Ms Kibbie Naidoo (TAU convener)

Kibbie Naidoo (TAU Project Convener)

Welcome to TAU 2021

I hope that you have all had a gentle start to 2021. On behalf of the TAU OpsCom, I want to welcome you and wish you all a safe and happy year. We are pleased to announce the appointment of Emeritus Associate Professor Jeff Jawitz as the new manager for the TAU programme. He has been extensively involved in TAU as an advisor and member of the OpsCom since the programme began. He brings a wealth of experience to this position and TAU we are lucky to have him on board. He takes over the helm from Prof Elizabeth de Kadt. We also want to take this opportunity to thank Elizabeth for her sterling work as manager of the TAU programme.

Elizabeth Jeff

Jeff Jawitz is an Emeritus Associate Professor in the Centre for Innovation in Learning and Teaching (CILT) at the University of Cape Town. The new TAU online platform is being developed in collaboration with CILT and will use UCTs VULA learning management system.

We are looking forward to meeting our 53 new participants at the start of TAU 3 in July 2021.

Kind Regards

Kibbie Naidoo

Kibbie Naidoo is supported by a TAU operations committee (OpsCom) including; Prof Jawitz (Project manager), Mrs Hellen Agumba (Project administrator), Prof Elizabeth de Kadt, Dr Rejoice Nsibande and Dr Amanda Hlengwa.

What is the TAU Programme?

The TAU Fellowships Programme seeks to build a cadre of teaching fellows in a wide range of disciplines over a 19-month programme, involving block week contact sessions, individual projects in own teaching and learning settings, group projects and reflective reports; participants are drawn from all South African universities. The aims of the programme are:

  • To contribute towards the enhancement of teaching and learning in higher education in South Africa by supporting the development of a cadre of academics across institutions and disciplines as scholars, leaders and mentors in their fields
  • To enhance the status and stature of teaching and popularise the understanding of teaching excellence in varied institutional and disciplinary settings
  • To enable TAU participants to develop their capabilities to engage in and insert themselves as change agents, individually and collectively, in building a socially just education.
Where are they now?

We invite members of the TAU community, advisers and TAU fellows to share with us news about the promotions or changes in positions and new responsibilities from our fellows from TAU 1 and TAU 2. Please send information to the following email address;

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:

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