Support Services

Click on the support services you are interested in below to find out more.

African Doctoral Academy (ADA)

African Doctoral Academy (ADA)

 
The African Doctoral Academy (ADA) offers training courses (costs involved) for prospective and current doctoral students in theory, methodology and scholarship. The ADA also offers certificate courses to academic staff on supervision, the management of postgraduate studies and research management. 
 
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For enquiries, contact the ADA at  adainfo@sun.ac.zatelephone: +27 21 808 9516 or follow them on facebook.
 

African Institute for atlas.ti

African Institute for atlas.ti

The African Institute for Atlas (AIA) aims to support and focus on the developing context of African academics and researchers. The AIA is a collaborative project with ATLAS.ti in Berlin. 

The intention is to dove-tail with current ATLAS.ti offerings and to build a cadre of qualitative researchers who produce rigorous quality research utilising ATLAS.ti. Support for African qualitative researchers and doctoral students will be provided by both AIA and the courses currently offered by the ADA.
 
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Careers Office

Careers Office

The staff of the SU Careers Office aim to:

  • make students optimally aware of ways in which they can prepare themselves for entering the world of work,
  • bring students and potential employers into contact with each other by organising, among others, the Careers Fairs to contribute to the optimal placement of graduate students, and
  • keep their resources relevant and up to date.

Their Recruitment and Career Development Programme runs annually from the end of July until end of September. During this programme, companies conduct employment interviews with students. The aim of the programme is to expose students to the most recent information of the world of work, as well as to develop career development skills.

Students from all year levels get the opportunity to investigate career opportunities and explore the career world. Final year students are also equipped with job-hunting skills.

Contact:

Tel. 021 808-3568
loopbanekantoor@sun.ac.za

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Central Analytical Facilities (CAF)

Central Analytical Facilities (CAF)

The aim of the Central Analytical Facilities (CAF) is to ensure optimal utilisation of expensive multi-user research equipment in the service of the research community of Stellenbosch University, and the South African research and development sector in general.

To this end, CAF consists of operational units built around logical clusters of equipment and managed by a Staff Scientist, who provides advice to potential users on relevant analytical and sample preparation techniques, performs analyses for clients, trains users to perform their own analyses and ensures good maintenance, calibration and performance of the equipment. 

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Centre for Higher and Adult Education (CHAE)

Centre for Higher and Adult Education (CHAE)

 
The CHAE provides a professional research, training, development and consultation service in the fields of higher and adult education to institutions and organisations within the framework of a professional code of conduct.
 
These services are characterised by a high quality design, planning, presentation and follow-up, which contribute to the growth, development and life-long learning of the individual and lead to the establishment of learning organisations. View their website.
 
View their workshops (costs involved)

Centre for Student Counselling & Development (CSCD)

Centre for Student Counselling & Development (CSCD)

The Centre for Student Counselling and Development offers a wide range of academic, interpersonal, therapeutic and career support to SU students. 

Workshops:

The following workshops are on offer: Improving Self confidence and Social Skills; Stress management, Effective Time management; Thinking Skills; Emotional intelligence; CV writing; Writing a cover letter; Personal branding; Job Interviewing techniques; Disability awareness - sign language.   
 
Visit www.sun.ac.za/workshops or email workshops@sun.ac.za. These worksessions are free of charge, apart from Beginner Sign Language, which is R120 for the 6 lessons. 
 
Support groups:
 
The following support groups are available: Money Matters: Students openly explore the financial challenges they are confronted with in an empathic, supportive environment.; Fear Factor: What triggers my anxiety and finding ways to manage it. ; Taking the presure off : dealing with the pressures of being  a student.; Peer to peer develop social skills and relationships if you are feeling isolated on campus;  Peer support: after individual therapy.;  Being a parent while studying: find peer support with other students who have to juggle family and studies.  
 
Contact  Angelique McConney  at  angelique@sun.ac.za or at 49 Victoria Road.
 
Psychotherapy:
 
Confidential and private psychotherapy services are also available, free of  charge. An appointment can be made at the reception at 49 Victoria Street.

High Performance Computing facilities (HPC)

High Performance Computing facilities (HPC)

 
SU has a High Performance Computing (HPC) facility on campus available to all researchers.
 
“High Performance Computing most generally refers to the practice of aggregating computing power in a way that delivers much higher performance than one could get out of a typical desktop computer or workstation in order to solve large problems in science, engineering, or business.” [SOURCE: http://insidehpc.com/hpc-basic-training/what-is-hpc/]
 
The HPC is currently being used by researchers from the departments of Accounting, Physics, Chemistry, Engineering (Civil, Process, E&E, Mechanical), Biochemistry, Genetics and Agri Sciences. The bioinfomaticists use the HPC to sift through terabytes of genetic data. Other researchers use HPC to simulate the load capacity of roads and tar, whilst others model chemical reactions. 
 
This service is available to any researcher on campus, provided that it is used for research and non-commercial purposes. It consists of more than 1300 CPU’s and 3TB of memory and can simultaneously handle workloads varying from hundreds of small tasks running in parallel to large, multi-machine tasks.
 
The cost is  R600 per semester regardless of the number of jobs. Users registering after the end of June pay R1000.00 for the year. To browse the HPC webpage, go to www.sun.ac.za/hpc to find out if your research can benefit from a compute power boost.
 
Contact Hilda Kruger at hkruger@sun.ac.za for further enquiries.
 

IT Student Support

IT Student Support

IT offers computer related support to students.

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IT Survey Support

IT Survey Support

This web-based e-Survey service (SUrveys) is available to support postgraduate students of the Stellenbosch University using online surveys for their academic research.  

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InnovUS

InnovUS

Innovus is the university industry interaction and innovation company of Stellenbosch University. It is responsible for technology transfer, entrepreneurial support and development, and innovation at the university. They manage the commercialisation of the University’s innovation and intellectual property portfolio through patenting, licensing and the formation of spin-out companies. Innovus is also responsible for all intellectual property and commercialisation aspects in research agreements.

Through their LaunchLab business incubator, they offer various services and opportunities for entrepreneurs. 

The University’s Short Courses and Copyright division also falls under Innovus.

View their website profiles of their impressive portfolio of patents, tools and advice for inventors wishing to commercialise their ideas, and investors who want to help turn great ideas into reality.

Browse their website or click here to contact Innovus with a specific request.

Language Centre and Writing Laboratory

Language Centre and Writing Laboratory

The Writing Lab at the Language Centre assists Stellenbosch University students and staff with developing their writing skills through one-to-one consultations, writing support groups, and accredited writing skills workshops.

Writing Consultations

The consultations are free of charge to all Stellenbosch University students and staff. During the consultation you can discuss any writing issues with a trained writing consultant to learn how to develop various writing skills to write any document more effectively.To book a consultation, please contact Anne-Mari Lackay at amlackay@sun.ac.za / 021 808 2989 or  Vinelene Hartley at 021 808 2161 or click here for more details. Alternatively you can book an appointment with a consultant through their online facility - KENAKO.

Writing Support Group

The Writing Lab can also assist you in setting up a postgraduate writing support group in your department. A writing support group is a group of people supporting each other through their writing process by giving and receiving advice, feedback and information. To find out more about the workshops and how to form a group, please contact Alison Bucholz from the PG Skills team at alisonb@sun.ac.za or Sharifa Daniels from the Language Centre at sdaniels@sun.ac.za, for more information / to arrange an orientation session for your group.

Shut Up and Write Sessions

The SU Postgraduate Skills team, in collaboration with the SU Language Centre, will be hosting regular Shut Up and Write sessions during the course of the year. Shut Ups are typically informal sessions where writers get together on a weekly basis to write!  The aim is to create a productive, collegial, enjoyable, free writing space. All postgraduate students and staff who are in the process of writing up their theses, dissertations or articles are welcome. Email pgskills@sun.ac.za to receive more details regarding dates, time and place.

Workshops

The Language Centre's workshops focus on the types of writing skills postgraduate students are required to have to write up their thesis or dissertation. Please click here to view their workshops or contact Selene Delport at selene@sun.ac.za for more information (costs involved).

Library Research Support Services

Library Research Support Services

Read more about the extensive library services and research related skills training that Stellenbosch University offers.

Postgraduate writing support group

Postgraduate writing support group

Would you like to be part of a postgraduate writing support group? Find three to five other people studying in your field who are interested in submitting a  well-rounded thesis and we will arrange for a start-up session with a specialist from the Stellenbosch University Writing Laboratory, to help you establish a successful writing support group.

The aim of a writing group is to ensure that you progress towards completing your degree through regular writing, and to develop your academic thinking and writing skills through the feedback offered by the group. Students that belong to a writing group are also typically more motivated when writing up their theses, as they are less isolated and have regular contact with other students that are in the same position.

Contact and Booking Details

Contact Alison Bucholz from the PG Skills team at alisonb@sun.ac.za or Sharifa Daniels from the Language Centre at sdaniels@sun.ac.za, for more information and to arrange an orientation session for your group.

Alternatively, come and join our regular Shut Up and Write sessions!

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Other support

Should you be interested in being part of a general postgraduate support group, fill in this form and we will respond accordingly.

Statistical Consultation Services (CSC)

Statistical Consultation Services (CSC)

The University's Centre for Statistical Consultation (CSC) offers statistical support at any time in your research process, not just when it is time to analyse your data. You can make an appointment with a qualified statistician who will ensure that your research design delivers the data you need to meet your research objective and that your data capturing procedures collect data that is easy to analyse, thus saving you hours of unnecessary work.  

Depending on your needs, the statistician can help you:

  • Understand basic statistical terms
  • Create a research design that is statistically valid and reliable
  • Create procedures for capturing data that will allow for easy analysis*
  • Analyse your data
  • Help with the interpretation of your data by helping you understand basic statistical terms**

*Note: the Centre for Statistical Consultations does not offer actual data capturing services, but will only help you to set up data capturing procedures.

**Please remember that it is the researcher's responsibility to interpret the data and write up the findings; the statistician's guidance is limited to helping you understand the meaning of statistical terms. 

Cost

Free for most Postgraduate Stellenbosch University students. Most of the faculties at Stellenbosch University carry the cost of their postgraduate students' consultations with the Centre. Speak to your supervisor or to the Postgraduate Co-ordinator at your faculty to find out whether your faculty has such an agreement with the CSC.  

Make an appointment with Prof Martin Kidd or one of the other statisticians at the Centre for Statistical studies by emailing mkidd@sun.ac.za or phoning 021 808 2561. 

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USB Executive Development’s postgraduate/research short courses

USB Executive Development’s postgraduate/research short courses

The USB-ED offers online and face-to-face short courses (costs involved) designed for the Higher Education community including academics, postgraduate students and researchers.

The University of Stellenbosch Business School Executive Development (USB-ED)’s range of academic self-paced* online programmes offer a convenient way for students, early-career researchers, academics, teaching staff and university leadership to succeed in their research, studies and leadership and management practices.

Similarly, the full-time face-to-face Doctoral Research Training Programme will equip doctoral candidates with high-level research and advanced research competencies in order to follow through with their PhD studies.

*Individuals may choose when to commence a course online. Similarly the pace of the course is also self-determined within the prescribed time.

Online, self-paced courses:

Avoiding Plagiarism

Research Integrity

Research Skills Master Programme

Statistical Methods for Research

Programme in Teaching Online

Programme in University Leadership and Management

 
Full-time, face-to-face courses:

Doctoral Research Training Programme

 

Web: http://www.usb-ed.com/courses

Email: Gail.vertue@usb-ed.com

Tel: 021 918 4488

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