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Meet the team

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.

Executive  | Research Finance and OperationsGlobal Strategy and VisibilityData Analytics and ReportingOffice of Research IntegrityResearch Support ServicesPostgraduate Studies and Researcher DevelopmentInternational Grants Hub | eResearchResearch Systems Support

The team


Christina Pather

 Ms Christina Pather
 Acting Executive Director
 Tel: 021 650 2434

Bekezela Zulu

 Ms Bekezela Zulu
 Admin Officer
 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.

Leigh Wentzel

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

Thabi Magwada

 Ms Thabi Magwada
 Assistant Finance Manager
 Tel: 021 650 5784

Jayne Alexander

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


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.

Carolyn Newton

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

Lisa Boonzaier

 Ms Lisa Boonzaier
 Manager: Communication and Marketing for   Research
 Tel: 021 650 1845

Wilna venter

 Ms Wilna Venter
 Research Collaboration Specialist
 Tel: 021 650 4380

Jess Oosthuizen

 Ms Jess Oosthuizen
 Senior Officer: Communications and Marketing
 Tel: 021 650 1951

Birgit Ottermann

 Ms Birgit Ottermann
 Senior Officer: Communications and Marketing
 Tel: 021 650 1946

Paula Harker

 Ms Paula Harker
 Administrative Officer
 Tel: 021 650 1952


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.

Dianne Bond

 Dr Dianne Bond
 Senior Data Analyst
 Tel: 021 650 5490

Fikiswa Matoti

 Ms Fikiswa Matoti
 Administrative Assistant
 Tel: 021 650 5204


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.

Lyn Horn

 Dr Lyn Horn
Senior Manager
Tel: 021 650 1287

Paula Saner

Ms Paula Saner
Research Integrity Coordinator
Tel: 021 650 1256

Sidney Engelbrecht

Mr Sidney Engelbrecht
Tel: 021 650 5057

Werner Van Der RosssMr Werner Van Der Ross
Senior Administrative Officer: Compliance
Tel: 021 650 2501
Ms Lisa Williams

Ms Lisa Williams
Senior Administrative Officer: Research Integrity


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.


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

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


Ms Roshan Sonday
Coordinator: Research Services
Tel: 021 650 2426

Mr Mbasa Mguye
Coordinator: Research Services
Tel: 021 650 7925


 Ms Ronel de Swardt
 Coordinator: Research Services
 Tel: 021 650 2892

 Ms Jacky Sylvester
 Senior Officer: Research Support
 Tel: 021 650 2689


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

Zam Ndzotyana

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


 Ms Janine Ramandh
 Administrative Assistant
Tel: 021 650 1953

Amanda Raman

 Ms Amanda Raman
 Administrative Assistant: Research Support

Postgraduate Studies and Researcher Development

The 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.

Professor Peter Meissner

 Prof. Peter Meissner
 Tel: 021 650 3171

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


Ms Dumisa Dlodlo
Senior Officer: Postgraduate Development
Tel: 021 650 3835

Dr Gaelle Ramon

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


 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 Gudrun Oberprieler

 Dr Gudrun Oberprieler
 Coordinator: Researcher Development (Social Sciences Stream)

Dr Nyaradzo Chigorimbo-Tsikiwa

 Dr Nyaradzo Chigorimbo-Tsikiwa
 Coordinator: Researcher Development (Science Stream)


 Ms Judith Rix
 Administrative Assistant: Research Development
 Tel: 021 650 5152

 Ms Barbara Schmid
 Project Manager: Knowledge Co-op
 Tel: 021 650 4415 

Prince Qwaka

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

Ms Fazeela Felton

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


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 complete the brief questionnaire here.

Dionne Miles

 Dr Dionne Miles
 Senior Proposal Development Specialist

Dr Merlin Ince

 Dr Merlin Ince
 Senior Proposal Development Specialist



 Jonathan Dugas
 Senior Proposal Development Specialist

 Likho Sikutshwa

 Likho Sikutshwa
 International Grant Coordinator

Nikhat Hoosen

 Nikhat Hoosen
 International Grant Coordinator




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.

 Dale Peters

 Dr Dale Peters
 Director: eResearch
 Tel: 021 650 5932



Research Systems Support

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. 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.

Tina Seale

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

Melissa Abrahams

 Ms Melissa Abrahams
 User Support Officer: Research Systems
 Tel: 021 650 2183


 Senior Co-ordinator: Research Systems
 Post under recruitment

 User Support Officer: Business Support
 Post under recruitment