Professor Witness Mudzi

Role/Duties at the Postgraduate School

Director

Background information and future prospects

Professor Mudzi joined the University of the Free State’s Postgraduate School as Director from the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits University). He has been involved with Higher Education for the past 20 years. He was involved with postgraduate coordination and teaching and served on many postgraduate related committees while at Wits University. He has authored more than 25 articles in peer-reviewed journals and has supervised to completion many Masters and PhD students.

Prof Mudzi has a BSc (Hon) Physiotherapy from the University of Zimbabwe, a MSc Physiotherapy from Wits University and a PhD from Wits University as well. He will be the President of the South African Society of Physiotherapy from September 2017 to September 2019.

His vision for the Postgraduate School is for it to be the driving force for policy making for postgraduate studies at the University of the Free State. He wants to help create an enabling environment for postgraduate students that will improve not only the student throughput but also the resultant publications from postgraduate student research. Professor Mudzi believes that this process should be achieved through teamwork by all university structures and stakeholders and that the process should be informed by evidence and sound management practices. 

E:  mudziw@ufs.ac.za



Professor Witness Mudzi

 

Dr Emmie Smit

Role/Duties at the Postgraduate School

Head: Academic writing and research centre

Background information and future prospects

Dr Emmie Smit was appointed as Head: Academic writing and research centre in 2017.

She has completed two postdoctoral studies in Higher Education Studies (Aarhus University, Denmark and at UFS), doctoral studies in Higher Education Studies (UFS), two masters studies in Drama and Theatre Arts Management (UFS) and Urban and regional planning (UF), a PGD in Arts and Cultural Management (Wits), and a National Diploma in Project Management (UFS). 

During the past decade at the UFS, she has lectured and supported at the Department of Drama and Theatre Arts, the Centre of Higher Education Studies, the School of Higher Education Studies, and the Postgraduate School. She managed the Wynand Mouton Theatre on campus, served on the National Arts Council’s Funding Committee, served as executive officer of the Postgraduate Forum for Southern Africa and administrated Perspectives in Education

She presented and published on various issues in the Higher Education sector. 

E: SmitEJ@ufs.ac.za




Dr Emmie Smit

Danila Liebenberg
Danila Liebenberg accepted service at the Postgraduate School on 1 January 2016. She is the Assistant Director for Research Development. She is currently busy with her PhD in Higher Education Studies.

E:
 liebenbergjd@ufs.ac.za

Danila Liebenberg



Miss Joy Nogabe

Role/Duties at the Postgraduate School

Responsible for the dissemination of funding opportunities for postgraduate students. Management of postgraduate funding opportunities at the UFS and provides strategic leadership on issues associated with postgraduate funding. 

Background information and future prospects
She has a BSc, BScHons and MMedSc, all from the UFS. She previously held the position as Research Officer: NRF Activities at the Central University of Technology’s Research Directorate, where she coordinated the NRF programmes on research funding and capacity-building. While working in this position, she realised the challenges facing postgraduate students’ funding and this stimulated her interest in assisting postgraduate students. Her aim is to assist as many students as possible with funding.

E: nogabesj@ufs.ac.za

Miss Joy Nogabe

Ms Naomi Haupt

Role/Duties at the Postgraduate School

PORTFOLIO: MONITORING AND EVALUATION

This new portfolio was created and will be implemented with the sole focus of the monitoring and evaluating the activities of the Postgraduate School, including the Researcher Capacity Development workshops and its effectiveness. The need for delivery of results in academia motived this position as the PGS is expected to deliver ongoing outcomes focused on enhancing the efficacy of the PGS activities with limited resources.  

Background information and future prospects

Naomi Haupt joined the Postgraduate School at the end of 2012. From 2006 to 2012 she was part of UDRAW (Unit for the Development of Rhetorical and Academic Writing) at the UFS. She is currently busy with her Masters degree in Environmental Anthropology at the University of the Free State. 

 

NAOMI

Ms Eleanor Nel

Role/Duties at the Postgraduate School

Office Manager 
Supervise Research Capacity Development Grant entities
Project coordinator – Future Scholars Mentorship Programme  

Background information and future prospects


BCom : Human Resources Management
BCom Honours : Industrial Psychology
Currently busy with Master’s degree

E: nelep@ufs.ac.za


Ms Eleanor Nel 

Ms Cecilia Rabanye

Role/Duties at the Postgraduate School

Managing the reception area of the Postgraduate School which includes handling email inquiries and making referrals to relevant people. She also handles the recordkeeping and capturing of data as well as service requests.

Background information and future prospects

Cecilia Rabanye came to the Postgraduate School from UDRAW (Unit for the Development of Rhetorical and Academic Writing).
She will be continuing with BA degree, and eager to learn new things, especially the environment of working within the wide range of postgraduate activities.
She is hoping to pursue an Honours degree in the near future.

E: rabanyemc@ufs.ac.za

Ms Cecilia Rabanye

Ms Pinky Motlhabane 

Role/Duties at the Postgraduate School

Works as an Officer for Postgraduate Funding. Her roles include supporting Honours students with funding, this includes handling enquiries for NRF and UFS Honours Bursaries. Additionally she handles the recordkeeping and coordination of UFS and NRF Honours bursaries. 

Background information and future prospects

Pinky worked as a student assistant at the rector’s office in 2013, and then worked as intern at the Department of Human Resources in 2014. She joined the Postgraduate School as an assistant officer in February 2015, responsible for organising workshops, which involved administrative, operations, and research support. She is currently enrolled for her master's degree.

E: motlhabanegk@ufs.ac.za

Ms Pinky Motlhabane

Tshepiso Princess Molaba

Role/Duties at the Postgraduate School

Tshepiso Molaba joined the Postgraduate School in June 2016 as a Senior Officer. She is responsible for coordinating the research capacity development programme, course advertising, and handling student inquiries regarding research training. She has a BSc and BSc Hons from UFS and an MSc from Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University. She worked as a laboratory assistant at the UFS in 2012, and then worked as a Master’s student researcher at CSIR from August 2013 to June 2016.  

She is hoping to pursue a PhD in the near future.

Background information and future prospects

She has a BSc (chemistry, physics and biology) and BSc Hons (polymer science) from UFS and an MSc from Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University. She worked as a laboratory assistant at the UFS in 2012, and then worked as a Master’s student researcher at CSIR from August 2013 to June 2016.  

She is hoping to pursue a PhD in the near future.

E: molabatp@ufs.ac.za



Tshepiso Molaba 

Mr. Katleho Nyaile

Role/Duties at the Postgraduate School

Primary role
Postgraduate Student Tracking: Systems

Secondary roles

UFS Staff Study Support Grant
UFS Postgraduate Student Funding (Advisory role) 
Postgraduate School Ex-Officio in the Postgraduate Student Council (Bloemfontein and QwaQwa Campus)

Background information and future prospects

Mr. Katleho Nyaile is a dynamic individual with a zest for life and a never-ending willingness to learn. He sees creative problem solving, leadership and innovation as the core pillars of his professional career. He currently works under the Postgraduate Student Tacking portfolio at the Postgraduate School. He serves as the Postgraduate School Ex-officio in the UFS Postgraduate Student Council. With two degrees (Human Resource Management and honours in Psychology) already under his belt, Mr Nyaile is approaching the final stage of his masters degree in psychology. 

E: nyailek@ufs.ac.za

 Katleho

Ms Kamogelo Dithebe 

Role/Duties at the Postgraduate School

Assistant Officer: Marketing and Communications 

Background information and future prospects

Completed a BSc Botany and BSc Botany Honours qualification. Former Chairperson of the Postgraduate Student Council 2015/2016). Passionate about serving and working with students. Further prospects are to continue studies in Disaster Management, with the aim of conducting research that will have a critical social impact. Academic at heart, with passion towards transferring knowledge and developing others. 

E: DithebeKS@ufs.ac.za

 Ms Kamogelo Dithebe

Miss Nthabiseng Gladys Thateng

Role/Duties at the Postgraduate School

Assistant Officer: Funding Office
UFS Honours Bursary Administration

Background information and future prospects

I am currently an Assistant Officer at the Postgraduate School, assisting with both Funding and Research Development Capacity Portfolio.  I joined the school as a Student Assistant in May 2016.  I previously worked at the career development office as a student assistant. My work mostly involves Administration of the UFS honours bursary. I hold an undergraduate degree in Mathematical Statistics and an honour’s degree in Statistics. I am busy pursuing a master’s degree in Mathematical statistics with specialization in Risk Analysis. I aspire to be a Quantitative Analyst someday in the near future.

E: ThatengNG@ufs.ac.za

Miss Nthabiseng Gladys Thateng 

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