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