|KNUST updates us on Research Uptake progress at the university|
|Friday, 15 August 2014 16:05|
The Research Uptake team at Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) has spent the last two years laying the groundwork for a comprehensive Research Uptake strategy
In a recent article "Snapshot: Towards the implementation of Research Uptake Management at KNUST" Mr. V. A. Ankamah-Lomotey provided a comprehensive outline of the activities that KNUST has undertaken in terms of laying strategic foundations for a Research Uptake strategy at the university. One of the challenges he noted was the lack of co-ordination of different uptake activities. This is all about to change.
Research Uptake Strategy unveiled
At a workshop in July KNUST’s DRUSSA team unveiled their Research Uptake (RU) strategy and launched an interim strategy poster that is intended to be used to both sensisitise and promote awareness of the RU strategy amongst KNUST’s university community.
Above: A screenshot of the KNUST poster, outlining the strategy
At the workshop Mr. Courage Julius Logah, from the Vice-Chancellors office, explained the KNUST Team’s strategy as shown in the poster. He stated that the strategy would involve individual and institutional capacity building as critical step to advance the efforts of the University to get research into policy and practice (RU). The strategy hopes to engage the media to extensively publicise Research Uptake activities of KNUST. Internal and external funding will be sourced for RU activities on and off campus. KNUST’s RU Management Team, which is yet to be officially inaugurated, will monitor and evaluate RU activities. The Office of Grants and Research, University Relations Office, the University Library and the Quality Assurance and Planning Unit will be the key project-facilitation offices.
Mr. Logah noted that University-Industry collaborations as well as other strategic stakeholder engagements need to be actively pursued towards shaping research agendas to impact policy and practice while attracting funding to enhance research capacity, and thereby research performance.
Using existing and resources for Research Uptake
Mr. Logah further explained that KNUST’s institutional repository would be available to be mined for Research Uptake activities. He informed members of KNUST’S Research Uptake Team’s intention to produce a newsletter that focuses on research and RU activities. Efforts will be made to include issues about uptake in other institutional publications such as the Quality Assurance Bulletin and the Vice-chancellor’s Report.
Professor Kwasi Obiri-Danso, the KNUST DRUSSA Leader, noted that the initial projections of the RU strategy have been achieved and that KNUST has succeeded in getting the Academic Board to accept a memorandum that seeks to inculcate RU into the University’s research policy. The memo included suggestions to the effect that senior members who apply for promotion should have Research Uptake components included in their research work.
Professor Obiri-Danso encouraged all members to start more Research Uptake activities in their departments and to make use of the newsletter to share experiences. He also encouraged the University community to submit their research to the University repository to enhance the database in the University Library.
This article is based on an article posted on the KNUST university website and comments from V. A. Ankamah-Lomotey who is Deputy Registrar (University Relations) at Kwame Nkrumah University of Science & Technology, Kumasi, Ghana http://www.knust.edu.gh