President: Daisy Matlou

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I am a Lecturer in the School of Mining Engineering and have taught at first and third year undergraduate level. I am currently working on a PhD pertaining to student academic development. I am an Abe Bailey Scholar; a meritorious student leadership and community service award. My qualifications are: Master of Education (Wits); BA Honours in Psychology (RAU); BA Honours in Sociology and BA (UNIN).

I have extensive experience and a strong interest in the academic development of students gained over a decade from the defunct academic development programme – the College of Science /Extended Curriculum in the Faculty of Science. With the demise of the Extended Curriculum, I transferred to the Academic Development Unit (ADU) in the Faculty of Engineering and the Built Environment and then joined the School of Mining Engineering.

My research interests pertain to students’ adjustment at tertiary institutions, academic support, career development, academic access and success including throughput rates and gender studies. Given the nature of my previous work, I have an elementary research publication profile. I have earned the Wits community citizenship by serving the university over time as either a chair, member or elected representative of over twenty five committees. I currently sit on these committees: University Forum, Senate, Naming, Senior Selection & Appointments, and the Vice-Chancellor’s Transformation Award. Two of my flagship initiatives on students’ support projects are: I started an ‘after hour’ student-led Peer Tutoring programme at the Jubilee Hall of Residence which has since been institutionalised and diversified to offer comprehensive academic support to students in all residences.

I was a team member of ten volunteers who were trained in Voluntary Counselling and Testing of HIV and AIDS (VC&T). We offered the services to many Wits students showing evidence of a need for a campus based service. The current Wits Campus Health and Wellness Centre VC&T of HIV and AIDS programme which has since diversified is grounded on our team of volunteers’ initiative. I am committed to serving ‘myWits’ in initiatives that speak to the ideals of social justice for all the Wits stakeholders for a harmonious co-existence pertinent in advancing the academic project. I was a member of the ASAWU Executive of 2011 – 2014. I am delighted to serve again.