Developing the research leadership capacity at UP

The fourth round of the Tuks Young Research Leader Programme (TYRLP) welcomed 24 new fellows on 2 and 3 October 2018. This enriching workshop involved fellows from eight faculties and focused on research leadership and leadership skills development. Fellows engaged with issues that would advance research excellence, capacity and impact at UP throughout the workshop.  

The workshop was facilitated by ASLP 2015 inaugural fellows Dr Connie Nshemereirwe and Dr Eshchar Mizrachi. Dr Mizrachi is a also a researcher in the Department of Genetics at UP. Prof Tinyiko Maluleke and Prof Stella Nkomo joined the workshop as provocateurs and shared their personal career highlights and their views on the development of academic leadership. Mentors who supported fellows throughout the workshop included Dr Nwabisa Mehlomakulu from the Department of Food Science and Dr Johan Ferreira from the Department of Statistics. A third mentor joined the workshop from Rhodes University, Dr Nosiphiwe Ngqwala from the Department of Pharmacy. Prof. Bernard Slippers, Director of the Africa Science Leadership Programme, TYRLP and Future Africa and Professor in Genetics at FABI opened the workshop and participated in the event as a mentor. Dr Aceme Nyika, Head of Graduate Support at the Department of Research and Innovation engaged with fellows on both days. Dr Nyika closed the workshop alongside Prof. Slippers, sharing his encouragement and excitement with group about the potential they have as research leaders. The TYRLP management team will continue to support the fellows by sharing resources, tools and opportunities complementary to the techniques introduced during the workshop.

The TYRLP is an initiative of Future Africa at the UP, in partnership with the Africa Science Leadership Programme and Knowinnovation. 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 86 over the past 4 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.