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Deputy Deans of Teaching and Learning

Faculty of Economic and Management Sciences

Dr Africa is senior lecturer and Head of the Department of Political Studies at UWC. Africa worked at the Institute for Democracy in South Africa (Idasa) for eight years (1995-2003). She has extensive experience in applied research and research design having been involved in the design and execution of numerous research projects. Dr Africa specializes in teaching research methodology and design with a particular emphasis on public opinion and survey research. She has a wide range of content interests including South African politics, democracy and governance, elections and election campaigns as well as political communication. She has served as an election analyst for both the SABC and e-tv. She has also played an important role in election observation in South Africa.

Faculty of Arts

Lindsay Clowes is the Deputy Dean of Teaching and Learning and the Chairperson of the Women’s and Gender Studies Department in the Faculty of Arts at the University of the Western Cape. An historian by training, she is an NRF rated researcher, TAU Fellow and winner of an Heltasa Excellence in Teaching and Learning award. Current research explores ways in which subject locations structured around biological sex, gender, sexuality, race and class mediate and shape possibilities for both teaching and learning. She has recently published in Norma: International Journal for Masculinity Studies, African Education Review, Gender and Education, Critical Studies in Teaching and Learning, Gender Questions and Teaching in Higher Education. Earlier work appears in a range of journals including the Journal of Gender Studies, Journal of Southern African Studies, Culture Health & Sexuality, Agenda, the South African Historical Journal, the Journal of Psychology in Africa and Gender & History.


Associate Prof in Mathematics
Faculty of Education

Rajendran Govender is currently an Associate Professor in Mathematics Education in the School of Science and Mathematics Education in the Faculty of Education at the University of the Western Cape. In the interim he is serving as the Deputy Dean of Teaching and Learning. Rajendran started teaching school mathematics in 1985, became a college mathematics lecturer in 1995 and in 2002 he became a subject advisor of Mathematics in KwaZulu-Natal. In 2003 he joined the University of Limpopo as a mathematics education lecturer, and in 2008 took up the post of mathematics education lecturer at UWC wherein he has been promoted to senior in 2013 and recently to Associate Professor of Mathematics Education

Rajendran is a member of SAARMSTE, UMALUSI external moderator for Mathematics, serves on the AMESA national council and represents AMESA on the SAMF Advisory Committee on Mathematics. He is also an associate editor of the Pythagoras journal. He served as a team leader for the conceptualization and writing of the Curriculum Statement for National Senior Certificate for Adults (NASCA) in Mathematics, which has been signed by the Minister of Higher Education in 2016. He serves as a work stream leader on geometry and measurement in the DHET Primary Teacher Education project. His core areas of mathematics education research embrace reasoning, generalizing, proof, problem solving, modelling and the use of ICT in mathematics.

Most recently he has been invited by the Universities South Africa (USAf) to serve as a member and chairperson of the Community of Practice for the Teaching and Learning of Mathematics (TLMCoP).Furthermore, On 5 April 2017, Prof Rajendran Govender was invited and appointed by the Honourable Minister of Basic Education, Mrs A Motshekga, MP to serve in the Reference Team to Develop the Framework for the Mathematical Pedagogical Identity for the South African context.


Deputy Dean of Teaching and Learning
Faculty of Natural Sciences

David Holgate is a full professor and currently the Head of the Department of Mathematics and Applied Mathematics. His principal research interest is in category theory and topology, pursuing a deeper categorical analysis and understanding of methods and constructions in general topology. His most recent research has been in closure operators and neighbourhood operators on categories as well so-called “pointfree topology” or frame/locale theory. He holds a B3 rating from the South African NRF.

David also has a strong interest in undergraduate mathematics education and is on the international steering committee for the DELTA conference series on the teaching and learning of undergraduate mathematics and statistics. In 2011 he was a runner up in the HEQC/HELTASA National Awards for Excellence in Teaching and Learning.

Anthea Rhoda completed a BSc. Physiotherapy at the University of the Western Cape (1988). Then went on to complete the following degrees: BSc Honours Physiotherapy (Neurology): University of Stellenbosch (1996); MSc. Medical Sciences (Rehabilitation): University of Stellenbosch (2002), PhD (Physiotherapy). University of the Western Cape (2010). Her field of interest is neuroscience and rehabilitation of adults with neurological conditions. This is all placed within the field of disability and rehabilitation with teaching and research based within the conceptual framework of the International Classification of Functioning Disability and Health (ICF). Both her masters and PhD studies focussed on the rehabilitation of patients with stroke managed at Community Health Centres. The topic for her  master’s degree was “A Profile of Stroke patients treated at the Bishop Lavis rehabilitation Centre:1995– 1999. And the topic for my PhD was Rehabilitation of Stroke Patients at Community Health Centres in the Metropole Region of the Western Cape. In addition to disability and rehabilitation Anthea Rhoda also conducts research and publishes in the Interprofessional Education and Collaborative practice.  Work in this area includes experiences of both students and academics.