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Sioux McKenna

Sioux McKenna

    Fee scheme has to run the gauntlet
    Fee scheme has to run the gauntlet
    The government is planning a major overhaul of its student funding system. This comes in the wake of protests at the country’s universities that...
    The varsity ranking system is broken
    The varsity ranking system is broken
    Times Higher Education (THE) has just released a version of its university ranking system specifically designed for Africa. This differs somewhat...
    Postgrad support is essential
    Postgrad support is essential
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    Postgraduate study: Passion or peril?
    Postgraduate study: Passion or peril?
    I can think of a few good reasons for registering for a postgraduate degree — and quite a few reasons not to. Not least among them is because...
    Money makes the McUniversity
    Money makes the McUniversity
    The development of academic staff is a flourishing concern in South African universities and academic development centres offer workshops, short...
    Steer clear of consultants' conventions
    Steer clear of consultants' conventions
    An academic life has many rewards, including conferences. They are sometimes held in the most wonderful locations and we would be the last to deny...
    A question of excellence
    A question of excellence
    "Weasel" words lurk in the corridors of the university to seduce uncritical academics into neoliberal thinking, and a look at just two such words...
    Universities get a bad haircut
    Universities get a bad haircut
    The Higher Education Summit in Cape Town in April addressed concerns about the poor performance of the higher education system. Its 15 recommendations will be developed for implementation but, in doing this, we should be wary of ideologies masked as common sense....