Dr Mignonne Breier has been Research Development Manager in the Research Office, University of Cape Town, since 2009 and is responsible for a range of cross-disciplinary programmes to build research capacity. These include the Emerging Researcher Programme, Supervision Training and STARS (Structured Training for African Researchers), a blended learning programme being developed by the Association of Commonwealth Universities in collaboration with 12 universities across Africa. Before joining UCT Research Office, she was a researcher in higher education at the Human Sciences Research Council and the Centre for the Study of Higher Education (formerly the Education Policy Unit) at the University of the Western Cape. She has published on adult literacy, recognition of prior learning in university labour law education, the profession and education of medical doctors and nurses, professional skills shortages, student retention and drop out, student poverty and researcher development. She conducts historical research in the Eastern Cape in her spare time and her most recent article is about an event during the Defiance Campaign of 1952. She has a PhD in Education from UCT and a B Journ from Rhodes.