Victoria College (which became Stellenbosch University in 1918) opened its doors to women in the late 1890s. By 1905, several women had enrolled at the college, including Lydia van Niekerk, who would go on to become the first woman to be appointed as professor at Stellenbosch University (SU). Since then, women at SU, including staff, students and alumni, have established themselves as pioneering trailblazers, progressive leaders and change agents in all spheres of society. From leading ground-breaking research projects to becoming champions of innovation and using their expertise and voices to change their communities for the good, #WomenofSU have and will continue to make their mark on South Africa and the rest of the world.

To commemorate South Africa’s national Women’s Month, this webpage features a collection of articles, photographs and podcast featured in the SU media over the past year, providing insight into the remarkable undertakings of some of the women at SU.

Leila Siljeur

Matie’s prize-winning edible straws help the environment

Prof Juliet Pulliam

Development of SA’s first COVID-19 models

Prof René English

New divisional head takes futuristic approach to public health

Prof Sandy Liebenberg

Why are the constitutional rights not a reality in the country?

Sindiswa Jamba, Cecile Theys, Sheena Overmeyer and Estie Munro

Contact and Client Services Centre

Ilhaam Groenewald

Time to press reset button on sport

Dr Choice Makhetha

Dr Choice’s new appointment will enhance her role at SU

Dr Martha Geiger

Developing a code of ethics for research with disabled people

Khutso Masemola

Realising a dream

Eleanor Brink, Sibongile Bulose, Angelique Botha-Dreyer, Bongiwe Mdingi, Alida Hendricks

Centre for Student Recruitment and Career Advice

Dr Margreth Tadie

Another international FLAIR grant for SU engineering researcher

Prof Taryn Young

Prof Taryn Young: New head’s vision of Department of Global Health

Prof Samantha Sampson

SU co-leads groundbreaking TB research project

Dr Mosadi Mahoko

Top Maties registrar takes coveted plastic surgery medal

Ilze Aaron

"My passion is teaching deaf children"

Caroline Pule

SU researcher joins the fight against COVID-19

Dr Debra Shepherd and Prof Pumla Gobodo-Madikizela

SU researchers selected for prestigious international fellowship

Corina du Toit, Norma Derby, Michelle Masango, Prof Sarah Howie

Stellenbosch University International

Dr Samantha Adams

Playing for success

Dr Rizwana Roomaney

Dr Roomaney – one of 51 SA academics selected for advancement programme

Dr Mosa Phadi

Dr Phadi appointed as Program Manager of the Ubuntu Dialogues Programme

Prof Zsa-Zsa Boggenpoel

Taking the law further

Dr Margaret Blackie

Blackie to combine love for science and teaching in scholarship

Katy Lund

SU law student helps girls and women against GBV

Prof Gabeba Baderoon

Baderoon awarded Media24 Elisabeth Eybers Prize

Luigia Nicholas

Nothing will stop Luigia from pursuing her dreams

Caitlin Lee Kleynhans, KellyRobyn Morey and Sejal Debideen

Breaking barriers

Prof Portia Jordan

Prof Jordan takes over the reins at Nursing and Midwifery

Prof Annie Zemlin

Chemical Pathology to expand international footprint

Loandrie Potgieter

Visual impairment does not deter Loandrie from excelling