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.
The fellowship gives established international researchers an opportunity to develop the strengths and capabilities of their research groups through collaboration with research partners in the UK.
Gumedze will collaborate with Professor Jane Hutton at the University of Warwick on a project titled “Robust statistical methods and statistical diagnostic techniques for multivariate longitudinal and survival data in health research”.
The two research groups will join forces to extend statistical methods for the analysis of health studies that follow patients over time.
The ultimate aim is to ensure a long-term partnership that will benefit the research of Dr Gumedze and his postgraduate students at UCT, and his colleagues at Warwick and Cambridge.
Dr Gumedze is a member of the Next Generation Professoriate.
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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.