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About Maurice Webb Race Relations Unit

The Maurice Webb Race Relations Unit (MWRRU) is a multi-disciplinary research and training institute. The Unit conducts research in various domains including socio-economic and socio-political, demographic, health, and impact assessment, and provides training in monitoring and evaluation, leadership and governance, as well as Master’s, Doctoral and Postdoctoral fellowships.  The Unit was established in the early 1980s, first as the Maurice Webb Fellowship funded by the Maurice Webb Trust in the then Centre for Applied Social Sciences which became the Centre for Social and Development Studies, and subsequently, the present School of Development Studies. Professor Paulus Zulu (then Dr Zulu), the holder of the Maurice Webb Chair of Race Relations, was the first and only occupant of the Senior Fellowship, as the Chair was named because of the available funds at the time.  When Dr Zulu became Professor and Pro Vice-Chancellor in 1985 and moved out of the Centre for Social and Development Studies into the University Executive, the Fellowship effectively came to an end. Upon his retirement in 2001, Professor Zulu wanted to continue with his passion for training African researchers in particular and academics in general. Hence, he approached the Maurice Webb Trust to establish if he could continue with the work. This engagement between Professor Zulu and Maurice Webb Trust culminated in the creation of MWRRU as a self-funded unit located in the School of Social Sciences at the University of KwaZulu-Natal.