My journey to Bath
I was born in Mapate, a village in South Africa’s Limpopo Province. I was born to a family of seven siblings but lived with my grandmother since I was a year old.
For most people growing up in rural South Africa, accessing and succeeding in higher education is at the center of the struggle against perpetual socio-economic marginalisation. I was no exception.
As an undergraduate, my desire to challenge this reality led me to join student activist movements. Later I was elected President of the Student Representative Council (the equivalent of the Student Union) at my university. This exposed me to the day-to-day functioning of the University and the South African higher education landscape in general.
These experiences and a research project I was involved in had a major influence on my decision to embark on a PhD.
I searched for top research-intensive universities in the UK and discovered the School of Management’s International Centre for Higher Education Management (ICHEM).
ICHEM’s focus on global higher education and Professor Rajani Naidoo’s research attracted me to Bath. With the exception of the weather, it’s been a truly empowering experience. My classmates are great, and the staff very helpful. Bath is very beautiful.