Senior Administration Officer in the Awards Cluster at UKZN’s Research Office, Mrs Patricia Ngwenya, has won an award from the National Research Foundation (NRF) for excellence in the administration of the Foundation’s grants.
Ngwenya was acknowledged at the 7th Annual NRF Administrators’ Workshop at the Legend Golf Resort in Polokwane.
Themed “Partners in Excellence”, the workshop was attended by stakeholders from South African institutions of higher learning and NRF-funded research councils.
With more than 15 years’ service at the University, Ngwenya was recognised for ‘striving to provide excellent service that includes timeous online approval of the submissions made by our researchers and also providing NRF online system support, sometimes after hours when the need arises’.
‘I feel so honoured by the award and proud that UKZN was recognised among other South African top institutions such as Wits, UCT and Stellenbosch, who also received awards for providing quality support to researchers seeking funding to pursue their work,’ said Ngwenya.
Married with three children, she is reading for a Master’s Degree in Employment/Industrial Relations.
Ngwenya plans to stay at UKZN and would like to become a lecturer.