Demand for formal qualifications in the management of research uptake is high in universities` research and public relations and communications offices. The need is particularly great for postgraduate short courses that can be undertaken with minimal disruption and time away from work.
The CREST team is in the process of designing and will offer a number of short courses in Research Uptake and Utilisation over the next five years. The first two short courses, "Science utilisation and impact" en "Science communication", will be presented in September/October 2012. The short courses will be offered in three regions: Southern Africa (Stellenbosch), East Africa (Nairobi) and West Africa (Accra).
A Master’s programme in Research Uptake and Impact Assessment is also being designed, with the first intake at the University of Stellenbosch set for 2013. More information will be made available soon, so watch this space.