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24 June 2019
December 2013
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Dear DRUSSA Networker
As 2013 draws to a close, we are publishing a series of blogs to Spread across all the menu topics, we showcase the importance of Research Uptake Management for universities to engage with their publics. We have noticed an interest among you, our Network, in topics that deal with RUM activities in general and how different universities approach these. We are building the DRUSSA resource, in many cases drawing our DRUSSA Community’s attention to the valuable content on your sites. And we are putting tools and learning materials on that contribute to the personal and professional development of those who work in the Research Uptake environment. We thank you for your interest and contributions.
Sitwe Mkandawire illustrates some strategies and tools that the University of Zambia has used to good effect, while DRUSSA Advisory Panelist, DFID’s  Dr Luke Mukubvu stresses how important it is for research to be understood by end users. Prof Shaun Pather explains how the Cape Peninsula University of Technology has made sure that the institution`s overall Research and Technology Innovation Blueprint and strategy has taken Research Uptake on board. 
And this is only for starters. Yet to come, is the conclusion to Dr Sara Grobbelaar`s series on building institutional Research Uptake capacity, after which we take a look at how a few DRUSSA universities have incorporated RU content into their organisational websites. We also showcase the DRUSSA 2013 short course materials, while the Platform2013 blog will highlight the many ways in which the content created for one purpose can be turned into a campaign that is disseminated on many platforms.
This and more at While you are on take a look at the Document Index – the resource that is growing as the programme matures. You can download most of what is there, because DRUSSA is for public good, but be aware that the attribution for each article will inform you of the copyright terms. 
I look forward to reading your comments on these blogs.
Best regards
Linda Cilliers
Development Research Uptake in Sub-Saharan Africa (DRUSSA)
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