UCT’s Research Support Hub website is your first stop for all your research support needs. Owned by the Research Office, the website will guide you through the various support services available to our researchers at every step of the research project lifecycle.

ExecutiveResearch Support Enterprise | Data Analytics and ReportingResearch Support Services | International Grants Hub | Postgraduate Funding Office | Research Finance and Operations | Global Strategy and VisibilityPostgraduate Studies and Researcher DevelopmentOffice of Research IntegrityeResearchResearch Systems


Dr Linda Mtwisha
Executive Director
Tel: 021 650 3122

Ms Marion Ngulungu
Administrative Officer
Tel: 021 650 4677

Research Support Enterprise

The research support enterprise unit encompasses data analytics and reporting, research support services, the international grants hub and the postgraduate funding office.

Ms Christina Pather
Director: Research Support Enterprise
Tel: 021 650 2434

Data Analytics and Reporting

The data analytics and reporting hub in the Research Office provides research analyses to support institutional strategy planning. The hub also helps the advancement of international research collaboration and the impact of UCT’s research. It is responsible for the statutory reporting on Research and Development activity.

Dr Dianne Bond
Senior Data Analyst
Tel: 021 650 5490

Research Support Services

Research support services are responsible for a number of services in support of the university’s researchers and the research endeavour. These include the support of UCT’s evaluation applications and funding proposals to the National Research Foundation; the servicing of UCT research funding and strategic committees (such as the University Research Committee and its sub-committees); and statutory reporting requirements to government such as submission of research output data to the Department of Higher Education and Training. Contact the research support services team at researchfunding@uct.ac.za.

Ms Natalie le Roux
Senior Manager: Research Support
Tel: 021 650 2432

Ms Robyn Udemans
Coordinator: Research Support
Tel: 021 650 1924

Ms Ronel de Swardt
Senior Coordinator: Research Support
Tel: 021 650 2892

Mr Mbasa Mguye
Coordinator: Reviews and Evaluation
Tel: 021 650 7925

Ms Zam Ndzotyana
Senior Officer:  Research Support
Tel: 021 650 7925

Mr Paul Dantu
Senior Officer: Research Support
Tel: 021 650 1954

Werner van der Ross
Coordinator: Research Committees
Tel: 021 650 2501

Mr Prince Khoza
Senior Coordinator: Grants Management
Tel: 021 650 3824

Ms Amanda Raman
Administrative Officer: Reviews and Evaluation
Tel: 021 650 1954

Ms Janine Ramandh
Administrative Assistant
Tel: 021 650 1953

Ms Lezette Daniels
Administrative Officer: Grants Management
Tel: 021 650 7524

Ms Lesleen Shears
Administrative Assistant: Research Outputs

Ms Tamson Adams
Administrative Assistant: Research Outputs


International Grants Hub

The international grants hub provides both proposal development and administrative support to UCT’s academic staff seeking and applying for international funding for their research. Proposal development support services are geared towards multidisciplinary, multinational collaborative grant applications to international funders, and include writing, editing, proof-reading, strategic advice on proposal content, budget development, liaising with the funder, and coordinating and integrating inputs from multiple collaborators. Administrative support services range from identifying suitable sources of funding to being the expert port of call for the submission process and guiding researchers on internal UCT processes for submission to different funders. To request proposal development support, please contact the team at internationalgrants@uct.ac.za.

Dr Dionne Miles
Senior Manager: International Grants Hub

Dr Jonathan Dugas
Senior Proposal Development Specialist
Tel: 021 650 3180

Jolene Fransman
Proposal Development Specialist

Ms Likho Sikutshwa
International Grant Coordinator

Jacky Sylvester
International Grants Coordinator


Postgraduate Funding Office

The postgraduate funding office (PGFO) is responsible for the management and administration of postgraduate and postdoctoral awards. It is made up of three teams: General Awards Team, NRF and Departmental Awards Team and Info, Fellowship and Development Team. Find out how the PGFO can help you navigate funding opportunities in this presentation. You may also request a one-on-one session with PGFO staff by sending an email to pgfunding@uct.ac.za.

Ms Chantal Swartz
Senior Manager: Postgraduate Funding Office
Tel: 021 650 7315

Ms Hayley Mackrill
Senior Finance Officer: Postgraduate Funding Office
Tel: 021 650 1920

Ms Stacey-Lee Harrison
Manager: General Awards
Tel: 021 650 3040

Ms Celeste Jansen
Administrative Officer: General Awards
Tel: 021 650 1917

Ms Lorraine Valentine
Administrative Officer: General Awards
Tel: 021 650 2094

Ms Danielle Mutseriwa
Data Capturer: General Awards

Ms Kelechi Njoku
Data Capturer: General Awards

Mr Carl Millward
Administrative Assistant: General Awards

Ms Shanaaz Kalam
Junior Administrative Assistant: General Awards
Tel: 021 650 2141

Ms Desne Jodamus
Administrative Officer: NRF & Departmental Awards
Tel: 021 650 2206

Ms Meameno Nepembe
Administrative Officer: NRF & Departmental Awards
Tel: 021 650 5075

Ms Sibongile Fatyi
Administrative Assistant: NRF & Departmental Awards
 Tel: 021 650 2135

Ms Gaynore Philander
Administrative Assistant: NRF & Departmental Awards

Mr Samuel Mondi
Senior Clerk: NRF and Departmental Awards

Ms Chantel Reed
Manager: Info, Fellowships and Development
Tel: 021 650 2205

Ms Erica van Wyk-Mias
Administrative Officer: Info, Fellowships and Development
Tel: 021 650 3522

Ms Ayanda Mpongwana
Administrative Officer: Info, Fellowships and Development
Tel: 021 650 5065

Mr Monwabisi Ndlumbini
Data Capturer: Info, Fellowships and Development

Ms Nuraan Kafaar
Administrative Assistant: Info, Fellowships and Development
Tel: 021 650 2349

Ms Bekezela Zulu
Administrative Officer: NRF and General Awards
Tel: 021 650 1754

Research Finance and Operations

The finance and operations unit manages the financial planning and budgeting, financial analysis, evaluation and reporting as well as financial control and risk management for the Research Office. The operations arm of the cluster covers all administrative and financial coordination within the Research Office, as well as space management, health and safety liaison and the logistical coordination of visits to the office.

Ms Leigh Wentzel
Manager: Research Finance
Tel: 021 650 1753

Ms Thabi Magwada
Assistant Finance Manager
Tel: 021 650 5784

Ms Jayne Alexander
Senior Officer: Operations
Tel: 021 650 5440

Ms Andiswa Gaqa
Tel: 021 650 5514

Global Strategy and Visibility

The global strategy and visibility unit is the strategic arm of the Research Office, and includes a number of functions all to a greater or lesser extent focused on lifting the university’s international profile, particularly its research, and strengthening communication around the research endeavour. This includes supporting the Executive in the Vice-Chancellor’s Office in their global engagements, identifying and nurturing international partnerships and networks with a research focus, supporting strategically important interdisciplinary research groups, and the communication and marketing of research. Contact the team at researchvisibility@uct.ac.za.

Ms Carolyn Newton
Director: Global Engagement
Tel: 021 650 1715

Ms Wilna Venter
Research Collaboration Specialist
Tel: 021 650 4380

Ms Nobhongo Gxolo
Manager: Communication & Marketing for Research             

Ms Ayanda Mthethwa                         
Communication & Marketing Specialist: Global Engagement

Mr Paul Lawrence
Communication & Marketing Specialist

Ms Jess Oosthuizen
Communication & Marketing Specialist: Postgraduate Studies and Events 
Tel: 021 650 1951

Office of Research Integrity

The office of research integrity works collaboratively with research ethics, animal ethics and biosafety committees as well as individual researchers under the auspices of the senate ethics in research committee and senate animal ethics committee and the institutional biosafety committee, to promote responsible conduct of research (RCR). Our scope and function is broad and includes topics such as research ethics, (financial) conflicts of interest, misconduct, authorship issues, regulatory and funder compliance and, whistle-blowing. We provide advice and support, facilitate many compliance processes and strive to promote RCR across the broad research landscape. Contact the office of research integrity at research.integrity@uct.ac.za.

 Dr Lyn Horn
 Director: Office of Research Integrity
 Tel: 021 650 1287

 Ms Paula Saner
 Manager: Research Integrity
 Tel: 021 650 1256

Ms Lisa Williams
Senior Administrative Officer: Research Integrity
 Tel: 021 650 5739

Mrs Suraya Azam
Senior Administrative Officer: Compliance

Postgraduate Studies and Researcher Development

The postgraduate studies and researcher development unit supports the development of research capacity through seminars, workshops, one-on-one consultations and some research funding. Recognising that academics can have very different research backgrounds, we aim to help them achieve their individual research potential. We support academics to reach key research milestones - their PhDs, publications, successful postgraduate supervisions and winning grant proposals, among others; throughout, we are mindful of their responsibility towards broader society through engaged scholarship.

 Prof Peter Meissner
 Director: Postgraduate Studies and Researcher Development
 Tel: 021 650 3171

 Dr Gaelle Ramon
 Manager: Researcher Development
 Tel: 021 650 2431

 Dr Dheshnie Keswell
 Coordinator: Researcher Development (Science Stream)
 Tel: 021 650 5984

 Dr Charles Masango
 Coordinator: Researcher Development (Social Sciences Stream)
 Tel: 021 650 5128

 Mr Sonwabo Ngcelwane
 Coordinator: Researcher Development  (Engaged Scholarship)
 Tel: 021 650 2103

 Dr Amanda Claassen-Smithers
Coordinator: Researcher Development Academy (Science stream)


Dr Alexandra Sutherland
Coordinator: Researcher Development Academy (Social Sciences/Humanities stream)

Ms Nocky Bobo
Senior Officer
Research Development
Tel: 021 65 04670

 Janine Carlse
Capacity development specialist

Ms Fazeela Felton
 Personal Assistant/Administrative Assistant to Prof Meissner
 Tel: 021 650 3171

Roshan Sonday
Programme Manager: Knowledge Co-op
 Tel: 021 650 4415

Mr Prince Qwaka
 Administrative Assistant: Knowledge Co-op
 Tel: 021 650 4305


UCT eResearch is a distributed organisation that promotes the use of advanced information technologies to support innovative research practice. eResearch partners with research groups to accelerate and transform research, connecting them to the most appropriate systems and services to support the research lifecycle. Contact the eResearch team at eresearch@uct.ac.za.

Prof Mattia Vaccari
Director: eResearch
Tel: 021 650 5042

Ms Sarah Schäfer
Research Data Specialist
Tel: 021 650 5102

Research Systems

The research systems unit ensures that innovative, ICT-based management and information systems – aligned with UCT’s Research Strategy – are implemented to support the UCT research community. This includes the eRA system. The systems manager is tasked with working across a range of professional staff departments that support research (Research Office, Postgraduate Studies, International Academic Programmes Office and Research Contracts & Innovation) to ensure integration with other ICT systems, provide business systems leadership for current and possible future research and student mobility requirements, and provide overall management and support coordination of these systems.

Ms Tina Seale
Senior Manager: Research Systems
Tel: 021 650 3053

Ms Melissa Abrahams
Senior Coordinator: Research Systems
Tel: 021 650 2183

Mr Khalied Hanslo
User Support Officer: Research Systems
Tel: 021 650 7022

Mr Aphiwe Ngunge
User Support Officer: Business Support
Tel: 021 650 4189