Student Academic Development
Ms Ronelle Plaatjes
Ms Ronelle Plaatjes
Position: Senior Learning Developer – “Your Story Matters”: Learning & Teaching Collab
Department: Centre for Teaching, Learning and Media
Room: Room number: 110, R-Block
Location: North Campus
Phone: 041 504 9055
Email: ronelle.plaatjes@mandela.ac.za
Qualifications: BEd; MPhil
Responsibilities: Coordinate, develop, implement, and evaluate student academic development programmes, and peer collaborative student support. Advise and support academic staff regarding sound academic development principles in order to enhance student learning. Consult and develop ongoing broad learning internal partnerships towards student success.

Mr Francisco de Vega
Mr Francisco de Vega
Position: Learning Developer: Learning & Teaching Collab
Department: Centre for Teaching, Learning and Media
Room: Room number: 112, R-Block
Location: North Campus
Phone: 041 504 3241
Email: francisco.devega@mandela.ac.za
Qualifications: BA (Hons) Psychology
Responsibilities: Coordinate, develop, implement, and evaluate student academic development programmes, and peer collaborative student support. Advise and support academic staff regarding sound academic development principles in order to enhance student learning. Consult and develop ongoing broad learning internal partnerships towards student success. peer collaborative student support, across campuses within specific faculties/programmes and in collaboration with internal and/or external stakeholders.

Liesl Smith
Ms Liesl Smith
Position: Senior Learning Developer (Supplemental Instruction)
Department: Supplemental Instruction
Room: 10 -01 17 (Music Building)
Location: South Campus
Phone: 27 41 504 2118
Fax: 27 41 504 9045
Email: liesl.smith@mandela.ac.za
Qualifications: BA (UPE), BA Hons (UPE)
Expertise: Small group facilitation, Supplemental instruction, Cooperative Learning, Collaborative Learning, Facilitator Training, Mentoring, Tutoring, Student Academic Development, Student Leadership Development
Responsibilities: Manage SI programmes, initiatives, and innovations at macro Nelson Mandela University level. Manage and coordinate the SI National Office for Southern Africa. Coordinate the SI programme in the Health Science and EBET Faculties and George Campus. Train and develop SI and Peer Collaborative Learning initiatives. Research in Supplemental Instruction, Peer Collaborative Learning and Student Academic Development initiatives.

Philip Kitching
Dr Philip Kitching
Position: Academic Developer
Department: Supplemental Instruction
Room: 10 -01 17 (Music Building, LG)
Location: South Campus
Phone: 041 504 1227
Fax: 041 504 2583
Email: philip.kitching@mandela.ac.za
Qualifications: BPsych (Counselling), MA Psychology (Research), PhD Psychology (Research)
Responsibilities: Manage the implementation of the Supplemental Instruction (SI) programme as a key NMMU student development and retention strategy. Student and Staff Academic Development.

Mandy Brophy
Mrs Mandy Brophy
Position: Associate Lecturer: Academic and Life Skills Management (ALM)
Department: Centre for Teaching, Learning and Media
Room: Room Number: 0 -01 11 (Music Building)
Location: South Campus
Phone: 041 504 1136
Email: mandy.brophy@mandela.ac.za
Qualifications: Master’s Degree in Social Work
Responsibilities: Lecturing and mentoring of students in extended programmes.

Ms Ghauderen Coetzee-de Vos
Ms Ghauderen Coetzee-de Vos
Position: Associate Lecturer: Learning Development, Academic & Life Management modules (ALM)
Department: Centre for Teaching, Learning and Media
Room: Room number: 017, Admin Building
Location: Missionvale Campus
Phone: 041 504 1390 / 041 504 3653
Email: ghauderen.coetzee@mandela.ac.za
Qualifications: BA (UPE), HDE (UPE), Bed (Hons) (Potchefstroom University), MEd (Nelson Mandela University)
Expertise: lecturing academic coping skills
Responsibilities: Teaching of Academic and Life Skills and Academic and Professional Skills modules to 1st and 2nd-year students. Provision of holistic academic support to students, empowering them to overcome learning barriers and reach full potential.

Mrs Samantha Greeff
Mrs Samantha Greeff
Position: Lecturer: Academic Life Skills
Phone: +27 41 504 9908
Fax: +27 41 504 9949
Email: sam.greeff@mandela.ac.za