The Directorate of Research Innovation and Consultancy (DRIC) of the University of Cape Coast has organised a day’s workshop on publication outlets, researcher visibility and external engagement to explain the need for lecturers to publish beyond Ghana.
The workshop was also aimed at building the capacity of lecturers to improve their writing skills.
Opening the workshop, the Director of DRIC, Prof. Samuel Annim, urged lecturers to sign onto the “Google Scholar” internet platform so as to make themselves visible to the world through their publications.
”It is through Google Scholar that will make your works known across the world,” he noted.
Prof. Annim announced that the directorate would organise workshops on grantmanship and mentorship during the second semester of this academic year, adding that his outfit would engage with lecturers on the need for them to do away with unsolicited research and embrace solicited research.
“Our core business of doing unsolicited research for promotion is coming to an end,” he said, adding that “this is the time that we need to think about solicited research. This is the time to think about how to respond to calls for proposals, especially from outlets that are internationally recognised.”
On the workshop on mentorship, Prof. Annim indicated that it would discuss ways of engaging and supporting younger lecturers in developing and fine-tuning their research proposals.
“This workshop is also to help younger colleagues to move on the ladder as far as publications are concerned,” he explained.
The DRIC Director commended the immediate past Vice-Chancellor of UCC, Prof. D.D Kuupole, for initiating the Research Support Grant (RSG) in deepening research at the university, and also commended the current Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Joseph Ghartey Ampiah, for increasing the grant from GHc100,000 to GHc500,000.
He said consequent to the Vice-Chancellor’s advice to the directorate to diversify the portfolio of the Research Support Grant, three levels, consisting of Individual Group RSG, Inter-departmental RSG and Policy and Practice-Oriented RSG, have been created.
He announced that, in April 2017, the directorate would hold researcher awards ceremony to reward deserving lecturers, and therefore, encouraged lecturers to apply for the grant.
By Times Reporter