• to develop the university's strategy for research, scholarship and innovation, thus contributing to the university's overall mission
  • to promote research, scholarship and innovation, and the well-being of researchers and scholars at UCT


  • the vice-chancellor (ex officio)
  • the deputy vice-chancellor: research
  • the chair of the University Research Committee (URC)
  • the chair of the University Equipment Committee (UEC)
  • six members of staff appointed by senate (senate elects expert members with insight into a broad spectrum of disciplines
  • a representative member from council.

The role of the URC

  • to develop and submit policy proposals for research and innovation
  • to develop and monitor institutional performance indicators for research and innovation, to enable the committee to report to senate and to faculties
  • to identify, initiate and promote research directions and developments that are new and/or of strategic importance
  • to ensure and encourage access to research funding, locally, nationally and internationally
  • to work with the Development and Alumni Department in fundraising research towards agreed strategic priorities
  • to interrogate and integrate faculty-level research plans, examining possible areas for cross-faculty and inter-institutional collaboration and development
  • to develop, initiate and sustain an environment that supports researchers and scholars and, in particular, supports and nurtures young researchers and scholars
  • to oversee the work of all the research sub-committees with the objective of ensuring that they are effective in relation to their goals.

Funding opportunities offered by the URC are available here.