Deputy Pro-Vice Chancellor of University of Sussex, United Kingdom, Professor Richard Follet has led the delegates from the University to enhance the capacity of the Postgraduate Research scholars and Early Career professionals in a one-day free workshop in Abuja.
The workshop which was in collaboration with National Universities Commission (NUC) took place within the NUC auditorium on Saturday, 15th September 2018.
According to the Richard Follet “the intention of the workshop is simply
about building research capacity in partnership with NUC for early career scholars in Nigeria and most importantly for the Postgraduate research students – those who desire to begin their PhD publications as soon as possible”.
“We are targeting these set of scholars in this session in order to guide them through their PhD proposals as well as teach them how to write grants application for their research works”
Richard who is a Professor of History and has been visiting Nigeria for several years added that the workshop would also help Nigerian young and mid-career academics to start building research networks where they can encourage knowledge sharing and transfer among themselves thereby creating sustainable platforms for research publications and reliable information sharing.
Dr Suleiman Ramon Yusuf, NUC Director of Research, Innovation and ICT, while speaking at the event stated the Research bootcamp was in furtherance with the NUC’s collaboration with the University of Sussex, having signed an MOU on capacity building/Training with the institution.
“For us at NUC this Research Bootcamp is very important to us because research is very critical to national development. Having realised the need for our postgraduate scholars and young academics to build their capacity in writing grants-winning proposals and brilliant research publications” he said.
“Our overarching objective for this workshop to build the capacity of these early careers scholars on how to write good research proposals and academic publishing such as academic Journals that are problem solving”. said Yusuf
Tosin Adebisi, one of the delegates from the University of Sussex said the workshop was quite timely and germane to academics developments of these participants – mid careers scholars.
“Capacity building and continuing professional development are central to our work at Sussex. We hope that the participants put it to use in order build resilient on Research Networks, said Adebisi.
One of the participants at the Bootcamp, Naomi Adaobi, an Administrator and Political Analyst said the workshop was quite enlightening and eye-opening as she was about to begin her Research Project.
“One vital thing I caught here was the importance of originality of your research works. It is not enough to just write a publication or journal, you need to know what problem your publication is solving. You must avoid plagiarism as much as possible”. said Adaobi .
Another participant, Chempai Melife who is an English Literature Teacher, said the workshop was quite timely and helpful for her as an educator whose desire is to improve on her collaborative skills with other professionals in her field.
“One of the take home for me is Collaborations, how scholars can work together through knowledge sharing. As teachers, we are used to working individually and that often slow down the impact of our work, said Chempai.