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Helping hands in purple boxing gloves

Date Released : 02/10/2018

Alec Mullins Sports Hall was ablaze in a flurry of activity on the evening of 21 September for Purple Glove Promotions Fight Night.

Rhodes University represents South Africa at International Ergonomics Association Congress

Date Released : 27/09/2018

The International Ergonomics Association (IEA) Congress, held in Florence, Italy from 26 to 30 August, is the largest meeting of ergonomics researchers and practitioners in the world.

HKE Alumni Kirsten Huysamen

Date Released : 13/02/2018

Dr. Kirsten Huysamen

2018 Certificate in Ergonomics Short Course

Date Released : 13/07/2018

2018 Certificate in Ergonomics Short Course

PE Ironman 2018

Date Released : 02/05/2018

PE Ironman 2018

Professor Samuele Marcora

Date Released : 19/03/2018

Professor Samuele Marcora

Past and present HKE postgraduate students at the 13th ESSA / 3rd ASHFAS / 1st ErgoAfrica Conference

Date Released : 06/10/2017

Past and present HKE postgraduate students meeting up at the Past and present HKE postgraduate students at the 13th ESSA / 3rd ASHFAS / 1st ErgoAfrica Conference in Johannesburg

Luke Goodenough Recieves Award for the best student paper13th ESSA / 3rd ASHFAS / 1st ErgoAfrica Conference

Date Released : 06/10/2017

Luke Goodenough Recieves Award for the best student paper13th ESSA / 3rd ASHFAS / 1st ErgoAfrica Conference

David Goble PhD

Date Released : 05/05/2017

David Goble PhD

HKE at the PE Ironman

Date Released : 06/04/2017

HKE students at the PE Ironman

CSA Research Team

Date Released : 06/04/2017

The HKE Departments Cricket South Africa Research Team

Khulasande Media Launch

Date Released : 09/02/2017

Khulasande Media Launch

HKE welcomes new Post Doctoral Fellow

Date Released : 24/01/2017

HKE's new Post Doctoral Fellow

Labour inspectors receive Postgraduate Certificates in Ergonomics

Date Released : 09/12/2016

The first group of participants of the Ergonomics short course, developed by the HKE Department, who had successfully completed the course earlier this year, received their Postgraduate Certificate in Ergonomics ...

Mfuzo Boxing Club Initiative

Date Released : 09/12/2016

This year has seen the beginning of a new relationship between the Department of Human Kinetics and Ergonomics and the Mfuzo Boxing Club.

2016 ESSA Conference

Date Released : 03/11/2016

The 12th Conference of the Ergonomics Society of South Africa was held at the Steenberg Estate in Cape Town on 29 and 30 August 2016.

Ergonomics Regulations

Date Released : 03/11/2016

Ergonomics Regulations

LTMIC2016 Conference

Date Released : 03/11/2016

The 2016 Life Through Movement International Conference, held at the University of Pretoria between 6-8 October 2016

Local Soccer Development

Date Released : 14/09/2016

2016 has seen an exciting new community engagement initiative for HKE.

Yashin Naidoo breaks SA Record

Date Released : 05/02/2016

Yashin Naidoo, archer, recently shot his way to another South African record at the Eric Parker Championships held in Durban on the 30th and 31st January, hosted by the Kings Park Archery Club.

HKE bids Professor Matthias Goebel Farewell

Date Released : 29/01/2016

Professor Goebel arrived in Grahamstown in 2006, fresh from a wintry Berlin, to take up the position as Professor and Head of Department, on the retirement of Professors Pat Scott and Jack Charteris.

HKE hosts College and DSG

Date Released : 29/01/2016

Grade 11 Life Orientation classes from DSG and St Andrew's College came into the HKE Department to experience "hands on" anatomy.

2016 New Staff

Date Released : 29/01/2016

A number of our postgraduates have been selected for Teaching Assistanceships in the department for 2016.

Professor Christie in San Antonio

Date Released : 24/11/2015

Professor Candice Christie, head of department, was recently invited to evaluate research conducted by the US Air Force based in San Antonio.

PhD Scholar David Goble wins Best Oral Presentation at SASMA 2015

Date Released : 27/10/2015

PhD scholar in the department, David Goble, won the Best Presentation award at the 2015 edition of the South African Sports Medicine Association's annual international conference. Held in Sandton, Johannesburg, at the Sandton Convention Centre, HKE was represented by David, Lee Pote, Stacy Nelleman, Jessie Pearson, Robert Jones and Matthew Clark.

From UCT to Rhodes

Date Released : 19/10/2015

Professor Julia Goedecke and James Brown (PhD) visited the Human Kinetics and Ergonomics department from the Exercise Science and Sports Medicine Department at UCT (Sports Science Institute of South Africa) to present on a number of research areas central to their fields of interest and expertise.

Postgraduate Publication and Best Paper Awards

Date Released : 16/10/2015

Vice-Chancellor Dr Sizwe Mabizela honoured postgraduate students from Rhodes University who had published journal articles and/or who had won conference awards (i.e. best paper award) in the past 12 months.

Ben Ryan Appointed as Temporary Lecturer

Date Released : 07/10/2015

HKE staff welcome Ben Ryan, current MSc scholar, as temporary lecturer in the department, effective immediately.

Zandi talks Aeroplane Safety

Date Released : 05/10/2015

Zandile Hoyi, MSc scholar in the department, recently attended the Applied Human Factors and Aviation conference in Cape Town. The only student presenter, her presentation was entitled: “The alertness of pilots during semi-automated flights”. Read on for more…

Jonathan Davy awarded Best Paper at Aviation Conference

Date Released : 05/10/2015

Jonathan Davy attended the Second African Symposium on Human Factors and Aviation Safety, which was held in Cape Town between the 7th and 11th of September at the Protea Fire and Ice hotel in the centre of Cape Town. The theme of this year’s conference was “From talking to doing safety” and offered the opportunity for members of the African aviation industry to network with academics and other researchers to explore how mutual efforts in combining research rigor with operational experience can improve safety performance in the industry.

Honours Research: Shannon Proctor

Date Released : 29/09/2015

For her Honours mini-research project, Shannon Proctor investigated the effects of fast bowling in cricket on fatigue in the lower extremities.

Associate Professor Candice Christie

Date Released : 29/09/2015

It is with great pride and excitement that HKE announces the award of Associate Professor received by Candice Christie in September 2015.

HKE hosts Dr Miranda Armstrong

Date Released : 21/09/2015

HKE recently hosted Dr Miranda Armstrong, who is based in the Cancer Epidemiology Unit of the Nuffield Department of Population Health and the University of Oxford.

HKE represented at ASSAf Young Scientists' Conference 2015

Date Released : 21/09/2015

The Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf) together with TWAS-ROSSA (The World Academy of Science- The Regional Offices for Sub-Saharan Africa) hosted the 2015 Young Scientists’ Conference in Johannesburg from 16 – 18 September.

HKE rep[resented at 19th Triennial Congress of the International Ergonomics Association

Date Released : 17/08/2015

Prof Matthias Goebel, Dr. Swantje Zschernack and Miriam Mattison attended the 19th Triennial Congress of the International Ergonomics Association in Melbourne, Australia from 9-14 August 2015.

Andrew Todd elected chair of International Committee

Date Released : 17/08/2015

Mr Todd has been elected as Chair of the International Development Standing Committee (IDC) of the International Ergonomics Association for a three year term.

NRF Free-standing / Scarce Skills / Innovation Postdoctoral Fellowships Call for 2016

Date Released : 23/07/2015

The National Research Foundation (NRF) in partnership with the Department of Science and Technology (DST) and the Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET) are pleased to announce the call for scholarship applications for 2016.

HKE represented at International Conference of Critical Health Psychology

Date Released : 07/07/2015

The Biennial Conference of the International Society of Critical Health Psychology takes place from July 12 - 15 in Grahamstown, South Africa, hosted by Rhodes University.

2016 Applications for Rhodes University Post-Doctoral Fellowships

Date Released : 06/07/2015

Interested individuals who hold or will have completed a PhD by the end of 2015 are invited to apply.

International Movement and Nutrition Society Conference

Date Released : 29/06/2015

Dr Janet Viljoen received Rhodes Travel&Subsistence funding to attend this conference which took place from 12 - 14 June in Regensburg, Germany.

Dr Christie awarded HELTASA TAU Fellowship (2015/2016)

Date Released : 29/06/2015

The Higher Education Learning and Teaching Association of SA (HELTASA) recently awarded Dr Christie a 'Teaching Advancement in Universities' (TAU) Fellowship.

Post-graduate Certificate in Ergonomics

Date Released : 08/06/2015

An exciting development is the launch of the brand new Post-graduate Certificate in Ergonomics.

Justin McDougall awarded MSc with distinction

Date Released : 14/05/2015

"The impact of three different footwear conditions on individual biomechanical, physiological and psychophysical responses during running" had Justin recruit individuals to run either barefoot, in cushioned running shoes or in minimal footwear.

Robert Jones awarded Erasmus Mundus Mobility Grant

Date Released : 04/05/2015

HKE PhD scholar, Rob Jones, has been awarded a scholarship that will see him complete six months of his degree at Masaryk University in the Czech Republic.

Wishing Tyrone Douglas Well

Date Released : 20/04/2015

Tyrone Douglas has been Technical Officer in the department for the past six and a half years. He leaves us in May 2015 - read more about the exciting plans he has.

Elizabeth Bassey-Duke receives MSc with Dinstinction

Date Released : 15/04/2015

Elizabeth received her MSc in 2015 with distinction. Read more about her research here.

HKE celebrates 2015 Graduands

Date Released : 10/04/2015

HKE celebrated a very successful 2015 graduation. With graduates in the Science, Social Science, Humanities and Commerce faculties it is a busy time for staff, who supported HKE candidates at no fewer than five of the six ceremonies this year.


Date Released : 03/03/2015

Abstract submissions are invited for the 2nd annual African Symposium on Human Factors and Aviation, to be held in Cape Town from 7 - 11 September 2015.

Dr Zschernack in Shanghai

Date Released : 08/04/2015

Dr Swantje Zschernack, currently on sabbatical at Tongji University in Shanghai, China, recently presented at an interdisciplinary consortium.

HKE at World Conference of Science and Medicine in Cricket 2015

Date Released : 25/03/2015

Dr Candice Christie along with PhD scholars David Goble and Lee Pote travelled to Australia in MArch 2015 to attend the World conference of Science and Medicine in Cricket (WCSM) held in Sydney.


Date Released : 11/02/2015

Various recent achievements and accolades amongst the staff at HKE


Date Released : 11/02/2015

Whether a returning student or a new first year student, a hearty welcome back to HKE in 2015!

ESSA Professional Affairs Board Charter

Date Released : 11/02/2015

The PAB charter was accepted at the ESSA AGM, thus bringing the PAB into existence and heralding the start of the Certification process for professional Ergonomists. Finer details will be worked on in due course, but those who have graduated with degree in HKE can submit their applications for certification as of 26 November 2014. The PAB is chaired by Professor Matthias Goebel, and he is ably assisted by Dr Swantje Zschernack from Rhodes University and Mr Jan-Ryno Smith of Ergonomics Technologies (ErgoTech).

Ergonomics Society of South Africa AGM Report

Date Released : 11/02/2015

Members of ESSA converged in Gauteng recently for a workshop and the Annual General Meeting of the society. In reflecting on the past 6 years of his tenure as Chair, Andrew Todd reminded those present of the strategic aims the committee set in place on 6 November 2009:

About the Ergonomics Society of South Africa

Date Released : 11/02/2015

All students undertaking a degree in Human Kinetics and Ergonomics are welcome and encouraged to become members of the professional society (ESSA).

HKE teaches Montessori scholars about Human Body

Date Released : 24/02/2015

Masters students recently rose to the challenge and hosted an excited class of scholars from the local Timlin Montessori school.

HKE Represented at International Cricket Statistics Meeting in Australia

Date Released : 16/02/2015

Dr Candice Christie has been asked to present South African cricket injury statistics at a meeting of international role-players prior to the International Conference of Science and Medicine in Cricket.

New ESSA Committee

Date Released : 11/02/2015

A new committee was elected at the Ergonomics Society of South Africa’s AGM held at the University of the Witwatersrand on 26 November 2014.

HKE Lecturer wins prestigious Vice Chancellor's Distinguished Teaching Award 2014

Date Released : 13/02/2015

Mr Andrew Todd, Senior Lecturer in the Human Kinetics and Ergonomics Department was awarded the VC's Distinguished Teaching Award at the Science Graduation ceremony in April 2014.
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A new committee was elected at the Ergonomics Society of South Africa’s AGM held at the University of the Witwatersrand on 26 November 2014. Professor Andrew Thatcher, professor of Industrial Organisational Psychology at WITS University, was elected as Chair and we wish him well as he takes the reins from Mr Andrew Todd. Professor Thatcher will be ably assisted by committee members: Ms Jessica Hutchings, Ms Sally Lombaert, Ms Sma Ngcamu, Mr Jonathan Davy and Professor Simeon Davies. Professor Matthias Goebel (Chair), Dr Swantje Zschernack and Mr Jan-Ryno Smith will continue as members of the Professional Affairs Board.

The outgoing committee was thanked for their valuable contribution made to ESSA and to Ergonomics in South Africa, with particular gratitude to Mr Andrew Todd for his personal dedication to the society.

Last Modified: Wed, 11 Feb 2015 14:09:41 SAST

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Recent achievements amongst the HKE staff cohort:

- Dr Swantje Zschernack - has been offered a fully funded sabbatical exchange to teach at Shongji University in Shanghai, China. Dr Zschernack will be in Shanghai between March and June 2015. We look forward to her report back!

- Mr Andrew Todd - has been asked to sit on an International Ergonomics Association sub-committee. 

- Dr Candice Christie - who received a long-service award for 15 years at Rhodes in 2015.

- Mr Jonathan Davy - elected as Secretary/Treasurer of the Ergonomics Society of South Africa.

- Mrs Miriam Mattison - awarded a Claude Leon scholarship for her upcoming sabbatical period in the second half of the year.

- Dr Janet Viljoen - awarded a second year of her Rhodes University Post-Doctoral Fellowship for 2015.

Last Modified: Tue, 10 Feb 2015 09:18:19 SAST



HKE Orientation Lecture. Tuesday 14 February, 14:20 to 15:00 in Chemistry Major