UKZN Launches Postdoctoral Association
A Postdoctoral Association, under the UKZN Research Office, which aims to increase representation, provide support to students and hike numbers in the University community has been launched on the Howard College campus.
The Association plans to:
· voice the needs of the postdoctoral students and publicise them to other universities;
· assist in establishment and administration issues by sharing knowledge, contact details and life after students have completed their qualifications
· organise social events and promote mutual networks.
Actions and activities already undertaken include the formation of the Association, raising awareness among academic leaders at UKZN, publishing a collective CV booklet and preparing a survey on Postdoctoral situations and needs.
Future plans include the creation and production of handbooks to assist Postdoctoral individuals establish themselves in South Africa, career management, interaction with administrators, and involvement in social and scientific networking.
Guest speaker at the launch, the Executive Director: Institutional Engagement and Partnership Development, Dr Thandi Mgwebi said postdoctoral students needed support and mentorship on issues such as professional development, how to produce quality publications, attending conferences and networking; science communication skills; strengthening ties with industry and entrepreneurship.
- Sithembile Shabangu