Reflecting on a masterful MPhil workshop

MPhil workshop

Reflecting on a masterful MPhil workshop

With the “Master your master’s” workshop behind us, we asked the session chairs as well as our programme manager to reflect on the week. Some of the aspects they highlighted were the range of experts and topics, the level of student engagement and how well-organised the workshop was (with the occasional technical hiccup).

Key thoughts and reflections:

“The gentle mix of voices from academia, practice and the students (who are mostly practitioners and experts themselves) led to robust discussion and paved the way for great potential collaboration going forward.”
─ Dr Burt Davis, senior lecturer

“The key voices related to various discourses on HIV and Aids globally and in an African context were present, enabling students to hear directly from decision-makers. Students could also ask questions related to other contexts, deepening their learning and enriching the work they do.”
Dr Chioma Ohanjunwa, lecturer

“It was good to incorporate the student presentations. Students had to think through their research concepts and gain input from fellow students and potential supervisors.”
Anja Laas, progamme manager

The presentations on ethics (in the context of quality research) and constructing a research report were exceptionally constructive. They provided a clear template of how to conduct research in defined steps.”
Dr Mzi Xaba, external lecturer

“The interaction and energy were maintained throughout the week with almost all students being present throughout, even though they all work. The presentation by Dr Catherine Kyobutungi on decolonising global health was a personal highlight.”
Vera Ngah, junior lecturer

Chioma summed it up well: “The Africa Centre truly lived up to being a hub for discourses related to HIV and Aids, not only in South Africa but beyond into Africa.” It’s fantastic to see our team energised about the work that lies ahead and motivated to support our students!