Corline van Rooyen was invited to become a director of EthiXPERT in February 2020, to oversee legal affairs and administrative aspects. Twenty-six years of engagement with Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) and the desire to make an impact where it is most needed led to her decision of accepting the challenge with EthiXPERT to inspire responsible and ethical research capacity in and for Africa.
Her passion and keen interest is in the law, and she thus obtained an LLB degree through UNISA in 2014. What kicked off in 1999 as part-time legal work became a full-time duty in 2018 when she registered a second company, Lynnwood Law Chambers. In 2019 she was admitted to the High Court of South Africa as an advocate.
In September 2017, she registered her own company, Research Management Services SA (RMS SA). The experience and knowledge she gained through her employment first at the National Research Foundation and then at the Southern African Research and Innovation Management Association (SARIMA, a not-for-profit company), led her to the establishment of RMS SA. This company aims to equip academia with the best possible tools available for challenges they are facing in fulfilling their roles; not only as lecturers but also as researchers. Special attention and support are also offered to postgraduate students through HEIs and individually.
It was during her time at SARIMA that she was exposed to Research Ethics for the first time. The importance of understanding and applying Research Ethics and Integrity can never be emphasised enough. As such, Corline is enthusiastic in joining forces with EthiXPERT, to strengthen this subject across the borders.