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10 March 2021

HSRC and USAf announce nominees for the 2020 Medal in Social Sciences and Humanities

Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC)
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Pretoria, Wednesday 10 March 2021 – The Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC) and Universities South Africa (USAf) are pleased to announce the nominees for the 2020 Medal in Social Sciences and Humanities.

The 2020 Awards will, in addition to recognising individual established and emerging scholars, researchers and academics, consider teams which have contributed to South Africa’s response to the CoVID-19 pandemic.

The Medal is awarded annually to scholars who have made outstanding contributions through their research in the social sciences and humanities. The panel received an unprecedented list of nominees for the following categories: Established Researcher, Emerging Researcher and the inaugural Team Awards. The nominees, their institutions and their disciplines are indicated in the document below:

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Notes to the Editor

The HSRC was established in 1968 as South Africa’s statutory research agency and has grown to become the largest dedicated research institute in the social sciences and humanities on the African continent, doing cutting-edge public research in areas that are crucial to development.

Our mandate is to inform the effective formulation and monitoring of government policy; to evaluate policy implementation; to stimulate public debate through the effective dissemination of research-based data and fact-based research results; to foster research collaboration; and to help build research capacity and infrastructure for the human sciences.

The Council conducts large-scale, policy-relevant, social-scientific research for public sector users, non-governmental organizations and international development agencies. Research activities and structures are closely aligned with South Africa’s national development priorities.

About Universities South Africa (USAf)

Universities SA is a membership organisation of the 26 public universities and provides for a sector-wide facility to strengthen the institutions in performing teaching/learning and research/innovation. It does this mainly through policy interventions, advocacy, leadership and management development, entrepreneurship development, and research. It works primarily through five strategy groups: the Funding Strategy Group that focuses on the sustainability of the higher education institutions and system; the Teaching and Learning Strategy Group that zooms in on student access and success; the Transformation Strategy Group that seeks to address institutional culture change through the redesign of universities to optimise their role in student growth and development and on the idea of the engaged university; the Research and Innovation Strategy Group that seeks to strengthen the knowledge building capacity of the universities; and finally, the World of Work Strategy Group that builds linkages between the functioning of higher education institutions and the world of work. When it is necessary Universities SA represents the sector.

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