UNIVERSITY OF PRETORIA RESEARCH ORIENTATION WORKSHOP Professor Stephanie Burton February 2013
OVERVIEW — Strategic Plan, UP 2025 To be a leading research-intensive university in Africa, recognised internationally for its quality, relevance and impact, and also for developing people, creating knowledge and making a difference locally and globally. Two strategic goals are most directly related to our research productivity: • To be a leading research-intensive university • To strengthen the University’s international profile And also, through research and postgraduate education, : • To strengthen the University’s impact on economic and social development.
In Overview First two goals of the UP Strategic Plan—2025: • To be a leading research-intensive University • To strengthen the University’s international profile Research Strategy for UP Framework for postgraduate education 5-Year implementation plan 1-year action plans
Characteristics of a research-intensive university: A strong, recognisable University research culture: - understanding of intellectual and academic quality - advanced, scholarly research as the goal - internationally benchmarked - buy-in, ownership and pride A University-wide academic and postgraduate research community - cross-faculty research contributing to developing capacity - inclusion of leading and developing researchers, postgraduates, undergraduates, support staff Research that is creative and innovative, contributing to diversity and sustainability - Interaction with community and industry partners - Looking ahead in preparation for new research directions -Not losing sight of opportunities for innovation.
Strategic goals for research • Increase research productivity by setting minimum performance targets for all disciplines • Increase the capacity for postgraduate training by ensuring that all departments are research active • Foster research with national relevance and international impact • Grow existing areas of research expertise • Expand the University’s contribution to human capital development and innovation
Strategic goals for research • Increase research productivity by setting minimum performance targets for all disciplines • Increase the capacity for postgraduate training by ensuring that all departments are research active • Foster research with national relevance and international impact • Grow existing areas of research expertise • Expand the University’s contribution to human capital development and innovation WHAT WE MONITOR AND MEASURE • Publications in accredited high impact journals • PhD graduates and postdoctoral fellows • International recognition and international collaborations • Ratings • And more…
The platforms for growing research intensity • Institutional Research Themes, Faculty Research Themes • Institutes, Centres and Units • Research Chairs • Postgraduate enrolment in priority areas • Strategically positioned PhDs and postdoctoral fellows • Strategic resources • Research opportunities * VCs POSTDOCTORAL FELLOWSHIP PROGRAMME • The challenge: To build and maintain momentum and impact
Research plans “RESEARCH INTENSIVE” TARGETS Setting of agreed and explicit targets (per department) for levels of research achievement • Research output targets • Targets for postgraduate graduations • Mentoring and career planning for developing researchers • Opportunities for study leave to complete higher degrees • Funding for completion of higher degrees • UP ACADEMIC STAFF DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME Research output counting and monitoring • Research output management system • Efficient data gathering requires cooperation
Researchers at UP Attracting, developing and retaining an excellent, diverse body of scholars • Staff completion of higher degrees • Strategic appointment of leading researchers • Support for rating applications • Appointment of mentors for new academic staff • Succession plans in research groupings • Interaction with leading international researchers • CENTRE FOR THE ADVANCE MENT OF SCHOLARSHIP • VISITING PROFESSOR PROGRAMME • EARLY CAREER RESEARCHERS PROGRAMME
The Framework for Postgraduate Education Situated within the broader research activity of the University, and linked to research strengths: Strengthened supervisory capacity • attract and support increasing numbers of top-performing and promising postgraduate students Effective recruitment and advocacy strategies • linked into the University’s areas of research excellence Focus on quality • appropriate forms of support and skills development Postgraduates recognised as new researchers and professionals • part of the academic community of scholars • fostering intellectual development.
KEY PRINCIPLES • Research productivity makes a major contribution to the University’s reputation and rankings • Postgraduate education is an embedded component of research-intensity • Our capacity to increase research productivity depends on our capacity to supervise postgraduates and increase graduation rates.
Actions in the Implementation Plan for postgraduate education: • Increasing postgraduate output • Linking of postgraduate enrolment to strategic areas of research and professional training • Enrolment planning, deliberate selection and recruitment • Provision of comprehensive and accessible information • Strengthening of supervisory capacity
Progress related to postgraduates Increasing the capacity for supervision ** GUIDELINES FOR SUPERVISION ** SUPERVISION WORKSHOPS • Targets for postgraduate numbers based on academic staff • Academic staff completion of PhDs Faculties focusing on doctoral and research postgraduates • Postgraduate Framework implementation • Planned recruiting into active and priority research areas • Strategic appointment of postdoctoral fellows Academic research support for postgraduates • Coordination of information flow between stakeholders • UP Library role through Research Commons and Information specialists.
Faculty-based academic relationships Postgraduate work is predicated by the relationship between the supervisor and the student Executive (VP) Administration CSC ISD Dean RESEARCH SUPPORT HoD LIBRARY AND IT Postgraduate + Supervisor Department Faculty
Support for the postgraduate academic enterprise • Smooth and effective processes for application and admission • Effective administration and quality assurance of higher degree processes • Opportunities for interaction with leading researchers and international academic leaders • Funding to offer attractive bursary programmes to assist talented and promising students * GRADUATE SUPPORT HUB * POSTGRADUATE FORUM * POSTDOCTORAL ASSOCIATION
Postdoctoral fellows • Double the number in 2014 [53 in 2010, 120 in 2012, more coming] • Identify the most suitable research groups / departments for placement • Research activity • Research potential • Support for researchers • Tutoring and supervising • Recruit nationally and internationally, including USA
Internationalisation • Focus on the purpose of internationalisation • Strengthening research productivity and impact • Achievement of recognition • Access to international funding • A meeting place for scholars from Africa • Research directed to address Africa’s challenges • A postgraduate destination in Africa • Attracting good students • Assisting them in getting here and living here • Assisting them in settling and making progress • Providing excellent facilities and opportunities.
University of PretoriaResearch and Postgraduate Education – Status report Stephanie BurtonSenate Conference, 30 January 2013 Overview: Where we want to be Where we are — 2011/ 2012 Priorities for 2013: Broadening and growing the University’s research base Improving research output and impact Creating an enabling scholarly environment
OVERVIEW — where we are at present Performance Indicators — Goal 1: • % of NRF-rated researchers • Publication units per C1 FTE staff • % of ISI publications to total accredited publications • Weighted research output per C1 FTE staff • % C1 staff with D-level degrees (joint appointments excluded) 1Based mainly on 2011 audited data and confirmed 2012 data
Goal 1, Performance Indicator 1: % NRF-rated researchers 2012 figures as on 15 January – resignations, new appointments not included. 9 results still outstanding.
Number of Rated Researchers 2010-2012 2012 figure as at 15 January – 9 outstanding results to be added
Goal 1, Performance Indicator 2: Publication units per C1 FTE staff UP Research Output Units (2008 -2011)
Goal 1, Performance Indicator 3: % ISI-listed publications to total produced in listed journals
Goal 1, Performance Indicator 3: % ISI-listed publications to total produced in accredited journals
Comparison: Publication Units (2011) Source: DHET, October 2012
Goal1, Performance Indicator 4: Weighted postgraduate output per ‘C1’ staff
OVERVIEW — where we are at present (2) Performance Indicators — Goal 2: • % of PG international students • Number of international postdoctoral fellows • % international academic staff • % ISI publications co-authored with non-SA academics
Goal 2, Performance Indicator 1 : International postdoctoral fellows * Registered postdoctoral fellows Dec 2012
Goal 2, Performance Indicator 4: Co-authorship with international researchers
2. Research development – Goals 3 and 5 Broadening and growing UP’s research base • Enrolment growth in postgraduate students • Completion times and efficiency • Increase in doctoral graduations • Staff qualifications
M and D graduate output, 2009—2011 Goals 3 and 5, Postgraduate graduations Note: 2012 data on C1 FTE staff available end February 2013, and on graduate outputs end April 2013.
Comparison: Number of PhD graduates of South African research- intensive universities, 2007—2011
Position of South African Universities on ESI database, based on papers count 3. Research visibility and impact Source: Thomson Reuters ESI; data covers a rolling 10-year period with bimonthly updates in current year (accessed 17 January 2013)
Comparison of citations of publications 2007—2012 Thomson Reuters ISI, database (accessed 17 January 2013)
UP Cited Researchers - ESI list • Prof Marthan Bester (Zoology) • Prof Teresa Coutinho (FABI/Microbiology and Plant Pathology • Prof Don Cowan (Genomics IRT/Genetics) • Dr Gyebi Duoudu (Food Science) • Prof Andries Engelbrecht (Computer Science) • Prof Bob Millar (Mammal Research Institute, Zoology) • Prof Bernard Slippers (FABI/Genetics) • Prof John Taylor (Food Science) • Prof Brenda Wingfield (FABI/Genetics) • Prof Mike Wingfield (FABI) • Thomson Reuters ESI presents the top 1% of research output globally in 22 subject areas in science and social sciences.
4. Strategic support for research Creating an enabling scholarly environment • Strategic support interventions • Support services and communication • Infrastructure • Data management • Research and postgraduate funding