Message from the Dean

The College of Humanities is the largest of UKZN’s four Colleges, The College boasts vibrant research, teaching and learning units, many of which are internationally recognised.  A complex and strategic College, it comprises six diverse, yet complementary Schools which are located across three of UKZN’s five campuses: Edgewood – situated in Pinetown; Howard College – situated in Durban; and Pietermaritzburg.

The College of Humanities Research Office team serves three campuses: Howard College, Edgewood and Pietermaritzburg. It is currently under the leadership of Professor Pholoho Justice Morojele, a Commonwealth scholar, former Academic Leader: Research in the School of Education, and an Associate Professor of Gender and Social Justice Education, and Chair of the University of KwaZulu-Natal Institutional Forum (IF), as the Dean of Research and Postgraduate Studies.

The College Research Office Headquarters is in Howard College (Ground Floor of the MTB Building), where responsibilities are divided between Postgraduate Studies and Research

In the former is Mrs Siphindile Ntanta, email: (031-260 2325) who is also Professor Morojele’ s Personal Assistant and in the latter, Ms Tembisa Magojo, email: (031-260 2325).

There is a good mixture of experience and new blood, as well as a healthy diversity among the staff.

The College Research Offices serve roughly 4500 postgraduate students as well as some 480 permanent and temporary academic staff. The high postgraduate throughput and staff research productivity has placed the College of Humanities, to become a leading College in the University of KwaZulu-Natal in the past two years. Our track record of adopting humane, principled and socially responsive forms of leadership is admired by staff and students – who are all a close family member and the excellent effort-bearers of a humanities college in ascendancy. Indeed, we pride ourselves on being courteous and efficient, leading inspired by the premonition of own name – the College of Humanities, where human-beings and leaders who subscribe to true humane ethos reside and thrive.

I feel honoured to have the opportunity to work with the dedicated and innovative academics – seasoned scholars and novice ones, postdoctoral fellows and postgraduate students at the University of KwaZulu-Natal. The College of Humanities is busy making a positive impact on the social fabric of South Africa, Africa and beyond. 

It is part of my vision to ensure that the College continues to pursue research that is aimed at improving the quality of life for all sectors of South Africa’s and Africa’s populations. My Office shall continue steadfast to assist in the production of research knowledge that provides the training ground for tomorrow’s leaders in society – principled and courageous leaders who would never stop in their noble attempts to better the course Humanity.

I am proud to be associated with a College whose research is growing both in breadth and depth – all the hard work of highly experienced and dedicated scholars. I am committed to strengthen the research culture in the College and will work endlessly to create an environment in which internationally competitive and socially relevant research flourishes and scholarly career dreams come true.