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					                               University of Fort Hare
                    Govan Mbeki Research and Development Centre
                      Vice-chancellor’s Research Medal Awards

Changes approved by Senate: 3 November 2011

VICE-CHANCELLOR'S SENIOR RESEARCH MEDAL

The Senior Research Medal is an award made annually by the Vice-Chancellor to a staff
member who has demonstrated sustained research and scholarly achievements that reflect
exceptional quality and excellence.

ELIGIBILITY

The candidate may be nominated by Deans of Faculties, Directors or Heads of
Departments/Units

Candidates may also apply directly

All the candidates’ research output will be assessed in the context of their responsibilities. This
means that researchers with a research responsibility only will not be advantaged over
academics with a teaching, learning and community engagement responsibility additional to
their research responsibilities when final decisions are made

A candidate who has received the emerging research medal award will only qualify for the
senior research medal award after a period of five years. The senior research medal award is
only awarded once to a particular candidate.

DESCRIPTION

Candidates will have a proven track record of sustained research that is recognised by all or
most of their peers as established researchers nationally and internationally in their particular
disciplines. These candidates enjoy considerable national and international recognition for the
high quality and impact of their most recent outputs. These candidates produced a body of work
the core of which has coherence and attests to ongoing engagement with the field

Candidates will also demonstrate leadership in building research capacity through post-
graduate supervision and collaborative research endeavours. Research shall be taken to mean
creative endeavour of academic significance and include the creative and performing arts.

NOMINATION PROCESS


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Nominations and applications must be sent to the Dean of Research.

Nominations and applications must be accompanied by:

      a curriculum vita of the nominee or applicant;
      a one page statement about their ongoing research
      details of publications and creative works and research products, reviews and citations
       of publications, and any other evidence of distinction;
      the inclusion of their 8 best research outputs, e.g. papers / books or chapters, etc. over
       the past 8 years
      details of contributions made to building research capacity at the University through
       post-graduate research supervision, and leading or facilitating collaborative research
       programmes;
      the names of five referees - three of whom should be from outside the University of Fort
       Hare and one of whom should preferably be from outside South Africa.

The Vice-Chancellor’s Research Awards Committee will review the applications and
recommend an award to the Vice-Chancellor for a final decision. The Committee may:

      invite referees to evaluate the candidate’s curriculum vitae, research products and
       productivity in terms of its status in relation to scholars of a like age group in the
       candidate’s field/s;
      consider how the candidate has contributed to the building of research capacity at the
       University of Fort Hare;
      determine whether the candidate can be considered to be worthy of an award in terms
       of the quality and depth of his/her research contribution and national and international
       standing.

Candidates who are not successful may be nominated or apply in subsequent years.

VALUE OF AWARD
The Vice-Chancellor’s Senior Research Medal will be presented at the University’s graduation
ceremony and will be accompanied by a grant of R15 000 or such other amount as determined
by the University Council.

USE OF AWARD
The grant may only be used for legitimate research expenses, including equipment, running
expenses, travel or a combination of these as approved by the Dean of Research.




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VICE-CHANCELLOR'S EMERGING RESEARCHER MEDAL

This Research Medal is an award made annually by the Vice-Chancellor to a staff member who
demonstrates potential in becoming a researcher of excellence.

ELIGIBILITY
The candidate may be nominated by Deans of Faculties, Directors or Heads of
Departments/Units.

Candidates may also apply directly

All the candidates’ research output will be assessed in the context of their responsibilities. This
means that researchers with a research responsibility only will not be advantaged over
academics with a teaching, learning and community engagement responsibility additional to
their research responsibilities when final decisions are made

A candidate can only qualify once for the emerging research medal award

DESCRIPTION

A candidate in this category has held a doctorate for less than five years and is recognised by
all reviewers as having the potential to establish him / herself as a researcher with most of the
reviewers indicating that he / she has the potential to become a future leader in his / her field.

Candidates will also be assessed in terms of such criteria as, research output including
publications and presentations at conferences, contribution to research programmes or projects,
involvement in supervising students’ research and recognition by peers. Research shall be
taken to mean creative endeavour of academic significance and include the creative and
performing arts.

NOMINATION PROCESS

Nominations and applications must be sent to the Dean of Research.

Nominations and applications must be accompanied by:

       a curriculum vitae of the nominee or applicant;
       a one page statement about their ongoing research
       details of publications and creative works and research products, reviews and citations
        of publications, and any other evidence of distinction;
        the inclusion of their 5 best research outputs, e.g. papers / books or chapters, etc. over
        the past 5 years
       the names of three referees - two of whom should be from outside the University of Fort
        Hare.

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The Vice-Chancellor’s Research Awards Committee will review the applications and
recommend an award to the Vice-Chancellor for a final decision. The Committee may:

      invite referees to evaluate the candidate’s curriculum vitae, research products and
       productivity in terms of its status in relation to scholars of a like age group in the
       candidate’s field/s;
      consider how the candidate has contributed to the building of research at the University
       of Fort Hare;
      determine whether the candidate can be considered to be worthy of an award in terms
       of the quality and depth of his/her research contribution.

Candidates who are not successful may be nominated or apply in subsequent years, as long as
they fit the eligibility criteria.

VALUE OF AWARD
The Vice-Chancellor’s Research Medal will be presented at the University’s graduation
ceremony and will be accompanied by a grant of R15 000 or such other amount as determined
by the University Council.

USE OF AWARD
The grant may only be used for legitimate research expenses, including equipment, running
expenses, travel or a combination of these as approved by the Dean of Research.




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