Following the Scoping visit by the Cambridge research mangers, appropriate training modules were put together for selected research managers from UG and Makerere to undertake Study visits to the University of Cambridge’s Research Office under Research Management Fellowships.
A total of seven research managers (2 research managers from ORID and 5 Research Development Officers from the College of Humanities, College of Education, College of Health Sciences and College of Basic and Applied Sciences) of the University of Ghana were awarded Research Management Fellowships under the CAPREx programme to undertake specialized training in research administration and management. They comprised the first, second and third cohorts of Research Management Fellows from the University of Ghana.
The Fellowship enabled the research staff to spend up to two weeks at the Cambridge Research Operations Office to gain first-hand knowledge and skills in Research Administration and management to help in building the needed capacity at their home institutions.
Undertaking visits to the Cambridge Research Operations Office and the University of Pretoria’s Research Management Office greatly contributed to strengthening research management initiatives at the University of Ghana. The experiential training delivered enormous benefits. It provided an opportunity for UG’s research managers to familiarize themselves with support systems developed and in place at the University of Cambridge as well as best practices in research administration and management. It also helped to develop better subject-area knowledge and understanding which has contributed to the development and implementation of innovation and efficient research support systems to facilitate research management at UG. The visits also fostered the development of twinning and mentoring arrangements between these institutions.