Young Academics get Upskilled in a Variety of AreasGeneral

Professor Theresa Coetzer presenting at the WILL presentation.Professor Theresa Coetzer presenting at the WILL presentation.

The Women in Leadership and Leverage Committee (WILL) has hosted an informative workshop aimed at developing academics wanting to improve their academic or research profiles. 

WILL is a committee of female academics within the UKZN’s College of Health Sciences who are dedicated and committed to supporting junior academics in realising their goal of becoming successful academics and scientists. 

The first session was presented by Professor Theresa Coetzer of Life Sciences in the College of Agriculture, Engineering and Science, who advised participants about how to write their academic resumes. 

The required content for a resume was thoroughly discussed, with Coetzer going over the do’s and don’ts. She also explained how developing academics could identify a research niche, seek mentorship and how to go about obtaining funding for research through networking, or from the National Research Foundation (NRF) or privately. 

The second session was presented by Professor Thirmumala Govender of the College of Health Sciences who spoke on working towards a National Research Fund (NRF) rating. Govender discussed what was needed to meet requirements when applying for a promotion. 

She also explained what an NRF rating was, why it was important and how the rating was allocated. 

Overall the workshop was a huge success as everybody’s questions were answered relatively well and they left feeling confident about what was expected of them.

Sinenhlanhla Ngubane