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Seán Muller

Seán Muller

    Tertiary institutions must initiate change, not pacify donors
    Tertiary institutions must initiate change, not pacify donors
    In the late afternoon of March 9 last year, at about the same time that Chumani Maxwele was smearing human faeces on the statue of Cecil John...
    Long wait for change in our varsities
    Long wait for change in our varsities
    The removal of the statue of Cecil John Rhodes at the University of Cape Town is a major symbolic victory for institutional change. But will...
    Policy isn’t a great part of our sums
    Policy isn’t a great part of our sums
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    Transformation is not UCT's priority
    Transformation is not UCT's priority
    Staff transformation at South African universities has recently made it back into the headlines, with a focus on the University of Cape Town.
    Academic privilege is a grey area
    Academic privilege is a grey area
    The problem of developing new cohorts of academics is almost entirely unaddressed in the policy documents and legislation that laid the foundation...
    No replacement for ageing brains
    No replacement for ageing brains
    Many analyses of the state of higher education in South Africa have noted with some alarm that the profile of academics is ageing rapidly in the...
    The real threat to academe is internal
    The real threat to academe is internal
    With the eruption of concerns about academic freedom in response to the ministry of higher education's establishment of a transformation...
    University rankings a flawed tool
    University rankings a flawed tool
    How should we assess the quality and development of higher education ­institutions in South Africa? What is it that these institutions do that...
    More PhDs are not the answer
    More PhDs are not the answer
    It has become common in recent years to refer to "the PhD crisis" in the tertiary education sector. Typically, this refers to two issues:...
    Publish or perish - and damage too?
    Publish or perish - and damage too?
    At universities around the country, some administrators and academics are ­frantically putting together lists of published work to submit to the...