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Next Generation Professoriate

The Next Generation Professoriate (NGP) is a mid-career academic staff development and support programme. Funded by the vice-chancellor’s Strategic Funds, the NGP addresses demographic inequalities in the academic hierarchy. The goal is to help members become associate and full professors.

The NGP was officially launched in September 2015. In just the first 2 years of its existence, 3 of its members were promoted to full professor and a further 7 promoted to associate professor.

The programme is led by Dr Robert Morrell, who has over 35 years of academic experience in South African universities. He has a B1-rating from the the National Research Foundation (NRF) and is an elected member of the Academy of Sciences in South Africa.

 

 

Read more about the programme's success stories:


Take the gap: A professor in training

Take the gap: A professor in training

A TV interview with Tim Noakes introduced Livingstone high-schooler Yumna Albertus to a career in sport and science. Now she’s training for a bigger target.

 


Success for Next Generation Professoriate

Success for Next Generation Professoriate

Four candidates have been promoted to professor or associate professor level since the Next Generation Professoriate (NGP) was launched in 2015 to transform UCT's staff profile.

 


Tackling diseases with numbers

Tackling diseases with numbersAn international stats workshop examines HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis (TB), malaria and heart disease.

 


Back by popular demand

Back by popular demand

Dr Heather Marco from UCT’s Department of Biological Sciences has been re-elected as president of AGNES (the African-German Network of Excellence in Science).

 


Iconic conifers under threat

Iconic conifers under threatA team of UCT ecologists has used repeat photography to study the decline of the critically endangered Clanwilliam cedar. Their findings suggest that climate change and more frequent fires are threatening the survival of this iconic conifer.

 


The battle to recovery

The battle to recovery

Associate Professor Sinegugu Duma chronicles the difficult journey from sexual assault trauma to recovery in her new book, The Pain of Being a Woman.

 


Let researchers try new paths

Tolullah Oni: promoting science and research to develop Africa

Dr Tolu Oni (School of Public Health and Family Medicine), together with 3 of her colleagues, has contributed to an article published in Nature journal, arguing that scientists should be allowed to shift their focus in pursuit of important research.

 


Prestigious fellowship for Gumedze

Prestigious fellowship for Gumedze

Dr Freedom Gumedze of the Department of Statistical Sciences has been awarded a Newton Advanced Fellowship from the Royal Society, in partnership with the Academy of Medical Sciences, for the period 2016–2019.

 


Mont Fleur writing retreat

Mont Fleur writing retreat

A winter update on the Next Generation Professoriate’s first cohort and their  Mont Fleur writing retreat.

 


Balancing culture and career

Balancing culture and career

When Dr Ameeta Jaga began researching the work–family interface of South African Hindu women, she didn’t anticipate how it would apply to her own life.

 


Duma is a nursing Hall-of-Famer

Duma is a nursing Hall-of-Famer

UCT’s Associate Professor Sinegugu Duma has been inducted into FUNDISA’S Hall of Fame for research excellence in nursing.

 


Professors are made by hard work

Professors are made by hard work

Dr Robert Morrell writes that open processes are to replace patronage and will help to build a representative professoriate.

 


Next Generation Professoriate member receives PhD

Professors are made by hard work

Dr Lee-Ann Tong, senior lecturer in commercial law at UCT and a member of the Next Generation Professoriate, graduated with a doctoral degree in June 2016.

 


Authentic leadership for changing times

Authentic leadership for changing times

Members of the Next Generation Professoriate will be future leaders at UCT. In order to prepare them for this role, Vanessa Lowndes of the T Room facilitated conversations that focused on leading teams and building organisational culture in changing times.

 


Next Generation Professoriate:  autumn update

Birds of a feather: Different colours, same territory

An update on the progress and activities of the first cohort of the Next Generation Professoriate

 

 


Tolullah Oni: promoting science and research to develop Africa

Tolullah Oni: promoting science and research to develop Africa

Dr Tolu Oni (School of Public Health and Family Medicine), recent recipient of the TW Kambule NSTF prize for Emerging Researchers and Next Einstein Fellow talks about promoting science and research to develop Africa.

 


Margaret Orr and the Academic Game

Margaret Orr and the Academic Game

How does one get ahead in a university where the rules of the game are often not clear? Margaret Orr, executive coach in the office of the vice-chancellor, gave a seminar to the Next Generation Professoriate called "Academic Aspirations and other Games for Fun and Profit".

 


Building a pipeline for UCT's professors of the future

Next Generation Professoriate

Professor Robert Morrell, programme director of UCT’s Next Generation Professoriate, elaborated on the details of this programme aimed at advancing the development of black and female academics at the university.

 


The cohort at Mont Fleur

Next Generation Professoriate group at Mont Fleur

Members of the Next Generation Professoriate went on a writing retreat to Mont Fleur, Stellenbosch. This is a glorious spot at the foot of the Helderberg mountains.

 


A next generation lunch

Nceba Lolwane

In November 2015, the Next Generation Professoriate Cohort had its first lunch at the UCT Club, looking out across the Green Mile and towards the Drakenstein mountains. It was a celebratory occasion, at which the cohort was introduced to Nceba Lolwane, the newly appointed administrator of the programme.

 


Meet the cohort members

Next Generation Professoriate

UCT hopes to advance the development of black academics by furnishing NGP members with greater clarity in their career paths and providing targeted support to them. Learn more about them.

 


‘Next generation’ professors unveiled

Next generation professors unveiled

UCT launched a new initiative aimed at addressing the paucity of senior black academics. Consisting of a cohort of 34 members, the Next Generation Professoriate initiative will ensure that transformation is expanded and accelerated.

 


Recruit, develop, retain

DVC Professor Francis Petersen

An institutional culture based on trust, respect and appreciation is what Professor Francis Petersen hopes will come from a new programme aimed at academic staff.

 

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