Rhodes has been awarded three more SARChI chairs. The South African Research Chairs Initiative (SARChI) was established in 2006. Minister Pandor has this morning announced the names of the SARChI Chair awardees for 2015, three of whom are from Rhodes: Dr Adrienne Edkins, Prof. Ruth Simbao and Prof. Heila Lotz-Sisitka. This brings to 14 the number of SARChI chairs awarded to Rhodes University, or 7% of all chairs awarded to date.
This concentration of chairs does wonderful things for the intellectual space of Rhodes, the smallest established institution, making up 0.75% of the sector. The latest SARChI call was reserved for women researchers, and has succeeded in bringing the percentage of women chairs supported by this national programme up to 40%.