Professor Elelwani Ramugondo

Deputy Vice-Chancellor: Transformation, Student Affairs and Social Responsiveness

Professor Ramugondo has over 20 years of academic experience in a research-intensive university environment.

She has an excellent track record of engaging with student affairs within governance structures in various leadership roles. She was appointed special advisor on transformation to the Vice-Chancellor in 2015, following calls for decolonisation by the student-led Rhodes Must Fall movement. She served in this role with remarkable integrity during a turbulent time and an historical moment of change in the higher education sector in South Africa.

Professor Ramugondo is a founding member of the Black Academic Caucus. She is also the chair or former chair of various bodies within and outside the university, including UCT’s Academic Freedom Committee and the Rhodes Scholarship Western Cape and Northern Cape selection committee. She has been a member of the executive for the South African College of Health Sciences Deans (SACOHSD). In this role, she played a strategic part in SACOHSD forging effective relationships with professional bodies for health sciences disciplines/professions.

She has published numerous peer‐reviewed research articles and chapters in books, as well as book reviews. She has recently published a co-edited book titled Concepts in occupational therapy: Understanding Southern perspectives, as well as co-edited two special issue editions on decolonising the academy for Critical African Studies. She has supervised numerous student research projects to completion, including 13 master’s dissertations and seven PhD theses.

She obtained her BSc, MSc and PhD qualifications in occupational therapy at UCT.