The TAU (Teaching Advancement at University) Fellowship Programme is a nation-wide intervention that was initiated in 2015. It is aimed at advancing teaching quality and the professionalisation of teaching and learning in the public higher education sphere.
The TAU Programme involves the professional development of a cohort of mid- to senior level academic staff from varying disciplines at all South African public universities, by means of a combined residential and distance learning approach. Participants, who are disciplinary specialists, are familiarised with developments relating to teaching and learning in higher education, introduced to Scholarship of Teaching and Learning research, and positioned as change agents at their institutions.
The next TAU programme – TAU 4 – will be offered over 18 months (July 2022 to December 2023). Participants will work on an educational project situated in their own environment as well as on a group project. They will build partnerships with colleagues from other institutions. On conclusion of the programme, they will be equipped to lead change processes relating to teaching and learning at their home institutions.
On the first TAU programme (2015-2016) Stellenbosch University (SU) was represented by Prof. Elmarie Costandius and Prof. Geo Quinot. The SU academics on TAU 2 (2018-2019) were Prof. Ian Nell and Dr Berna Gerber. For TAU 3 (2021-2022) SU is privileged to have three academics on the programme: Prof. Faadiel Essop, Prof. Ashraf Kagee and Dr Marianne McKay.
Nominations for the fourth cohort of the TAU Fellowships Programme are currently awaited. The due date for applications is 15 November 2021.
For more information, please contact Dr Karin Cattell-Holden at firstname.lastname@example.org.