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Book Award for the ELRC

BOOK AWARD for the ELRC! The ELRC are pleased to announce that one of their recent publications ‘Critical Realism, Environmental Learning and Social Change’ (Routledge, 2016) has been awarded the Cheryl Frank Memorial Prize for 2016. The book was edited by Professor Heila Lotz-Sisitka and Dr Leigh Price (Senior Research Associate), and contains 16 chapters that were penned by Rhodes University Environmental Learning Research Centre PhD researchers, staff members and associates. 12 of the 16 Chapters are based on PhD research that has been conducted in the ELRC, and supervised by Professor Lotz-Sisitka.

Rhodos Staff Newsletter May 2017

Over 600 students volunteer for Community Engagement 2017

“One of the primary roles of a Higher Education institution in a society is knowledge generation and knowledge dissemination. The community must benefit from the quality of the university’s Research, teaching, and learning. Through community engagement, Rhodes University endeavours to expose our students and staff to the social realities of our local community (Grahamstown)”. – Dr Sizwe Mabizela, Vice Chancellor.

Rhodos September 2016


In June this year, Professor Di Wilmot was re-elected unopposed to serve a third term as Dean of the Education Faculty at Rhodes University. Her motivation for continuing in this role was based largely on the fact that she facilitated a strategic planning process and the initiation of a number of new programmes, which she would like to see through to completion.

Education Dept

SARChI Chair will Research Green Skills

Rhodes University Professor Heila Lotz-Sisitka has been awarded a prestigious Tier 1 SARChI Chair under the National Research Foundation’s South African Research Chair Initiative. This research chair will focus on learning pathways for green skills and transformative social learning more broadly.


Making it Happen

A natural talent brought this young maths whizz from Dutywa to Rhodes through the Rhodes University Maths Education Project, but her commitment to hard work and perseverance will see her realise her dreams


The Road to Rhodes

Travelling by bus from Malawi, Dick Kachilonda’s persistence paved the way for a Masters cum laude in Environmental Education. And now his son is following suit.


Count On It

Through development work and research, the Numeracy Chair at Rhodes has seen a big boost in confidence in teachers and learners over the past five years.


A Strong Foundation

Starting with early learning, the Education Faculty with the support of all educational and community partners, is leading interventions to fix school education woes


Partners In Education

The additional educational interventions initiated by Rhodes University, both short- and long-term, are providing much needed and relevant support to the educational mix.

Rhodes Exchange

Transforming the Research Cohort - New SARCHI Chairs Redress Gender Equity

The recent award of three new SARChI Chairs at Rhodes takes women chair holders to 50% of all SARChI Chairs at the University. This is well above the national average which sees the percentage of women chair holders at 40%. Championed by Minister Naledi Pandor, the latest call for SARChI Chairs was reserved for women in a push to recognise and elevate both established and emerging women researchers in South Africa.

Faculty of Education

Growing New Synapses with After School Maths Clubs

According to author and professor of Psychology Carol Dweck, the only way to physically grow new synapses is your brain is to make mistakes. Professor Mellony Graven, the South African Numeracy Chair (SANC), and Dr Debbie Stott, the Maths Club Coordinator and Senior Researcher on the project, have found this to be a good philosophy underpinning the teaching of mathematics.

Faculty of Education

A new ECD centre

At the beginning of March Rhodes Alumni & Development had the pleasure of hosting alumnus Mr Chris von Christierson on a tour of two Early Childhood Development centres, the Joza Youth Hub and the Assumption Development Centre.

Faculty of Education

A beacon of hope

Shortly after his landmark inauguration as the Vice-Chancellor of Rhodes University, the Donor Digest team sat down with Dr Sizwe Mabizela to highlight some of the grand challenges he feels Rhodes University is well situated to help the Grahamstown community tackle.

Faculty of Education

Igniting self-belief

For Professor Di Wilmot, the Dean of Education, the opportunity to teach learners Geography during the High Impact Supplementary School (HISS) provided exciting insights, directly from the learners’ perspectives, into her own research into the teaching of Geography.