The scholarship of leadership
Date Released : 23/08/2019As is the tradition, Rhodes University presented the inaugural lecture of Professor Noel Pearse titled, The Scholarship of Leadership: An illustration of the Integration of Research, Teaching & Learning and Community Engagement.
Inspiring entrepreneurial flair
Date Released : 22/08/2019Entrepreneur, global motivational speaker, philanthropist and travel guru, Ms Johanna Mukoki recently inspired budding entrepreneurs to be agents of change when achieving their goals, as part of Rhodes University’s Student Entrepreneurship Week.
A dream come true for newly elected SRC President
Date Released : 22/08/2019Rhodes University students have entrusted a 23-year-old Pharmacy student, Katlego Mphahlele, with the role of leading the 2020 Student Representative Council (SRC).
SRC hosts first annual governance colloquium
Date Released : 20/08/2019The Rhodes University Student Representative Council (SRC) 2019 recently hosted their first annual Student Governance Colloquium.
Women take the lead: 2020 SRC inauguration
Date Released : 20/08/2019The night of 16 August was a monumental victory for women in leadership as Rhodes University inaugurated its 2020 Student Representative Council (SRC), with a total of 13 out of 15 positions being filled by women.
An in-depth look at how enzymes benefit the bio-economy
Date Released : 16/08/2019As the recipient of the 2018 Vice Chancellor’s Senior Distinguished Research Award, Professor Brett Pletschke presented a lecture on his research topic and findings on 14 August in the Eden Grove Blue lecture theatre.
Rhodes University attends Africa Multiple Cluster of Excellence inaugural meeting
Date Released : 16/08/2019Rhodes University’s Deputy Dean of Humanities (Research), Professor Enocent Msindo, and the Manager: Research and Development Projects, Noëlle Obers, recently represented Rhodes University at a week-long series of meetings at the University of Bayreuth, Germany.
RUCE honours Prof Chrissie Boughey during Women’s Month
Date Released : 15/08/2019With August being Women’s Month, the Rhodes University Community Engagement (RUCE) Division acknowledged and celebrated recently retired Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Professor Chrissie Boughey, with an interview in its Engagement in Action podcast.
Former Rhodes University PhD student wins 2019 SAIPA Accountancy Top Achievers Award
Date Released : 15/08/2019It was a night of glitz and glamour last night at the Cape Town International Convention Centre, as the former Rhodes University PhD student, Dr Teresa Pidduck, was awarded with a South African Institute of Professional Accountants (SAIPA) 2019 Accountancy Top Achievers Award (PhD Taxation category).
BANKSETA brings work-readiness programme to its bursary recipients
Date Released : 14/08/2019The Banking Sector Education and Training Authority (BANKSETA) this week visited 66 Rhodes University Commerce Faculty and Information Systems and Computer Science students who are beneficiaries of the R8.1 million funding from the sector.
Investec celebrates and rewards Commerce Extended Studies students
Date Released : 14/08/2019The Rhodes University Commerce Extended Studies Programme (ESP) and its sponsor, Investec, recently held a dinner to celebrate past and present students.
Distinguished Alumni awardee Johanna Mukoki is back on campus
Date Released : 12/08/2019Multiple award-winning entrepreneur Johanna Mukoki graces the 2019 Rhodes University Student Entrepreneurship Week.
South Africa is in a great space for entrepreneur leaders to emerge
Date Released : 12/08/2019Opening the 2019 student entrepreneurship week, the Rhodes Business School held a student panel discussion by the attendees of the entrepreneurship development in higher education on 8 August.
Looking beyond the gender boundary
Date Released : 12/08/2019By hosting a series of open discussions and conversational panels, the aim of this year’s Gender Week has been to facilitate the process of healing and to educate the University community about gender, societal and institutional culture.
Dismantling the framing of difference
Date Released : 12/08/2019The second day of Gender Week ended in an insightful conversation titled 'Debunking Deviance', facilitated by Dr Lindsay Kelland, Senior Lecturer at the Allan Gray Centre for Learning Ethics (AGCLE).
Through a village boy’s eyes: a journey of literary criticism
Date Released : 08/08/2019As per tradition, Rhodes University recently hosted an inaugural lecture of Professor Patrice Kabeya Mwepu, after he was conferred the status of Full Professor by the University.
We need more women in leadership roles
Date Released : 08/08/2019The Registrar of Rhodes University, Dr Adéle Moodly, held a public lecture on 5 August, posing the question: Are there divergence in perspectives pertaining to pathways of women to positions of leadership in Higher Education?
Three individuals from Rhodes University make Top 35-under-35 finalist list
Date Released : 08/08/2019Two alumni and one Rhodes University lecturer have made the SAICA Top-35-under-35 finalists list.
PhD candidate attends BRICS Network University meeting in Brazil
Date Released : 07/08/2019Rhodes University PhD candidate in the Department of Economics and Economic History, Nandi Fumbata, is attending the BRICS Network University (BRICS NU) Research Seminar and Winter School, currently underway at the University of Campinas in Brazil.
Young Scientists break records at Eskom Expo held at Rhodes University
Date Released : 06/08/2019Learners won a record 14 gold, 11 silver and 24 bronze medals, together with a total of 34 merit awards, at the Regional Final Eskom Expo held at Rhodes University this year.
Remembering S.E.K Mqhayi
Date Released : 05/08/2019Rhodes University’s African Languages and Linguistics Department concluded its series of S.E.K Mqhayi tribute events on 2 August 2019. The Department commemorated Mqhayi Day at Soll Amphitheatre.
How do we write laws for that which we cannot see?
Date Released : 05/08/2019In July 2019, the Rhodes University Political and International Studies Department welcomed its 2019 Nelson Mandela Professor of Political Studies, visiting Professor Adam Ashforth, to give a public lecture.
Grahamstown-Makhanda Stakeholders close ranks in unprecedented “circle of unity”
Date Released : 02/08/2019A diversity of multi-sectoral civil society stakeholders including faith organisations, businesses, unemployed people, schools, rate-payers, youth and cultural organisations, met at Rhodes University on 30 July in an “unprecedented show of unity” to reflect on the challenges facing the city.
Rhodes University honours S.E.K Mqhayi
Date Released : 02/08/2019Rhodes University’s African Languages and Linguistics department held its first series of S.E.K Mqhayi tribute events this week.
Professor honours BB Mkonto during International Year of Indigenous Languages
Date Released : 31/07/2019Rhodes University’s Professor Russell Kaschula was invited to give the inaugural talk at the prestigious BB Mkonto lecture at Nelson Mandela University on 24 July 2019, as part of the University’s commemoration of the International Year for Indigenous Languages.
Rhodes Drama department consistently wins Student Festival awards
Date Released : 31/07/2019The Rhodes University Drama Department has won a Student Theatre Festival award every year since 2014, making this their sixth year of victory.
Rhodes University gears up for Women’s Month with a fun run in Makhanda
Date Released : 29/07/2019With just few days before the Women’s Month start, Rhodes University Sports Administration through its affiliate, the Rhodes Sports Executive Council’s Community Engagement arm, hosted its inaugural Women’s Soiree 5km Race.
Rhodes University Education Faculty hosts a ‘Doc Week’
Date Released : 29/07/2019The Rhodes Faculty of Education has this week (22 -26 July) hosted its second ‘Doctoral Week’ for 2019 at the Environmental Learning Research Centre (ELRC). Read more...
Experts trouble curriculum change in panel discussion
Date Released : 29/07/2019As part of the Education Faculty’s Doc Week, on Wednesday evening, CHERTL hosted a campus-wide panel discussion on “Troubling Curriculum Change”. Read more...
Silent Protest 2019 focus on healing
Date Released : 26/07/2019The Silent Protest against rape and sexual violence will this year not include a march in the city’s streets.
Rhodes University wins third place in national competition
Date Released : 25/07/2019Rhodes University’s Enactus team won third place for the Ideation Challenge at the 2019 Enactus National Championship, held at the Sandton Convention Centre from 8-9 July.
Are ethical lawyers on the decline?
Date Released : 25/07/2019Rhodes University’s Faculty of Law hosted visiting lecturer, Max Boqwana, on 22 July for a public lecture titled: “Ethics in the legal profession”.
Student wins esteemed travel award
Date Released : 24/07/2019Rhodes University Honours student Siph’esihle Ndaba has been granted an Abe Bailey Travel Bursary and will be travelling to Ethiopia and the United Kingdom this November.
Rhodes University hosts animal research ethics training workshop
Date Released : 22/07/2019Rhodes University’s Research Office and Animal Research Ethics Committee (RU-AREC) hosted a successful three-day Animal Research Ethics Training course between 2-4 July at Postgraduate Village.
Rhodes University shines at environmental conferences
Date Released : 18/07/2019True to Rhodes University’s vision of producing research that contributes to solving South Africa’s problems, researchers and students from several departments have recently featured prominently among the awards and keynote presentations of two events dedicated to managing and rehabilitating South Africa’s natural resources.
Rhodes University hosts African Linguistics School
Date Released : 18/07/2019For the first time in the history of South Africa, the African Linguistics School (ALS) was hosted by Rhodes University from 01 July to 12 July 2019.
Coalitions in a state of crisis in contemporary South African politics
Date Released : 17/07/2019The Political and International Studies Department hosted the second day of their annual Teach-In at Barratt Lecture Theatre on 16 July 2019.
The crisis of the opposition in Southern Africa
Date Released : 17/07/2019Over 100 students gathered in Barratt Lecture Theatre to listen to Dr Somadoda Fikeni’s speech, which took place during the Politics and International Studies Department’s Teach-In Week.
Vuka! Makana celebrates Madiba legacy year-round
Date Released : 15/07/2019The Rhodes University Community Engagement Division (RUCE) is encouraging citizens of Makana to join its Vuka! Makana initiative in honour of Nelson Mandela’s birthday this week.
Postdoc wins prestigious award for pregnancy paper
Date Released : 11/07/2019Dr Ulandi du Plessis, a Rhodes University PhD graduate and postdoc fellow at the Critical Studies in Sexuality and Reproduction Unit, has been recognised by the British Psychological Society’s Psychology of Women and Equalities Section (POWES) and Feminism & Psychology after her submission on the governing of pregnancy in South Africa received 72/72 from the reviewers.
Rhodes University welcomes new Library Director
Date Released : 12/07/2019When the Department of Public Service Commission wanted to establish libraries in the former Transkei, they made funds available for Library and Information Sciences. The newly appointed Director of Rhodes University, Nomawethu Danster, was one of the beneficiaries of the fund.
Professor Roy Lubke: Lifetime Achievement Award & Plenary Speaker
Date Released : 12/07/2019Prof Roy Lubke will be receiving the Lifetime Achievement Award and will be presenting “A Review of some Ecological Rehabilitation Strategies in South Africa over the last 50 years” at the LaRSSA conference in July 2019.
A step in the right direction for new Manager
Date Released : 12/07/2019Rhodes University welcomed its first ever Institutional Planning (IPU), Research and Quality Management Manager last week.
A learning convention in honour of comrade Vuyisile Mini
Date Released : 10/07/2019The Vuyisile Mini Winter School is an annual initiative of the Rhodes University Neil Aggett Labour Studies Unit (NALSU), in partnership with the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung (FES) foundation – a German funding body. This year, it runs from from 9-12 July.
Enactus raises R150 000 for community upliftment and empowerment
Date Released : 10/07/2019Since its inception, Rhodes University’s Enactus initiative has raised R150 000 for uplifting, empowering and equipping the local community.
Deputy Auditor-General of South Africa visits PSAM at the 45th National Arts Festival
Date Released : 04/07/2019Rhodes University’s Public Service Accountability Monitor (PSAM) hosted an interactive panel discussion as part of the Critical Consciousness Programme at the 45th National Arts Festival 2019 at the Amazwi South African Museum of Literature on 27 June 2019.
Alumni recall the pain and joy of student life
Date Released : 03/07/2019A gala dinner was held on 29 June at Bantu Steve Biko Oppidan Dining Hall for Rhodes University’s Alumni classes of 1980 to 1995. The event was hosted by Dr Sizwe Mabizela and the master of ceremonies was the SRC President, Samkelo Mngadi.
Rhodes University Alumni reconnect through storytelling
Date Released : 02/07/2019Rhodes University’s Alumni Relations held a festival cocktail in honour of homecoming classes of 1980 to 1995 on 28 June at the Senior Common Room.
Dr ‘Mabokang Monnapula-Mapesela assumes role of Deputy Vice Chancellor: Academic and Student Affairs
Date Released : 01/07/2019Rhodes University today welcomes Dr ‘Mabokang Monnapula-Mapesela as Deputy Vice-Chancellor: Academic and Student Affairs.
Makana welcomes technology-based community building initiative
Date Released : 28/06/2019Social change begins with you - the people of Makana with rich histories, complex struggles and formidable resilience. Tapping into this deep well of stories and lived experiences is the core purpose of Rhodes University’s new Social Innovation Hub - a multi-faceted digital storytelling lab launched by the Rhodes University Community Engagement Division on the chilly evening of 25 June.
Are universities in transition or becoming obsolete?
Date Released : 26/06/2019Imagine there are no longer universities, where the spaces of higher education are no longer producing knowledge. Imagine these institutions were to become obsolete. This was the issue historians were grappling with during one of the afternoon sessions on the second day of the Southern African Historical Society conference at Rhodes University, entitled: “Universities: Politics and Policies.”
Conference urges historians to rethink perspectives on Southern African histories
Date Released : 25/06/2019Addressing over 200 historians, artists, archivists, curators and scholars at the 27th biennial South African Historical Society (SAHS) conference, keynote speaker Professor Francis Nyamnjoh from the University of Cape Town challenged the audience to embrace their incompleteness as scholars and to borrow from one another on their journey of self-activation.
Innovative digital storytelling project launches at Rhodes University
Date Released : 20/06/2019The Social Innovation (SI) Hub is an exciting new project run by Rhodes University’s Community Engagement Division that promises to bring innovation, creativity and improved digital literacy to the Makana community.
GBS donates over half a million to Rhodes University
Date Released : 20/06/2019GBS Mutual Bank has donated R600 000 to Rhodes University for educational purposes this year.
Become Love: published in memory of Brian Gaybba
Date Released : 19/06/2019On 12 June, a small congregation gathered to honour the launch of Larry Kauffman CSsR’s book titled; Become Love: Gradual Growth and Transformation from John to Francis.
Copyright and digitisation in South Africa
Date Released : 14/06/2019Rhodes University hosted its 3rd annual Library Research Week last week, in support of emerging African academics and researchers.
Library kicks off research week
Date Released : 14/06/2019Rhodes University Library hosted their 3rd annual Research Week, which kicked off on Monday 3 June 2019. The topic for the first day involved “Research discovery, evaluation, peer reviews and Publons”.
The Vice-Chancellor and Thomas Alty awards recognised staff academic achievement
Date Released : 10/06/2019Rhodes University held its annual Vice-Chancellor and Thomas Alty Awards on 6 June this year. This award ceremony recognises staff who successfully completed an additional qualification either through Rhodes University or an external academic institution over the past year.
Rhodes University hosts the 2019 South African Historical Society conference
Date Released : 12/06/2019Barely a year before the 200th anniversary of the 1820 English Settlers who occupied parts of the Eastern Cape including Makhanda, the 27th Biennial Conference of the Southern African Historical Society (SAHS) comes to Rhodes University
Rhodes University academics join international scientists in an EU-funded AquaVitae project
Date Released : 12/06/2019Two Rhodes University scientists, Dr Cliff Jones and Professor Peter Britz, both from the Ichthyology and Fisheries Science department have joined over 70 scientists and industry professionals from 16 countries in Tromsø, Norway to launch the European Union (EU) funded AquaVitae project.
Rhodes University receives R200 thousand worth of bursary from GBS Mutual Bank
Date Released : 30/05/2019Eight academically-deserving students, who fall out of the National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) threshold, from Rhodes University have been awarded a R200 thousand worth of bursary from GBS Mutual Bank.
Clean, reliable and fair Makhanda water
Date Released : 05/06/2019Professor Palmer, who has been working with the IWR since 1989, held a workshop at City Hall on the evening of 30 May, with the tagline: Makhanda: Water Works for Everyone.
Biological control as a means to fight water loss
Date Released : 03/06/2019Rhodes University’s Communications Division recently sat down with Distinguished Professor Martin Hill from the Centre for Biological Control, to discuss the history of biological control at Rhodes University and how this method of fighting alien plant species is helping drought-stricken areas like ours replenish water loss.
A call for millennials to take back their future
Date Released : 05/11/2018On the evening of 1 October, the Rhodes Business School held their 4th annual lecture at Rhodes University on Values-Based Leadership, which is in collaboration with the Archbishop Thabo Makgoba Development Trust (ATMDT).
Reconfiguring, reshaping and reimagining our region
Date Released : 23/05/2019As part of International Week, which started off with a vibrant parade hosted by the Rhodes University International Office, an inaugural Internationalisation Summit was held on 19 May.
ARUA Centre of Excellence in Water launches at Rhodes University
Date Released : 29/05/2019The African Research Universities Alliance (ARUA) Centre of Excellence in Water officially launched at Rhodes University on 27 May, with Director of the Institute for Water Research (IWR), Professor Tally Palmer, at the helm.
Students promote poetry, rhythm and art to the community
Date Released : 29/05/2019Spit Pit Poetry & Live Visuals, a rhythm and art initiative started by two Rhodes University students, aims to not only bring the Mahkanda community together, but to promote the creative career as a viable option.
A long family history of academic excellence at Rhodes University
Date Released : 28/05/2019Old Rhodian Judge Johnathan “Jos” Jones, who recently turned 79, shared the story of his family legacy at Rhodes University, starting with his parents, who met at the University in the 1930s.
Rhodes University Professor among research consortia awarded £7 million to tackle HIV-related cancer
Date Released : 27/05/2019Rhodes University’s Professor Adrienne Edkins has received close to 2 million rand from the UK Government to tackle HIV-related cancer as part of an international initiative to understand and treat HIV related cancer.
State of Makhanda: joint stakeholder statement
Date Released : 23/05/2019Having noted the recent media coverage of the impasse between Makana Municipality and humanitarian organisation, the Gift of the Givers, we urge both sides to keep talking to find a resolution that is fair and equitable and, most of all, that serves the best interests of the people of Makhanda.
Rhodes University seeks solutions to Makhanda water crisis
Date Released : 23/05/2019Instead of the usual public lecture given by recipients of the Award, Professor Tally Palmer and her team are inviting members of the community to experience engaged research at the Vice Chancellor’s Community Engagement 2018 Award Lecture (“Water Works for Everyone”).
WATER WEEKLY 10 | 17 May 2019
Date Released : 17/05/2019Welcome to our latest edition of Water Weekly. Please continue to #SaveOurWater by sticking to the 50 litres per person per day limit.
The university course that changed everything
Date Released : 20/05/2019Tanatswa Chivhere, second-year Law and Journalism major at Rhodes University, signed up for the IiNtetho zoBomi course after her friend told her that it was relatively easy. She shares her journey with us.
Dr Ellery shares fringe insights in science teaching
Date Released : 17/05/2019On 14 May, Dr Karen Ellery, recipient of the 2018 Vice-Chancellor’s Senior Distinguished Teaching Award, held a lecture titled: “What happens in science classrooms? Insights from the fringe”.
Invasive plants threaten water security
Date Released : 13/05/2019Rhodes University’s Communications Division recently sat down with Distinguished Professor Martin Hill from the Centre for Biological Control, to discuss the history of invasive alien plant species in South Africa and why they are such a threat to our water resources.
Vuka! Makana brings community together
Date Released : 13/05/2019On Thursday, 9 May 2019, a day after the national elections in South Africa, a Rhodes University initiative with other social partners rebranded itself under the new name of Vuka! Makana, formerly known as Trading Live.
WATER WEEKLY 9 | 3 May 2019
Date Released : 03/05/2019Welcome to our latest edition of Water Weekly. Please continue to #SaveOurWater as you have been doing by sticking to your 50 litres per person per day limit.
Rhodes University welcomes secondary school learners
Date Released : 09/05/2019It is that time of the year again, when Rhodes University opens its doors to secondary school learners from across the Province.
Rhodes University students win international accolade
Date Released : 24/04/2019Four Rhodes University PhD Chemistry students were awarded the top position in the 2019 Hult Prize Challenge for their electronic and electrical waste management system.
Rhodes University’s Education Department makes history
Date Released : 03/05/2019For the first time in Rhodes University history, the Education Department graduated undergrads in the Bachelor of Education (BEd) four-year programme.
Rhodes University Administrator to coach Windbreakers basketball team
Date Released : 03/05/2019Xolisa Kula, an Admin Assistant for the Department of Student Affairs at Rhodes University, was recently appointed as the coach for Windbreakers basketball team.
Customary law in South African courts
Date Released : 30/04/2019Rhodes University’s Faculty of Law recently hosted Judge of Appeal, Nambitha Dambuza who gave a public lecture titled: “Customary law in South African courts - shunned?”
A ray of hope for the city of Makhanda
Date Released : 26/04/2019This hopeful campfire story will need constant rekindling by networked institutions of the state and civil society if it is to fuel sustainable and scalable change in the years to come.
Rhodes University 2019 graduates inspire Makhanda learners
Date Released : 26/04/2019Fulfilling its commitment to individual and social transformation, Rhodes University Community Engagement (RUCE) division in partnership with the University’s Communications and Advancement division continued with their initiative of live screening graduation. The six graduation ceremonies commenced on Thursday, 11 April and ended on Saturday, 13 April 2019.
Giving language a universal voice: The journey to reviving, resuscitating and reigniting isiXhosa after 30 years
Date Released : 18/04/2019Hlumela Palesa Mkabile, a recent Masters in Linguistics graduate of Rhodes University, has opted to explore dynamic and versatile research about the Xhosa language in her thesis, which is the first of its kind in over 30 years.
WATER WEEKLY 7 | 17 April 2019
Date Released : 17/04/2019Professor Tally Palmer from the Institute for Water Research (IWR) has been announced as the recipient of the 2018 Vice Chancellor’s Distinguished Award for Community Engagement, for her ground-breaking work in ecological justice and water sustainability.
Water resource PhD graduate to continue the legacy of Professor O’Keeffe
Date Released : 17/04/2019Matthew Weaver, who recently graduated with his PhD in Water Resource Science, was the last doctoral student supervised by the late Emeritus Professor Jay O’Keeffe, Founding Director of the Institute for Water Research (IWR).
Rhodes University honours Masters and PhD students at special event
Date Released : 15/04/2019The Rhodes University Postgraduate Hall hosted a dinner in honour of new Masters and PhD graduates on 13 April 2019 at the Bantu Steve Biko Oppidan Dining Hall.
Honours degree for petrol attendant
Date Released : 15/04/2019Eight years ago Zolani Bethela worked as a petrol attendant at a BP garage in Makhanda (formerly Grahamstown).
It’s all systems go for Rhodes University 2019 graduation
Date Released : 12/04/2019Graduation season at Rhodes University, which kicked off on 11 April, will see 2 321 students receiving their degrees and diplomas in six ceremonies spread over three days.
Astronomers capture first image of a black hole
Date Released : 10/04/2019Rhodes University contributes to paradigm-shifting observations of the gargantuan black hole at the heart of distant galaxy Messier 87.
The right to vote: a South African discussion
Date Released : 04/04/2019A panel discussion on the right to vote in South Africa was held on 26 March 2019 in the Eden Grove Blue Lecture Theatre. This discussion focused on the right to free, fair and regular elections and the upcoming South African general elections taking place on 8 May 2019.
Local resident overcomes obstacles to graduate at Rhodes University
Date Released : 09/04/2019Ntsikelelo Charles will graduate with his Honours degree in Physics this week and he credits, amongst others, Rhodes University’s many outreach programmes over the years as an inspiration for realising his dream.
Seventy-seven-year-old botanist crowns her life’s work with a PhD at Rhodes University
Date Released : 08/04/2019Seventy-seven-year-old Yvette Van Wijk will soon receive the highest academic qualification that can be bestowed on someone, proving that it is never too late to further your studies. She spoke to Julian Jacobs from Rhodes University’s School of Journalism and Media studies about her journey.
KISCH chats patents at Rhodes University
Date Released : 05/04/2019Rhodes University’s Technology Transfer Office recently hosted legal firm KISCH IP Attorneys, to deliver a seminar on Intellectual Property and the IPR Act at the Main Library.
Starting the postgraduate journey with a map
Date Released : 15/03/2019The Centre for Postgraduate Studies (CPGS) officially opened the year’s programme by hosting a welcome event for all postgraduate students.
Rhodes University honours five of Africa’s best
Date Released : 04/03/2019Five remarkable individuals will be honoured with Honorary Doctorates by Rhodes University during its 2019 annual graduation ceremonies between 11 and 13 April.
WATER WEEKLY 6 | 2 April 2019
Date Released : 02/04/2019Welcome to our latest edition of Water Weekly, which is full of good news. As the water situation becomes increasingly stable, there is less to report on, so our weekly water news will probably become shorter in the coming weeks.
Rhodes University Accounting Department initiates internal review after shock SAICA results
Date Released : 02/04/2019Rhodes University Accounting Department has noted with concern the “uncharacteristic, poor performance” by its accounting students in the 2019 South African Institute of Chartered Accountants (SAICA) Initial Test of Competence (ITC) examination.
Professor Nyokong awarded fourth honorary doctorate
Date Released : 29/03/2019Rhodes University’s Distinguished Professor Tebello Nyokong will be receiving her fourth honorary doctorate in June, this time from her alma mater Western University where she completed her PhD in Chemistry.
Rhodes University publishes study on brain injury in contact sports
Date Released : 28/03/2019Rhodes University researchers published a study in the South African Journal of Psychology last month, based on the doctoral research of former Rhodes Psychology student Dr Diana Zoccola, confirming other studies that demonstrate persistent brain injury effects in association with long-term participation in a contact sport.
Barry Gilder’s The List launched at Rhodes University
Date Released : 28/03/2019Barry Gilder’s latest book got the Rhodes University community and guests riled up during the first public dialogue for 2019 for the Department of Political & International Studies and Office of Equity & Institutional Culture series.
WATER WEEKLY 5 | 27 March 2019
Date Released : 27/03/2019Welcome to our latest edition of Water Weekly. A lot has happened since last week. Please see the latest updates on the water crisis.
Panel discusses the meaning of human rights
Date Released : 27/03/2019Bringing together a diverse audience, the ‘What Do Human Rights Mean To Me?’ panel discussion took place at Rhodes University on 20 March 2019, as part of Human Rights Week organised by the Office of Equity and Institutional Culture.
New Ethics coordinator loves starting new projects
Date Released : 25/03/2019Walking into the Research Office in the Administration Building where newly appointed ethics coordinator Mr Siyanda Manqele sits, I was directed to his office. I found research ethics books lying neatly on his desk.
Chemistry awarded R3.5 million NRF grant through Dr Mashazi
Date Released : 20/03/2019Dr Philani Mashazi, a senior lecturer within the Department of Chemistry at Rhodes University, was recently awarded an amount of R3.5m from the National Research Foundation’s National Equipment Programme.
WATER WEEKLY 4 | 19 March 2019
Date Released : 19/03/2019In the last few days, load shedding has been implemented nationally. This has impacted on Makana Municipality’s ability to supply water to the town and campus because electricity is needed to pump water from the dams into the water treatment works and then into the reservoirs supplying the reticulation system.
Rhodes University Head of Physics forges his own path to publish book on optically-stimulated luminescence
Date Released : 15/03/2019Professor Makaiko Chithambo, Head of the Physics and Electronics Department of Rhodes University published a book entitled ‘An Introduction to Time-Resolved Optically Stimulated Luminescence’ late last year.
VC’s Distinguished Community Engagement 2018 Award winner a true water hero
Date Released : 13/03/2019Professor Tally Palmer from the Institute for Water Research (IWR) has been announced as the recipient of the 2018 Vice Chancellor’s Distinguished Award for Community Engagement, for her ground-breaking work in ecological justice and water sustainability.
WATER WEEKLY 3 | 12 March 2019
Date Released : 12/03/2019There have been rumours circulating, once again, about Rhodes University closing down due to the water crisis. Please note, that Rhodes University has no plans to close down. Please help us to stop these rumours from spreading.
Sarah Baartman District Academy opens world-class doors for athletes
Date Released : 11/03/2019Late last month, dignitaries and representatives of the Makana municipality in partnership with the Department of Human Kinetics and Ergonomics (HKE) at Rhodes University, the Eastern Cape Academy of Sport and the Department of Sport, Recreation, Arts and Culture (DSRAC) assembled in Joza, Grahamstown/Makhanda gathered for the official opening of the Sarah Baartman District Academy for Sport.
Rhodes University helps open pathways for girls and women in science
Date Released : 08/03/2019Globally, the proportion of female scientists and women working in technology is still much lower than that of men. This is why, when Tanya Accone, head of UNICEF’s Global Innovation Centre (GIC), and Professor Janice Limson, Director of the Biotechnology Innovation Centre at Rhodes University in South Africa, met, they recognised an opportunity to do valuable work together.
WATER WEEKLY 2 | 5 March 2019
Date Released : 05/03/2019Thank you to all the suggestions, submissions and engagements received after last week’s newsletter. There were a lot of queries about how Oppidan students and off-campus staff should be dealing with the water crisis, so we are dedicating this edition to off-campus living. Remember, that anyone who lives off campus falls under the municipality’s water crisis measures
ECP Training: Moving Makhanda forward together
Date Released : 28/02/2019Many volunteers might join Rhodes University’s Engaged Citizen Programme (ECP) because they want to help ‘the community’, but it is as one of the student leaders for the programme writes boldly on his purple shirt, “I do community engagement because I am a part of the community.”
WATER WEEKLY 1 | 26 February 2019
Date Released : 26/02/2019Welcome to the first in a series of weekly water updates from Rhodes University. The aim of these regular news briefs is to inform, support and connect with the Rhodes University community in all water-related issues.
Rhodes Stallions register first win in Varsity Shield rugby competition
Date Released : 22/02/2019FNB Rhodes Stallions grinded out a victory against Eastern Cape neighbours, FNB Fort Hare Blues, in an epic Varsity Shield derby match at the BCM Stadium in East London last night, winning 13 -12.
Learners win big with Rhodes University Maths Experience
Date Released : 22/02/2019This year the Rhodes University Maths Experience (RUME) welcomed 22 schools and a total of 360 learners from in and around Grahamstown, with schools from Port Alfred and Port Elizabeth joining as well. RUME is an annual event that hosts learners from grade 7-12, both public and private schools.
Rhodes University student wins car through Absa
Date Released : 20/02/2019Excited Rhodes University Pharmacy student, Mpho Kotolane, was recently handed keys to her new Ford Figo by Absa at Rhodes University.
Two Rhodians named among most influential young South Africans
Date Released : 19/02/2019Associate Head of Rhodes University's Creative Writing Programme Dr Hleze Kunju, and alumna Lefatshe Moagi, have both been named as finalists for Avance Media’s prestigious 100 Most Influential Young South Africans in the Personal Development and Academia category.
New online ethics application system to streamline research
Date Released : 18/02/2019The days of tedious paperwork for your ethics applications are a thing of the past, with Rhodes University’s newly-launched online ethical review application system (ERAS).
No plans to close Rhodes University due to water crisis
Date Released : 11/02/2019Contrary to recent media reports, Rhodes University is not about to shut down.
Land reform experts discuss equitable access to land at UWC
Date Released : 07/02/2019The University of the Western Cape (UWC), together with Rhodes University and the University of Fort Hare, recently held a two-day conversation regarding land reform issues.
Rhodes redefines its student orientation programme
Date Released : 03/02/2019Rhodes University has developed an integrated approach to academic orientation by setting up panel discussions that are more in line with its general formative degree structure.
It’s all systems go as Rhodes welcomes new students this weekend
Date Released : 31/01/2019Rhodes University is well on track for welcoming its new students as orientation kicks off from 2-9 February.
Global Challenge Research Fund partnership for Rhodes University
Date Released : 24/01/2019Rhodes University is pleased to announce its role as key partner in a major global research programme to influence ocean health and integrated ocean governance for equitable and inclusive sustainability.
Orientation for academics kicks-off at Rhodes University
Date Released : 22/01/2019New academics at Rhodes University are spending more than a week engaged in learning of their own.
Rhodes University’s Geography department instrumental in publishing of permafrost paper in Nature Communications
Date Released : 16/01/2019Rhodes University staff and students from the department of Geography have contributed to a Nature Communications journal synopsis about global permafrost temperatures.
Rhodes University will open for the 2019 academic year as planned
Date Released : 16/01/2019Following rumours on social media that Rhodes University will not be opening for the 2019 academic year due to water shortages, the University would like to put it on record that this is not the case. The University’s plans to open for first year registrations on 02 February 2019 are on track.
Rhodes research outputs up 15.6%
Date Released : 11/01/2019The Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET) recently confirmed that Rhodes University’s research outputs are up by 15.6%.
9/10ths mentee named top in district
Date Released : 09/01/2019The Eastern Cape Department of Education named Usiphile Gazi as the top matric 2018 learner from a historically disadvantaged institution (HDI) in the Sarah Baartman District on Friday 4 January, at an awards ceremony in East London.
SARChI Chair awarded Newton Fellowship grant
Date Released : 08/01/2019Rhodes University SARChI Chair for Molecular and Cellular Biology of the Eukaryotic Stress Response Professor Adrienne Edkins, has been awarded a 2018 Newton Advanced Fellowship grant of £101 000 (which is close to R2 million) from the Academy of Medical Sciences.
CHERTL launches pilot short course
Date Released : 12/12/2018This year saw the launch of an innovative tutor development short course by the Centre for Higher Education Research, Teaching and Learning (CHERTL) at Rhodes University.
South African sugar production tour takes Rhodes to KwaZulu-Natal
Date Released : 10/12/2018The South African Sugar Association (SASA) recently invited Rhodes University and several media organisations to their annual media tour, which took place between 28-29 November in KwaZulu-Natal.
Student Affairs’ 3-year strategy plan launched
Date Released : 05/12/2018Director of Student Affairs, Nomangwane Mrwetyana, officially presented the Division of Student Affairs’ strategic plan for the years 2019-2021 on 27 November 2018 at Steve Biko Dining Hall.
Rhodes student a poetry ‘bright star’
Date Released : 04/12/2018Third year Bachelor of Music student, Asakhe Cuntsulana recently published his debut anthology, Ikhwezi Eliqaqambileyo. After completing the Via Afrika WritePublishRead online course, 21-year old Cuntsulana gracefully adds ‘self-published author’ to his biography.
Rhodes staff help acquire first 3D printer for use in SA public school
Date Released : 04/12/2018Rhodes University lab technical officer, Luyolo Mapekula (Department of Biochemistry & Microbiology), and Biotechnology Innovation Centre (RUBIC) Head of Department, Dr Earl Prinsloo, were instrumental in securing a 3D printer donation to DD Siwisa Primary School as part of the General Electric (GE) Additive Education Program.
Distinguished Research awardees announced
Date Released : 28/11/2018Associate Professors Caroline Khene and Brett Pletschke have been announced as the winners of the 2018 Vice-Chancellor’s Research Award.
Data rescue for future researchers
Date Released : 27/11/2018DataFirst, located at the University of Cape Town, recently launched the Keiskammahoek Rural Survey (KRS) and Surplus People Project Survey Datasets (SPP) in partnership with the Neil Aggett Labour Studies Unit (NALSU) of Rhodes University. The rescuing of these datasets formed part of a national Data Rescue Project that had been initiated by DataFirst.
BioBRU celebrates 10 years
Date Released : 23/11/2018A talk organised by Rhodes University’s Biomedical Biotechnology Research Unit (BioBRU) was held recently in celebration of BioBRU’s 10-year anniversary.
Distinguished Teaching Awards winners announced
Date Released : 23/11/2018Dr Siphokazi Magadla and Dr Karen Ellery were officially announced as Distinguished Teaching Award winners by the Rhodes University Vice Chancellor at a Senate meeting held earlier this month.
Rhodes’ final goodbye to 2018 retirees
Date Released : 22/11/2018On 20 November 2018, Rhodes University bid farewell to its retirees at a retirement function held at the Institution’s Senior Common Room.
Nigerians at Rhodes University meet with their Consul General
Date Released : 22/11/2018Nigerians within the Rhodes University Community recently met with their Consul General, Mr Godwin Adakole Adama.
How African Scientists Are Testing Cheaper, Faster Ways To Test For Malaria, Pregnancy, HIV Success
Date Released : 14/11/2018Longer-lasting and more cost-effective ways of testing for pregnancy and whether HIV treatments are working effectively, as well as checking for the top two strains of malaria, are being tested by scientists at a South African university. These could ultimately help save lives in emerging countries, they believe.
Jump-starting innovative new tests for HIV, pregnancy and malaria
Date Released : 07/11/2018“There’s a gap in the developing world for foetal and maternal health diagnostics,” explains Professor Janice Limson, Director of the Biotechnology Innovation Centre at Rhodes University.
CHERTL professors win notable teaching award
Date Released : 06/11/2018Associate Professors of the Centre for Higher Education Research, Teaching and Learning (CHERTL) at Rhodes University have received one of the 2018 National Teaching Excellence Awards by the Council on Higher Education (CHE) and the Higher Education Learning & Teaching Association of Southern Africa (HELTASA).
Rhodes student recognised for paper on nakedness as political resistance
Date Released : 06/11/2018Gcotyelwa Jimlongo, a Political and International Studies post-graduate student won Best Honours Essay at the South African Association of Political Studies (SAAPS) conference held in October.
Artist Bright Ackwerh highlights importance of popular culture in art
Date Released : 30/10/2018Bright Ackwerh, a multifaceted young artist based in Accra, Ghana, opened his first solo exhibition at the RAW Spot Gallery in October at Rhodes University.
Howard University Assistant Professor talks elections in the age of “fake news”
Date Released : 02/11/2018Room 202 in the African Media Matrix was abuzz with journalism and political studies students and lecturers waiting to hear what CNN’s Jennifer Thomas had to say on reporting on elections in a time where “fake news” is rife.
A case for African languages in the legal system
Date Released : 31/10/2018In August 2017, African Language Studies Section of the School of Languages and Literatures at Rhodes University reported that they were developing a new Honours module to ‘address the classism and language-based discrimination of our legal system’.
Accreditation, and postgrad festivities
Date Released : 30/10/2018A large number of postgraduate students gathered at a celebration of their contributions to the academic community.
Using technology to innovate teaching and learning
Date Released : 26/10/2018The Teaching with Technology Showcase on 22 October 2018 saw a group of academics come together to present and share new and exciting technological innovations that they have implemented in their teaching.
Celebrating love, humanity and multilingualism with Professor Kaschula
Date Released : 24/10/2018Prolific writer, multilingual scholar and the 2017 Vice-Chancellor’s Distinguished Senior Research Awardee, Professor Russel Kaschula, recently presented a lecture titled “One Language, One Love, One Humanity”.
SARChI appoints new Rhodes University Chair
Date Released : 23/10/2018The Department of Science and Technology (DST) and the National Research Foundation (NRF) have appointed Rhodes University Head of Entomology, Distinguished Professor Martin Hill, as one of its South African Research Chairs Initiative (SARChI) chair.
SACO 2 and the value of sustainability
Date Released : 23/10/2018The second iteration of the South African Cultural Observatory (SACO) was launched at Rhodes University on 10 October 2018, indicating the sustainability of inter-university projects.
Nobel winner's story shows uphill battle for women
Date Released : 22/10/2018At the recent Jobs Summit, it was agreed that companies should annually disclose pay gaps between men and women employees.
South African journalism’s problems are bigger than ethics: they’re about ethos
Date Released : 21/10/2018When the editor of the Sunday Times in South Africa, Bongani Siqoko, published an apology in the newspaper earlier this month he surely set a new precedent in the country’s journalism.
Rhodes University Librarian scoops LIASA award
Date Released : 19/10/2018Rhodes University Library Services Director, Ms Ujala Satgoor is the first recipient of the Executive Librarian of the Year Award made by the Library and Information Association of South Africa (LIASA).
Rhodes University Chancellor, Judge Lex Mpati, appointed to head PIC commission
Date Released : 19/10/2018Rhodes University Chancellor and former Supreme Court of Appeal president, Justice Lex Mpati, has been appointed to lead a judicial commission of inquiry into the Public Investment Corporation (PIC).
Cosatu’s first woman president attends Rhodes Business School’s Project Management Course
Date Released : 17/10/2018First woman president of Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu), Zingiswa Losi, recently joined her colleagues in a Rhodes Business School short course on project management.
Rhodes University lecturer in high-level review panel
Date Released : 16/10/2018Rhodes University Political and International Studies Senior Lecturer, Dr Siphokazi Magadla, has recently been elected by President Cyril Ramaphosa to form part of a high-level review panel into the work of the State Security Agency (SSA).
Teaching and learning KiSwahili in SA will open doors for investment in Africa
Date Released : 16/10/2018The teaching of KiSwahili will open up South Africa to new business opportunities and investments, said Rhodes University post-doctoral fellow in African Languages, Dr Peter Mose, in a radio interview on CapeTalk on 9 October 2018.
Rhodes alumnus awarded partial UNICAF Global Scholarship bursary
Date Released : 08/06/2018Recent Bachelor of Social Science graduate and Rhodes University alumnus Kihara Muchiri, has been awarded a prestigious UNICAF Global Scholarship to undertake a postgraduate degree at the University of Nicosia.
A case for sexual and reproductive justice approach
Date Released : 15/10/2018Rhodes University’s Distinguished Professor Catriona Macleod, a recipient of numerous awards, presented her lecture titled “Adolescent sexual and reproductive health: controversies, rights and justice” at the Eden Grove Blue Lecture theatre on 10 October 2018.
Recognising meaningful contributions and engaged citizens
Date Released : 11/10/2018Rhodes University has become a leading engaged university, as was evident with the remarkable individuals and community organisations celebrated on 4 October at the Community Engagement Gala Dinner.
Self-Titled: A ticket for Africa‘s artistic talent to shine
Date Released : 10/10/2018Rhodes University student, Philiswa Lila has won this year’s Absa L’Atelier Gerard Sekoto Award.
The magic of water
Date Released : 10/10/2018The 2017 Vice-Chancellor's Distinguished Teaching Award recipient, Mrs Joyce Sewry presented her lecture titled ‘The Magic of Water’ on 3 October 2018 at Rhodes University’s Eden Grove Blue lecture theatre.
Procedural fairness, executive decision-making and the rule of law
Date Released : 09/10/2018Rhodes University’s Faculty of Law was treated to a public lecture by visiting Professor Clive Plasket Judge of the High Court, Eastern Cape Division on 2 October.
Science Café draws diverse crowd
Date Released : 08/10/2018Grahamstown Science Café, which has been running once a month since March this year at Café Divine in New Street, consistently draws an assorted crowd of all ages.
Bridging the gap between academia and general audiences
Date Released : 08/10/2018The Conversation, a not-for-profit media outlet that has played an important role in communicating academic writing to the world at large, recently hosted a workshop for Rhodes University PhD students and staff on how to write about research for the media.
Afems 2018: A single language for feminism
Date Released : 05/10/2018The African Feminisms (Afems) Conference 2018, hosted by the Rhodes University Department of Literary Studies in English and Department of Fine Art, saw Laura Nish, Douglas Thomas, Sue Marais, and Pumla Dineo Gqola present their various bodies of work during a session entitled “Gendered spaces & places”.
Afems 2018:Rebellion to you, strength to us
Date Released : 05/10/2018Dr Siphokazi Magadla, Senior Lecturer in Political Science and International Relations at Rhodes University, knows what it means to be a strong African woman, as her recent appointment by President Cyril Ramaphosa to serve on the Presidential Independent High-Level Review Panel on Intelligence illustrates.
Afems 2018: on death, desire and spirituality
Date Released : 05/10/2018Academic Director of the National Institute for the Humanities and Social Sciences (NIHSS), Dr Nthabiseng Motsemme, presented an informative keynote address at the second annual African Feminisms (Afems) 2018: The Mute Always Speak conference hosted by the Department of Literary Studies in English and Fine Art.
Unlearning as a means to bring hope to higher education
Date Released : 05/10/2018The 2018 DCS Oosthuizen Memorial Lecture took place at Rhodes University’s Eden Grove Blue Lecture Theatre on Friday, the 28th of September 2018.
Tell us your best teacher stories for World Teacher’s Day!
Date Released : 05/10/2018In celebration of International Teachers Day on 5 October, the Rhodes University Education Department is calling for story submissions in honour of teachers everywhere.
Helping hands in purple boxing gloves
Date Released : 02/10/2018Alec Mullins Sports Hall was ablaze in a flurry of activity on the evening of 21 September for Purple Glove Promotions Fight Night.
Rhodes student interns as Next Generation Scientist in Switzerland
Date Released : 02/10/2018For Christian Nkanga, getting an education, furthering his studies and working with top researchers was a dream come true.
There is no social justice without environmental justice
Date Released : 28/09/2018The annual Environmental Awards promote environmental awareness and acknowledge the work of those who quietly soldier on to promote sustainability.
Rhodes University joins consortium in SACO tender win
Date Released : 28/09/2018A five-year tender to run the South African Cultural Observatory (SACO) has been granted to a consortium of universities including Rhodes University, Nelson Mandela University, University of Fort Hare, and the University of KwaZulu-Natal.
Use of mother-tongue in tutorials helps learners understand better
Date Released : 27/09/2018Teaching in the home language of learners deepens understanding, according to Prof Salochana Lorraine Hassan, the Head Academic Staff Development Unit at Fundani: Centre for Higher Education at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology.
Rhodes University represents South Africa at International Ergonomics Association Congress
Date Released : 27/09/2018The 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.
Preservation of heritage or perpetuation of a single national identity?
Date Released : 21/09/2018National monuments, museums and symbols in South Africa are constantly under contestation.
ABSA invests R2.4million in scholarships
Date Released : 21/09/2018Absa recently handed over a cheque of R2.4million to Rhodes University from its CEO scholarship programme for the 2018 academic year.
Sixty-six years of lasting love… and counting
Date Released : 20/09/2018In 1947, Bill Mills travelled from a town called Umtali in the Southern Rhodesian highlands, to South Africa to study for a B.Com degree at Rhodes University.
Pioneering researcher Tebello Nyokong, PhD’87, carries hopes, dreams of continent
Date Released : 17/09/2018It is difficult to know where to start the story – so far – of Tebello Nyokong.
Law Society bolsters literacy with book drive
Date Released : 17/09/2018In line with World Literacy Day, which was declared by UNESCO in 1966, the Rhodes Law Society embarked on a book drive in partnership with Duna Public Library in Grahamstown East.
Professor Wim Trengove narrates ‘abuse of power’ story
Date Released : 13/09/2018A fully-packed Moot Room, which included Rhodes University Vice-Chancellor Dr Sizwe Mabizela, and members of the local National Prosecuting Authority, welcomed legal legend Visiting Professor Wim Trengove SC on 10 September 2018.
The FDA commends Rhodes’ Biopharmaceutics Research Institute, which remains fully-accredited ahead of its larger international counterparts
Date Released : 13/09/2018During March this year, the Rhodes University Biopharmaceutics Research Institute (BRI) was inspected by the USA’s Food & Drug Administration (US FDA) and recently received notification that the audit was successful, a great tribute and acknowledgement despite its relatively small size and modest funding.
Rhodes University women in science honoured
Date Released : 12/09/2018The Rhodes University community celebrates the achievements of two women in science - Professor Adrienne Edkins and her Masters student, Ms Kelly Schwarz.
Rhodes funding telethon brings in plentiful pledges
Date Released : 11/09/2018Rhodes University recently held a telethon to update its alumni database and asked for personal contributions from the University alumni for the Isivivane Fund.
Rhodes commemorates 22 retirees
Date Released : 11/09/2018Rhodes University’s Vice-Chancellor, Dr Sizwe Mabizela hosted various staff members and family to celebrate long service and Arbour Day on 4 September.
Decolonialism rhymes with multilingualism
Date Released : 10/09/2018Rhodes University’s language policy is based on the principles of ‘promoting multilingualism and the intellectualisation of African languages’.
Convocation meeting sheds light on challenges and strengths
Date Released : 07/09/2018Spring day brought with it a reunion and the 68th annual Rhodes University Convocation Meeting, held jointly with the annual General Meeting of the Old Rhodian Union, at the Gavin Relly Postgraduate Village at Rhodes University.
Radio telescope presents biggest ever data challenge
Date Released : 07/09/2018At a recent Science Café held in Grahamstown, Director of the Inter-University Institute for Data Intensive Astronomy (IDIA) Professor Russ Taylor urged South Africa to consider the capacity needed to handle the massive amount of data that the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) project is expected to generate.
Rhodes Business School addresses skills shortage with latest postgraduate offering
Date Released : 04/09/2018The Rhodes Business School is now offering a Postgraduate Diploma in Business Analysis to help solve critical skills deficits in business.
Celebrating women in community engagement
Date Released : 31/08/2018Rhodes University master’s student, Thandiswa Nqowana, is tackling the Grahamstown water issue and uplifting the community at the same time.
Six Rhodes students among GradStar’s top graduates
Date Released : 28/08/2018Six students from Rhodes University are among GradStar’s top 100 tertiary students in South Africa.
Rhodes University’s First Physical Theatre Company tours Cape Town
Date Released : 28/08/2018The First Physical Theatre Company, an affiliated project of Rhodes University’s Drama Department, will be showcasing two performances ahead of a tour to Cape Town.
EPE colloquium held at Royal Embassy of the Netherlands
Date Released : 27/08/2018The recent Enhancing Postgraduate Environments (EPE) colloquium held at the Royal Embassy of the Netherlands in Pretoria was a celebration of this highly successful project.
An affirming space for sisters in science
Date Released : 27/08/2018A well-attended roundtable discussion, comprised of women in science, took place at Rhodes University, where women from different disciplines addressed the science position in the developing world, and how best to prepare for the future.
Rhodes University student wins two illustrious awards
Date Released : 24/08/2018Zakeera Docrat, a full-time registered doctoral student in African Language Studies in the School of Languages and Literatures at Rhodes University, recently won two esteemed awards, including a Women in Science Award for the DST-Albertina Sisulu Doctoral Fellowship: Humanities and Social Sciences.
SA feminism has long been intersectional, says Prof Shireen Hassim
Date Released : 21/08/2018Wits University Professor of Politics Shireen Hassim, based in WiSER (Wits Institute for Social and Economic Research), presented the Fourth Annual Neil Aggett Labour Studies Lecture on the 14th of August at the Eden Grove Blue lecture theatre.
A night of tears and victory: 2019 SRC inauguration
Date Released : 20/08/2018The night of the 17th of August was a whirlwind of emotion as Rhodes University inaugurated the 2019 Student Representative Council (SRC) only hours after the memorial service of the late Khensani Maseko, who was an SRC alumni and member of the Independent Electoral Board (IEB).
There is no shame in being a rape complainant
Date Released : 20/08/2018Sexual violence has become a gruesome topic in the country. On 7 August 2018, as part of the Silent Protest Programme, Rhodes university hosted a “Rape and the Law” panel discussion, where Dr Benita Moolman, Mx Lisa Vetten, Dr Thulane Gxubane and Advocate Nicola Turner spoke about how the criminal justice system responds to rape.
Reflections from a position of privilege
Date Released : 20/08/2018Rhodes University Vice-Chancellor’s 2017 Distinguished Research Awardee, Dr Sally Matthews gave her lecture titled: “Reflections from a Position of Privilege: An Account of a Research Trajectory” on the 15th of August, to an audience of scholars and academics.
Disrupting spaces through art with Aqui Thami
Date Released : 15/08/2018During this year’s Silent Protest, BACK.TALK Womxn’s Collective held a two-day workshop at Rhodes University, which included poster making, an exhibition, and a creative dialogue with India-based artist Aqui Thami.
Postgraduates share research at conference
Date Released : 14/08/2018Rhodes University’s 9th Annual Interdisciplinary Postgraduate Conference was held on 26 and 27 July 2018.
Honouring Madiba during and beyond Trading LIVE for Mandela Week
Date Released : 08/08/2018The Rhodes University Community Engagement Division reported a very rewarding Trading LIVE for Mandela initiative, which continued well beyond its initial allocated week.
Judge President Mbenenge urges students to serve their communities
Date Released : 08/08/2018On 01 August, the Black Lawyers Association (BLA) Rhodes University Student Chapter hosted a discussion with Judge President Mbenenge.
Fifty Rhodes University students receive R5.8 million from BANKSETA
Date Released : 08/08/2018The Banking Sector Education and Training Authority (BANKSETA) has donated nearly R5.8 million to assist 50 Rhodes University commerce and science students with full tuition for 2018.
Bright young Rhodes chemistry student awarded famed Fulbright scholarship
Date Released : 08/08/2018Zweli Hlatshwayo has been awarded the Fulbright Foreign Student Scholarship to study the Chemistry PhD programme at Ohio State University as of August 2018 with full funding.
The lessons, confessions and professions of Professor Anthea Garman
Date Released : 07/08/2018Rhodes University School of Journalism’s Anthea Garman presented her first lecture as a professor at the Eden Grove Blue on Wednesday 1 August 2018.
Rhodes University pushes for an inquest, substitutes academic programme following death of a student
Date Released : 06/08/2018Rhodes University Vice-Chancellor, Dr Sizwe Mabizela, lowered the University flag this morning in commemoration of third year Bachelor of Arts student, Khensani Maseko’s tragic passing on Friday, 03 August 2018. The flag will fly at half-mast until her funeral.
The inequality of Apartheid still felt in Eastern Cape, says Dr Reynolds in new book
Date Released : 31/07/2018The Labour Studies Seminar Series – hosted by the Neil Aggett Labour Studies Unit (NALSU), the Department of Sociology, the Department of History, and the Department of Economics and Economic History – kicked off Part Two of its 2018 programme with the launch of a new book by Dr John Reynolds.
Rhodes University role players help launch world’s biggest and most powerful radio telescope
Date Released : 30/07/2018Several Rhodes University students, staff and alumni, under the directorship of Physics and Electronics Professor Justin Jonas, are involved in the MeerKAT project, which officially launched on 13 July 2018 in the Northern Cape.
Pharmacy Department students cloaked in professionalism
Date Released : 27/07/2018The Rhodes University Pharmacy Department recently held its annual White Coat Ceremony at Chemistry Major to officially inaugurate 2nd-year students into the world of pharmacy.
Twenty-eight students receive bursaries from the Old Rhodian Union this year
Date Released : 25/07/2018Twenty-eight hard-working students received bursaries totalling R225 000 from the Old Rhodian Union this year.
Rhodes University and Giyani sign research partnership
Date Released : 23/07/2018Giyani Metals Corporation has signed a research collaboration program with Rhodes University, South Africa, regarding battery-grade manganese within the Company’s flagship Kanye manganese project in Botswana.
Rhodes University celebrates two 100th birthdays on Mandela Day
Date Released : 19/07/2018Rhodes University recently commemorated two exceptional individuals – Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela and Jane Funiwe Mahlakahlaka, on their 100th birthday.
Rhodes University Law Faculty alumnus receives prestigious Fulbright Scholarship
Date Released : 19/07/2018The Rhodes University Faculty of Law has the pleasure of celebrating the award of the US Fulbright Foreign Student Program Scholarship to its alumnus and former Andrew W Mellon Lecturer, Mr Tladi Marumo.
Rhodes University celebrates three African Reproductive Justice Champions
Date Released : 18/07/2018Rhodes University recently commended three African reproductive justice champions during the Abortion and Reproductive Justice: The Unfinished Revolution III conference held on campus during 8-12 July 2018, and hosted by the Critical Studies in Sexualities and Reproduction (CSSR) research unit and partners.
Department of Political and International Studies takes a practical look at the question of the land
Date Released : 17/07/201816 July 2018 marked the commencement of the annual Teach-In event held by the Department of Political and International Studies at Barratt 2. This year, the four-day event focuses of The Land Question with the aim of providing a historical and intellectual discussion to the policy on land redistribution in South Africa.
Rhodes University to spend a full week honouring Madiba
Date Released : 17/07/2018For this year’s Nelson Mandela centenary celebrations, Rhodes University’s Community Engagement division has seven full days’ worth of activity planned in honour of Madiba’s birthday.
PSAM hosts discussion on improving public access to government budget data
Date Released : 13/07/2018Rhodes University’s Public Service Accountability Monitor (PSAM) gathered members from the National Treasury (NT), the Legal Resources Centre, Afesis Corplan, and OpenUp, for a panel discussion last week at Olive Schreiner Monument Hall.
Rhodes University wins NAF Student Festival Award for Best Ensemble
Date Released : 11/07/2018Rhodes University’s drama department won Best Ensemble Award at this year’s Student Festival at the National Arts Festival (NAF), for its play, Seeing Red.
Rhodians old and established share memories, cocktails, and good news
Date Released : 06/07/2018On the chilly night of 3 July 2018, Deputy Vice-Chancellor Dr Peter Clayton addressed “Rhodians old and established”, as he put it, at the annual Old Rhodian Festival Cocktail Party that took place at Alumni House at Rhodes University.
Determination and drive steers Rhodes graduate to achieve her goals
Date Released : 05/07/2018Lwanda Maqwelane formed part of the 63% female representation at this year’s Rhodes University graduating class and who, through strong-willed dedication and tenacity, managed to defy the odds and obtain her BSocSc Honours Degree in Anthropology in record time.
Rhodes University students, staff, and alumni among Mail & Guardian’s Top 200
Date Released : 02/07/2018Several students, staff and alumni from Rhodes University are among this year’s Mail & Guardian 200 Young South Africans for 2018.
Rhodes University’s PSAM to discuss open data and social justice
Date Released : 29/06/2018Rhodes University’s Public Service Accountability Monitor (PSAM) will be hosting members from the National Treasury, the Legal Resources Centre, Afesis Corplan, and open data activist organisation, OpenUp, to discuss the accessibility and transparency of budget data, on 04 July 2018.
Gavin Krastin and the First Physical Theatre Company put on yet another illuminating performance
Date Released : 29/06/2018Known for his experimental performances that are full of beauty yet hard-hitting, Rhodes University’s Gavin Krastin, in association with First Physical Theatre Company, will be premiering his latest piece, Yet to be determined, at this year’s National Arts Festival between 05-07 July at the Nun’s Chapel.
Alumni Awarded Mandela Washington Fellowship at the University of Iowa
Date Released : 27/06/2018Three Old Rhodians have been selected to participate in the 2018 Mandela Washington Fellowship of the Young African Leadership initiative (YALI. They will participate in a six week academic and leadership program at the University of Iowa, USA and attend a three day summit in Washington with US leaders. They will form part of a cohort of 700 leaders across the African continent.
Award-winning student director tackles another bold play at Student Theatre Festival
Date Released : 28/06/2018Winner of the 2017 Student Theatre Award for Best Original Work, Mmatumisang Motsisi and Winner of the Best Stage Manager Award, Manoko Tlhako, will be putting on another hard-hitting and combative play at this year’s National Arts Festival.
Equipping graduates for the new world of work
Date Released : 28/06/2018The Rhodes University Information Systems (IS) Department Advisory Board meeting took place at BSG's Johannesburg offices in Houghton on 30 May 2018.
Rhodes University’s supplementary school venture ends on a high note
Date Released : 25/06/2018The Rhodes University High Impact Supplementary School (HISS) programme, done in conjunction with GADRA Matric School (GMS), helped six learners obtain Bachelor-level passes this year.
Rhodes University karate team member brings home two bronze medals
Date Released : 25/06/2018Even more proud to be South African – that was the verdict of three Grahamstown karatekas who recently returned from the 7th WUKF World Karate Championships in Dundee, Scotland. The Graham Hotel on Wednesday night, 20 June, hosted a welcome-home celebration for them and their families
UN gets a helping hand from Rhodes University
Date Released : 22/06/2018Rhodes University on Thursday said Director of the Allan Gray Centre for Leadership Ethics (AGCLE), Professor Pedro Tabensky, had developed a learning module for the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) under its Education for Justice (E4J) initiative
Launch of new gallery and SARChI Arts Lounge
Date Released : 20/06/2018The new Arts of Africa and Global Souths Arts Lounge and RAW Spot Gallery opened on 13 June 2018 at Rhodes University.
Rhodes University honours long-service staff
Date Released : 18/06/2018Rhodes University academic, administrative, and support staff gathered in the Senior Common Room to celebrate those who have been in service at the University for 15, 25, and 35 years.
Rhodes Business School MBA programme ranked among top 2% worldwide
Date Released : 14/06/2018The Rhodes Business School MBA programme has been given the thumbs up for another three years by the Association of MBA (AMBA), an accreditation service which currently accredits programmes from the top 2% of business schools in over 70 countries.
Rhodes wins second place at International Trade Law Moot in Kenya
Date Released : 14/06/2018Four final year Rhodes University LLB students participated in the All Africa Round of the ELSA Trade Law Moot competition between 24 and 29 April in Nairobi, Kenya.
Rhodes steps up its security measures
Date Released : 13/06/2018Rhodes University Vice-Chancellor, Dr Sizwe Mabizela, has reiterated an earlier call to anyone with information about an alleged rape incident on campus on Sunday to come forward to assist the investigation.
Irish abortion law referendum highlights need for ongoing debates on reproductive justice
Date Released : 13/06/2018Recently, the world saw the majority of the Republic of Ireland voting in favour of repealing its Eighth Amendment, which has, up to now, had very stringent anti-abortion laws. However, this referendum vote comes shortly after the US’s seeming backwards-moving abortion policy Gag Rule introduced by the Trump-Pence administration on 22 May.
Rhodes visual arts lecturer receives NIHSS award
Date Released : 11/06/2018Rhodes University art history and visual arts senior lecturer Sharlene Khan was adorned with an award from the National Institute for the Humanities and Social Sciences (NIHSS) at the John Kani Market Theatre in Johannesburg on 15 March 2018.
First tetrapods of Africa lived within the Devonian Antarctic Circle
Date Released : 11/06/2018Fossils of two new species of these four-legged vertebrates also evolved in polar regions, and not just in the tropics as previously believed.
Rhodes alumna gains coveted Skye Foundation scholarship
Date Released : 08/06/2018Rhodes University alumna Joanna Pickering was recently awarded the prestigious Skye Foundation scholarship to complete her second master’s degree in Human Rights and Humanitarian Action at the Paris School of International Affairs, a graduate school within The Paris Institute of Political Studies (Sciences Po), in Paris, France.
Fifty-seven Rhodes graduate staff honoured
Date Released : 07/06/2018The Rhodes University Thomas Alty and Vice-Chancellor’s Awards were held on 6 June to celebrate a total of 57 staff members who recently obtained academic qualifications while in the service of the University.
Rhodes biocontrol scientists lead multimillion project
Date Released : 07/06/2018The newly-established Centre for Biological Control (CBC) at Rhodes University has been awarded a R68m contract by the Department of Environment Affairs (DEA), one of the largest partnerships the University has secured to date.
Support Services available to Rhodes University students
Date Released : 04/06/2018The 2018 mid-year exam period has started. If you or someone you know is struggling to cope during this time, we urge you to make use of the support services that are available to Rhodes University students.