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UCL-Wits Strategic Partner Funds 2020/21 recipients

25 February 2021

Nine outstanding projects were awarded funding in the 2020/21 round of joint seed funding from UCL and Wits University

Wits campus

Following a successful first round in 2019/20, the second annual UCL-Wits University Strategic Partner Funds awarded nine projects funding for collaborative education and research initiatives.

This year's successful proposals each received up to £5,000 each and addressed a range of topics including cognitive neuroscience, global urbanism and regional climate patterns.

One of this year's recipients, Professor Anson McKay (Social & Historical Sciences), said: “Receiving an award from the UCL-Wits University Strategic Partner Funds will allow Dr Fitchett and myself to significantly build on previous research collaboration in southern Africa, both from a research and education perspective. The funds are essential to undertake joint fieldwork in Lesotho, although we are having to be rather agile with our plans given COVID-19 restrictions at the moment.”

Last year, eight projects were awarded funds under the first round of this joint funding call.

Congratulations to all the UCL-Wits University Strategic Partner Funds 2020/21 recipients:

UCL lead applicantFacultyProject

Professor Akaterini Fotopoulou

Brain Sciences  

Enhancing the frontiers of cognitive neuroscience: foundation work on experimental, electrophysiological methods

Professor Paul Shearing

Engineering Science 

Detect-engineering of electrode materials for low-cost advanced battery technologies

Professor Anson Mackay

Social & Historical Sciences 

Exploring the use of stable isotopes to link water security in Lesotho to regional climate patterns

Professor Jonathan Butterworth

Maths & Physical Sciences 

Collaborative effort to use jet substructure measurements for new physics searches

Professor Ben Campkin


Unfinished Symphonies: RE-energising conversations between UCL Urban Laboratory and Wits

Professor Molebogeng Rangaka

Population Health Sciences 

Exploring multimorbidity among household contacts of people with TB

Dr Grant Mills


Leveraging UCL-Wits research capacity to develop a research agenda for the Wits School of Construction Economics and Management

Dr Mie Rizig

Brain Sciences 

Screening for genetic causes of Systonia in a black South African cohort

Professor Jennifer Robinson

Social & Historical Sciences 

Global Urbanism: Global Urban Theory Lab MOOC collaboration

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