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26 June 2017
Key Research Uptake activities and successes at Obafemi Awolowo University Nigeria Print
Monday, 18 January 2016 12:32

The success of the DRUSSA Programme at Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU) has been collective efforts of the DRUSSA Leaders and Champions, as well as the Research Uptake (RU) administrators. Their work has led to the sensitisation of the principal officers of OAU, the establishment of Faculty Research Uptake administrators and the deepening of RU practices within the institution. A presentation at the 2015 WARIMA Conference Prof Olubukola Olakunbi Ojo, Deputy Director of Linkages and Sponsored Research and currently DRUSSA Champion, outlined the key RU activities as well as successes at OAU. Prof Abiodun Adediran and Prof Kehinde Taiwo were the initial DRUSSA Leader and Champion, with Prof Olubukola Olakunbi Ojo joining in 2014.  Dr. I.A. Oke and Dr A. G. Akintomide are the science communicators who have been training Faculty Representatives and Mr S. O. Adewoye the university webmaster.These key RU persons are supported by faculty and departmental representatives nominated by the Deans and the Heads of Department respectively.

 

“The university has achieved a number of successes in promoting Research Uptake over the past five years, including approval by the Senate of the University Research Policy to include Research Uptake in institutional policy”

Key successes

The university has achieved a number of successes in promoting Research Uptake over the past five years, including:

  • Approval by the Senate of the University Research Policy to include Research Uptake in institutional policy
  • Training of Science Communicators for the DRUSSA Programme – the DRUSSA Project co-ordinator and the OAU DRUSSA Science communicators conducted training on Research Uptake for Faculty representatives in October 2015
  • Discussions with the Committee of Deans to nominate representatives from their faculties to co-ordinate Research Uptake at the faculty level. Heads of Department nominated faculty Research Uptake representatives.
  • Development of the Research Uptake blog on the OAU website. Faculty representatives have also been trained on how to upload a blog.

Website

Much of the Research Uptake activity is reflected on the OAU website link to a Research Uptake/DRUSSA Page. Here university staff can find information about the DRUSSA programme as well as detailed information about what Research Uptake is and some of the barriers to Research Uptake. Most importantly, a newly added interactive blog facility where university staff can register and load blogs allows researchers to upload blogs about their research, which contributes to broader dissemination of, and interaction with, their findings.

“All of this work, initiated under the DRUSSA Programme, has contributed both to creating a culture of Research Uptake within the university, but also to embedding Research Uptake in the university processes and systems, ensuring that Research Uptake will continue to play a key role at the university, even as the DRUSSA Programme ends.”

Consolidating Research Outputs

A key objective of any university Research Uptake strategy is to have an accurate record of current and completed research in order to select research suitable for dissemination. The plan is to make this information as accessible as possible and for this reason OAU has developed a database which currently stores the titles of all Masters and PhD dissertations published from 2005 to 2010, along with the author, supervisor, department and faculty. The university is currently in the process of compiling and uploading the information from research conducted between 2011 and 2015, and will in future also include an abstract for each paper. This is a mammoth task, which will take up much of 2015.

All of this work, initiated under the DRUSSA Programme, has contributed both to creating a culture of Research Uptake within the university, but also to embedding Research Uptake in the university processes and systems, ensuring that Research Uptake will continue to play a key role at the university, even as the DRUSSA Programme ends.


 Prof. Olubukola Olakunbi Ojo is a Deputy Director in the  Directorate of Linkages and Sponsored Research, Obafemi Awolowo UniversityEmail: oojo@oauife.edu.ng

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