TAU 3 final session In Kwazulu Natal

The TAU 3 programme had its final contact session at the Karridene Hotel in Kwazulu Natal in June 2022. A highlight of this event was the superbly facilitated session on Community Engagement as an instrument of social change by Angela James (UKZN) with the help of Darren Lortan (DUT). Angela modelled for us how to ensure that all participants are fully engaged. Other highlights included the unveiling of the Enquiry Group Digital Artefacts (see the website) which replaced the traditional poster presentations. Guest reviewer Nic Theo (CPUT) gave wonderfully affirming and motivational feedback to the enquiry groups for their efforts. In their evaluation feedback TAU participants also hailed the mini-conference of TAU project reports as a huge success.

UKZN’s Jasper Cecil and his film crew provided us with the live streaming to ensure our TAU online colleagues were catered for. And no one is going to forget the flashmob after the braai dinner where the TAU team and participants (together with some hotel staff) enjoyed line dancing to the sounds of Brenda Fassie’s Vulindlela, the Makarena and Jerusalem. Another first for TAU – it can only get better from here!! What’s next? Look out for TAU 4, 5 and 6!!

TAU 4 begins in Gauteng

The first session of TAU 4 got off to an excellent start at the Birchwood Hotel in Gauteng. This was the first time we were using this venue and the array of yoga, running, walking, dancing and even singing helped to make up for the lack of a naturally beautiful environment we have become used to at TAU retreats. A highlight of this session was Maha Bali’s (American University of Cairo) excellent presentation and facilitation of an engaging online session on Imagining a Socially Just Academia. Vuyiswa and her team (from Wits) filmed the whole event and ensured the online participants were able to engage fully.

Jeff Jawitz

TAU 4 Session 1 Gallery

For more information about the origins of TAU , see the following publications:

DE KADT, Elizabeth; JAWITZ, Jeff. (2018) Exploring Discomfort and Care in the Experience of a National Academic Staff Development Programme. Critical Studies in Teaching and Learning (CriSTaL), 6(2), 21-39. ISSN 2310-7103. Available at: http://cristal.epubs.ac.za/index.php/cristal/article/view/152

DE KADT, Elizabeth. (2019) Promoting social justice in teaching and learning in higher education through professional development. Teaching in Higher Education. Available at: