|Research Uptake on DRUSSA university websites|
|Wednesday, 27 November 2013 00:00|
Recently, Platform2013 editor Louise McCann asked the leaders and champions to approach their IT departments to make a space on your websites for a page or subsite that deals with research and/or Research Uptake. Some of you had already developed such a presence, while others are now in the process of making this happen.
So, what is a good way to display your university’s approach to Research Uptake online? There is no silver bullet. It will depend entirely on how your university’s site was designed and developed and, of course, what resources are available. Some of the DRUSSA universities that have managed to create a RU space include:
The Office of Research, Innovation and Development (ORID) oversees RUM activity at the University of Ghana, Legon. This research management unit has a website separate from the institutional site and Research Uptake is contained in a dropdown menu with submenus. These take you to information about DRUSSA, the DRUSSA Group of 24 (the DRUSSA implementation team at the university) and DRUSSA events.
Staying in West Africa, the Kumasie-based Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) website takes you from its Research menu item straight to a page that displays, with photos of the authors, a selection of DRUSSA blogs.
The University of Zambia has established a Platform for Research, Science, Technology, Innovation and Development (PReSTID) dedicated to Research Uptake and RUM. This is an autonomous platform, separate from the university’s main website, to showcase specifically Research Uptake and RUM material. The PReSTID site can be accessed via the Research menu on the university’s main site. The Cape Peninsula University of Technology has created a RU menu item in its Research and Innovation subsite. This is a static page explaining and defining RU and CPUT`s relationship to it and with DRUSSA, with links to DRUSSA`s Platform2013 publication, a RU discussion paper and to the DRUSSA website.
And finally, the office of the VC Research, Production and Extension oversees RU and RUM activity at the University of Nairobi. They have opted simply to feature relevant DRUSSA and RU/RUM news on the homepage with links to the DRUSSA site, the DRUSSA partner universities and the Platform2013 publication.
Having a RU/RUM web presence can be as complex or as simple as would suit your circumstances. The important thing is to have one and to have the resources to administer the page or site. There is little point in having an elaborate presence but not the means to service it, in which case a simpler, maybe even automated process, would be the way to go.
We will continue to feature how the other DRUSSA universities showcase their RU/RUM work.
Linda Cilliers is the DRUSSA Online Editor