The third round of the Tuks Young Research Leader Programme (TYRLP) welcomed 20 new fellows on 3 and 4 October 2017. This enriching workshop involved fellows from four faculties and focused on research leadership and leadership skills development.Through the workshop the fellows engage with issues that would advance research excellence, capacity and impact at UP.

Prof Tinyiko Maluleke and Dr Sanushka Naidoo joined the workshop as provocateurs and shared their personal career highlights and their habits of good leadership. Mentors who supported fellows throughout the workshop included Dr Alisa Phulukdaree, from the Department of Physiology and Dr Cori Wielenga, from the Centre for the Study of Governance Innovation; Prof Bernard Slippers, Director of the ASLP and Future Africa and Professor in Genetics at FABI. The TYRLP management team will continue to support the fellows by sharing resources, tools and opportunities complementary to the techniques introduced during the workshop. Prof Stephanie Burton engaged with the fellows to close the meeting. 

The TYRLP is an initiative of Future Africa at the UP, in partnership with the Africa Science Leadership Programme (ASLP), Knowinnovation and the Robert Bosch Stiftung. The inaugural round of this programme was launched in November 2015 and formed a strong foundation for future rounds. The total number of UP researchers reached through the TYRLP now stands 62 over the past 3 years.

The programme was developed in response to the increasingly complex challenges facing the world, with a focus on Africa. The participating fellows are all emerging academic leaders and are considered potential 'game changers' at UP. The programme serves early-career researchers in basic and applied science, engineering, social sciences, arts and the humanities, using a highly interactive approach to training, peer support, mentorship and application of skills to leadership projects.

The programme will continue to develop a community within the University of like-minded young researchers. These researchers will contribute towards UP becoming a leading research-intensive institution, in line with the UP 2025 vision. A Tuks Young Research Leadership Forum is being developed to further strengthen the community among fellows and other researchers.