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About Research Capacity Development

The Research Capacity Development unit focuses on developing postgraduate students, postdoctoral fellows, academics, and emerging researchers by offering training, assistance, and growth opportunities. The Research Capacity Development unit hosts several workshops, seminars, programmes and activities focused on professional development, these include:


  • General Postgraduate orientation – Understanding my Postgraduate Journey
  • Faculty based orientations

Research Planning

  • Time management
  • Postgraduate Life Cycle
  • Establishing a reading and writing series
  • Data Management Plans

Academic Literacy

     Research Writing

  • Literature reviews
  • Methodology (quantitative and qualitative)
  • Ethics
  • Proposals (Research and Funding)
  • Theses and dissertations
  • Journal publications

     Sourcing and Referencing

  • Use of Referencing Software
  • Plagiarism
  • Turnitin
    Use of Artificial Intelligence (ChatGPT)

Research Communication and Dissemination

  • Preparing a conference presentation
  • Developing a conference poster
  • Communicating your research: visual presentation skills
  • Public speaking

Events and Competitions

  • The Three Minute Thesis Competition
  • The Visualise Your Thesis Competition
  • The Postgraduate and Postdoctoral (PG&PDRF) Annual Research Conference


  • Supervision Enrichment Orientation
  • Supervision Enrichment Spring School
  • Supervision Short Learning Programmes
  • PG Diploma in Research Supervision
  • Supervisor Workshops