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​Teaching Excellence in FASS 2020 


Many congratulations to Dr Alex Andrason (Department of Ancient Studies) and Dr Marenet Jordaan (Department of Journalism) who each received a 2020 Teaching Excellence Award.

Many congratulations also to Dr Taryn Bernard (Extended Degree Programme) who has received an SU Teaching Fellowship for 2021-2023.

Congratulations also to Prof. Ashraf Kagee who has been selected for the National Teaching Advancement at University (TAU) Fellowship Programme for 2021/2022.

More information about the Teaching Excellence Awards and the SU and TAU Teaching Fellowships is available from Karin Cattell-Holden,



SoTL 2020:  Recordings of presentations


One of the needs identified during the SoTL Conference Exco Debrief Meeting was to “keep the conference alive" by creating an awareness of the conference outputs as important T&L resources, especially for SU staff members who were not able to attend the conference. Such staff members will now have the opportunity to submit an e-mail request for access to recordings of presentations. With this in mind, the following was put in place:

  • Request for permission from SoTL presenters to share the recordings of their presentations
  • Publication of a “Notice Piece" in Info@StellenboschUni – available here
  • A short piece called “Division for Learning and Teaching Enhancement continues to celebrate presentations delivered at the 2020

      SU Virtual SoTL Conference", available on the SoTL Website at .

Please go to to find additional information or to refer to the abstract book.

Enquiries: or Karin Cattell-Holden,


Logo_EnAfr_Print.jpgThe FASS Teaching and Learning Hub 


The Faculty's Teaching and Learning Hub aims to provide teaching staff members with the  advice and support to develop and enhance their teaching practice. The Hub's activities, including this online resource,  should allow you to further explore 'good teaching' and the innovative pedagogical tools available to you. 

Our aim is to provide support for the facilitation of problem-based learning through learning-centred teaching practices. A reflective teaching practice requires the sharing of teaching lessons learnt within and across academic departments. This web page is continually updated with case studies, useful resources and news articles, which we hope will help you build on on your teaching successes.

On this page you can further have a look at what the Hub offers in terms of upcoming teaching and learning events, opportunities for professional development, useful resources, blended learning guidelines, and (most importantly) hands-on lecturer support for the design and implementation of innovative learning activities.

Who is the hub?

Prof. Pieter Fourie

Vice-Dean: Social Sciences / Learning and Teaching, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences


Tel: 021 808 2119

Dr Karin Cattell-Holden

Senior Advisor, Centre for Teaching and Learning​

Faculty Advisor: Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences


Tel: 021 808 3074 / 9617

Gavin van Niekerk

Blended Learning Coordinator


Tel: 021 808 9617


Quote of the Week:

"Is [higher education] an interested observer or strategic actor looking to influence the world in which it operates? If it is the latter, then the area where it can, and should, make an impact is on inequality."
(Atherton, G. 2018. Higher education can take a lead in fighting inequity. University World News. 23 November. Issue No:530. Accessed 25 November 2018.)