C2 score for Prof Van Zyl

The School of Informatics and Design’s Prof Izak van Zyl has been upgraded from a Y2 to a C2-rated researcher by the Nationwide Analysis Basis (NRF).

Van Zyl works throughout disciplines, primarily within the areas of communication science and academic know-how.

“I really feel extraordinarily proud and excited! I used to be nervous that I’d not get upgraded, however am very relieved on the consequence,” he mentioned.

In accordance with the NRF the scores are allotted primarily based on a researcher’s current analysis outputs and impression as perceived by worldwide peer reviewers. The score system encourages researchers to publish top quality outputs in excessive impression journals/retailers.

The scores which are awarded fall throughout the following classes:

A – Main worldwide researchers

B – Internationally acclaimed researchers

C – Established researchers

P – Prestigious Awards

Y – Promising younger researchers

Van Zyl’s most up-to-date work involved the usage of WhatsApp as a instructing and studying instrument for postgraduate college students through the peak of the pandemic in 2020. He labored with Prof Johannes Cronje on this initiative with college students throughout the college.

His best achievements have included being rated the primary time, being appointed as an affiliate professor at a younger age, being a finalist on the 2019 Science Oscars and now being upgraded to an Established Researcher.

 “I’m simply honoured for being recognised for what I do, and to have the ability to contribute to the work of the college.”