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Win with Optentia’s survey: Job insecurity in South Africa and globally

The NWU’s Optentia research focus area is currently gathering data as part of an international collaboration for the research project "Job Insecurity, in South Africa and Globally".

This is the largest research effort to understand job insecurity in higher education to date and you can make a very valuable contribution to its success. The goal of this research effort is to identify recommendations for both employees and management to find better ways of coping with job insecurity, if it is unavoidable

The research project consists of three surveys, spread over a period of three months. This is the first survey and will take 15 to 25 minutes to complete. The second and third surveys will be significantly shorter and will only take 5-12 minutes of your time.

This survey is open to all support and academic staff of the NWU, and PhD and postdoctoral students are also welcome to participate.

As a token of appreciation you will receive a guaranteed shopping voucher for Woolworths valued at R100 after completing all three surveys. Additionally, you can win one of six cash prizes of R5 000.

Follow this link to the survey (or copy and paste it into your internet browser):

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Dr Lara Roll at

The Job Insecurity Project Team
Lead researchers: Dr Lara Christina Roll and Prof Ian Rothmann

Attention: All Female Staff and Students
You are invited to take part in a research study titled: "The Epidemiology of Menstrual Pain in a South African University Population" by completing an online questionnaire that will take approximately 20 minutes to complete. We require women with and without menstrual pain to complete the survey.
This survey applies to:
FEMALES ONLY (There is no need to answer the survey if you have gone, or are going, through menopause).
Those who study/work at a Government funded university, such as NWU.
Please click on the following link to continue to the survey: