New digital library to make 30 years of environmental learning and research resources accessible for all
Over the past 30 years, the Rhodes University Environmental Learning and Research Centre (ELRC) has created a plethora of scholarship on social innovation, environmental education, and the transformative potential of university and civil society partnerships.
Rhodes University School of Journalism and Media Studies wraps up its 50th-anniversary celebration by honouring its final 24 trendsetting alumni
Rhodes University School of Journalism and Media Studies (JMS) wrapped up its 50th-anniversary celebrations and awards last week.
Using Nanotechnology to change the world
Last week, at the Barratt lecture theatre, Rhodes University hosted a two-day Department of Science and Innovation (DSI)-Mintek Nanotechnology Innovation Centre (NIC) annual workshop.
Exquisite new fossils from South Africa offer a glimpse into a thriving ecosystem 266 million years ago
South Africa is famous for its amazingly rich and diverse fossil record. The country’s rocks document more than 3.5 billion years of life on Earth: ancient forms of bacterial life, the emergence of life onto land, the evolution of seed-producing plants, reptiles, dinosaurs and mammals – and humanity.
Rhodes University honours its retirees at tree planting event
On 21 November 2022, Rhodes University said goodbye to its retirees at a special tree planting celebration event hosted on the Barratt Theatre Complex’s lawns.
Crime is lower when cities are greener: evidence from South Africa supports the link
South Africa’s population is urbanising at a rapid pace. The sheer rate of change poses challenges to planning for sustainable and liveable cities.
University rankings are an unscientific and socially damaging billion-dollar game
Many universities expend vast sums of money to improve their place on the rankings. And they make strategic decisions that favour rankings placement over transformation.
Searching the natural world for a solution to deadly drug-resistant bacteria
Drug-resistant infections caused by the misuse of antibiotic treatments killed over 1.2 million people worldwide in 2019. Without global action, this silent pandemic is projected to lead to 10 million deaths every year by 2050. People living in low-to-middle-income countries with limited access to new and effective antibiotics will be most affected.
Taking knowledge from the university into the world: Postgraduates shine in #3MinuteThesis competition award ceremony
Writing a thesis is tough, but as many students can attest to, explaining it to the world can be just as difficult. Last week, the Centre for Postgraduate Studies (CPGS) hosted an awards ceremony for its internal #3MinuteThesis (#3MT) competition.
The moral outrage about plagiarism belies our educative failure
The police-catch-punish approach neglects to address plagiarists’ misunderstanding of what higher education is all about, says Sioux McKenna.
A Durban theatre company is drawing attention to the ocean through powerful storytelling
Durban theatre company, Empatheatre, performed its play ‘Lalela Ulwandle’ at COP27 in Sharm el-Sheikh on 14 November. The intention of the cast and crew was to place an ‘acupuncture point’ within COP27 decision-making and spark deeper consideration of grassroots coastal realities of the climate crisis.
Vice Chancellor welcomes 81 new staff members to the University
This week, Rhodes University Vice-Chancellor, Professor Sizwe Mabizela, warmly welcomed 81 new staff members to Rhodes University. The 81 staff members started at the University from January until October 2022.
Makana community members uplift citizens with dazzling orchestra concert
On Sunday, 13 November 2022, citizens of Makana filled the Cathedral of St Michael and St George to experience the newly-formed Makana Community Orchestra's inaugural concert.
Science to the beat of a drum
Through his recently awarded PhD degree, Dr Angelius Kanyanga Liveve demonstrates how the indigenisation of the science curriculum through drums and dance can make for a more holistic understanding of the subject for African school-going children.
Recent PhD graduate awarded University of Toronto Postdoctoral Fellowship
Dr Seeprarani Rath, who recently graduated with her PhD degree at Rhodes University, has been awarded a prestigious Postdoctoral Fellowship at the University of Toronto, Canada, to the value of approximately R800 000. Dr Rath, who submitted her doctoral thesis in 2019, was a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Rhodes University Biopharmaceutics Research Institute (BRI) until recently.
How the special Covid grant helped informal traders to stay afloat
No matter the circumstances and challenges, informal traders were able to parlay the Covid-19 Social Relief of Distress (SRD) grant into supporting and even in some cases, growing their businesses, write Senzelwe Mthembu, Sophie Plagerson, Laura Alfers, Mike Rogan and Lauren Graham.
Graduate challenges normative assumptions around menstrual health and human rights in Masters thesis
Supervised by Associate Professor Eduard Jordaan, Gemma-Mae Hartley recently graduated with a Master of Arts degree at the October graduation ceremonies. Her tertiary journey began with uncertainty and after changing her degree multiple times, Hartley eventually found her calling in Political and International Studies.
Rhodes University builds sustainable societies through education with Nedbank
Education should be at the forefront of the country to achieve all the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). These were the sentiments shared by Rhodes University Vice-Chancellor, Professor Sizwe Mabizela during yesterday’s site visit by Nedbank for an update on the bridging programme they support through the Nedbank Eyethu Community Trust.
Rhodes University students respond in droves to the possibility of international scholarships
A recent international scholarship information session had Eden Grove Blue lecture theatre filled to capacity, showing Rhodes University students' interest in exploring opportunities abroad.