The School of Psychology last week held a workshop to retool its academic staff and postgraduate students with research and professional development skills. During the five-day activity held at Makerere University, students received training in proposal and research report writing, qualitative and quantitative data analysis approaches, taught versus research PhD, models for psychology PhD training, citation and referencing styles, consultancy and professional practice.
The workshop was facilitated by among others; Prof. J.C. Munene, Director, PhD Programmes at Makerere University Business School; Prof. Buyinza Mukadasi, Director, Research and Graduate Training; Dr Vincent Ssembatya, Director, Quality Assurance; Dr Julius Kikooma, Dean, School of Psychology; Assoc. Prof. Julius Enon; Dr Florence Nansubuga and Dr Leon Matagi.
Prof. Munene specifically shared tips on PhD studies. He noted that studying PhD is a heuristic process. “PhD is about learning to read and write. It is about planting the energy and the drive to publish as a lifelong goal,” he explained.
Prof. Buyinza briefed students on research grants, funding, writing and publication whereas Dr Ssembatya delivered a presentation on enhancing research output at Makerere University.
During the workshop, a new model for PhD training in Psychology was introduced and will be included in the revised school curriculum.
According to the Dean, Dr Julius Kikooma, the School of Psychology will carry out periodic follow-up sessions through lunchtime seminars to further enhance the research skills of supervisors and students.
The workshop was attended by among others the Director of Human Resources at Makerere University, Mrs Mary Tizikara.
See below Dr Kikooma and Dr Nansubuga's full presentations