For several years, the Carnegie Corporation of New York has capitalized research capacity development and staff retention efforts at Makerere University. The different forms of Corporation support have resulted into the development of a critical mass of staff graduating with PhDs, Master and Postdocs which has ultimately helped to improve the quality of supervision, publication, and scholarship as well as sharped the strategic direction of Makerere as a research led university.
On 12th September this year the Corporation gladly approved a 2-year grant aimed at “Supporting Early-Career Academics at Makerere University, (SECA).” This grant will focus on enhancing the research capacity of Makerere University staff by providing research fellowships to the early-career academics, to be awarded on a competitive basis.
We have, however, noted the gender gap within the research and academic ranks is still very wide with low women proportions in advanced research management and leadership. There is, a need to strategically and systematically mainstream or enshrine gender into the University wide functions, with a view of ensuring that there is gender equity, equality, and empowerment.
In this regard, the Directorate of Research and Graduate Training (DRGT) in collaboration with the Gender Mainstreaming Directorate (GMD) held a Workshop today, 17th December 2019 to train prospective fellowship applicants of Gender-responsive Research and later ensure compliance with the University gender policy.
As the Coordination office for the Carnegie-funded project, we shall adopt a transparent and all-inclusive policy of the University that emphasizes equal opportunities to all disciplines and gender.
Our sincere appreciation to the team of resource persons including Dr. Euzobia Baine Mugisha, Director GMD and Prof Consolata Kabonesa, distinguished expert and Champion of Gender policy at Makerere University.
After today's training, it is now clear that Gender-sensitive research is far from the numeric balance of men and women but a deliberate effort to integrate gender concerns at all stages of project cycle (i.e. planning, contextualization of the idea, theoretical framework, development of data collection tools and analysis, gender-based budgeting, Monitoring & Evaluation (M&E), gender dis-aggregated data reporting, capacity building, etc. It is not enough to have a female PI nor a female Research Assistant in the project team.
Professor Buyinza Mukadasi, Director, DRGT, Makerere University
4th Call For Applications: MURBS Departmental Ambassadors
In February 2018, the Makerere University Retirement Benefits Scheme (MURBS) launched the Departmental Ambassadors Programme. MURBS hopes to use this Ambassadors Programme to engage more directly with its membership and enhance member education. MURBS further perceives this Programme as a means to mitigate succession planning risks.
MURBS Fund Value continues to grow, and as at 31st March 2021, it stood at Ushs 235.5bn as compared to Ushs 209.6bn as at 30th June 2020. Given this growth, there is increased need for prospective Trustees, who are well equipped with relevant knowledge and skills, and with practical exposure to the management and governance of MURBS.
- Must be employed by the University on permanent terms
- Must be an Active Member of the Scheme (currently contributing to the Scheme) and appear on the Official Register of the MURBS Active Membership as at 30th April 2021.
- Must be willing to commit time to trainings and other ambassadorial activities organised by the Scheme.
Mode of training for 4th Cohort of Ambassadors
Training for this (4th) Cohort of Ambassadors is envisaged to be conducted over the zoom online platform only, due to Covid-19 restrictions. The Scheme does not envisage any face-to-face interactions.
Tenure of Office & Termination or Withdrawal
There is no tenure of office for the Departmental Ambassador. As long as a member is willing to continue serving as an Ambassador, and the Ambassador continues to satisfy the eligibility criteria above, she or he will remain a MURBS Ambassador.
How to Apply
Interested members should complete the MURBS Departmental Ambassador Application Form 01-0218. The completed Form together with the requested attachments should be sent to info[at]murbs.mak.ac.ug and copy to wilber.naigambi[at]mak.ac.ug no later than 5:00 p.m. on Monday, 14th June 2021. We discourage hand delivery of applications.
MURBS shall acknowledge receipt of each application received within 12 hours and will respond to the applicants to confirm the status of their application in writing (by e-mail). Upon approval of the application, the name of the approved Ambassador together with the Department and School/Unit will be updated on the list of the MURBS Departmental Ambassadors in the Group 4 category and published on the MURBS website.
NOTE: There is no limit as to the number of ambassadors that MURBS can have in a department.
Please see Downloads for the detailed call and application form.
Chair Council Communication on Closure of Makerere University
7th June 2021
All Members of Staff
All Students and Stakeholders
RE: CLOSURE OF MAKERERE UNIVERSITY
Following the address to the Nation by H.E. Yoweri Kaguta Museveni, President of Uganda, on 6th June 2021, this is to inform you that the University will be closed with effect from today 7th June 2021 for 42days.
During the closure, the University shall observe a 30% physical presence of staff while other faculty and administrative staff shall continue to work online.
Management will inform staff and students on the implementation of teaching, learning, and research activities online. Construction activities shall continue as per the President’s directives and with strict adherence to the COVID-19 SOPs.
Lorna Magara (Mrs.)
Chairperson, Makerere University Council
RUFORUM: Transforming Higher Education Videos and Links
Video Series developed by Julieta Mazzola, EARTH University.
- What is Community Engagement? Video 1 of 3. https://youtu.be/etv2-W1U3O0
- Different Forms of University Engagement with the Community. Video 2 of 3. https://youtu.be/73h2p8P0BLw
- Student learning through Community Engagement. Video 3 of 3. https://youtu.be/Ule3P1-tjC4
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