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A sign at a march in Soweto, South Africa, shows just how important social support is for lesbians. Reuters/Siphiwe Sibeko

Family, community and university support helps lesbian students thrive

Family support, being valued in their own homes and enjoying strong support from their social structures helped instill lesbians in a conservative South African province with a strong sense of self.
Predatory publishers are vultures feeding on academics’ worries about output and incentives. Ondacaracola/Shutterstock

Why developing countries are particularly vulnerable to predatory journals

If there's a general sense that academic publication is about knowledge dissemination rather than meeting performance targets, academics and universities become less vulnerable to predatory journals.
Getting access to a university doesn’t necessarily mean feeling comfortable in that space. Ian Barbour/Flickr

A South African case study: how to transform student support efforts

Students experience intense feelings of discomfort, confusion and even embarrassment at being classified as “different” and an “anomaly” alongside the norm of white academic success.
South Africa’s government is trying to approach student funding differently. EPA/NIC BOTHMA

South Africa’s student funding scheme should be strengthened

The ministerial task team's report presents a jaundiced view of an important organisation that's opened the doors of higher education to many who would otherwise have been closed out.
The “de-” in decolonisation is a chance to break away from colonial ways of doing things. Shutterstock

Decolonising the curriculum: it’s in the detail, not just in the definition

There are other ways to conduct meetings and present lectures. Could adopting, adapting or even just understanding more about these help universities to release colonialism's grip on their practices?
The demand for “decolonised education” may jeopardise research and learning in South Africa. Nic Bothma/EPA

What “decolonised education” should and shouldn’t mean

It's important that South African teachers, lecturers and professors develop curricula that build on the best knowledge skills, values, beliefs and habits from around the world.

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