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21 November 2017
DRUSSA Blogs
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RUM in Action 2016 DRUSSA Benchmarking Conference

The third DRUSSA Benchmarking and Leadership Conference took place in Mauritius from 25 to 27 April – and, while this may have been the last such Conference the message that rang out from the proceedings was that this did not represent the end of the road. If anything, as one delegate put it, this was only “the end of the beginning”.

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It`s Happening Here University of Ibadan Vice Chancellor talks about Research Uptake

As the DRUSSA Programme draws to a close some of our Research Uptake Communicators met up with their Vice Chancellors, to chat about how Research Uptake capacity has been incorporated at their universities. In this blog Adeola Funmilayo Oladeji interviews the University of Ibadan Vice Chancellor, Prof. Idowu Abel Olayinka. He discusses the framework for Research Uptake at the university and concludes that “as the DRUSSA programme is coming to an end, we need to look at challenges and things that we have not been able to do well and continue in order to sustain the programme”.

(Adeola Funmilayo Oladeji interviews the University of Ibadan Vice Chancellor)

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It`s Happening Here If I can do it you can: A challenge to busy academics

With limited budgets and big ideas the realities of Research Uptake can often be an uphill battle for a media liaison officer. At Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT) the battle has gotten a little easier over the last year thanks to a collaboration with a new platform called The Conversation Africa (TCA).  Lauren Kansley discusses TCA and the opportunity it provides to bridge the divide between academics and journalists by making research more understandable and widely published on media platforms.

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It`s Happening Here Talking about Research Uptake at Kenyatta University

Sweeney Violet Tindi, administrator in the Division of Research Innovation and Outreach (RIO) at Kenyatta University (KU), and one of the University’s Research Uptake Communicators interviews the Registrar, Prof. Vincent Onywera, to talk about Research Uptake at the university, focussing on the role of RIO and the institutional mechanisms that have been put in place at KU to support Research Uptake.

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It`s Happening Here Research Uptake Action Plan: Cementing Research Uptake Efforts at the University of Ghana

To address the Research Uptake capacity gap, the University of Ghana has developed a five year action plan which sets the strategic tone and direction for the uptake and utilisation of research findings from the university. John Anoku, the universities Research Development Officer, takes us through key aspects of the plan which is currently in draft form.

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