The Graduate Support Division (GSD) is an initiative of the University Research Office to promote a public face for postgraduate studies at Wits. Our brief is to improve the overall quality of the postgraduate experience across all five faculties and for focused strategic thinking about the implementation of the 2020 vision to establish a research intensive University with 50% postgraduate students.
Two major, ongoing activities are central to the GSD mission: the workshops run through the GSD and the Graduate Cross Faculty Symposium.
More than 40 research methodology and writing workshops are run in conjunction with the Graduate School of the Humanities which are repeated each semester. The programme is adjusted according to an analysis of students’ evaluations, suggestions and attendance figures to meet student requests.
The 4th Wits Graduate Cross Faculty Symposium aims to provide a forum for postgraduates to showcase their work and allow fellow students in other faculties to engage with research done in different disciplines. The most important role of the GSD is to facilitate this outcome, permit postgraduates to experience a conference environment and to provide a platform for honing research presentation skills. Cash prizes are available which are awarded for outstanding work. Access information on this year’s Symposium.
Acting Head: Dr Robin Drennan
Research Support Workshops