This position of Head of Research will take overall responsibility for Milpark Business School’s research processes and the activities related to postgraduate student’s research projects. The successful candidate will be responsible for promoting a culture of research scholarship by developing the research capacity and skills of the academic staff and students in line with the institution’s target research. The Head of Research will take responsibility for the coordination of the Doctoral Programme..
Management of Doctoral and MBA research processes
•End-to-end management of DBA and MBA research processes.
•Manage deliverables from internal and external members of staff fulfilling roles related to the research processes.
•Liaise with academic staff and students (telephonic, personal & electronic) in terms of the research processes:
oidentification of topics
ocoaching of students in terms of dissertation writing
ooverseeing process of entering proposals into database
oassisting students in the conceptualisation of dissertation topics
•Set up and coordinate contracts with independent contractors (supervisors, co-supervisors, internal- & external markers).
•Assess proposals and providing feedback.
•Manage dissertation examination processes.
•Schedule supplementary training sessions for students where necessary.
•Regular review of research processes in consultation with the appropriate committees and relevant faculty.
•Regular progress reporting on numbers of proposals and dissertations submitted / general issues and dissertations finalised.
Recruitment and performance management
•Recruit supervisors per discipline area in collaboration with HODs and manage profiles.
•Manage supervisor allocations per methodology and discipline area.
•Manage student-supervisor relationship and student progress.
•Manage supervisors’ performance.
•Manage disciplinary issues for referral for possible disciplinary action.
•Undertake and organise training and development of academic staff through research-related workshops and/or the provision of appropriate resources and interventions.
•Conduct research and produce publications or other research outputs in line with business school objectives.
•Act as supervisor and/or examiner for student research in field of expertise.
•Mentor active researchers by providing support and supervision for approved projects including co-publication.
•Give input into the services delivered by the Learning Resources Centre.
•Improve and ensure student motivation.
•Assist with after-hour academic representation on campus when required.
•Be available to meet with students in terms of an agreed schedule after hours.
•Ensure research student profiles and progress are kept up to date with all contact information and/or academic info.
•Address student academic queries and disputes.
•Provide academic consulting services to students, faculty, and sales & marketing department.
•Participate in HEQC/DoE enquiries.
•Consult with marketing and administrative departments in connection with student evaluation and feedback.
•Maintain professional relationships with all Milpark management and staff.
Take accountability for own development
•Expand own expertise on continuous basis.
•Attend workshops, conferences, etc. to stay abreast of developments in field of expertise.
•Engage with the professional and academic communities.
Ex Officio roles
•Chairperson of Business School Research Committee
•Chairperson of Doctoral Research Committee
•Chairperson of Ethics Committee
•Member of Academic Committee
•Member of Business School Advisory Board
Desired Behavioural Competencies
•Excellent oral and written communication skills
•Proven record of ability to manage time and to work to strict deadlines in a fast moving and pressurized environment
•Ability to give high attention to detail
•Ability to work in a team
•Excellent interpersonal skills
•Commitment to continuous professional development
•Passion for education and for students
•Good analytical skills
Preference will be given to applicants from designated groups, and appointments will be made in line with our EE requirements.