TRAINING WORKSHOP ON RESEARCH VISIBILITY & ACCESSIBILITY, DOCUMENT PUBLISHING, GRANT PROPOSAL WRITING, AND SEARCHING SKILLS, HELD ON 10TH & 11TH FEBRUARY 2021.
Research data, findings, and output are useless unless let out to benefit the communities for which its problems the research was intended. Consequently, dissemination of research data, findings, and output are extremely important. On realizing that the Kisii University Academic community does a lot in the arena of research and academic output of which the national and international community is not aware, the department of research through the office of the deputy registrar (research and extension) organized a two-day workshop (10th – 11th February 2021) to train members of the academic community and other interested parties on how to make research visible and accessible, how to get publishing places and grant proposal writing and searching skills.
The workshop that had one hundred and forty participants was officially opened by the Kisii University Vice-Chancellor who went to inform those present academics are not given money to publish but through their research work, they should attract funding. An academic who doesn’t produce new knowledge in his /her field is not worth his/her salt of being mentioned as a university don in the current information society. In developed economies professors are hired on contract terms renewed on the ability to prove research output at the end of each approval period. Failure to which one is requested to exit as s/he has failed to prove academic prowess.
The participants were taken through tools that enhance research visibility of increasing accessibility, university global ranking parameter, and grant proposal searching and writing with quite a number of practicals. Feedback of those present indicated that the research office should organize more of these workshops to sensitize the university community.