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Defending the 'Public Good' in Postgraduate Studies

Date Released : 10/09/2018

The debate over the role of higher education in relation to the public good overlaps with an increasing scrutiny of government funding and the state’s involvement in higher learning institutions. Having professionally skilled citizens is largely considered an essential condition to societal good, but only to the extent that they serve society. If the very costly postgraduate education is not a public good, and is simply a private benefit for those students who study at that level and go on to accrue enormous private wealth, then why should it be funded? This was the central theme of the annual Interdisciplinary Postgraduate Conference hosted by the Centre for Postgraduate Studies at Rhodes University in late July. This conference saw postgraduates engage in ‘public good’ debates about climate sustainability, socio-economic development, the fourth industrial revolution and blue-sky research. The focal point of the discussions was how postgraduate scholars view their work in the context of the societies in which they live – which takes into account (among other things) who the public is, and what constitutes ‘good’.

EPE colloquium at Royal Embassy of the Netherlands

Date Released : 15/08/2018

The recent Enhancing Postgraduate Environment colloquium held at the Royal Embassy of the Netherlands in Pretoria was a celebration of this highly successful project, that has been led by Rhodes University and Vrije Universitieit, while also being an opportunity to interrogate a range of issues pertaining to postgraduate education in South Africa. The colloquium brought together representatives from all 12 institutions in this Erasmus Plus funded project, from the Netherlands, Turkey, Scotland, Germany and South Africa, along with academics, postgraduate students, and DVCs, Deans and Directors of Postgraduate sectors of universities from across the South African higher education system, the DHET, and the NRF. Representatives from Kenyan and Malawian universities also attended.

Postgraduate conference a good place for sharing knowledge

Date Released : 10/08/2018

Rhodes University’s 9th Annual Interdisciplinary Postgraduate Conference was held on the 26 and 27 July 2018. The conference was opened by the Vice-Chancellor, Dr. Sizwe Mabizela, who urged those present to consider their role as critical citizens whose research should benefit society. The overarching theme of the conference was “Postgraduate Education is a Public Good ”, with the sub-themes: Environmental Sustainability, Socio-economic Development, the 4th Industrial Revolution, and Blue-Sky Research. The conference provided a platform for postgraduate students from all faculties to share their research and to enjoy conversations across disciplinary boundaries.


Date Released : 11/06/2018

POSTGRAD CONFERENCE 26 & 27 July Submit and abstract and register here

CPGS Short Courses

Date Released : 18/06/2018

CPGS Short Courses enhance your capabilities, achieve your goals.

Journal Writing Retreat

Date Released : 29/07/2017

Come on a retreat and write a journal article!

Article Writing Retreat

Date Released : 20/04/2018

Postgraduate scholars (Masters and PhD candidates who are working on an article for publication from their studies are invited to attend a fully funded writing retreat. The retreat will take you through the processes of selecting a journal, crafting your argument, drafting your text and article submission. It will also include opportunities to actually sit and write!

Pomodoro Writing Sessions

Date Released : 16/04/2018

The Pomodoro technique is a timed reading or writing technique where you sit in silence with fellow scholars for 25-minute slots to focus on your own work. Facebook, Twitter, Emails and Instagram are banned for the duration! Bring along whatever you are working on and join us. The session will comprise 4 Pomodoros and you’re welcome to join any or all of them! Pomodoros holds every Tuesdays from 2 pm to 3:30 pm (2 pm, 2:30 pm, 3 pm and 3:30 pm) We'd love to include you in one of our Pomodoro groups so you can benefit from a space to develop your writing and achieve your writing goals. Please complete the information below and we will get back to you. Please email cpgs@ru.ac.za if you have any questions.

Systematic Review Course

Date Released : 11/04/2018

The Joanna Briggs Institute (JBI) Comprehensive Systematic Review Training Program enables participants to learn how to conduct robust reviews of different types from quantitative and qualitative research, narrative and text, in order to provide the strongest possible evidence base to inform decisions.

Visit by Professor Karl Maton

Date Released : 12/03/2018

Professor Karl Maton’s visit was greatly anticipated by the many academics and PhD scholars drawing on Legitimation Code Theory (LCT) for their research. But the crowded room that attended his public lecture on Autonomy Codes also included a number of people who were unfamiliar with the theory or how it can be used to make sense of masses of data where questions of access, power and social justice are paramount.

Going to University

Date Released : 11/03/2018

The launch of the book, Going to University- The Influence of Higher Education on the Lives of Young South Africans, took place at Rhodes University on 5th March 2018. The event was a great success and led to much engaged discussion. Notable in the audience was the Rhodes University Vice Chancellor, Dr. Sizwe Mabizela, and Deputy Vice Chancellors, Dr. Chrissie Boughey and Dr. Peter Clayton

Planning your studies & managing your supervisor

Date Released : 25/02/2018

Despite the heat and the glare from the sun obscuring the PowerPoint slides, there was much engagement and discussion at the seminar on Thursday 22 February held at Steve Biko 1.

Postgraduate orientation programme

Date Released : 19/02/2018

The Postgraduate Orientation programme kicked off to a festive start on Thursday 15 February with a social event attended by scholars and supervisors from across the faculties. There was standing room only and the crowd spilled out onto the verandah as the Deans gave brief examples of the wonderful research being undertaken in this research-intensive institution.

Sustainability for Tomorrow Abstracts

Date Released : 13/11/2017

Fifty-four postgraduate students shared their research at the postgraduate research conference held on 29 and 30 September. The conference, which had the theme: Sustainability for Tomorrow, began with a stimulating keynote by Professor Ahmed Bawa, who is CEO of Universities South Africa. Professor Bawa spoke of the need for research that simultaneously addressed social concerns and pushed back at the current anti-intellectualism prevalent in society. Dr Sizwe Mabizela opened the conference and thanked the organizing committee for their work in making the event.

Strengthening Postgraduate Supervision Course

Date Released : 30/10/2017

This is national course prepares novice supervisors for the complexities of postgraduate supervision. It is accredited and certified and entails attending the full course and completing an assignment.

CPGS Writing Circle

Date Released : 15/05/2017

Writing circles are safe spaces for Postgraduate Scholars to focus on their own writing development. Writing development is often overlooked in the postgraduate journey and yet your thesis is examined as a written text. Writing Circles provide a peer-support structure for becoming a better academic writer. Sign up to join today

Pomodoro Session

Date Released : 26/07/2017

Are you struggling to focus? Try a Pomodoro session. Join us every Thursday from 2pm - 4pm Library 4th level, Margaret Kenyon Reading Room

The Interdisciplinary Postgraduate Conference

Date Released : 14/09/2017

The Interdisciplinary Postgraduate Conference: "Sustainability for Tomorrow" is happening on the 29th - 30th September 2017 and all are invited. Come and witness research presentations from various faculties. Registration is important to attend the conference.

Postgraduate Research Workshops

Date Released : 05/09/2017

Three research workshops will be happening on the 7th of September 2017. First one will focus on an ethical approach to science: what is scientific thinking. The second will focus on understanding theoretical frameworks. Thirdly, disseminating your research so that it achieves impact.

Sharing Your Research in The Media

Date Released : 24/07/2017

Join the team from the online newspaper "The Conversation" as they discuss the importance of disseminating research with the public. This session will include a hands-on workshop on how you can do this

Academic Journal Writing Course

Date Released : 01/06/2017

The Academic Journal Writing short course is open to all Postgraduate Scholars and Postdoctoral Fellows. If you’re co-authoring with your supervisor, they are welcome too!

The Voice of Young Scientists In South Africa and Beyond

Date Released : 29/05/2017

Do you have an ongoing commitment to improving South African science through engagement in community development, capacity building and mentoring activities? Come and hear more on the talk by South African Young Academy of Science (SAYAS) executive representative Dr Nosiphiwe Ngqwala.

Managing Your Supervisor

Date Released : 21/05/2017

All Postgraduate Scholars are invited to attend a workshop in which we will tackle ways of making sure you get the most from your supervisor.

Next Generation Leaders in Addressing Global Challenges

Date Released : 21/05/2017

The Centre for Postgraduate Studies warmly invites you to a seminar to discuss the role of students as Next Generation Leaders in addressing global challenges

African Research Universities Alliance launched

Date Released : 19/05/2015

Fifteen universities from eight African countries have launched an alliance of research universities, at the African Higher Education Summit in Senegal’s capital Dakar.

Scholarship Applications Open

Date Released : 16/07/2015

This year the RU Scholarship division is once again advertising a range of scholarships for postgraduate studies at Rhodes University. These scholarships support scholars in a range of different faculties and we welcome both Rhodes University graduates and scholars from other universities to apply.

Youth Day Dialogues

Date Released : 10/06/2015

The Equity and Institutional Culture Office’s main objective is to drive the transformation of the institution towards being an institution whose staff and students’ practices are demonstrably informed by a deep appreciation of equality, equity and human rights. The directorate works in partnership with the various divisions and faculties of the university. It also partners with different student organisations.

Postgraduate ‘Research in Africa’

Date Released : 15/05/2015

Postgraduate ‘Research in Africa’ Cross-faculty Seminar Series kicks off with a seminar on Biodiversity Conservation and Statebuilding in the DRC How can biodiversity conservation be used to enhance co-operation, peacebuilding and statebuilding? This is the question that Deo Kujirakwinja from the Department of Environmental Science raised in the Research in Africa postgraduate seminar.

Sharing knowledge at PhD Week

Date Released : 02/04/2015

Rhodes University Faculty of Education celebrated 10 years of running PhD weeks at the new Education Lecture Theatre.

Rhodes Faculty of Education celebrates 10 years of PhD weeks

Date Released : 16/03/2015

Rhodes University Faculty of Education are celebrating 10 years of running PhD weeks from 16 March to 20 March 2015

Rhodes celebrates postgraduates achievements

Date Released : 21/10/2014

A group of postgraduate students are making waves in their communities after representing Rhodes University on national and international

Rhodes students privileged to have world class nanotechnology equipment

Date Released : 11/12/2014

Having the newly launched Time-Of-Flight-Secondary-Ion-Mass-Spectrometer (TOF-SIMS) located just down the hallway from them in Rhodes

Rhodes position itself for postgraduate studies in Africa

Date Released : 10/12/2014

A new Postgraduate Studies Centre (PGSC) has been established with a focus on expanding the quality,

Near-tragic fire incident sparks student's rise

Date Released : 21/11/2014

A TALENTED university graduate who was wasting away in a dead-end job when he nearly died in a life-changing shack fire

INSHS doctoral contracts with international mobility: campaign 2015

Date Released : 20/10/2014

The INSHS opens a call for entries to assign four doctoral contracts of 36 months.

Sax master recital

Date Released : 24/09/2014

Saxophonist Paul Richard performed a contemporary classical programme for his Masters Recital on Tuesday 30 September.

“Rethinking the South African Crisis”

Date Released : 02/10/2014

Professor Gillian Hart will deliver a Public Lecture and Post-Graduate Master Class entitled ‘Political Society’

Some crime, but most tourists feel safe in PE

Date Released : 01/10/2014

ALTHOUGH most tourists perceived Port Elizabeth as a safe holiday destination, some had been the victims of crime.

PART 2 OF 2 - Incompetent managers could be axed

Date Released : 01/10/2014

REPORT CONTINUES FROM: P1 chief financial officer. Former Local Government MEC Mlibo Qoboshiyane later rejected Nair's appointment and chartered accountant Trevor Harper was appointed when the recruitment process was restarted.

PART 1 OF 2 - Incompetent managers could be axed

Date Released : 01/10/2014

SENIOR municipal managers who are unqualified and unable to do their jobs could soon find themselves out in the cold.

Challenges, chances in agriculture

Date Released : 01/10/2014

AGRICULTURE can play a crucial role in boosting job creation.

IDZ boosts job levels - report

Date Released : 01/10/2014

The Coega industrial development zone (IDZ)has reduced Nelson Mandela Bay unemployment levels and also has the potential to uplift other parts of the Eastern Cape.

Interdisciplinary Science in Land and Natural Resource Use for Sustainable Livelihoods

Date Released : 22/09/2014

Applications are invited for one Post- doctoral, one Doctoral and several Masters research positions with the above Chair in the Department of Environmental Science.

Certificate in Monitoring and Evaluation for Programme Managers

Date Released : 11/09/2014

Rhodes University Certificate Course NQF Level 8 Accredited, 15 Credits

Rhodes to host national conference for postgraduates

Date Released : 11/09/2014

About 100 postgraduate students from the Eastern Cape Universities and South Africa are expected to attend the Inter-disciplinary 6th annual

Postgraduate students win first place at Marine Science Symposium

Date Released : 18/08/2014

Two Rhodes University students, Denham Parker and Phumlile Cotiyane won best student presentation and best student poster respectively

The wind beneath her wings

Date Released : 04/08/2014

A HARDWORKING masters student would not have made it into Rhodes University five years ago


Date Released : 01/08/2014

The Department of Political and International Studies at Rhodes University offers a range of post-graduate study options at PhD, Masters, Honours and Diploma levels. Masters degrees are offered by course-work and thesis or by thesis only.

Dr Ronen Fogel, Post-Doctoral Fellow, Rhodes University

Date Released : 29/07/2014

Dr Ronen Fogel had a happy childhood, in a family that prepared him and set him on his path as a scientist, without perhaps having been deliberately fashioned to do so.

New scholarship focuses on ‘average’ students

Date Released : 28/07/2014

When Ngitholiseni Sithole arrived at university last year, he barely spoke any English. He even dropped a subject because he couldn’t understand his lecturer.

Moshal scholars share experiences

Date Released : 23/07/2014

They’re young, open minded and want to be the best at what they do.

The David Ryan Memorial Scholarship in Philosophy

Date Released : 15/07/2014

Rhodes University invites applications for the David Ryan Memorial Scholarship for Honours, Masters or Doctoral studies in Philosophy for 2015

Rhodes alumni awarded prestigious international scholarship

Date Released : 23/06/2014

Two Rhodes University alumni, Dylan Smith and Timothy Abel, were recently awarded prestigious Rhodes Scholarships.

Student overcomes all odds

Date Released : 28/04/2014

THE son of a Rhodes University gardener has graduated with a BSc.

A two-way relationship

Date Released : 25/04/2014

Managing water better, safely disposing of old medicine, and littering less were the focus of an environmental health awareness project

Rhodes lauds top achievers

Date Released : 15/04/2014

SCIENCE, says Nobel Prize winner Dr Syndey Brenner, is about having new ideas and exploring and testing them, not about bureaucracy, committees

Three Mandela Rhodes scholars

Date Released : 28/11/2013

Lisa Maholo dreams of not only making life better for her family, but her community as a whole.