UCT, like other South African universities, is under pressure to escalate the percentage of Black academic staff and have launched the Next Generation Professoriate initiative as part of its efforts to address the paucity of senior black academics.
John Webb, in for Kieno Kammies, spoke to Professor Francis Petersen, Deputy Vice Chancellor at UCT.
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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. By the end of 2018, four of its members had been promoted to full professor and a further 14 had reached the rank of 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.