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CLM shines at awards ceremony

- Kim Jurgensen

The Faculty of Commerce, Law and Management won THREE awards from the Vice-chancellor’s office, recognizing the exceptional work carried out by staff in CLM.


Left to right: Fiona McAlister (Project Manager: Online Learning), Dr Greig Krull (Academic Director: Digital Learning), Professor Imraan Valodia (Dean: CLM Faculty), Tshepiso Maleswena (Head: Road to Success Programme) and Danie de Klerk (Head: CLM Teaching and Learning Centre) Marike Bosman (CLM Registrar)

Teaching and Learning Centre – VICE-CHANCELLOR’S TEACHING AWARD 2021

The CLM T&L Centre Team are the recipients of the VC’s Team Teaching Award for 2021. Their nomination focused on their work during the period March to June 2020 and revolved around the team’s efforts to support CLM academics and students to transition to Emergency Remote Teaching and Learning (ERTL). The team consists of four learning and teaching professionals from the Faculty of Commerce, Law, and Management Teaching and Learning Centre. They are: Danie de Klerk (Head: CLM Teaching and Learning Centre), Dr Greig Krull (Academic Director: Digital Learning), Fiona MacAlister (Project Manager: Online Learning), and Tshepiso Maleswena (Head: Road to Success Programme, which is the faculty’s student success and support unit).

Shortly after the Covid-19-necessitated national lockdown in March 2020, the team was faced with the task of rapidly preparing CLM academics and students to continue learning and teaching from 20 April 2020 onwards. There were many constraints, including: i) a lack of guidelines and exemplars for rapidly pivoting to remote modes of learning and teaching during an emergency, ii) issues with mobile data for staff and students, iii) home environments unconducive to remote learning and teaching, and iv) a need to retain curricular and assessment integrity. These challenges were overshadowed by large-scale uncertainty about the global emergency, the trajectory of the pandemic, and concerns related to the wellbeing and health of family and friends. For the team there was one crucial objective that had to be achieved in an extremely short period of time: to support CLM staff and students to transition to remote modes of learning and teaching by 20 April 2020.

Left to right: Dr Greig Krull (Academic Director: Digital Learning), Fiona McAlister (Project Manager: Online Learning), Professor Ruksana Osman (Deputy Vice-Chancellor: Academic), Tshepiso Maleswena (Head: Road to Success Programme) and Danie de Klerk (Head: CLM Teaching and Learning Centre)

This nomination stemmed not only from the team’s belief that their goals and objectives for the rapid pivot to remote modalities were achieved, but also from their belief that the challenges and affordances presented by ERTL have established a foundation for learning and teaching innovation and change in the faculty. The team’s contributions to learning and teaching in CLM prior to and during ERTL in 2020 has provided a foundation for establishing more reliable pedagogies, methods, and approaches for future online and blended learning and teaching in CLM.


Marike Bosman is the Faculty Registrar for Commerce, Law and Management. A position she has held for more than seven years, managing the faculty's offices on both the West and Parktown Management Campuses. She is applauded for her handling of this immensely complex role and the tactful and reliable way she deals with the many diverse challenges of her office. To support the rapid growth of CLM undergraduate and postgraduate student numbers, Marike has been instrumental in the review and innovation of faculty processes, such as ways to improve the timing of mark uploads, how the faculty communicates registration options to students, tracks postgraduate research submissions, and monitors student credits and degree progression. Marike is first in the office when the university opens at the beginning of the year and the last to leave at year end. She recognises the importance of service delivery and is always on hand to meet students and their parents, using her understanding of faculty rules and her empathy to respond with care. From the very start of 2020, Marike was instrumental in ensuring we met enrolment targets across our diverse range of undergraduate programmes in accountancy, commerce and law, relying on her uncanny ability to predict likely acceptances and registrations. One of the most difficult and complex of the University's administrative systems to maintain during 2020 lockdown was the faculty registry function but Marike worked tirelessly through the night and over weekends to meet deadlines and respond to students. She supported the faculty executive to make strategic decisions on timetabling, return-to-campus schedules, and assessment formats. This commitment and above-and-beyond work ethic was observable to the very end of the 2020 academic year where she ensured the Faculty did not miss its publication dates for final results. Marike is recognised as one of the Faculty's most important assets managing a registry office that the Dean and all in the Faculty continue to be exceptionally proud of. Her commitment to supporting the Dean, the Faculty Executive, and the work of all six Schools is unmatched among our PAS colleagues.

CLM Registrar, Marike Bosman and VC, Professor Zeblon Vilakazi


The School of Accountancy administration team has seen challenging times, along with the academic staff as well as students, due to challenges brought about by COVID-19 in (2020). It has required flexibility and resilience that the team has demonstrated, by improving their service offering in these unprecedented times. The SOA Team Administrators have exceeded expectations relating to the support of the Students and Staff beyond the call of duty in 2020.

The team has specifically improved the IT skills during the lockdown in order to smoothly transition amicably to the demands of online teaching and interactions with students, and subsequently adapted and excelled in these processes. Our SOA team has the task of managing an extremely high number of students ranging between 450 and 1000 distributed across several different courses we offer. The SOA Team has shown extreme versatility and commitment to ensuring that the transition from contact teaching to online learning using the technologies available went with ease.

We are extremely proud of the hard work and dedication – may your success inspire all of us to rise to new levels.