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Engagement Office


Engagement entities are intended to develop and strengthen existing engagement and scholarly activities through the development of mutually beneficial partnerships with external communities that are consistent with the University’s strategic direction and priorities.

The engagement activities of entities should enrich the educational environment of staff and students, the curriculum and the scholarly activities of the University. 

The establishment of engagement entities are therefore intended to enable, develop and support the engagement activities of Nelson Mandela University.

An Engagement Entity is normally an entity where 80% of its activities/projects are engagement related. These activities mainly fall within the following four categories of the Nelson Mandela University Engagement Conceptual Framework.

  • Community Interaction, Service and Outreach
  • Professional/Discipline Based Service
  • Teaching and Learning
  • Research and Scholarship

The establishment of an entity will be informed by the following:

  • Institutional and National imperatives;
  • Institutional and Faculty Engagement Thrusts
  • The contribution it can make in terms of integrating engagement into teaching and learning and research
  • The potential contribution to capacity development
  • Existing and potential development of multi/inter/cross/trans-disciplinary engagement activities and teams
  • Internal and external collaborations /partnerships/ linkages/ networks
  • The scope and strategic significance of the engagement activities to Nelson Mandela University, faculty and department; and
  • The potential impact of the engagement outcomes and outputs of the proposed entity

The University recognises three categories of engagement entities. Entity categories are hierarchical in nature in terms of scope, complexity and leadership ranging from Institutes (upper end) to Units (lower end).  A Unit may evolve into Centre status and a Centre may evolve into Institute status.


Registered Engagement Entities at Nelson Mandela University:


Centre for Law in Action (CLA)

Prof Hennie van As and Ms Marlene Holland 

Tel: 041 504 4757


Web page: and

Physical address: Faculty of Law, Bird Street Campus, Cuyler Street, Central and Missionvale Campus


CLA engages with all sectors of civil society and government that serve the needs of the community and contributes to development through engagement and applying research results in creating capacity, developing skills, rendering institutional support and establishing best practices and benchmarks.

CLA has built a good reputation with a number of clients as is evidenced by the number of contracts being awarded by previous clients and satisfaction surveys. It has succeeded in establishing itself as a leading service provider for the establishment of Municipal Codes (writing and promulgation of full sets of by-laws), the implementation of Codes and the training of Municipal staff in the enforcement thereof.

Objectives and functions

The primary aim of CLA is to improve the levels of service delivery by the different spheres of government through the effective implementation of existing legislation and to increase access to justice for the less fortunate sections of society through:

  • The improvement of the skills and capacity of those who are involved in public affairs, and who can make a contribution towards improving service delivery.
  • Assisting public authorities to implement and enforce legislation to effectively manage public problems and issues.
  • Assisting communities to improve their quality of life through creating access to legal resources.
  • Ensuring that government officials comply consistently with legislation and policy directives on migrant rights in general and refugee law in particular.
  • Providing paralegal and other pro-bono legal services for refugees, asylum seekers and migrants.
  • Improvement of local government, by increasing the effectiveness of councillors and officials.
  • Making the results of technical reports available for the benefit of communities and society at large and engaging appropriate government departments, NGO’s and CBO’s.

Short courses presented my CLA

CLA consists of the following units:

Refugee Rights Centre 

Web page:

The Refugee Rights Centre (RRC) was formally established in June 2010, when an agreement was signed with the UNHCR for the provision of funding.

The principal activities of the RRC includes:

  • Undertaking measures to ensure effective legal remedies are available.
  • Intervention in refugee status determination process.
  • Provision of interventions in court cases.
  • Conducting training for legal professionals and government officials. 

Centre for Sustainable Development

The primary aim of the centre is to increase sustainability through the delivery of capacity building programmes that are aimed at ensuring that clients' staff can perform, or improve the performance of the functions they are appointed to perform.  The centre develops courses in terms of needs identified either by the client, or as a result of consultancy work that is undertaken. 

Centre for Government Support

The primary aim of the centre is to support the different spheres of government through the rendering of consultancy services that are aimed at assisting them to achieve their constitutional and other legislative obligations.  

Centre for Access to Justice and the Law Clinic

Web pages: and

The primary aim of this centre is to improve access to justice through research and the services rendered by the Law Clinic and the Refugee Rights Centre.

 2013 CLA Graduating Class

 Refugee Rights training


Advanced Mechatronic Technology Centre (AMTC)

Mr Karl du Preez

Tel: 041 - 5043644


Web page:

Physical address: Summerstrand North Campus, Room: E22


The Advanced Mechatronic Technology Centre (AMTC) will be a leader among South African universities in putting knowledge and talent to work through diverse collaborations to benefit the people and communities of the region, country, nation and world.


To be nationally recognized for excellence as a community-engaged center where faculty and staff, students, alumni, and partners from communities of diverse types, interests and locations, from local to global, collaborate strategically to:

  • Advance human capacity and community potential;
  • Improve social, educational and scientific progress;
  • Strengthen the economy through scientific and technological innovation and new business growth;
  • Promote social justice and cultural diversity; and
  • Inspire creative expression and entrepreneurship

Values and Principles

In engaging with our communities, whether defined by interests, type or place, AMTC will seek to:

Respect the diversity of the community and hence be inclusive in its relationships and collaborations.

  • Develop reciprocal relationships to identify mutual needs and benefits, set agendas for positive change, implement strategies, and assess results.
  • Strengthen outcomes and learning through evidence-based research.
  • Be community-friendly in facilitating access to opportunities and resources wherever possible.
  • Be a valued part of the communities AMTC serves as dedicated volunteers and engaged scholars and staff

Primary Objectives

  1. To assist in the establishment of New Research and Development trends, opportunities and initiatives within the field of Materials and Manufacturing Technology, facilitate knowledge transfer into teaching and learning concepts and integrate into undergraduate and postgraduate engineering programmes, further international opportunities and co-operation between the Nelson Mandela University, German Universities and Automotive Industry.
  2. To develop technologically competent engineering students and industry members who are able to:
  3. Expand the boundaries of technology by means of technology analysis and innovation
  4. Operate independently or with limited supervision in a technology environment.
  5. Contribute to society both within the community and the economy.
  6. Engage in research and development.
  7. To develop innovative renewable energy and automation solutions and to provide training and education in this field.
  8. To promote and develop Mathematics and Physical Science skills of learners in the Eastern Cape to ultimately increase the number of learners qualifying to study towards a degree in Science and Technology.
  9. To increase the pool of local engineering expertise that will contribute to the economic growth of the Eastern Cape automotive sector.

Visit these links to view some of AMTC's projects (solar project, recorded at Verneukpan):


Centre for Community School (CCS)

Dr Bruce Damons

Tel: 041 504 4041


Web page:

Physical address: Missionvale Campus, Building 519, 1st Floor


Forming part of the Faculty of Education and located at the Missionvale Campus, the Centre for the Community School (CCS) is an entity that works to promote, strengthen and support community schools to improve academic and social development of children and young people in the Eastern Cape. The overarching aim of CCS is to serve as a national resource centre advocating the Community School as credible, replicable and sustainable model for educational improvement in South Africa. CCS aims to contribute to educational improvement in SA by:

  • Developing theoretical and practice-based models of school improvement that are relevant and responsive to the contextual realities of schools.
  • Disseminating information around these models through its convening capacity and research publications.
  • Supporting community schools in the Eastern Cape and elsewhere in the country.
  • Collaborating with other institutions and organisations with a similar focus around school improvement locally and internationally.

Objectives and Functions:

One of the key objectives of CCS is to serve as a national resource centre that elevates the concept of the Community School as a credible, replicable and sustainable model for educational improvement in South Africa. The activities of the Centre will revolve around the following focus areas:

  • Teaching:  The Centre will facilitate the development of a course on the Community School Teacher that focuses on the knowledge, dispositions, and skills required by current and aspiring educators working in Community Schools.
  • Internships:  Students enrolled in Nelson Mandela University's Education Faculty who are taking any of the above courses will be able to do an internship in a Community School and work on a practice/research-based project as part of their coursework. Due to the cross-disciplinary focus of the Centre, internships will also be offered to students from other departments at Nelson Mandela University, for example Psychology, Counselling and Social Work, whose areas of interest have direct relevance to the work of the Community School
  • Research and Publications:  The Centre will offer research opportunities to Masters and Doctoral students through its projects. Faculty members will also produce research articles for publication in accredited journals.
  • Community School Improvement Programmes:  The Centre will offer a programme of events that focuses on school and community improvement, and is aimed at students, parents, teachers and other community members. These programmes will encourage community-wide interest and engagement in school-related activities. It will include workshops, short courses, guest lectures, community conversations, information sessions, and film screenings.
  • Resource Centre:  The Centre will gather information on Community School-related resources, and refer community members, educators, and other school partners to appropriate resources as needed in their efforts to support and advance the Community School concept.
  • NetworkingIn seeking to support and promote the concept of the Community School as an important school improvement model, the Centre will establish relationships with other groups and organisations that have a similar focus in South Africa and other countries.

 Manyano Conference 2010


Centre for Integrated Post-School Education and Training (CIPSET)

Mr Ivor Baatjes

Tel: 041 504 3924

E-mail: or

Web page:

Physical address: Missionvale campus


The Centre for Integrated Post-School Education and Training (CIPSET) aims to collaborate with relevant stakeholders to develop and implement research-informed strategies to enhance the strategic, policy and educational impact of the post-school education and training (PSET) sector regionally and nationally. CIPSET provides strategic direction and coordination for Nelson Mandela University multi-disciplinary capacity development interventions within the PSET landscape to ensure that such institutions become educational providers of first choice. CIPSET is housed in the Office for Institutional Planning within the Office of the Vice Chancellor.


  • Support the provision of a diverse range of quality educational and training opportunities in the Post-School Education (PSE) sector to contribute to creating increased opportunities for youth and adults not in education, employment and training.
  • Facilitate access and articulation pathways for learners from the PSE sector who fulfil the admissions criteria for career-focused university qualifications, especially in scarce skills fields of study.
  • Provide for multi-disciplinary capacity development interventions within the PSE sector to ensure that such institutions become educational providers of first choice regionally and nationally.
  • Serve as a regional and national resource centre that focuses on research-informed, evidence-based strategies to enhance the strategic, policy and educational impact of the PSE sector.
  • Provide research opportunities for postgraduate students and scholars in respect of PSE.
  • Provide strategic direction and central administrative support for the various Nelson Mandela University initiatives within the PSE sector.

 A CIPSET community-based event


Southern Africa Cisco Academy Support Centre (SACASC)

Mr Gratitude Kudyachete

Tel: 041 504 3175


Web page:

Physical address: MTLC building, North campus

The Cisco Network Academy Program is an educational program taught in more than 10,000 educational institutions worldwide. The same content is taught in all academies makes this a truly international program. The aim of the program is to teach students both theoretical and practical skills to prepare them for a career in Computer Networking. The Cisco Networking Academy Program partners with schools, colleges, universities, NGOs and Governments to afford students the opportunity to become networking professionals and to help a country to increase its advanced ICT skills base.


To be a pillar for the provision of internet technology skills in Southern Africa


Provide quality and relevant leadership, support, management and training to the Cisco Networking Academy community in order to achieve social and economic transformation for Southern Africa.


The SACASC embodies support and training functions and its overall objectives are:

  • Provide program  and technical support to Cisco academies in Southern Africa
  • Manage the quality of the Cisco academy program in the region
  • Provide instructor training services to the Southern Africa region
  • Represent Southern Africa interests in the Global Cisco academy fora
  • Ensure that Nelson Mandela University derives optimum benefit from the Cisco academy program  through employment of Cisco curricula in its academic programmes
  • Generate revenue to sustain the program at Nelson Mandela University
  • Ensure that the programme advances the institution’s overall engagement function

Training in the Nelson Mandela University Cisco Academy laboratory


University Psychology Clinic (UCLIN)

Prof Greg Howcroft or Ms Nomthandazo Busakwe

Tel: 041 504 4542 / 2780

E-mail: or

Web page:

Physical address: South (Building 7, Lower Ground) and Missionvale campuses

UCLIN is an outpatient unit concerned with the assessment and treatment of children, adolescents, and adults who are experiencing educational, emotional and/or behavioural difficulties. UCLIN staff includes individuals specialized in clinical, counselling, educational, and research psychology. UCLIN is also a training and research unit where postgraduate students receive professional training. The psychological procedures done at UCLIN are carried out under the supervision of the Department of Psychology's staff members. UCLIN is a facility dedicated to the education and professional training of postgraduate psychology students in the Faculty of Health Sciences of the Nelson Mandela University with the end results of registration in specific categories of Clinical, Counselling, Educational or Research psychology. UCLIN strives towards academic excellence by ensuring that students are introduced to and encouraged to develop a comprehensive understanding and practical experience of broad spectrum of psychological, psycho neurological and psycho-educational problems, as well as assessment procedures and therapeutic interventions that would meet the needs of the South African population

UCLIN is associated with a number of satellite clinics. Some of these include: Missionvale Campus Psychology Centre, Hunterscraig Psychiatric Hospital, Elizabeth Donkin Psychiatric Hospital, Livingstone Hospital and Student Counselling, Career Development Centre at the Nelson Mandela University.

What are the Psychological services available?

  • Individual therapy for children, adolescents and adults
  • Subject choices and career choices assessment
  • Scholastic assessment and identifying learning problems
  • Couples/Marital/Family therapy
  • Psycho-Education (for example: parenting skills, coping skills, communication within the family)

Steps to follow when you need our services:

  • Contact Secretary: 041 5042330
  • If the answering machine is on, leave your details, you will be contacted
  • Give your details and service required
  • Your name will be placed on the waiting list
  • One of our psychologists in training or intern psychologists will contact you to make an appointment
  • If you do not have medical aid the payment is flexible and will be discussed with you during the first appointment.

Community Psychology Centre (Missionvale Campus)

Objectives and functions

The Community Psychology Centre on the Missionvale Campus is a satellite of the University Psychology Clinic. It is also a professional training unit for postgraduate psychology learners in the Faculty of Health Sciences with the end result of registration in the specific category of Counselling Psychology.  It was established to provide broad based community psychological services in the form of psychological assessment procedures and therapeutic interventions.  Thus through its teaching and  training, community service and research, the Centre aims towards the evolving of newer and more contextually relevant models of psychological assessment, counselling and psychotherapy. The three main functions of the Centre are therefore:

  • To provide a facility dedicated to the education and training of postgraduate psychology learners leading to professional registration with the Health Professions Council of South Africa.
  • To cater for the dire need of mental health services and programmes in the Nelson Mandela Bay region by increasing the access and affordability of such services to the poor and underprivileged surrounding communities.
  • To form a scientific research hub for a variety theoretical and applied projects.

Launch of the UCLIN Community Psychology Centre at Missionvale, 2014


Govan Mbeki Maths Development Centre (GMMDC)

Prof Werner Olivier

Tel: 041 504 2305 or 041 504 2548 (Ms Margot Collett)

E-mail: or

Web page:

Physical address: The Unit is housed in Block A, CSIR Building, 4 Gomery Ave, Summerstrand


To promote mathematical (primary focus) and science (secondary focus) expertise and awareness amongst school educators and learners; and to develop mathematical content knowledge and skills amongst educators and learners mainly, but not exclusively, at the FET level.

For more information about GMMDC activities, download the document GMMDC newsletter July to Dec 2014 from the list of downloadable documents the right of this page.

 The GMMDC team

"Our South African youth must study maths and science in order for us to be a winning nation." The late Dr Govan Mbeki voiced this fervent appeal during his 90th birthday speech against the backdrop of a growing crisis in Mathematics and Science Education in our country. He also recalled how he struggled with mathematical aspects of his studies in economics whilst on Robben Island. To honour his wish a group of academics in the Department of Mathematics and Applied Mathematics at the then UPE (now Nelson Mandela University) decided, in 2001, to respond to the Mathematical needs of communities in the Eastern Cape by consolidating existing Mathematics projects into an expanded Mathematics development programme. Dr Mbeki gave his full support to such a programme and agreed to have his name associated with it. In December 2001 the group of academics managed to secure a sponsorship from SASOL. This led to the formation of the Govan Mbeki SASOL Mathematics Development Programme (GMSMDP). Since its inception the GMSMDP has grown into a vibrant entity at the Nelson Mandela University that focuses on Mathematics development amongst educators and learners in the Eastern Cape province.

A number of new projects, including a Mathematics Incubator School project for Grade 11&12 learners and a Mathematics Skills Upgrade Programme (MATHSUP) for FET educators, were added after 2004 to the list of GMSMDP projects. In October of 2008 the GMSMDP was re-constituted as a formal Nelson Mandela University entity and is now known as the Govan Mbeki Mathematics Development Centre (GMMDC). Since the beginning of 2011, the GMMDC is housed in the School of Computing Science, Mathematics, Statistics and Physics alongside the newly established FRF Chair in Mathematics Education at Nelson Mandela University. The MATHSUP project for in-service Maths educators has become an exciting initiative that holds great promise to have a positive impact on the quality of teaching in the NCS Mathematics classrooms in the province and elsewhere. Up to the present, about 400 in-service FET Maths educators have benefited from the two Nelson Mandela University -accredited short learning programmes that form part of the 1-year MATHSUP programme. The successful Maths and Science incubator school programme for learners attracts many learners on an annual basis into Science Engineering and Technology (SET) as well as Science and Maths teacher training study programmes at Nelson Mandela University.


Spatial Technologies Unit (STU)

Prof Dalenca Pottas

Tel: 041 504 3938


Web page:

Physical address: School of ICT, Room 234 (Second Floor), R-Block, North Campus, Summerstrand

Objectives and Functions

The Spatial Technologies Unit at Nelson Mandela University offers a short learning programme (SLP) in Geographical Information Systems (GIS) to:

  • Acquaint the student with general basic concepts of GIS;
  • Familiarise the student with analysis of GIS spatial and attribute data; and
  • Affirm that the student is able to develop a typical GIS Project.

Each of the modules is offered through e-learning (Moodle), allowing part-time studies whilst normal day-to-day functions can continue. Modules are offered in an applied and practical manner.


Unit for Biokinetics and Sport Science (UBSS)

Ms Lisa Grenfell (Unit Manager)

Tel: 041 504 2497 or 041 504 2603

E-mail: or or

Web page:

Physical address: Department of Human Movement Science, Building 125, Protea Road, South campus

The Unit is housed in the Department of Human Movement Science within the Faculty of Health Sciences

The Biokinetics and Sport Science Unit (BSSU) is a facility that is committed to the education and professional training of postgraduate Biokinetics and Sport Science students in the Faculty of Health Sciences with the ultimate goal of registration with the HPCSA as professional biokineticist. It provides community service at the highest professional level and the best possible academic support. In addition, it actively stimulates and promotes research in the various disciplines of Human Movement Science to optimize the potential of our communities. The multidisciplinary function and achievement of the unit greatly increases the exposure of the profession to the public at large which is highly advantageous to the university, department and profession.


In the Board Notice 34 of 1987 of the South African Medical and Dental Council, now the South African Health Professions Council, Biokinetics was registered as a profession for Medical Scientists. The result of this registration was that Biokineticists trained since 1984 can now register as paramedical professionals practising independently as Biokineticists. The UPE Department of Human Movement Science was the fifth institution to qualify for the training of Biokineticists and the first four students qualified in 1991. Since its inception, the Unit has dealt with people with exercise risks and also provides services to top sports people to enhance their performance. The Unit's focus has been widened to specifically provide sport science support to top performers. The Gold accreditation awarded by the Sport Information and Science Agency, prompted the Department to reflect this service in the name, which subsequently was changed to the Biokinetics and Sport Science Centre and then lately to the Nelson Mandela University Biokinetics & Sport Science Unit.

The Nelson Mandela University Biokinetics and Sport Science Unit forms an integral part of the academic training and serves undergraduate as well as postgraduate learners. It also provides a fully accredited Biokinetics practice where qualified learners can complete their internship. 

Objectives and functions

  • To create an experiential learning opportunity for the students of the Department of Human Movement Science
  • To engage with the community with the view to deliver a service and to understand their needs
  • To stimulate, promote and facilitate research
  • To generate third steam income for the Department of Human Movement Science
  • To promote and restore health (Biokinetics services)
  • To enhance performance (Sport Science services)


Soccer Charity Cup: (From left to right) Michael Andrews, Seamus McHugh, Linda Van Oudheusden and Russell Viljoen (Headmaster of the Missionvale Care Centre Academy). (Front) children from the Missionvale Care Centre Academy

Staff of HMS: Deirdre Bowers, Pippa Nell, Lyn Slogrove, Sue Anne Kock, Cheryl Walters, Karen Van Rensberg, Lisa Grenfell, Shona Ellis, Sam Kahts, Jessica Lightfoot, Rosa du Randt, Maryna Baard, Vernon Oosthuizen

BSSU Activities


Centre for Community Technologies (CCT)

Director: Professor Darelle van Greunen, Winner of the 2017 Institute for IT Professionals Contribution to Society Award

Tel: 041 - 5042090


Web page:

Physical address: Summerstrand North Campus, Room: R254

Core team pictured above: (First row from the left) Nalinda Ndlebe, Alida Veldsman, Awethu Fatyela, Zolisa Piko. (Second Row from the right) Loic Ndame, Prof Darelle van Greunen, Afikile Sikwebu, Dr Kevin Kativu, Johan Botha

Purpose of the Centre:

The main purpose of the Centre is to promote radical development of the human potential of particularly disadvantaged communities through the use of technologies. In support of the purpose of the Center, the following aims were identified:

• To promote policy interventions aimed at lowering market costs of technologies which hold significant prospects for social and economic empowerment of poor communities;

• To develop ‘best practice’ strategies in collaboration with community actors that demonstrate effective ways of harnessing technological innovations in support of social and economic empowerment of the poor;

• To promote the use of ‘open source’ technologies for addressing public health, educational and social development needs of poor communities;

• To develop strategic partnerships with interest groups in communities working on progressive experiments requiring the use of responsive technologies to form part of broader social strategies aimed at promoting equality, reducing poverty, fostering job creation and entrepreneurship as well as democratic participation in society;

• To explore creative ways of using these technologies as an integrated part of social strategies within communities aimed at tackling development and transformation challenges;

• To build better understanding of how innovations in science and technology could enhance the living and working conditions of poor and vulnerable groups in society.

The core activities of the Center include but are not limited to:

• Technology Research and Development;

• Training and mentorship;

• Networking between technology partners and community groups;

• Policy analysis and policy advice.

The Centre is designated as a research and engagement entity although it will seek to embrace the principles of integrated scholarship by ensuring that scholarly and research-informed interventions are embedded in its interventions in the different communities.

As a research entity, the Centre will seek to establish reciprocal and mutually beneficial relationships with external and internal stakeholders that will allow for knowledge sharing and a coordinated institutional strategy for community research and engagement.

Visit these links to view and read about some of the initiatives of the CCT: News articles Mandela University-in-the-NEWS/Common-Good-connects-causes Mandela University-in-the-NEWS/Gang-ridden-Gelvandale-gets-free-Wi-Fi-going Mandela University%E2%80%99s-Common-Good-First-wins-Ashoka-U-Innovation

Apps developed by the CCT:



eNtsa Director – Prof DG Hattingh and the 2017 eNtsa team

Tel number: 041 504 3608 (switchboard)

Fax number: 041 504 9123 Email:

Web page: Visit eNtsa’s Facebook page

Physical address: Summerstrand North Campus, Gardham Avenue, M-Block, M038

About eNtsa:

eNtsa is internationally recognized as a hub of innovation. We are based at Nelson Mandela University with strong strategic relations with the Technology Innovation Agency and the Department of Science and Technology. eNtsa continuously strives to enhance technology innovation to stimulate a climate of sustainable socio-economic growth in South Africa. Furthermore, eNtsa’s ambition is aligned with the Nelson Mandela University's Vision & Mission, aiming towards providing an environment generating cutting-edge knowledge and providing a platform for diverse educational opportunities to constructively contribute to a sustainable future, globally. In 2002, eNtsa started off as the Automotive Components Technology Station (ACTS), with three staff members and limited funding, from this eNtsa evolved into a preferred centre of excellence with a staff compliment of fifty and a turnover in excess of R43m.

Our Vision: Engineering innovative solutions for a sustainable future

Our Slogan: “Innovation through engineering”

Our Values: Team work, Integrity, Innovation, Excellence

Our Mission: To be a workplace of choice. To deliver innovative engineering solutions and services. To facilitate knowledge and skills development. To create new business and business opportunities. To develop a culture of innovation and entrepreneurship. To leverage local and international partnerships for socio economic growth. To develop an organisation that is adaptable, sustainable and motivated.


Unit for Statistical Consultation (USC)

Web page:


To enhance the research capacity of Nelson Mandela University staff and senior post-graduate students and to ensure the integrity of research produced at Nelson Mandela University by providing a comprehensive statistical consultation service to the designated staff and student group. The Unit is housed in the Faculty of Science.

Objectives and functions:

The USC provides a free, comprehensive statistical service for quantitative research conducted by Nelson Mandela University master's and doctoral students and staff who are doing non-contract research that will culminate in at least one article published in an accredited journal. The Unit provides support for all stages of the research process. The Unit for Statistical Consultation (USC) was founded to provide a free statistical service in accordance with its constitution to all Nelson Mandela University campuses. 

The following persons qualify for free services:

  • Nelson Mandela University staff members engaged in academic (non-contract) research;
  • Masters and doctoral students registered at Nelson Mandela University;
  • Other Nelson Mandela University students conducting research that produces a publishable article for an accredited journal. If a publishable article is not produced within one year after completion of the data analysis for the project, the applicant will be invoiced for the USC services. In the event of a dispute, the relevant Faculty RTI Committee will decide whether an article is publishable.

Only Nelson Mandela University staff members can apply for USC services, either for their own research or on behalf of a student whom they are supervising. In the event of a staff member being an Nelson Mandela University student the applicable supervisor must apply for the services. Completed application forms (obtainable from must be submitted via e-mail to Research Management who will assign a reference number to each submitted application and verify whether the applicant qualifies for free services: