STARS blended learning programme

NB: The second pilot of the Structured Training for African Researchers (STAR) programme was finalised in the second quarter of 2016. The Research Office plans – in time – to offer a modified version of this programme. Watch this space for more information.

UCT is one of 12 universities from seven countries across Africa that is helping the Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU) to develop a blended learning programme for early career researchers. The programme is specifically designed for researchers in Africa and is called STARS (Structured Training for African Researchers). Researcher development staff in the Research Office were involved in the writing of modules and the Research Office is currently conducting the second pilot of the programme with a limited number of participants.

The programme consists of nine modules of about four weeks each, with each module consisting of a webinar, a tutorial and assignments. The module topics are:

  • Finding your niche and planning your research plans
  • Grant proposal writing  
  • Research project management
  • Time management
  • Collaborations and partnerships
  • Academic writing and publishing
  • Communicating research to non-academic audiences
  • Ethics in academic life
  • Supervision.



For more information about our researcher development programmes please contact Gaelle Ramon.