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14 December 2022
Celebrating the appointment of two new directors
It gives me great pleasure to announce the appointment of two new directors who will form part of the university's highly experienced and skilled staff complement.

Director, Research & Postgraduate Support - Prof Joliana (Julie) Phillips

Prof Phillips has the necessary skill set to make a difference in this role and has actively demonstrated this whilst acting in this capacity for the past 12 months. She has published a significant number of papers in collaboration with researchers both nationally and internationally, and has successfully supervised 40 Masters students and 13 doctoral students at UWC and at universities in Europe.


Director, Gender Equity Unit - Dr Fikile Vilakazi

Dr Fikile Vilakazi is currently serving as a member of various collectives globally including the Lordes’ Love Rebels feminist collective, Ikhwelo Healers Collective, Global Ecovillage Network South Africa amongst others, some of whom she has co-created.

She is also an intellectual activist and a former academic at the School of Social Sciences within the department of Political Science and Public Policy at the University of KwaZulu-Natal.


Please join me in welcoming them to the UWC community and wishing them everything of the best.

I have no doubt that they will serve the university with professionalism and distinction in their new roles.


Prof José Frantz
DVC: Research and Innovation