Southern African Rurality in Higher Education

The SARiHE project is working with student co-researchers across three South African universities – the University of Johannesburg, Rhodes University and the University of Fort Hare. The co-researchers are documenting their prior learning in rural areas and their experience as university students, as well as how they negotiated the transition to higher education. The research will make significant contributions to the concept of rurality, widening participation, equity, social justice and post-colonial curricula in higher education across Southern Africa and more widely across the global south.

This 30 month collaborative project is jointly funded by the ESRC and the NRF and is led by the University of Bristol and the University of Johannesburg.

Recent Updates

Curricular Justice – A Socially Just Curriculum?

In 2016, when we were writing the proposal that became SARiHE, the movements #FeesMustFall and #RhodesMustFall were making the headlines worldwide. Students were clamouring for significant changes in South African universities, including decolonisation of curricula that, in their opinion, were not fit for purpose. The team who wrote the bid had been involved, in their…

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Reflections on the SARiHE project experience

Being part of the SARiHE project team has been an exciting, eye-opening, humbling and challenging experience. The excitement has been on hearing the conversations of the students about their rural-urban trajectories in higher education institutions. As indicated by almost all the students that when they first accepted to be part of the project they did…

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