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27 March 2017
DRUSSA Blogs
RUM in Action University Leaders take over the institutional Research Uptake baton

At a symposium on the side of the recent Commonwealth Conference of University Leaders in Accra Ghana, Vice-Chancellors from the DRUSSA universities resolved to continue to provide strategic support for the consolidation of research uptake into institutional systems and processes and individuals’  key research process competencies. 

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RUM in Action The role of experiential learning during a DRUSSA Fellowship Programme

As part of the DRUSSA Fellowship Programme Professor John Munene from Makerere University worked with the Ugandan Ministry of Education, Science and Sports (MoESTS) to strengthen/enhance the use of research evidence to inform its policy formulation, implementation and evaluation mandate.  He explains the role of experiential learning in building government capacity to use evidence.

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RUM in Action Bridging the Gap between Academic Research and Energy Policy in Uganda

The DRUSSA program support for Fellowships in Uganda aims to promote more use of evidence-based policies by enhancing the processes for interaction and networking between researchers and policy-makers. DRUSSA Fellow Dr Geofrey Bakkabulindi from Makerere University was based at the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Development (MEMD) of Uganda from December 2015 to May 2016 and worked with ministry officlals on the review of the National Energy Policy for Uganda (2002). Dr Bakkabulindi recounts his experiences.

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It`s Happening Here University of Botswana Research Uptake

DRUSSA.net interviewed Letshwiti Tutwane, a social commentator and university lecturer who attended the Research Communication workshop held in Johannesburg in April about the University of Botswana's Research Uptake activities. Research Uptake is very much part of the University’s core objectives.  One of its strategic objectives is to enhance the impact of research through community engagement, contribution to policy, public engagement days and open days amongst others.

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Tools & Tips The New DRUSSA Online Research Communication Guide

An online Research Communication Guide  was produced as part of a series of DRUSSA learning materials designed to support universities to build capacity in communicating research, as well as to embed good practice in research communication within participating institutions. 

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