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Welcome Message from Student Affairs

Date Released: Tue, 26 January 2016 16:43 +0200

On behalf of the Division of Student Affairs – I wish to introduce you to our vibrant office.

 The complex services offered by the Division of Student Affairs offer a wide range of new experiences and opportunities outside the classroom, thereby enabling students to embark on the process of understanding themselves as critical and engaged citizens. Rhodes University wishes to provide a safe and nurturing student support system as well as a diverse array of residential, sporting, cultural and leadership opportunities that will foster the all-round development of our students, the university, and the region as a whole. Three Sections in the Division of Student Affairs are tasked at ensuring the above occurs: namely Wellness; Sports Administration and Student Services.

The Wellness Section consists of the Health Care Centre; Counselling Centre; HIV office and Careers Centre. The Wellness Manager is also responsible for the management of student and staff harassment and mediation. Emphasis is placed on ensuring that each student takes responsibility for their physical, academic, social, emotional and spiritual wellness. Support services are vitally important in the promotion of learning.

Sports Administration consists of competitive Clubs, Residence Sport, Facilities and the Health Suite. Physical and social wellness are obviously given attention in this administration but the unspoken emotional and academic benefits that sports can generate is often forgotten. If a student is physically well, their wellness approach to life is often evident in their broader purpose, values and general character.

 The Student Services Section consists of the Student Representative Council (which includes the governance of all societies); the Residence System (wardening and leadership structure); Disabilities Office; and FirstYear Orientation. The residence system contributes to personal transformation in the students that is lasting. The principle of social inclusion fosters this transformation. Optimally, the residence system celebrates diversity and respects differences. The living and learning space includes spaces to learn about community engagement and social responsibility. Students are encouraged to engage with the SRC and partake in the residence environment for their own self-reflection and personal holistic growth.

The Pocket Money Fund and Get home safe programme are two initiatives in the division that are here to assist students. For more information on these programmes, visit our website www.ru.ac.za/studentaffairs/

Whenever you are in need and don’t know where to go, please visit the Division of Student Affairs. We are here to listen, refer, guide and support