the participants
To guide researchers in completing grant/funding proposals
To support researchers in achieving accredited research outputs for example, publishing articles in journals or research reports for qualification. Faculty customised workshops are presented to address specific contexts and needs.
Growing the next generation of South African academics at Vaal University of Technology (VUT)

The “Hub and Spokes” model is a structured mentorship development program which aims to bring mentors who are Research Leaders of Strategic Focus Areas at VUT into structured mentoring relations with postgraduate students to support the simultaneous growth of the next generation South African at VUT and leapfrog the development and innovation of the focus areas. The “Hub” refers to the focus area and Research Leaders or Mentor, while “Spokes” refers to the postgraduate students who work under the guidance of the Mentor.

The Aims and Objectives of the Hub and Spokes Model

1.To provide focused support to facilitate the growth of the next generation of academics at VUT.
2.Strengthen the Critical Mass of a Community of researchers at VUT.
3.To leapfrog the development of strategic research areas.
4.To provide structured support to ensure increased research outputs from strategic academic focus areas.
5.To ensure that postgraduate students are involved in publications of accredited peer reviewed research publications.
6.To support the academic socialisation of mentees through facilitating their involvement in teaching, tutoring and where suitable co-supervision.

Expectations of Mentee’s/Protégé

To undertake their postgraduate studies on a full-time basis to ensure completion of the qualification in minimum time. For Masters Students this is 18 months to 24 months and for Doctoral Students this is 3 years.
To contribute to the growth and development of the hub/focus area in which he or she will be located.
To contribute to accredited research outputs of the VUT.
To participate in academic life at VUT including teaching and related responsibilities. However, no more than 20% of the mentee’s/protégé time should be spent on teaching and related activities.


Scholarships are made to strengthen teaching and research interests in the Research Focus Areas.

Doctoral Candidate R150 000-00 per annum;

Masters Candidate R96 000-00 per annum

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