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Research Office


Marilet Sienaert

 Dr Marilet Sienaert
 Executive Director
 Tel: 021 650 4402

Christina Pather

 Ms Christina Pather
 Deputy 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

Jayne Alexander

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

Ethel Tesnar

Ms Ethel Tesnar
Admin Assistant: Finance and Operations
Tel: 021 650 5514


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 ensuring that the university’s research endeavour is visible internationally. This includes identifying and nurturing international partnerships and networks with a research focus, supporting strategically important interdisciplinary research groups, the analysis of research data (such as co-publishing data and international rankings) to best position the university globally, and the communication and marketing of research.

Carolyn Newton

 Ms Carolyn Newton
 Manager: Global Strategy & Visibility
 Tel: 021 650 1715

Dianne Bond

 Dr Dianne Bond
 Senior Data Analyst
 Tel: 021 650 5490

Wilna venter

Ms Wilna Venter
Research Collaboration Specialist
Tel: 021 650 4380

Natalie Simon

 Ms Natalie Simon
 Senior Officer: Communications and Marketing
 Tel: 021 650 1845

Jess Oosthuizen

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

Carla Benardo

 Ms Latiefa Jattiem
 Senior Administrative Officer
 Tel: 021 650 5440

Latiefa Jattiem

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


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 Nolusindiso Kayi
Manager: Research Support
Tel: 021 650 5763

Ms Natalie le Roux
Senior Coordinator: Research Support
Tel: 021 650 2432

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

 Ms Robyn Udemans
 Senior Officer: Research Support
 Tel: 021 650 1924

 Ms Janine Ramandh
 Administrative Assistant
Tel: 021 650 1953


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


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

Dr Mignonne Breier
Research Development Specialist:
Tel: 021 650 5109

Dr Gaelle Ramon

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

 Dr Charles Masango
 Coordinator: Research Development (Humanities)
 Tel: 021 650 5128


 Mr Thando Mgqolozana
 Senior Officer: Research Development
 Tel: 021 650 4153

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


 Mr Sonwabo Ngcelwane
 Coordinator: Researcher Development (Engaged Scholarship)
 Tel: 021 650 2103

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

Professor Peter Meissner

 Ms Olivia Langenhoven
 Administrative Assistant: Knowledge Co-op
 Tel: 021 650 4415


Research Systems

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.

Kimi Keith

 Ms Kimi Keith
 Systems Manager
 Tel: 021 650 5744