Department of Research Support

The Department of Research Support (DRS) was established in 1999 as part of the then Potchefstroom University for CHE. It was established as the result of an external audit and would serve to support 12 newly established research focus areas. At that stage the university was strongly focused on the teaching-learning programme, with smallish pockets of research excellence. The establishment of the 12 focus areas consolidated the research effort of the university into manageable structures, which could be supported in various ways by the Department of Research Support, led by the then Dean of Research.

After the former Potchefstroom University had merged with the former University of North-West in 2004, the NWU with its associated structures was established. The Department of Research Support was placed within the Institutional Office in order to support the research effort on all campuses of the university. It now has a director who reports to the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (DVC): Research, Innovation and Technology.

The Department of Research Support (DRS) is the address of all research administration and support at the NWU and offers a specialised staff function to stimulate research and advanced academic education in symbiosis. The DRS also promotes this practice within the University's distinctive approach to scholarship.

In exercising its objectives, the DRS:

  • Creates an enabling environment that fosters the development of a university where research and teaching-learning are balanced.
  • Improves the research profile of the NWU to become one of the top five universities in South Africa in terms of research output, productivity and focused excellence.
  • Further embeds a relevant and dynamic research culture.
  • Implements the research capacity development programme.
  • Monitors the implementation of the research entities model and adjusts this if and where necessary.
  • Guides and supports new research entities to become established research entities.
  • Pursues multi- and transdisciplinary collaborative research programmes.
  • Pursues the relevant and dynamic implementation of expertise, commercialisation of research results and community engagement projects.
  • Optimises the implementation of expertise in terms of both income and impact.


Institutional Research Support Commission

The Institutional Research Support Commission is here to provide expert advice to the Institutional Senate through the Institutional Committee for Research and Innovation on the quality of research programmes within recognised research entities and research centres of the NWU.  This committee also imparts advice to institutional and campus management on research policies and procedures for the promotion of research.


Manual for postgraduate studies by the Institutional Committee for Research and Innovation (ICRI)

The ICRI manual for postgraduate studies has been approved by the Senate of the NWU for use by postgraduate students of the NWU.

The manual is a binding policy document and provides guidelines regarding the different policies and processes involved in master’s degree and doctoral studies at the NWU.

We strongly advise all prospective and registered students to acquaint themselves with the different rules, processes and policies referred to in this document. 


Click the link to download the ICRI manual for postgraduate studies.