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The research component of SETMU seeks to link directly into the University’s 2020 strategic framework to contribute to the development of Wits as a leading research intensive university.

This requires engagement with national and international trends, the production of locally and globally significant research and the establishment of strategic partnerships and networks.

Key Values

  • Production of research of international comparability
  • Excellence and integrity
  • Production of socially relevant/responsive research
  • Ensuring accountability of the programme

Research Aims

  • Explore youth identities
  • Understand how to create, develop and assess an enrichment curriculum that stretches and develops academic talent
  • Increase  South Africa’s Science, Engineering and Technology (SET) capacity
  • Identify the contextual challenges and enablers to student access, retention, throughput and success
  • Develop professional learning communities.

In addition to these aims, we have added a focus on:

  • Social mobility as facilitated by access to higher education
Published Papers

Andrews, D., & Osman, R. (2015). Redress for academic success: possible lessons for university support programmes from a high school literacy and learning intervention. South African Journal of Higher Education, 29(1). Pp.354-372

Brenner, E. (2015). Increasing access to higher education: reflections on a border crossing curriculum designed for an enrichment programme for talented high school learners. South African Journal of Higher Education, 29(1). Pp.313-334

Geyer, K., & Walton, E. (2015). Schooling in the shadow of benevolence: the experience of scholarship recipients in affluent schools. South African Journal of Higher Education, 29 (1). Pp. 335-353

Liccardo, S., Botsis, H., & Dominguez-Whitehead, Y. (2015). Background knowledge and epistemological access: Challenges facing Black women in a SET scholarship programme. South African Journal of Higher Education, 29(1). Pp.373-389

Maree, J.G., (2015). Barriers to access to and success in Higher Education: Intervention Guidelines. South African Journal of Higher Education,29(1). Pp.390-411

Reeves, M. M., Mashiloane, L., Bowman, B., Richards, Z., & Koen, J. (2015). Developing equitable selection criteria for talent development programmes in inequitable contexts. South African Journal of Higher Education, 29(1). Pp.294-312

Richards, Z. (2015). Conceptions of academic talent: implications for talent identification and development. South African Journal of Higher Education, 29(1). Pp.270-293.

Walton, E., Bowman, B., & Osman. R (2015) "promoting access to higher education in an unequal society." South African Journal of Higher Education 29.1 (2015). Pp. 262-269