Roshan Sonday

Knowledge Co-op: Programme Manager

Roshan Sonday was appointed in September 2022 as programme manager for the UCT Knowledge Co-op. She has more than 15 years’ experience working in a higher education environment in support of strengthening academic research excellence. Her core values reflect a commitment and passion for community and human development to alleviate deep physical and mental poverty brought about by historical disadvantage that is still perpetuated in present day.

More recently, her work as a volunteer in a non-profit organisation has provided further insights and greater awareness of the challenges faced by local communities as well as community-based organisations who are working on the ground. As part of her own self-development, she is an accredited training provider for Tension and Trauma Release Exercise (TRE) therapy – a journey that has helped her become aware of her own traumas, and to be more compassionate of others.


Knowledge Co-op: Web Specialist

Kwanele Mgadleni is currently pursuing a BCom (Hons) degree in Information Systems at the University of Cape Town (UCT). He joined as the new Web Specialist for the Knowledge Co-op in February 2023 and will be fulfilling this position until the end of 2023. This role is part of his Honours Outreach and Community Involvement Programme (HOCIP) project, which aligns with the requirements for his university degree. His past experience includes a tenure as a Front Desk Assistant at a university residence, coupled with s expertise as an Information Systems tutor for multiple courses. He enjoys exploring and leveraging technology to drive business innovation.

NRF Study Team for Knowledge Co-op Pilot from 2010-2013

An interdisciplinary team, led by principal investigator Janice McMillan (CHED) and Evaluation expert Suki Goodman (Organisational Psychology), received a 3-year grant from the National Research Foundation (NRF) to evaluate the UCT Knowledge Co-op and inform the development of guidelines and procedures. Other team members were Judy Favish, Barbara Schmid, Sonwabo Ngcelwane of the IPD and Tanja Winkler (EBE).

During 2011 five pilot projects were selected as research sites and a comprehensive literature review was completed. During 2012 the collection of data from further project sites continued and analysis of data got underway; this was completed in 2013.

Outputs: Two reports were produced at the end of the project in 2013 - one internal and one for the public. A paper was presented at the Living Knowledge conference in Bonn during May 2012 and a poster at the GUNI Conference, Barcelona, May 2013. In 2016 an article was published in the Journal of Higher Education Outreach and Engagement. All outputs are available on the Resources page.