Category: South Africa

SARiHE Colloquium – Johannesburg, 29 May 2019

Programme Director: Prof Thea de Wet (SARiHE & University of Johannesburg) Welcome: Dr Kirti Menon (Senior Director, APQPPAS, University of Johannesburg) Keynote address: Distinguished Prof Heila Lotz-Sisitka (Rhodes University) Background to the study and key findings: Dr Sue Timmis (SARiHE & University of Bristol),

SARiHE Booklet launch in Johannesburg, March 7 2019

On March 7 the Southern African Rurality in Higher Education (SARiHE) Project booklets were formally launched in Johannesburg, with 24 of the student co-researchers, the research team, social media and policy makers from around South Africa.  It was a moving event

SRHE Conference 2018 – SARiHE symposium rationale

Rural students’ transitions to and trajectories through higher education in South Africa: geographies, knowledges and intercultural relationships Symposium Chair: Sue Timmis, University of Bristol, UK Discussant: Ann-Marie Bathmaker, University of Birmingham, UK This symposium presents 4 papers from the ESRC/NRF/Newton funded

SARiHE team presenting at HECU and HELTASA

HECU Conference 2018 ‘They put her in foundation because she’s from a rural background.’ Rural students’ positionings, identities and agency in three South African universities. Authors: Dr Sue Timmis (University of Bristol, UK), Professor Emmanuel Mgqwashu (Rhodes University, South Africa), Dr Lisa Lucas (University of

Collaborative data analysis process in Johannesburg

For 5 days in August from the 10th to the 14th of August 2018, I attended a data analysis meeting for SARiHE project. The meeting was held at the University of Johannesburg in South Africa. It was designed to be a collaborative

Race for Life in memory of Brenda

On 1 July, Sheila, Lisa, Sue and Karen participated in the Race for Life in Bristol in memory of Brenda. This annual event is a fundraiser for Cancer Research UK and we were able to raise more than £600 (ZAR

Remembering Brenda

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our dear colleague Brenda Leibowitz, who died unexpectedly on 26 April 2018. Brenda was the beating heart of the SARiHE project and her contribution to this research had been

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

SARiHE Seminar in Bristol, UK: 30 January 2018

Rural Students’ Transitions To and Through Higher Education in South Africa Tuesday 30 January 2018, 3.00 PM – 5.30 PM Room 4.10, School of Education, 35 Berkeley Square, Clifton, Bristol, UK BS8 1JA Speakers: Sue Timmis, Sheila Trahar, Lisa Lucas and Karen Desborough, University

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

Working Paper 1: Rurality and Education

Visit the new Publications section of our website to read the first in our series of Working Papers. Rurality and Education is a non-exhaustive survey of research on rurality. It covers key themes in order to arrive at working assumptions for

Lisa and Sheila on tour for the SARiHE Project

Rhodes University and the University of Fort Hare, May 2017 Data collection on the SARiHE project is well underway and on our trip to South Africa so far we have been able to visit both Rhodes University and the University

SARiHE newsletter

Find out about the latest news from the SARiHE project in our first newsletter.

Designing the SARiHE logo

In February, Karen, Sue and Sheila met with a team of graphic designers at the University of Johannesburg to brief them on the design of the SARiHE project logo. Ilhaam Khan, Chérie van der Westhuizen and Vaishalikumari Lad were all recent graduates of

Data collection at the University of Johannesburg

By 4 May at the University of Johannesburg we had made our initial selection of participating students. We selected 23 students mainly from the faculties of education, engineering and science. We had two face-to-face sessions and provided each participating student

Reviewing the literature

As an important first phase of the research, the SARiHE project is currently undertaking a review of existing published data and literature on key ideas, concepts and theories. By summarising and synthesizing previous scholarship, we will be able to provide a

February 2017 meeting

The February meeting in Johannesburg brought much of the SARiHE team together for the first time and one of the moments of excitement was as colleagues from Rhodes and Fort Hare arrived  in the evening, from circuitous trips, and we