Research

NRF Rated Researchers

The National Research Foundation (NRF) has a long history, dating back to 1984, of instituting a system of evaluating and rating researchers. Annually, researchers from universities and research councils - including international researchers - apply for evaluation by the NRF. Evaluated researchers are put in categories that depict their standing within the scientific community. These ratings are difficult to attain and are thus held in high esteem.

For information about ratings, and the criteria applied to each, visit the NRF website: http://www.nrf.ac.za/

Unisa is proud of all its NRF-rated researchers. One of the portfolio's goals is to provide the support needed for the university's researchers to attain higher ratings, as well as increase the number of NRF rated researchers in general. Not only is support seen as imperative, but numerous incentives are available to those who are rated as further encouragement in their pursuit of excellence.

Below is a list of Unisa's NRF rated researchers with the rating they currently hold:

Category A

An A rating is given to researchers who are unequivocally recognised by their peers as leading international scholars in their field for high quality and impact of their recent research outputs.

Name Department Rating
Prof D Glasser Civil and Chemical Engineering A1
Prof Anthony G Reddie Philosophy, Practical and Systematic Theology A2

Category B

A B rating is given to researchers who enjoy considerable international recognition by their peers for the high quality and impact of their recent research outputs.

Name Department Rating
Prof WL Fouché Decision Sciences B1
Prof S Eiselen Private Law B1
Prof D Hildebrandt Civil and Chemical Engineering B1
Prof T Dedering History B2
Prof MS Scurrell (Advisor to the Director's office on research matters) Civil and Chemical Engineering B2
Prof PMD Rwelamila B3
Prof Jaco S Dreyer Philosophy, Practical and Systematic Theology B3
Prof J Pretorius Mercantile Law B3
Prof PR Bosman Biblical and Ancient Studies B3
Prof GA van den Heever Biblical and Ancient Studies B3
Prof PF Craffert Biblical and Ancient Studies B3
Prof SC Ray Physics B3
Prof TA Dube Mathematical Sciences B3
Prof H van den Bergh Jurisprudence B3

Category C

A C rating is given to established researchers with a sustained recent record of productivity in the field who are recognised by their peers as having:

  1. Produced a body of quality work, the core of which has coherence and attests to ongoing engagement in the field
  2. Demonstrated the ability to conceptualise problems and apply research methods to investigating them.
Name Department Rating
Prof CW du Toit Research Institute for Theology and Religion C1
Prof SE Bosch (IsiZulu) African Languages C1
Prof A Loubser Mercantile Law C1
Prof T Pistorius Mercantile Law C1
Prof SS Terblanche Criminal and Procedural Law C1
Prof J Heaton Private Law C1
Prof C Schulze Public, Constitutional and International C1
Prof H Fouche Criminology and Security Science C1
Prof Pieter Fourie Communication Science C1
Prof VR Veeredhi (Chairperson of the School Research Committee) Mechanical and Industrial Engineering C2
Prof N Sewdass Business Management C2
Prof NJ Kotze Geography C2
Prof Stella Vettori C2
Prof J Kriek Science and Technology Education (ISTE) C2
Prof Marilyn Naidoo Philosophy, Practical and Systematic The C2
Prof KH Jordaan Decision Sciences C2
Prof Louise Kretzschmar Philosophy, Practical and Systematic The C2
Prof M Keuris Afrikaans and Theory of Literature C2
Prof Russel Viljoen History C2
Prof R Kelbrick Mercantile Law C2
Prof BC Naudé Criminal and Procedural Law C2
Prof JM Potgieter Private Law C2
Prof A Mangu Public, Constitutional and International C2
Prof JS Wessels Public Administration and Management C2
Prof VJ Ehlers Health Studies C2
Prof AC Horn Geography C2
Prof EJ Pretorius Linguistics and Modern Languages C2
Prof Rachel Barker Communication Science C2
Prof GC Angelopulo Communication Science C2
Prof E Bornman Communication Science C2
Prof Masemola, K English Studies C2
Prof OB Onyancha Information Science C2
Prof LG Higgs Educational Foundations C2
Prof MJ Mafela (Tshivenda) African Languages C2
Prof E Dreyer Art History, Visual Arts and Musicology C2
Prof M Duby Art History, Visual Arts and Musicology C2
Prof DS Matjila (Setswana) African Languages C2
Prof M le Roux Biblical and Ancient Studies C2
Prof GF Snyman Biblical and Ancient Studies C2
Prof MJ Masenya Biblical and Ancient Studies C2
Prof WJ Wessels Biblical and Ancient Studies C2
Prof PJJ Botha Biblical and Ancient Studies C2
Prof IJJ Spangenberg Biblical and Ancient Studies C2
Prof LR Brown Environmental Sciences C2
Prof DW Hedding Geography C2
Prof B Smit Educational Leadership and Management C2
Prof M Braun Physics C2
Prof MJ Mphahlele Chemistry C2
Prof VS Vallabhapurapu Physics C2
Prof Z Wang Electrical and Mining Engineering C2
Prof LL Jewell Civil and Chemical Engineering C2
Prof D Makina Finance, Risk Management and Banking C2
Prof NM Odhiambo Economics C2
Prof E Hurter Mercantile Law C2
Prof H Schulze Mercantile Law C2
Prof A Smith Mercantile Law C2
Prof A W Oguttu Mercantile Law C2
Prof Alex Mouton History C3
Prof P Prinsloo Business Management C3
Prof Renier Steyn C3
Prof Philna Coetzee Auditing C3
Prof Legesse Kassa Debusho Statistics C3
Prof K Padayachee Science and Technology Education (ISTE) C3
Prof Harrison Atagana Science and Technology Education (ISTE) C3
Prof Bhekisipho Twala (Deputy Chairperson of the School Research Committee) Electrical and Mining Engineering C3
Prof Gordon E Dames Philosophy, Practical and Systematic The C3
Prof HG Wünch Biblical and Ancient Studies C3
Prof LW Snyman Electrical and Mining Engineering C3
Prof V Basdeo Criminal and Procedural Law C3
Prof FVN Cilliers Industrial and Organisational Psychology C3
Prof J Knobel Private Law C3
Prof N Martins Industrial and Organisational Psychology C3
Prof W Luyt Corrections Management C3
Prof JA Nel Psychology C3
Prof J Maritz Health Studies C3
Prof AH Mavhandu-Mudzusi Health Studies C3
Prof Jo-Ansie van Wyk Political Sciences C3
Prof TC Du Plessis Communication Science C3
Prof B Nchindila English Studies C3
Prof L Rafapa English Studies C3
Prof M Vambe English Studies C3
Prof F Kalua English Studies C3
Prof MM van Wyk Curriculum and Instructional Studies C3
Prof EB Farisani Biblical and Ancient Studies C3
Prof H Stoffberg Environmental Sciences C3
Prof C Meier Early Childhood Education C3
Prof BMR Van Haute Art History, Visual Arts and Musicology C3
Prof JG Ferreira Curriculum and Instructional Studies C3
Prof I Naidoo Mathematical Sciences C3
Prof PH Potgieter Decision Sciences C3
Prof D Hodge Economics C3
Prof Pascah Mungwini Philosophy, Practical and Systematic The C3

Category Y

A Y rating is given to young researchers (40 years or younger) who have held the doctorate or equivalent qualification for less than five years at the time of application, and who are recognised as having the potential to establish themselves as researchers within a five-year period after evaluation, based on their performance and productivity of quality research outputs during their doctoral studies and/or early post-doctoral careers.

Name Department Rating
Prof AW Gunter Geography Y
Prof CL De Wet Biblical and Ancient Studies Y1
Prof P Stoop Mercantile Law Y1
Prof S Viljoen Public, Constitutional and International Y1
Dr N Nkealah English Studies Y1
Prof M Ngoepe Information Science Y1
Dr I Kamika Environmental Sciences Y2
Prof Callum D Scott Philosophy, Practical and Systematic The Y2
Prof M Swanepoel Jurisprudence Y2
Prof B Moyo Economics Y2
Prof B Patel Civil and Chemical Engineering Y2
Prof F Mulenga Electrical and Mining Engineering Y2
Prof MS Dhlamini Physics Y2
Dr SJ Moloi Physics Y2
Prof KF Mearns Environmental Sciences Y2
Prof S Gildenhuys Life and Consumer Sciences Y2
Prof J Murray English Studies Y2
Prof LC van Jaarsveldt Public Administration and Management Y2
Prof BO Fagbayibo Public, Constitutional and International Y2
Prof AO Akanbi Economics Y2
Prof Tshepo Lephakga Philosophy, Practical and Systematic The Y2
Prof VNN Mtshiselwa Biblical and Ancient Studies Y2