DIRECTORATE OF POSTGRADUATE
The ‘Directorate of Postgraduate
Studies’ operates under the division of the Deputy Vice Chancellor: Academic
Affairs and Research. The Directorate provides professional research support
services to postgraduate students and their supervisors and coordinates
postgraduate research endeavors in all faculties spread over in the four
The Directorate ensures
high academic and ethical standards in postgraduate research and deals
proactively with quality development, quality assurance, and quality control.
These are achieved by, amongst others, requiring all stakeholders to adhere
to both the substantive and procedural requirements of the policies on
University Higher Degrees, Code of Good Practice, Plagiarism and Intellectual
property in addition to subscribing to the stipulations of the national
regulatory authorities and professional bodies.
The Directorate discharges
its duties by working cooperatively and collaboratively with the faculty
committees on Research Mentoring, Research Ethics, Research Development
and Higher Degrees besides facilitating the institutional scrutiny of
postgraduate research progress and output through similar Senate Committees
at the university level.
At WSU, research is considered
as an essential and inseparable component of postgraduate studies. Postgraduate
research involves the scholarly investigation of a topic that leads to
the establishment of new knowledge and/or concepts and principles that
advance understanding of an academic discipline. WSU prefers not to prescribe
approaches to solve particular research problems in order to enhance innovation
and creativity. Nevertheless, WSU expects those engaged in postgraduate
studies and their supervisors to act with the highest standards of integrity
in terms of research proposals, funding initiatives and research publications.
Postgraduate students and their supervisors are expected to adhere to
high ethical and professional standards. Validity and reliability as well
as critical reflection not only in the planning and development of postgraduate
research but also honesty in the reporting of data are considered pertinent.
Plagiarism is prohibited in postgraduate research outputs. Presenting
postgraduate research work in progress and research papers in postgraduate
student research seminars and in conferences are deemed as essential ingredients
of postgraduate studies at WSU. These are sponsored by the institution.
In addition, WSU not only
provides substantial funding for research-related expenses of postgraduate
students but also subsidises postgraduate students’ fees. A postgraduate
resource room with networked computers and equipped with research softwares,
operates for the use of postgraduate students and supervisors. A Senior
Librarian dedicated to the Directorate caters for the needs of postgraduate
students and their supervisors with regard to the library and information
STUDIES: PROFESSOR K. JOHN MAMMEN
D.Ed (UNITRA), LLB (WSU). , B.Ed, M.Ed (RHODES), B.Sc, M.Sc (RSU), HDE-Postgraduate
For enquiries contact: Ms. Liziwe Pakati
CONTACT DETAILS: Tel: 047-502 2189/2225/2550; Fax: 047-502 2775;
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