Research and Development
Research management at UB is an elaboration of the priority area on Extending Research, Scholarship and Graduate Studies, one of the five priority areas in the institution’s strategic policy document, A Strategy for Excellence. The University Research Strategy (URS) approved by Senate in 2008, is the institution’s main research policy document upon which all research related policy documents are anchored. The URS is a road map which indicates how research will be facilitated and coordinated, and what organizational structures and resources will be required to support its management, training and development, within a distinctively African university setting that UB has set itself to reflect without compromising its regional and international outlook.
The University Research Strategy presents seven strategic goals through which the end purpose of the University Strategic Plan shall be achieved.
- To increase staff participation
- To increase and enhance student research training
- To increase internal and external research funding
- To increase international collaborative research
- To increase the volume and quality of research outputs
- To enhance the impact of research
- To improve the integration of research and teaching
Research is undertaken inside the academic Departments and research institutes and centres. The Office of Research and Development (ORD) coordinates research through Departmental Research Committees and Faculty Research Committees under the overall guidance of the University Research Committee, a sub-committee of Senate which the ORD services as its secretariat. It carries its mandate by developing policies, guidelines and processes that are required in the implementation of the University Research Strategy. Its key functions include recruitment of post doctoral fellows, setting up a quality framework for planning, conducting and disseminating research and assisting faculties and Departments to implement that framework; establishing a structure for ethical compliance by all researchers across the institution and assisting all entities to implement it and to correct research misconduct; establishing partnerships for collaborative research; offering training in research management to academic staff and graduate students; developing a funding strategy and funding guidelines for supporting research by the faculty, academic Department, research institutes, research centres and the individual researcher and; commercializing research outputs through developing intellectual property policy, guidelines and commercialization strategy.