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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: Consultant Web and Social Media Strategist

Mpho Phoba was the 2015 intern within the Institutional Planning Department (IPD), where the Knowledge Co-Op is based.He completed his B.Sc and has experience in administration of residential services from the University of Western Cape (UWC) under the office of the DVC’s Student Development and Support (SDS) department. Mpho is responsible for providing strategy on the knowledge co-op's web and social media developments.



Knowledge Co-op: Web Specialist

Mbongeni Ncube was appointed as the Web Specialist for the Knowledge Co-op in March 2017. He holds a BSc Computer Science and Business Computing from the University of Cape Town (UCT). He is currently completing his BCom Honours in Information Systems at UCT. His previous experience includes organising international internships for students, Enterprise Systems Education and web development.





UCT Knowledge Co-op Steering Committee

The Steering Committee comprises of two Deputy Vice-Chancellors who co-chair the committee, i.e. Prof Danie Visser and Prof Crain Soudien. Further members are Mr Piet Barnard, Dr Charles Masango (RCIPS), A/Prof Laura Czerniewicz (CILT), Dr Janice McMillan (CHED), Ms Judy Favish and Mr Sonwabo Ngcelwane of the IPD, and faculty representatives Dr Adelene Africa, Dr Francois Bonnici, Dr Beatrice Conradie, Samuel Ginsberg, James Irlam and Alistair Price.

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 drawn from the Steering committee and Dr Tanja Winkler.

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 and two reports were produced. A paper was presented at the Living Knowledge conference in Bonn during May 2012 and a poster at the GUNI Conference, Barcelona, May 2013. All outputs are available on the Resource page.