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Teaching & Learning Specialist, Office of DVC Academic, University of the Western Cape

Dr. Subethra Pather is currently the Teaching & Learning specialist in the office of the Deputy Vice Chancellor Academic at University of the Western Cape, Cape Town, South Africa. Included in her portfolio is the coordination of the Institution-Wide Tutor Programme and First-Year Experience at UWC. She is currently the convenor for the HELTASA Special interest group: Tutoring & Mentoring. Dr. Pather, who holds a Doctorate of Education, was awarded a Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET) scholarship from the University of Kwa Zulu Natal, Centre for Critical Research on Race & Identity (UKZN - CCRRI: 2013-2015), to support her PhD study. Her research study was located in the CCRRI’s nation-wide project titled: Education and Emancipation: A critical, intervention-oriented investigation of obstacles and opportunities within higher education and training in South Africa. Dr. Pather’s research interests are located within the higher education field with particular focus on: student learning support, first-year experience and student access and success. Her academic publications and presentations are located in this field. She is also involved in several national and international networks in first-year experience to advance her research agenda.


  • 2005–2015
    Dr. Subethra Pather, Cape Peninsula University of Technology

Grants and Contracts

  • 2018
    Teaching & Learning Specialist
    Funding Source:
    National Research Foundation