August 2021 marks the beginning of a second round of a collaboration commemorating Women’s Month, between Universities South Africa’s Transformation Managers’ Forum (TMF) and Higher Education Resource Services-South Africa (HERS-SA). TMF and HERS-SA will host a series of webinars every Thursday, commencing on the 12th and ending on the 26th of August.
This is a build-up from a series of engagements that took place in August 2020, which sought to raise awareness and find solutions for a range of challenges that women face in the higher education sector.
In 2020, the webinars tackled topics ranging from Women as Adaptive Leaders; The State of Gender Transformation; Gender-based Violence to Intergenerational Leadership in Higher Education.
Topic: Gender Transformation in Higher Education – should we be asking new questions?
When: 12 August 2021 @ 14h00
Description: South Africa’s universities form the bedrock of the country’s National System of Innovation (NSI). A capable workforce backed by a solid talent pipeline is critical for the achievement of the goals of the NSI. While we see rapid changes in student demographics, staff diversity advances at a snail pace. Institutional cultures continue to perpetuate the status quo. We examine barriers to change and propose interventions for the optimum performance of the NSI.
Topic: Non-academic staff experiences in Higher Education
When: 19 August 2021 @ 14h00
Description: Support / non-academic staff are professional employees who contribute significantly to the success of institutions of higher learning. Lived experiences of black academics in South Africa are well captured in scholarly writings. However, there’s a dearth of research on non-academic staff experiences. This webinar aims to unpack the lived experiences of non-academic women and to propose much needed interventions.
Topic: Why do all academic institutions need an Ombudsman?
When: 26 August 2021 @ 14h00
Description: Ombudsing at academic institutions in South Africa has demonstrated the impact of these offices in resolving untold issues brought by stakeholders, and in most cases preventing grievances from being disseminated through unconventional means including social media. This is underlined by the Department of Higher Education and Training encouraging universities to establish their own Ombud offices with the support of Ms Zetu Makamandela-Mguqulwa, once the Ombudsman of the University of Cape Town.