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Postgraduate Research Support

The Library Postgraduate Research Support service provides guidance and relevant training that supports postgraduate students and researchers during their research journey.

Information and Research Guides

See the Library Postgraduate Research Support guide for more information on recommended and authoritative resources. This guide provides a useful starting point for finding relevant subject information.

You may also consult the SAGE Research Methods guide to help you in finding the best literature to enable you to choose a methodology and launch into your research project.  

Training Programme

series of training sessions is scheduled to run during the 1st and 2nd semesters. Invitations to these sessions are sent to the postgraduate and research community through UWC Communication. 

In the case where dates are not suitable, presentations can be done by invitation. Send an email request to

The session cover but are not limited to the following:

  • Introduction to Library Resources & Facilities
  • SAGE Research Methods Online
  • Web of Science, Scopus, Google Scholar
  • Research Visibility and Researcher Profiles
  • Citation tools: Mendeley & EndNote

The Division for Postgraduate Studies (DPGS) offers virtual mentoring to registered UWC postgraduate (PG) students.

Duties of the Writing Coaches

  • Conduct a one-on-one academic interaction with postgraduate students on general academic writing skills.
  • Provide comprehensive assistance in writing skills within the context of organised, logical and coherent presentations of research proposals and theses.
  • Assist postgraduate students with supervisor's comments in proposals or thesis drafts.

Duties of the Statistical Coaches

  • Assistance with the development of data collection tools (surveys, questionnaires, etc)
  • Data preparation and cleaning:
    • Master sheet preparation, coding and labeling
    • Data cleaning
    • Assist with data analysis
    • Use of data analysis software: SPSS and AtlasTi.


To request and be assigned a writing or statistical coach, please complete the JOTFORM via the link below:

The UWC Writing Centre aims to assist students with academic writing through providing support, feedback and advice, which is given by postgraduate tutors. It also helps lecturers to support the development of students’ writing in their courses.

They offer assistance with the following elements of writing:

  • Planning an essay or assignment, analysing the question and developing or improving the structure of the assignment.
  • Developing a coherent argument, providing evidence to support an argument; a clear structure and relevant response to the question.
  • Appropriate writing style and tone.
  • Using sources from literature, referencing and avoiding plagiarism.
  • Assistance with grammar and punctuation errors if needed.

How to book a consultation

There are a few ways of booking a consultation:

  • Go to the Writing Centre and make an appointment with their administrator. 
  • Email to make an appointment with a tutor, or to request feedback via email, using the MS Word Comment function.
  • Call to make a booking on 021 959 2404.

You need to provide the Writing Centre with a copy of the draft of the writing you are working on, the assignment question (and instructions). If the lecturer has given you a rubric for the assignment, please share that with us as well. The Writing Centre should be able to give you an appointment within 24 hours, depending on how busy they are. Please leave yourself enough time to work on the assignment once you have received feedback.

The UWC Library Collection features a selection of key research books that are highly relevant to your academic pursuits.

The following repositories represent significant research outputs from the staff and students of your department. These outputs showcase their valuable contributions to the field of research


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