Listing reference: manco_000546
Listing status: Under Review
Apply by: 2 May 2024
Position summary
Industry: Education & Training
Job category: Others: Education and Training
Location: Durban
Contract: Fixed Term Contract
EE position: Yes
MANCOSA, a DHET registered and CHE accredited private higher education distance education provider, offering undergraduate and postgraduate business qualifications. CORE PURPOSE: To serve a central role in supporting postgraduate research student success through effective coordination and appropriate, quality academic input.
Job description



·       Provide informed, well-researched, and well-considered written guidance and advice on topic selection and revision

·       Establish contact with students (telephone, email, virtual, face-to-face) to clarify research intentions and focus of the research

·       Identify topics which have/may have ethical issues and bring this to the attention of the student. Ensure that a feasible resolution and an appropriate topic is developed with the student. Be familiar with and apply knowledge from different programme disciplines in order to provide accurate topic guidance to students



·       Submit research proposal to Turnitin, apply relevant filters, download report, review report, and provide student with feedback on the Turnitin report.

·       Where similarity indices exceed the acceptable limit by more than 10%, or there are specific concerns related to plagiarism, a consultation must be scheduled with the student in order to explain the consequences of plagiarism as well as to devise a plan of action to assist the student in addressing plagiarism concerns. In addition, supervisors must be informed (via email) of the outcomes of the consultation.

·       Provide informed, well-researched, and well-considered written guidance and advice on student research proposals


·       Advise students on the process of applying for ethical clearance

·       Review all ethical clearance applications and corresponding research proposals, ensuring that it meets the minimum requirements

·       Consider and bring to the attention of the student and Supervisor all possible technical and ethical concerns

·       Submit reviewed ethical clearance applications to the Research Ethics Sub-Committee

·       Provide feedback to student and Supervisor regarding the outcome of the ethical clearance applications


·       Provide students with relevant guidelines, resources and templates to assist them through the research process

·       Be knowledgeable in topic areas surrounding research and programme subject matter

·       Host consultations with students to assist with the research process and/or research content

·       Timeously respond to student queries and complaints

·       Acknowledge and offer resolution to any research and/or administrative related challenges raised by students. Act, with the respective Research Manager/s, as a neutral referee in all disputes and/or disagreements between student and supervisor



Minimum requirements


·       Master’s Degree (specialization in the following fields is preferable: management; business administration; public administration; commerce)


·       At least 1-2 years’ experience within a higher education faculty and/or research environment

             Knowledge of research processes and methodology

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