Universities have legitimate reasons for employing some staff on casual contracts, but the impacts of the COVID pandemic have brought long-standing problems to a head. Now is the time to act on these.
The rejection culture of academia is damaging. Rejections are inevitable, but there are better ways of managing the process that don't leave individuals to bear the whole burden of coping.
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Researchers will struggle to meet universities' expectations of engagement beyond academia until this work is better recognised as part of their duties.
Enshrining the Model Code on Freedom of Speech and Academic Freedom in legislation won't ensure disagreements on campus remain civil. Here are some practical guidelines on how to disagree well.
Academic freedom will be defined in law. It will keep universities busy with compliance, but the main outcome is more symbolic: the government can say it has stood up for free speech.
Gender, race and rank affect occupational stress.
Changes in South Africa's higher education sector have increased the number and intensity of roles academics take on. This has led to a spike in workload and associated stress.
A developing country such as South Africa needs to increase its PhD output.
If South Africa focuses on getting more PhDs, universities will also increase other graduates in the pipeline.
College students are seeking mental health treatment on campus at record levels.
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A campus psychologist explains why so many students ask him for help after they've failed courses.
Lecturers in extended curriculum programmes make students the centre of their teaching practice.
Without the support of extended curriculum programmes at universities, many students would face academic exclusion.
When a lecturer talks with his/ her back to the students to write on the board, hard of hearing students can’t lip-read.
South African universities aren't catering to students with hearing problems. Here's what can be done.
When academics are pushed to publish and to compete, teaching and research can take a back seat.
More must be done to develop mechanisms based on intrinsic motivations of committed, quality academics. It's important to limit the harms currently being caused by rent seeking.
Who succeeds will depend not on intentions alone.
Two researchers set out to find out why some people might be better at achieving goals than others. The answer, they found, could lie in implicit beliefs.
Ethan Hawke and Greta Gerwig star as John and Maggie in this intelligent, satirical screwball comedy.
Rebecca Miller's latest film, Maggie's Plan, takes on a love triangle and the tribal customs of academia.
Does citing a scholar run the risk of being perceived as validating not only the research, but the researcher?
Scholars have long encountered skeletons in the academic closets of peers and intellectual heroes. But is there a point where a scholar's behaviour is so taboo that their research should be consigned to the academic junk pile?
Lecturing is an important, intimidating job and the academic’s role is changing all the time.
Universities stand to benefit enormously if excellent teachers are celebrated and given the chance to share their skills, and if they have the power to really change their institutions.
Too many academic careers are shaped around writing journal articles nobody reads and planning twice-weekly lectures to a diminishing class of students.
Prime Minister Turnbull has signalled a desire to move away from a 'publish or perish' academic culture toward one that prioritises public impact and engagement. It's a challenge scholars should embrace.
Tertiary institutions in South Africa, like the University of Cape Town (pictured here), are in a state of flux and change.
South Africa's universities are in a state of upheaval. Academic developers must rethink their own purpose and how they work with academics in this environment to foster positive change.
What sets brilliant university lecturers apart from their more average peers?
Teaching often comes second to research in universities. A group of award winning lecturers explains why teaching is the best part of their work.
Things can’t just carry on as ‘normal’ now that university students in South Africa have demanded massive systemic change.
The students' movement has stretched South Africans in personal, professional, powerful and provocative ways. Have academics been stretched enough to reflect deeply on the status quo at universities?
South Africa’s university students – and academics – are coming out of the shadows to share their stories and change the system.
An academic who has marched alongside students during university fee protests in South Africa explains why their demands resonate with her and so many others.