SIG description:

The Tutoring, Mentoring and Supplemental Instruction SIG focuses on peer support initiatives in South African Higher Education institutions.  These include tutor/mentor/SI Leader training and development as well as professional development initiatives for staff working with tutors/mentors/SI Leaders. The aim of the SIG is to promote collegiality, resource development and research with relation to peer support programmes.

Current projects include a joint research initiative between institutions (For more information contact Lucy Alexander / and a bi-annual colloquim.

For further Tutoring and Mentoring information, take a look at the Teaching Development Grant Project site under HELTASA’s Projects

Convening Committee Members:


Dr Subethra Pather


Dr Nelia Frade

Meet the 2017 Tutoring, Mentoring and Supplemental Instruction SIG team:

/tutormentorsupplemental-instruction HELTASADr Subethra Pather is currently the Teaching & Learning specialist in the office of the Deputy Vice Chancellor Academic at University of Western Cape. Included in her portfolio is the coordination of the institution-wide tutor programme at UWC. Prior to this position she was employed at Cape Peninsula University of Technology, Faculty of Education as the First-year experience and academic development coordinator. Dr Pather who holds a Doctorate of Education was awarded a Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET) scholarship from the University of KwaZulu Natal, Centre for Critical Research on Race & Identity (UKZN – CCRRI: 2013-2015), to support her PhD study. Her research study was located in the CCRRI’s nation-wide project titled: Education and Emancipation: A critical, intervention-oriented investigation of obstacles and opportunities within higher education and training in South Africa. Dr Pather’s research interests are located within the higher education field with particular focus on: student learning support, first-year experience and student access and success in higher education. Her academic publications and presentations are located in this field. She is also involved in several national and international networks in first-year experience to advance her research agenda. We would like to congratulate Dr Pather on her nomination as Convenor of the Tutor & Mentor HELTASA SIG 2017/2018.

/tutormentorsupplemental-instruction HELTASA Dr Nelia Frade is the Senior Coordinator of the Unit for Tutor Development at the University of Johannesburg (UJ). Her role is to provide strategic leadership to ensure that tutorials remain integral to teaching and learning. Her research interests include, the role of tutors in promoting student success, integrating tutorials into the curriculum, blended learning environments, student development theories and student engagement and involvement theories. Dr Frade will serve as the co-covenor of the Tutor & Mentor HELTASA SIG

/tutormentorsupplemental-instruction HELTASA Ms Xena Cupido is currently an Academic Development lecturer at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology. She is located in the Student Learning Unit which forms a part of Fundani: Centre for Higher Education Development. Her responsibilities include the co-ordination and implementation of tutor, mentor and teaching assistant training. Xena Cupido holds a Masters and has recently submitted her PhD in Educational Psychology. Her research interest include student engagement and support as well as community engagement. She will provide support to the Tutor & Mentor HELTASA SIG. 2017/2018.

/tutormentorsupplemental-instruction HELTASA Ms Diné du Preez is from the North West University, Vaal Triangle Campus. She works in AD as student adviser and is coordinator of the Supplemental Instruction programme on campus. Dine is a team member of the Tutor & Mentor HELTASA SIG.

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