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About Writing Centre

Arlene Archer is the coordinator of the UCT Writing Centre. She is located at the Upper Campus Writing Centre which is the “mothership” from which all our satellite Writing Centres emerged. Arlene’s research interests include “drawing on popular culture and multimodal pedagogies to enable student access writing in Higher Education.” Arlene loves the Writing Centre because the “students and the consultants are inspiring” and her hobbies include writing and research. She has a PhD in Applied Linguistics from UCT. Her research employs a multimodal perspective to re-look at key concerns and concepts of an 'academic literacies' approach to teaching and research in Higher Education, looking at the relations between writing and other communication modes such as gesture, images, verbal language, colour, layout. She has published in journals such as Language and Education, Teaching in Higher Education, English in Education, Social Dynamics, British Journal of Educational Technology, Education and Change, Visual Communication.

Gadija Arend is the administrator of the Writing Centre. She enjoys interacting with students on a daily basis, and assisting them with online registration and other queries they may have. She used to love coffee but now Turkish apple tea is her favourite. In addition, Gadija enjoys outdoor life in all its forms from gardening, to long walks on the beach. She loves meeting new people and socialising.

2017 Consultants

Deryck Sheriffs is originally from Liverpool, UK, and works at the Upper Campus Writing Centre as consultant and mentor for postgraduate students. Deryck’s hobbies include photography and weight training. When asked about what he loves about the Writing Centre, Deryck said: “the wonderful lively and diverse team.” 

Quanta Gauld has worked as a consultant at the Hiddingh Campus for 2.5 years. She is from the Fine Art Department and also gives lectures there on visual culture and fine art theory. Quanta’s specific research interests concern “the visualisation of the environmental crisis through the performing and fine arts, as it relates to concepts of empathy and affect.” This lovely lady enjoys reading, gardening, cooking, fine art, dance and the performing arts (...and CATS!). In her role as a writing consultant, Quanta is “inspired by those students who previously struggled with writing but come to see that academic writing can be an important, meaningful and personal form of creative expression.”

Kendi Osano is originally from Nairobi, Kenya, joined the Upper Campus team in 2017. She is an avid baker and is currently doing a Masters/PhD in Media. Her research is focused on the framing of various issues in the media. What Kendi enjoys about her role as a writing consultant is being able to help others with their writing.  

Monique Kim Henry has been part of the Upper Campus Writing Centre team for two years. Monique is from the Department of Sociology where she is studying towards an MPhil in Development Studies. When asked about what inspires her about working at the Writing Centre, Monique had this to say: “Working with students is one of my passions. I've had the opportunity to read texts ranging from all disciplines and it’s so interesting and intriguing to read the work and research conducted by students from undergraduate through to post doctoral level. I've also found this space enriching and motivating for my own writing and academic work.”Her hobbies include reading, community work, thought-provoking conversations, walks on the beach and buying books.

Chevonne du Plessis joined the Upper Campus Writing Centre in 2017. She is currently studying towards a Masters Degree in the Speech Pathology Department where she focuses on naturalistic interventions for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Chevonne loves music, reading and coffee. When asked to comment on what inspires her about her role as a writing consultant, Chevonne had this to say:“Writing is a way to express not only what we know, but what we have learnt, how we feel about it, and what we are able to do about it. It's a privilege to be a colleague to others on this journey of, in many ways, self-discovery.”

Michael Glover enjoys writing and working with students. He has degrees in English literature (BA), Philosophy (Hons) and Economic History (MA). He has worked in Education research, has published in Open Education and is currently conducting Philosophy and Historical research in his free time. At UCT Michael presently studies for a PGDip in Education Technologies , lectures in Economic History and helps design online courses , all on a part-time basis.

Jody Metcalfe is currently completing an Mphil Justice and Transformation in the Politics Department. Her research relates to indentity politics and intersectionality. Other interests relate to African feminism, militarism, justice and gender based violence. Jody’s hobbies include playing guitar, singing, and watching the crime channel. She’s also learning Muay Thai! When asked to comment on her role as a writing consultant at the Upper Campus Writing Centre, Jody has this to say:“I love the engagement with students. I struggled with writing when I came to university, and did not make use of the writing centre, something I regret. However, I love seeing students gain confidence in their writing and start developing their own writing style. I hope that through the guidance that the writing centre students are able to gain confidence not only in their writing but in themselves.”