The workshop created a platform for academics from the School to share their research plans and interests for 2015 and to air any concerns they may have about conducting research. The initiative also served as a means to disseminate information to the academics about research partnerships and funding opportunities.
The Dean of the School, Dr Sarala Krishnamurthy, said that research underlies the development of new knowledge and that it provides a greater understanding of the world around us. She added that the School’s research is primarily geared towards finding solutions to local challenges or issues.
A Research Needs Survey was also completed by the academics during the workshop and the results will be used to develop a Research Action Plan for the School for 2015. During the workshop the participants were divided into smaller research groups, each facilitated by a PhD-holding staff member who will mentor the research groups and provide members with the support needed to achieve their respective research targets for 2015.