Division for Research Development
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Important communications for Postgraduate Students at Stellenbosch University - Impact of Covid-19 and measures put in place:

8 April 2020:

Revised 2020 academic calendar and online connectivity

This communication contains important information about adjustments to the 2020 academic year to accommodate the period of national lockdown.​ Click here to view the communication. 

7 April 2020:
Important notice from the Registrar for Postgr​​aduate students
The registrars office has compiled a detailed list with all the contact details of staff members who are available to assist with student administration-related matters.​ The notice also includes important information on registration deadlines, discontinuation of studies, interruption of postgraduate studies and the COVID-19 impact on issuing of academic documents. Please click here for the communication. 

7 April 2020:
Find our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) page here. These questions and answers will be updated and added to as matters develop and until we are safely out of the woods.
2 April 2020:

Recent position statement on B​iosafety in the time of the COVID-19 pandemic​​​​​​

Further to earlier communication related to research activities and guidelines to SU researchers (academic staff; postdocs; and postgraduate students) during the national lockdown period, our DRD would like to share with you the recent position statement on “Biosafety in the time of the COVID-19 pandemic”​ that was issued by​​ the Research Ethics Committee (REC) for Biosafety and Environmental Ethics (BEE).  Click here. Questions in this regard can be sent via email to Mr Winston Beukes, the REC:BEE Coordinator in the Division for Research Development (DRD), on wabeukes@sun.ac.za. Please read this document in conjunction with the previously issued position statements on research in the time of Covid-19 as issued by the HRECs and the REC: SBE.

2 April 2020:
30 March 2020:
Research position statement for Postgraduates​
Please read this important statement from the Postgraduate Office, Division for Research Development on the way forward for postgraduate researchers in view of the national lockdown. View the statement here.

23 March 2020:
REC:SBE's Response to COVID-19
Please find the Research Ethics Committee: Social, Behavioural and Education Research's (REC:SBE) recent pivotal statement on our DRD's website here: http://www.sun.ac.za/english/research-innovation/Research-Development/sbecovid-19.  Find further updates​ and strong recommendations on the DRD's website too.
22 March 2020:
Status of Ethical Research Activities during COVID-19
Please read the statement made by Prof Eugene Cloete, Vice-Rector: Research, Innovation and Postgraduate Studies regarding the status of research activities during COVID-19 here​.
18 March 2020:
Postgraduate Office Available Electronically
In an effort to limit personal contact and protect all parties, the Postgraduate Office (PGO) located on the Stellenbosch campus is preferably not receiving walk-in clients until further notice.​ If you are unsure whom to contact with your specific question, please send an email to postgraduate@sun.ac.za. For general postgraduate funding matters, please write to postgradfunding@sun.ac.za.
For further information click here

The Postgraduate Office (PGO) is a central support and liaison office for postgraduate students. Located within the Division for Research Development (DRD), the PGO is continuously working towards streamlining and enhancing the complete postgraduate experience for both supervisors and postgraduate students. The PGO seeks to create enabling postgraduate environments in collaboration with the faculties and other support service divisions, thereby improving the overall quality of the research experience for postgraduate students. The PGO approaches its task as an institutional representative to market postgraduate opportunities to prospective students during the postgraduate lifecycle (from application to graduation).

The PGO focuses on different aspects of postgraduate support:
Postgraduate Enrolment Support – provides prospective postgraduate applicants and continuing postgraduate students with an advisory service and enrolment support. This includes the management of institutional joint degree programmes. 
Postgraduate Funding and Support – provides information, administers financial support and also engages with broader institutional support structures for postgraduate students, typically as these relate to psycho-social support.
Postgraduate Skills Development Programme – provides information about and access to opportunities, events, workshops and resources at Stellenbosch University that can assist postgraduate students in their efforts to develop and enhance the graduate attributes required to complete their postgraduate studies and research journey.

Joint Degrees at Stellenbosch University – provides information and support with regard to what a joint degree entails, what the criteria are, what important considerations need to be taken into account and assists suitable candidates to identify a suitable partner university from the list of existing joint degree partners and to navigate the process.​​​


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Postgraduates' FAQs during the COVID-19 lockdown


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A postgraduate guide that consolidates useful SU info 
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A website that hosts useful resources for postgraduates 
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