29 January 2014 Blogs

Pivot™: An essential tool for the University of Pretoria

"Pivot allows the Research Support Department to track and approach active users with support services while the Department can identify and encourage inactive users.”

“I can highly recommend Pivot as a resource for a Research Support Department at a Higher Education Institution.”

Supporting the researchers and postgraduate students at the University of Pretoria (UP), the Department of Research and Innovation assists research initiatives such as finding funds and research partners from across the globe.

After a trial period of the ProQuest Pivot™ product, it received positive feedback from researchers across the UP, and they decided to subscribe fully to the product in order to enable the department to further support students through their funding needs.

Ninette Mouton, Research Grants Manager for the Department of Research and Innovation Support at UP, explained that for the researcher and postgraduates, “Pivot offers an easy to use interface that aids us to identify relevant funding opportunities on a broad range of academic disciplines.” She stated that the use of Pivot at the University resulted in “users spending less time trolling databases for funding and more time conducting innovative, cutting-edge research.”

Pivot not only benefits researchers in their quest for additional support, it allows the Department of Research and Innovation to support the users, especially those who are new and emerging, which is a critical aspect for the department.  Mouton specified that Pivot assists them in many ways “apart from a variety of useful reports. Pivot allows the Research Support Department to track and approach active users with support services while the Department can identify and encourage inactive users.”

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