The Government of the Republic of Uganda has committed a special Research and Innovation Fund (RIF) to Makerere University to the tune of 30 Billion Uganda Shillings per year to support the implementation of high impact Research and Innovations that contribute substantially to accelerating national development. In line with this, Makerere University anticipates to receive more funding in the next financial year (2020/2021).
It is in this regard that Makerere University's Grants Management Committee (GMC) launched the call for proposals for the RIF Round 2, Track 1: New Research & Innovation Agenda-based Grants. The Round 2, Track 1 Grants will specifically target research and innovation ideas that align with priority thematic issues in the RIF’s instructive Research Agenda that arose from the Grants Management Committee’s consultation of stakeholders from all key sectors in Uganda’s economy.
See details about the Stakeholder Consultations shared on https://rif.mak.ac.ug/mak-rif-holds-stakeholders-consultative-workshop-with-private-sector-development-partners/ and https://rif.mak.ac.ug/makerere-university-research-and-innovations-fund-rif-holds-a-consultative-workshop-to-inform-the-research-agenda/
The RIF Round 2 Grant Call for Proposals officially opened at midday on Friday March 20, 2020 and will run until 11.59pm, Friday April 24, 2020. The grant guidelines and application form are available at the RIF Portal: http://rif.mak.ac.ug.
Please refer to the detailed grant guidelines for the timeline of key activities related to this grant call, which includes various researcher support activities. Questions and clarifications can be sent to the RIF Secretariat through the email: info[at]rif.mak.ac.ug.
Join us for the Researcher Sensitization Online Meeting, an opportunity for us to further share and generate knowledge on Friday March 27, 2020 from 11:00 am to 12:00 Noon, LIVE on the Makerere University Facebook page www.facebook.com/Makerere/
Thank you for your continued support and we look forward to your continued contribution to our country’s development through research and innovation, as 'We Build for the Future'.
Harriet Adong / Director Communications & Knowledge Management
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Students Disciplinary Committee Sworn In, Urged to Uphold Professionalism, Ethics & Integrity
Members of the Makerere University Students Disciplinary Committee were on Thursday 29th February 2024 sworn in at a ceremony presided over by the Chairperson of Council represented by Mr. Timothy Ssejjoba, the Chairperson Student Affairs Committee of Council. The oaths, administered by Counsel Balondemu Kenneth, were witnessed by the Vice Chancellor represented by Prof. Henry Alinaitwe the Deputy Vice Chancellor (Finance and Administration), Chairperson of the Students Disciplinary Committee, Mr. Isaac Newton Kyagaba, University Secretary, Mr. Yusuf Kiranda, Dean of Students, Mrs. Winifred Kabumbuli, Ms. Phiona Natukunda, and other officials.
Members of the Committee sworn in included;
- Hon. Beatrice Kiraso,
- Prof. Godfrey Akileng,
- Prof. Sylvia Antonia Nakimera Nannyonga-Tamusuza, and
- Rev. Dr. Lydia Nsaale Kitayimbwa.
Mr. Timothy Ssejjoba on behalf of the Chairperson, Vice Chairperson and Members of Council congratulated the members upon being sworn in and expressed confidence that they are going to exercise their duty and mandate very well. “I am excited to see gallant and very committed members of our community who have decided to take part of their precious time to uphold the values and principles of this esteemed institution.”
Recognizing the paramount role of the Disciplinary Committee in fostering an environment conducive to the conduct of academic affairs, and where respect, integrity and discipline thrive, Mr. Ssejjoba urged newly sworn in members to strive to ensure that Makerere remains a centre of excellence not only in academics but also character formation and social conduct.
“Your commitment to fairness, impartiality and due process will be the cornerstone of your service. As you undertake this duty, I urge you to approach every case with empathy, with understanding and with a commitment to justice” he added.
Mr. Ssejjoba urged the Committee Members to always remember that their decisions will shape the lives of students and impact the future of the institution. “The trust bestowed upon you comes with great responsibility. Uphold the highest standards of professionalism, ethics and integrity in all your endeavours. Let your actions reflect the values that Makerere University stands for.”
The Chairperson, Makerere University Students Disciplinary Committee, Mr. Isaac Newton Kyagaba who was officially sworn in on 18th March 2022 is yet to complete his term and as such, was not required to take oath. Addressing the gathering, he thanked the Chairperson of the Student Affairs Committee, the Vice Chancellor and Members of Management for sparing time to witness the event. He extended gratitude to the newly sworn-in members for sacrificing time to serve Makerere, noting that Committee proceedings sometimes last an entire day.
In the same breath, Mr. Kyagaba thanked the University Management and Directorate of Legal Affairs represented by Ms. Phiona Natukunda for supporting the Committee in the execution of its duties. He nevertheless urged the University Officials to ensure that all the cases brought before the Committee have sufficient supporting evidence to enable them be disposed of quickly and permit the accused to proceed with their academic programmes.
Prof. Henry Alinaitwe in his remarks thanked the Chairperson and Members of the Disciplinary Committee for accepting to serve Makerere, noting that discipline; be it of staff, students or stakeholders, is very important especially for an academic institution. He added that unlike past decades where the student population was smaller, today’s population is bigger and demands more attention.
He decried past disturbances on the campus that led to destruction of property and loss of life and reiterated Management’s zero-tolerance to acts that go against the University’s policies and regulations. “We really ask the Disciplinary Committee to help us in arresting such cases so that they serve as a deterrent.”
Prof. Alinaitwe added his voice to that of the University Secretary who had in the opening remarks appreciated that the precious time Members of the Disciplinary Committee spend rendering pro bono services to the Makerere Community’s cannot be compensated enough. “We don’t take that for granted.”
Mr. Kiranda in his opening remarks stated that the duties performed by Members of the Disciplinary Committee are a true reflection of the spirit of community service, “so we sincerely thank you very much for this sacrifice.” For example, he noted that academic staff who serve on the Committee do not get their workload reduced, and Committee Members who hold jobs elsewhere spend a significant amount of their time handling University business.
This Committee’s service, he nevertheless added, is important for the enforcement of university rules, which must be done transparently, fairly and impartially. The University Secretary noted that students as they go about their academic life might error either unintentionally or as an act of indiscipline, hence the need for a Students Disciplinary Committee to help the University Management determine each case.
“This Committee is a very strong component of the University Governance ecosystem because as an academic institution, we operate under a set of policies, rules and regulations that everybody must obey, for the maintenance of social order, and for us to work collectively in the pursuit of the goals and objectives of this university, and for creating an enabling environment for research and learning” affirmed Mr. Kiranda. He concluded by thanking the Committee Chairperson and Members for contributing to Makerere’s mandate in the overall nation building agenda.
The swearing in ceremony which opened with a word of prayer by the Dean of Students, Mrs. Winifred Kabumbuli was moderated by the Principal Public Relations Officer, Ms. Ritah Namisango.
Scholars converge at Makerere University to review the 40 years of Neoliberalization in Uganda
Scholars met at Makerere University to review four decades of neoliberal transformation of Uganda, the role of universities as agents and the transformative character of the process.
The ’what to do’ question was one of the central points of discussion at the conference titled Uganda’s Neoliberalism at 40: Taking stock of the operation of an exemplary market society in East Africa held on 18th to 19th January, 2024. The conference, a collaborative effort among Makerere University, International University of Rabat, Morocco and the University of Leeds, United Kingdom was organised and steered by Dr Giuliano Martiniello (Rabat), Dr Sarah Ssali (Makerere), Dr Jörg Wiegratz (Leeds), Dr Rose Nakayi (Makerere) and Professor Godfrey Asiimwe (Makerere, Mountains of the Moon University). The conference organisers had previously collaborated as part of the work on the edited collection ‘Uganda: The Dynamics of Neoliberal Transformation’ which was published in 2018.
The conference gave particular focus to relevant developments in matters of political economy, politics, society and culture in Uganda’s market society since 2018. Speakers and participants were drawn from Uganda, UK, Italy, Germany, Czech Republic, France, Colombia, Egypt, South Africa, Denmark, Morocco, Canada and USA; across disciplines; including civil society leaders, journalists, intellectuals, grassroots activists, citizen researchers, as well as scholars and PhD students. More participants followed the discussions online on both conference days. The large gathering allowed for broad discussions and cross fertilisation of ideas on the various themes, connecting theory and practice within the Ugandan context.
The keynote was given by Professor Yash Tandon, a major figure in political and intellectual life in Uganda and beyond. Tandon positioned the conference in the historical context of Uganda and highlighted the imperialist roots of the neoliberal policies that are driving the restructuring agenda in Uganda today. The keynote panel brought together interventions by Professor John Jean Barya, Dr Martiniello and the public intellectual, writer and activist Kalundi Serumaga.
Papers were presented under panels on various themes such as labour, agricultural and environmental change, oil and energy transition, socio-cultural change, education, social policy state, elections and political agency. Several papers interrogated the pertinent neoliberal policies as drivers of problematic changes in various sectors such as oil and gas, education, health and housing, and in matters such as labour and labour unions. This stimulated debates on a key question: whether indeed there could be alternatives to the ongoing neoliberalisation of Uganda that seems to be unstoppable, across all realms of society.
Commentators on the papers included Dr Yusuf Serunkuma (Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg), journalist and activist Agatha Atuhaire. They reflected on the everyday life aspects and the deep politics of neoliberalism in Uganda and highlighted various forms of existing resistance and push back vis-à-vis neoliberal political economy. Winnie Byanyima (UNAIDS Executive Director) enriched the conference with her comments about global and local neoliberalism, and the importance of activism in the struggle for change in today’s Uganda: she raised the ‘what should we do?’ question on conference day one; which was picked up by subsequent speakers including in the conference’s closing speeches and discussions.
Issues arising from the conference included:
- Four decades into the neoliberal transformation of Uganda, the all-encompassing and transformative character of this process is evident. It was also noted that scholars have grappled with the analysis of some of these changes; mostly focusing on issues of governance, policy-making, military conflict, and state-building.
- Relatively little analytical attention has been given to major topics concerning the making and operation of today’s neoliberal Uganda, this exemplary market society in East Africa and the continent at large: this includes the political economy of neoliberal restructuring (including the roll-out of commercialisation across sectors and the rise to dominance of foreign TNCs), the political sociology of the formation of hegemonic and counter-hegemonic movements, and the political ecology of extractivism.
- The existence of significant gaps in the academic literature about the interlinkages among economic, political, sociological, ecological, legal and cultural processes in this highly consequential round of capitalist restructuring of the country: the phase that has locked-in a distinct capitalist institutional architecture for the foreseeable future.
- The question of how to contest, resist and change the existing neoliberal polity, economy and culture – i.e., the fundamentals of Uganda’s capitalism – is also not often analysed in much of the scholarship. And yet, the ‘what to do?’ question is prominent in the public debate in the country, given the manifold crises – across economic and social sectors – brought about by neoliberalisation.
The conference took place in a wider context in which universities have been recognized as agents of change in many societal spheres. They are moving away from the ‘ivory tower’ concept, where they are seen as occupying special places in terms of knowledge generation without much concrete connection to society and its everyday challenges. Instead, the change-oriented agency of today’s University is evident also in the offering of a platform to debate and generate ideas that can inform policy for change, and involvement in change-oriented projects with other stakeholders, public and private.
The conference thus aimed at providing a platform for analysing and debating various developments of Uganda’s neoliberalism since the early 1980s.
It is hoped that many papers presented at the conference will be developed further, subjected to peer review, and published to inform research and policy making in Uganda and beyond. The conference participants continue their networking and collaborations beyond the end of the conference.
The next conference on contemporary capitalism in Uganda is expected to be held in 2026. The conference was supported by the POLIS Strategic Investment Fund (SRIF) 2023/24 (University of Leeds). This grant also helped citizen researchers from northern Uganda to participate in the conference and present their research findings.
Makerere University Hospital iTECH Project Positions: Data Manager, Data Officer & Study Nurse
Makerere University Hospital seeks to recruit suitable candidates for the following positions; Data Manager, Data Officer and a Study nurse. Makerere University Hospital received funding from Wellcome Leap, In Utero Program to support implementation of the “Stillbirth in High Burden Settings: Ample Room for Improvement Using Biomarkers and Ultrasound Technologies” (iTECH) project. The iTECH project aims to develop novel clinical tools for use to diagnose and manage high-risk pregnant women and reduce the burden of stillbirths in Uganda, sub-Saharan Africa, and globally.
Available Position: Data Manager (01)
Duty Station: Kampala
Engagement: Full Time
Reporting to: Project Manager
The Data Manager will oversee the development and implementation of strong data management. He/she will implement efficient ways to collate, organize, store and analyze data with attention to security and confidentiality.
Key Duties and Responsibilities:
- Participate in the creation and enforcement of policies and guidelines for effective data management.
- Alongside the QA and QC manager, facilitate site level data quality assessment, auditing and verification for improvement.
- Participate in the collection, cleaning, validation and maintenance of high-quality research data.
- Use a variety of advanced statistical software, methods, and techniques to gather, analyze, and interpret research data to derive useful information for research data;
- Advise and assists in the development of inferences and conclusions, as appropriate.
- Write and execute statistical methods and analysis sections of protocols, reports and peer-reviewed publications
- Design templates and develop specifications for status reports, analysis tables, graphs, and data listings for use in research publications and ad hoc reporting.
- Participate in the process of data sharing with project team and external stakeholders.
- Assist with reports and data extraction when needed from the integrated database in order to track recruitment and retention of study participants.
- Monitor and analyze information and data systems and evaluate their performance to discover ways of enhancing them (new technologies, upgrades etc.)
- Troubleshoot data-related problems and authorize maintenance or modifications.
- Participate in the review of the data management plan, maintain the data management plan throughout lifecycle of projects and ensure data management plan is followed according to iTECH project data requirements/needs.
- Maintenance of study database with regular feedback on occurrences and how these were rectified.
- Assist in defining and/or create data listings, summary table validation, data specifications and/or process data transfers in preparation for statistical review and/or data management audit.
- Coordinate the archiving of databases and related documents. Verify data in accordance with the study data management standard operating procedures (SOPs).
- Respond to requests for standard reports as required in a timely manner.
Qualifications, Skills and Experience:
- MUST have a Master’s degree in Biostatistics or Statistics or Clinical Epidemiology or Statistical Epidemiology or related field, with significant experience in Medical Sciences or public health research and data analysis.
- MUST have a strong understanding of databases and data analysis
- Good analytical thinking and ability to interpret epidemiological data
- At least one year of progressive experience in data management including designing databases, data collection, analysis and presentation.
- Knowledge of common Statistical analysis and database management packages including STATA, R, SPSS, Redcap, Open Data Kit (ODK)
- Up-to-date training in Good Clinical Practice and Human Subjects protection Research.
- Should be dynamic and flexible to deliver on strict program deadlines
- Possess excellent troubleshooting skills.
- Able to work under pressure
Available Positions: Data Officer (02)
Duty Station: Hoima and Kampala
Engagement: Full Time
Reporting to: Site Manager/ Data Manager.
The data officer will provide ongoing technical assistance to the project and facility team in recording and management of project-related data in line with the study guidelines.
She/he will also assist the Data Manager in the entry, cleaning and analysis of data captured by the study database.
- Ensure weekly back up of study data including ultrasound, maternal hemodynamics, laboratory, placenta histology and routine clinical data.
- Support with study data entry.
- Help the site teams to project participant recruitment and follow-up numbers together with the data manager.
- Handle labelling of study participant forms including study informed consent forms and lab request forms by assigning study IDs
- Perform labelling of ultrasound and maternal hemodynamic profiles, and any other data as guided by the line supervisor
- Perform data export from the study equipment at the sites.
- Help with participant tracking for follow up study visits and deliveries
- Support the site study team in the timely compilation of daily, weekly and monthly study reports
- Any other duties as may reasonably be assigned by the data manager and project manager
Qualifications, Skills and Experience:
- The applicant must hold a Bachelor’s Degree in Information Technology/ Computer science.
- Experience in medical data management is an added advantage.
- Should be dynamic and flexible to deliver on strict program timelines
- Understands client confidentiality and exhibits a high level of ethical conduct
- Has basic computer literacy including word processing, excel, internet and PowerPoint.
- Highly organised and pays attention to detail
- Good interpersonal skills and ability to work in a team
- Should have analytical abilities
- Good communication skills
Available Position: Study nurse (01)
Duty Station: Hoima
Engagement: Full Time
Reporting to: Site Manager and Project Manager
The Study nurse will be responsible for recruitment of study participants and administering of required study related procedures to these participants.
Key Duties and Responsibilities:
- Participate in protocol, standard operating procedures (SOPs) or any other study trainings
- Participate in study site entry visits and engage with management of study participants. These include but not limited to patient enrolment, as guided by the protocol.
- Obtain written informed consent for those eligible and are willing to participate in the study
- Administer all study procedures like sample collection, data collection and entry, patient follow-up and treatment to patients recruited into the study as guided by the protocol and in accordance to set standards of Good Clinical Practice
- Perform patient safety monitoring for any adverse events, offer care and referral as needed
- Provide counselling and pyscho-social support to study participants where needed
- Conduct assessment of maternal hemodynamics and maternal hemodynamics data collection under guidance of coordinator.
- Perform first-level quality assurance and quality control (QA / QC) to ensure all fields in the consent forms and case report forms (CRFs) are complete and accurate
- Offer support to the community health workers and research assistants for the follow- up of study participants.
- Assist in generating study progress reports as needed
- Perform any other duties assigned by the Operations Research officer, Project Manager and principal Investigator, as deemed necessary for study activities
Required Qualifications, experience, skills and attributes:
- Minimum of a Bachelor in Nursing from a recognized institution.
- Currently registered with the Uganda Nurses and Midwives Council and an up-to-date Practicing License.
- Up-to-date training in Good Clinical Practice and Human Subjects Protection Research.
- Previous experience with working in a research environment will be an added advantage
- Ability to speak the indigenous languages spoken in the western region will be an added advantage
How to apply:
All applications must be submitted to the email: email@example.com before Friday 4th March 2024 at 5:00PM
- The subject line of your email should be: “Application- (indicate the position) – iTECH Project”
- Submit your application (1-page cover letter, 3 pages resume including two referees, and relevant supporting documents) as ONE PDF
- PDF’s exceeding 5MBs will be considered ineligible.
- Submission of incomplete or inaccurate documents will render the applicant ineligible for consideration for the job opening.
- Applications cannot be amended following submission.
- Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted for interviews.
- The interviews will be held on 11th March 2024.
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