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Dr Christie awarded HELTASA TAU Fellowship (2015/2016)

Date Released: Mon, 29 June 2015 15:05 +0200

"Heltasa is offering a Fellowship Programme for experienced academics who have been acknowledged for their teaching excellence and who wish to further extend their knowledge about teaching and learning within a supportive and collegial environment. Under the leadership of Professor Brenda Leibowitz, Heltasa has obtained funding from the Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET) to implement a Fellowship programme in 2015/2016." 

Information about the South African Teaching Advancement at University (TAU) Fellowships Programme:

The name Tau is the Sesotho and Setswana word for lion, with all its connotations of strength, courage, leadership and even wisdom and protection. In addition, Tau is the Greek name for the letter T. Symbolically it is associated with life and resurrection/ renewal.

TAU is also the acronym for Teaching Advancement at University.


• To contribute towards the enhancement of teaching and learning in higher education in South Africa by supporting the development of a cadre of academics across institutions and disciplines as scholars, leaders and mentors in their fields;

• To enhance the status and stature of teaching and further popularise the concept of teaching excellence;

• To contribute towards the definition of what teaching excellence means in varied institutional settings.


• To pilot a teaching fellowship scheme and evaluate its effectiveness;

• To generate a set of support materials about teaching excellence in varied disciplinary contexts;

• To provide support materials for the construction of teaching portfolios;

• To provide synergy between the teaching excellence awards and the fellowships awards, in order to consolidate and publicise the work of both schemes.

Our congratulations to Dr Christie on being awarded this prestigious fellowship, and best wishes for the first contact period in Johannesburg in early July 2015.