Survey helps to improve research

06 April 2011 | Story by Newsroom

Faculty Survey prize-giving eventWinners: Dr Andrew Boulle and Hugo Krynauw (centre) accept their department prizes from ICTS' executive director Sakkie Janse van Rensberg (left) and academic liaison to the Research Portal Project, Ed Rybicki (far right) at the Faculty Survey prize-giving event.

Two departments have walked away with brand new laptops after winning the prize draw for participants of the UCT faculty survey on research and teaching technologies.

The Division of Cardiovascular Research, which was represented by chief scientific officer Dr Thomas Franz, and the Centre of Infectious Disease Epidemiology and Research, under the director Dr Andrew Boulle, won the Dell and Proline laptop computers that were incentives for completing the survey. These were kindly sponsored by UCT-approved ICTS Acquisitions' vendors, Infinetix/Dell and Pinnacle/Proline.

The initiative was a joint venture between the deputy vice-chancellor of research, Professor Danie Visser, the Research Office and the Information and Communication Technology Services (ICTS). It aimed at establishing academics' needs for information and communication technology tools that could assist them to facilitate research.

All academics were invited to participate, and the survey focussed on the role of advanced ICT in their research, with some coverage of their teaching technology usage and requirements. The survey, which took place from 17 December to 28 February, explored the researchers' practices and opinions, their disciplines, and the extent of ICT use in their research.

"The results should enable UCT to provide better ICT related tools and services to make the lives of researchers easier," says ICTS' executive director, Sakkie Janse van Rensburg.

An analysis of the survey results is underway.

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