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Barbara SchmidKnowledge Co-op: Project Manager

Barbara Schmid was appointed in August 2010 as project manager for the UCT Knowledge Co-op. Her previous work experience includes spells as lecturer/research  co-ordinator at UCT, teaching Mathematics and Physical Science at high school, and running a community centre.
Barbara manages the projects that the UCT Knowledge Co-op has and oversees the Co-op process.



Knowledge Co-op: Administrative Assistant

Prince Qwaka was with the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) till 2017 and was appointed as an Administrative Assistant for the Knowledge Co-op in August 2018. He holds a Masters degree in  Administration from the University of the Western Cape (UWC) - School of Government.





Knowledge Co-op: Web Specialist

Mbongeni Ncube was reappointed as the Web Specialist for the Knowledge Co-op in July 2019. Mbongeni had previously served the Knowledge Co-op team in 2017 as part of his HOCIP project. He holds a BSc in Computer Science and Business Computing as well as a BCom (Hons) in Information Systems. He obtained both degrees from the University of Cape Town (UCT). His previous experience includes a four-year parallel stint with both the Enterprise Systems Education for Africa (Research and Technical Consultant) team and the Information Systems Department (Head Tutor for several courses).




NRF Study Team for Knowledge Co-op Pilot from 2010-2013

An interdisciplinary team, led by principal investigator Janice McMillan (CHED) and Evaluation expert Suki Goodman (Organisational Psychology), received a 3-year grant from the National Research Foundation (NRF) to evaluate the UCT Knowledge Co-op and inform the development of guidelines and procedures. Other team members were Judy Favish, Barbara Schmid, Sonwabo Ngcelwane of the IPD and Tanja Winkler (EBE).

During 2011 five pilot projects were selected as research sites and a comprehensive literature review was completed. During 2012 the collection of data from further project sites continued and analysis of data got underway; this was completed in 2013.

Outputs: Two reports were produced at the end of the project in 2013 - one internal and one for the public. A paper was presented at the Living Knowledge conference in Bonn during May 2012 and a poster at the GUNI Conference, Barcelona, May 2013. In 2016 an article was published in the Journal of Higher Education Outreach and Engagement. All outputs are available on the Resources page.