Sioux Mckenna

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The model of PhD study at South African universities needs to change

My argument is that the doctorate hasn’t changed nearly enough because universities are essentially conservative spaces.

Class and social capital affect university students

People's experiences of accessing and succeeding in higher education are affected by their social standing

Why developing countries are particularly vulnerable to predatory journals

Academics in the developing world have become a favourite target for these journals, and many seem to be falling into the trap

Fee scheme has to run the gauntlet

The student funding overhaul must be open to public scrutiny – as should the national budget.

The varsity ranking system is broken

It is scientifically unsound and forces institutions to act in ways that go against their best interests.

Postgrad support is essential

A course will equip supervisors with better skills – but they need institutional backup too.

Postgraduate study: Passion or peril?

Kissing your social or after-hours TV life goodbye requires absolute commitment.

Money makes the McUniversity

Academics are worth more than profits and can't be lumped into corporate 'staff development' groups.

Steer clear of consultants’ conventions

Academics are being offered fantastic freebies to attend dubious conferences at luxurious venues.

A question of excellence

We need to scrutinise the ideological baggage of some favourite academic words.

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.

Press Releases

WiMSA shines a light on the future of women in mining

Men in mining must begin to take it upon themselves to support the development of women in the industry

Department of Public Works and Infrastructure reveals second gender-based violence advocacy artwork

The men and boys of South Africa are important role players in this mission to ensure that women are respected, protected and treated equally

Empowering the voice of women in leadership to enable full participation in their roles in leadership and decision making

Sibanye-Stillwater has 13% female representation in its workforce and is actively working to achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls

Surviving the tobacco ban

Nicotine is given as the ‘likely’ reason for lower Covid-19 infection rates but authorities still stress the health risk of smoking

Smokers hold thumbs for cigarette ban to be lifted

SATTA is worried about the impact of the ban on its own members activities and how the ban is helping black marketeers to make millions of rands illegally

Covid-19: Outlook on the economy, politics and labour

Old Mutual had experts unpack the effects of the pandemic and provide practical tips on how to deal with the financial impact of job losses and salary cuts

Opt-in to Popia

All business owners should take note: there is a lot of work ahead to ensure compliance with the POPI Act that has just come into effect

Capital Legacy talks life

The Covid-19 pandemic is revealing how few people actually sort their affairs to the benefit of their loved ones they leave behind when they pass on

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