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Nelson Mandela University recognised its top academic, professional, administrative and service staff in the categories of research, teaching, engagement, creative outputs and institutional support at a virtual event held on 23 November 2021.

Mandela Uni staff have developed an excellence mindset and have been intentional in striving to do their best. It is this mindset that has enabled them to achieve so exceptionally, not only in their respective fields, but also to deliver on the needs of communities that are undergoing rapid change and to enable society to move forward.

Some of the notable award winners, include:

Researcher of the Year: Prof Andrew Phiri – School of Economics

Professor Phiri’s interdisciplinary research allows data to ‘speak for itself’. His research identifies and applies analytical tools, with the mathematical accuracy to draw precise inferences from real-world data. 

Excellent Teacher for 2021: Prof Tim Gibbon – School of Physics

“Physics tells the story of the universe – everything from the smallest atom to the largest galaxy. Physics sharpens problem solving and creativity, and equips students with tools to innovate, create and improve lives and inspire others.” – Prof Tim Gibbon

Lifetime Contribution to Research Excellence: Prof Graham Kerley – School of Zoology

Prof Kerley was honoured for his science and teaching from exploring how large animals, such as elephant, rhino, cheetah and lion, operate in their environment and how the behaviours observed can be applied for their conservation and ecosystem restoration.

Engagement Excellence Award (STEM): Prof Darelle van Greunen

Professor van Greunen harnessed ICT innovation and engagement to support the fight against COVID-19. ICTs have been enabling global efforts to diagnose and treat patients, track and control the spread of the disease and keep communities informed.

Faculty Researchers of the Year:

  • Humanities: Sociology and Anthropology – Prof Luvuyo Ntombana

Professor Ntombana’s research entails cultural anthropology, African indigenous knowledge systems, masculinities, African spirituality and religion.

  • Engineering, the Built Environment and Technology: Megatronics – Prof Khaled Abou-El-Hossein

Professor Abou-El-Hossein has been researching mechanical metal cutting, optical components engineering and manufacturing, based on using diamond tooling technologies benefiting among others in the aerospace industry.

  • Health Sciences: Pharmacy – Prof Ilse Truter

Professor Truter’s research ensures that medicines are used rationally and cost effectively, so that patients can obtain the maximum benefit from treatment.

Take a look at all the winners

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