Research Manager

  • Full Time
  • Pinetown, KwaZulu-Natal , South Africa

Kontak Recruitment

Research Manager

Pinetown

R30 000 – R40 000 per month

 

The Research Manager is responsible for building an appropriate culture of research within the teaching institutions and for promoting the research profile of the registered and accredited higher education institutions. This must be achieved through the creation of a range of research initiatives at campus level in alignment with the Academic Staff Development Framework; managing the delivery of postgraduate programmes and research supervision; and the publication of the Multidisciplinary Journal. Responsible for research databases, journals and resources; as well as research applications and Academic Conditions of Service, the Research Manager will ensure all associated policies govern the development of research at the institution to enhance the quality of our products and services.

 

REQUIREMENTS OF THE JOB: RESEARCH MANAGER:

 

A Master’s degree is a minimum requirement but PhD is preferred.

At least five years Academic Management experience in higher education.

Extensive knowledge of research practices and methodologies.

A proven research portfolio with experience in research supervision and research ethics at postgraduate level.

Experience in creating and promoting novice level research initiatives to develop action research and build a foundational research culture.

Technical knowledge and skills in the management of research databases and online peer reviewed journals

Experience in coordinating peer-reviewed journal articles for publication.

Knowledge of the Higher Education Regulatory framework and accreditation criteria

Digital skills of efficient literature searching, data management, communication and collaboration skills, and using digital tools such as, Moodle, Survey Monkey, Nvivo, EndNote, Journal Databases, Turnitin and MS Teams

 

Research Development Initiatives in alignment with the Academic Staff Development Framework

Schedule of annual action research presentations at campus level form academic staff – Promote Action Research on campus and them provide an opportunity to present on it using technology – an Action Research Webinar.

Schedule of Colloquiums a level higher the Action Research presentations – again using technology to present (BlueJeans for the Webinar)

Keep the Research website updated and liaise with Dean of T&L and R&D Manager to incorporate all Academic Development initiatives and not just research as stand alone.

Promote novice academic writing at campus level

Develop a SLP in Academic Writing for staff and other such initiatives.

Use the results and recommendations from the Student and Staff surveys to inform other academic development initiatives.

 

Research Databases, Journals and Resourcing

Manage annual subscriptions to Ebscohost, Juta Stat etc

Train and promote usage

Create access for students and staff to databases and Plagiarism Checker

 

Publication of the Multidisciplinary Journal

Manage the project of the annual publication from start to finish.

Ensures that the papers published are consistent with the editorial mission.

Responsible for overseeing the blind peer-review and editorial review process

Ensures that the journal follows customary ethical policies for scholarly publishing

Reviews the Editorial mission and scope of the journal and consult with the editorial board

Actively promote the journal across the academic group

Intensify the journal online profile on international platforms and engage in other opportunities

Serves as Editor-in-Chief and edit articles for final publication

 

Delivery of Postgraduate Programmes

Ensure 100% compliance with CHE Accreditation Criterion 16: The postgraduate programme is managed properly, offers opportunities for students to develop research competence, and ensures that research is properly assessed. Policies for student admission and selection, criteria for the selection and

appointment of supervisors, and guidelines on the roles and responsibilities of supervisors and students are effectively implemented.

 

In order to meet the criterion, the following is required at minimum:

The postgraduate programme is managed properly and offers students opportunities to develop research competence. This includes the following:

A senior academic with research and postgraduate supervision experience:

Coordinates research programmes, monitors the progress of postgraduate students and oversees assessment procedures.

Coordinates structured postgraduate programmes, monitors the progress of postgraduate students and oversees assessment procedures.

Training is provided in research skills, including guidance on research design and methodology. Training is also provided in language, writing and numeracy skills, where required. Employment-related skills are developed, where appropriate.

Monitoring and review of the postgraduate system takes place regularly and includes student feedback on the quality of the

learning experience, supervision and support infrastructure.

 

Research is properly assessed, which includes the following (in addition to the requirements for assessment specified in the accreditation criterion

At least one examiner external to the institution is appointed per dissertation/thesis.

Without undermining the principle of assessment based on academic judgement, assessment decisions are made transparently and students are afforded reasonable access to information (e.g. examiners’ reports).

There are opportunities for students to defend their theses (e.g. through an oral defence).

Higher degree committees or similar structures consider examiners’ reports and make considered decisions about examination outcomes.

 

Policies for student admission and selection are effectively implemented.

 

Criteria for the selection and appointment of postgraduate supervisors are effectively implemented, as well as guidelines on the roles and responsibilities of supervisors and students

 

Academic Conditions of Service(ACS) and Research Applications

 

Review the ACS policy and keep it updated

Process and sign off all academic leave applications and produce annual report on trends of academic leave

Chair the Research Ethics Committee

Process all internal and external Research applications

Develop clear procedures/process for these applications and communicate on these to all campus staff

Research to inform new Product Strategy and Institutional Research

Under the leadership of the Executive Dean, work on researching global and local trends in new offerings to inform new full qualification and short course offerings.

Research for SA and Africa and London but examining and tracking global trends in learning, eLearning, adult education and new programme offerings globally

Explore a range of Open Educational Recourses and MOOC platforms to ascertain trends in product

Institutional Research    

Overseeing the Institutional Research Manager

Implementation of institutional research standard operating procedures for each brand

Ensure 100% compliance with CHE Accreditation Criterion 19

Reviewing IR reports, Comparative Analysis, Market Research

Approval of report analysis for quantitative and qualitative research

Overseeing the Institutional Research Manager

Implementation of institutional research standard operating procedures for each brand

Ensure 100% compliance with CHE Accreditation Criterion 19

 Reviewing IR reports, Comparative Analysis, Market Research

Approval of report analysis for quantitative and qualitative research

Leadership, Communication and Governance

Develop policies, processes and procedures for the Research portfolio

Chair the Research and Postgraduate Committees

Plan, organise and schedule

Report on progress and impact of research initiative to the Dean of Teaching and Learning.

Provide leadership with regards to the development and implementation Research strategy, policies, processes and structure

Ensure that Research policies, processes and procedures are adhered to

To undertake any other duties delegated by the Senior Management

Develop and disseminate academic electronic/mailchimp newsletters

Build and maintain relationships with departments at the institution in sourcing content for academic e-newsletters

Work closely with Executive Deans to develop and strengthen academic communications



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