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UJ Researchers Shine at NRF’s 28th Annual Awards

​​​​​Four top-notch University of Johannesburg (UJ) researchers received the highest honours the National Research Foundation (NRF) can bestow in its highly prestigious rating system for researchers.​

Professors Hendrik Ferreira from the Faculty of Engineering and the Built Environment, John Maina from the Faculty of Science, and Thaddeus Metz from the Faculty of Humanities each received A2 ratings, while Prof Alex Broadbent was P-rated.​

The NRF defines an A-rated researcher as a researcher who is unequivocally recognised by their peers as a leading international scholar in their field for the high quality and impact of their recent research outputs. Similarly, a P rating is awarded to a young researcher who, on the basis of exceptional potential demonstrated in their published doctoral work and research outputs in their early post-doctoral career, is considered likely to become a future international leader in his or her field.

These brilliant colleagues make us proud as they blaze a trail for fellow UJ researchers to follow. The University has put in place all the elements that make UJ the premier space for research and innovation – world-class laboratories, a top-class library, research funding, a vibrant community of postgraduate students, postdoctoral fellows and visiting scholars from across the globe, to mention but a few.

Keep an eye out on our news, as UJ will be profiling each of these outstanding researchers and their achievements.​​


Thaddeus Metz
​​Prof Thaddeus Metz (A rating)


​Prof Hendrik Ferreira (A rating)


Alex Broadbent
Prof Alex Broadbent (P rating)​
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