UFS language department ramps changes for students
A new curriculum, exciting third-year seminars, and a transition to continuous assessment. These are some of the changes made by the Department of English at the University of the Free State (UFS) over the past few years. The department, which also boasts four National Research Foundation (NRF) researchers, did this to tailor the... Read more
Socially-integrated engineering research to positively impact fire management in informal settlements
Stellenbosch University’s fire engineering research unit, led by Dr Richard Walls, has received a grant of R4.3m from the UK based, Engineering and Physical Science Research Council (EPSRC).   The unit is collaborating with the University of Edinburgh’s BRE Centre for Fire Safety Engineering (CFSE) with a shared commitment to... Read more
A ground-breaking research project which looks at how factors such as race, gender, class and language intersect to create inequality among university students is on the cards. The three-year project sees a team of academics from four universities exploring how these demographic characteristics combine to create inequalities among students... Read more
Dr Makutoane to present research on world stage in US
To present a research paper at an international conference of about 10 000 people and where 100 sessions are taking place at the same time is what dreams are made of for an academic. This is no longer a dream for the humble Dr Tshokolo Makutoane who will share his knowledge... Read more
In March this year UCT launched its eighth massive open online course (MOOC): Extinctions: Past and Present with Professor Anusuya Chinsamy-Turan, a palaeobiologist in the department of biological sciences. Since its launch in March, over 3 300 participants from 120 countries around the world have signed up for the MOOC, with the... Read more
Night-time tracking of island “ghost birds”
Plettenberg Bay zoology masters student Danielle van den Heever adopted a nocturnal routine to study tropical “ghost birds”, slightly bigger than doves yet tough enough to fly hundreds of kilometres out to sea. Van den Heever, 24, from Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University’s Marine Apex Predator Research Unit (Mapru), studied... Read more
Four NWU researchers in running for science oscars
Four scientists of the North-West University (NWU) are finalists in the National Science and Technology’s (NSTF) prestigious science awards, also known as the “science oscars” of South Africa. Prof Louis du Preez (zoology), Prof Alta Schutte (cardiovascular physiology), Prof Melville Saayman (tourism) and Prof Linda Godfrey (waste research) were announced as finalists in... Read more
NWU PhD student receives prize for best research journal
Sidwell Sihlangu, a PhD student from the North-West University`s (NWU’s) campus in Mahikeng, received prize money to the value of R20 000 for the best researched journal in scientific innovation at the recent Provincial Youth in Agriculture Awards (YAA) on 23 June 2017 in Wolmaranstad. Sidwell received this prize... Read more
SA has highest blood pressure in Southern Africa
A study by Wits scientists and peers has revealed that South Africa has the highest prevalence of hypertension in southern Africa. South Africa also has the largest number of people whose blood pressure is still not controlled, even whilst on treatment. These were among the findings of a paper, entitled: Stark... Read more
Man meets machine…machine reads man!
Unisa’s School of Computing (SoC) has proven once again that it is at the cutting edge of technology and research by acquiring equipment that measures a wide range of physiological indicators. Psychophysiology is an area of psychology that measures an individual’s bodily responses to reveal something about their mental state and... Read more