There are more black African academic staff at South African universities than before.
Despite some positive shifts, the staffing situation at public higher education institutions remains polarised in terms of race and gender.
Universities must do more than just offer online learning: they must make sure lecturers know how to adapt to the technology.
Lecturers need to be adept at both the theories of online learning and the technology used to do it.
There are ways to make the path to a chartered accountancy qualification less fraught for black candidates.
Smart, capable students struggled to navigate cultural and language norms in university accounting classrooms.
The integrity of the academic project should underscore universities’ work at all times.
Where both capacity and integrity are weak, dysfunction is inevitable.
A good supervisor can help PhD students through the process.
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A good supervisor can make all the difference for a PhD candidate on their tough academic journey.
When faced with a class full of learners, student teachers must adapt theory to practice.
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Student teachers saw certain incidents in their classrooms as a learning process that caused them to act, respond and reflect so they could maintain quality teaching.
Toni Morrison’s legacy echoes across the world.
In some ways, perhaps Morrison is even more relevant in South African universities today than she’s ever been.
A protest outside South Africa’s Parliament demanding amnesty for students arrested during “fees must fall” protests.
More than ever, South African universities need a new social contract that charts a way forward and begins to heal divisions.
UCT will honour Sarah Baartman by naming a hall after her.
Sarah Baartman’s name can be elevated to the highest point of the University of Cape Town’s campus, but if her legacy isn’t built into each classroom and interaction the honour is hollow.
South African universities need to shift their focus away from rankings.
Global university rankings are based on a snapshot of institutional performance. A gain by one institution is a loss by another.
South Africa is struggling to eradicate poverty.
Despite a relatively slow start, South Africa can speed up its implementation of the SDGs.
Writing groups provide a space where the “rules of the game” of academia become clear.
Young people don’t always know exactly what they want to study, or what their interests are. Flexibility helps.
Curriculum structure and flexibility can play a crucial role in students’ progression and success.
Proper guidance, support and advice can help university students enormously.
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Formal, accessible academic advice systems can help university graduation rates.
Work hard, read your books, and university will be a breeze…or will it?
Social class plays a huge role in people’s experiences of accessing and succeeding in higher education.
Those demanding free higher education don’t realise this would be a regressive policy.
The ethical and political reasons to avoid free higher education are unambiguous.
The fight for free university education in South Africa is entering its fourth year.
In many respects, President Jacob Zuma’s free higher education proposal in South Africa is the worst kind of populism.
The storm clouds above South Africa’s universities could be dissipated with careful fiscal planning.
Alternative scenarios for tertiary funding in South Africa are set out in a completely separate report from the Davis Tax Committee drawing from work done by the higher education department.
A sign at a march in Soweto, South Africa, shows just how important social support is for lesbians.
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.
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.