Meet the Staff
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.
Caitlyn Mahony is a first-year master's student in Molecular and Cell Biology, researching epigenetic and mitochondrial mechanisms in neurodevelopmental pathology. After spending her undergraduate BSc. feeling quite drowned by maths and chemistry, writing helped her to discover a real interest in scientific research during her postgrad. She joined the writing centre at the beginning of 2020, and has loved learning how academic writing can be a way to access our own disciplines in new ways. As a consultant with the writing centre, she hopes that it can be a place where students learn to use writing as a tool on their own terms, to develop their own voices and interests in the world of academia.
Elizabeth Horn works as a Writing Consultant and Linguistics Research Assistant. She is currently completing a Master's dissertation on the use of "like" as a quotative verb. When she's not working, you're likely to find her swimming, trying to keep her plants alive, or scribbling stories in her journal.
Gabi Nudelman is a lecturer in the Professional Communication Studies department in the Faculty of Engineering and the Built Environment. She is passionate about supporting students in their personal and professional development. One way of doing this is by making the "tools" of academic writing visible and accessible so that students can join in knowledge creation in their disciplinary fields. Gabi consults at the Graduate School of Business and loves working with postgraduates from all walks of industry and all over the world. Her own research focusses on learning and teaching in higher education, with a particular focus on engineering education.
Gabriel/le studied sociology (Masaryk University/Freie Universität Berlin) and gender studies (University of Lund/University of York) and is currently a PhD candidate at the University of Cape Town. Their research interests include queer visibility and activism, LGBTQIA+ migration, and the emergent field of vegan studies. Their current research explores the experiences of LGBTQIA+ refugees in Kakuma refugee camp, Kenya, in the hopes of finding urgently needed solutions for an increasingly dangerous atmosphere of hate and violence. Gabriel/le values equity, diversity, collaboration, the oxford comma, and rooibos tea.
Gustav Mbeha is from Namibia and joined the writing Centre consultancy team in 2018. He is currently a PhD candidate in Linguistics and enjoys doing research as well as reading. Gustav’s PhD thesis focuses on documenting micro-variation in Silozi between Zambia and Namibia. His study explores microvariation in the morphology, phonetics and semantic aspects of Silozi between the two countries. He is supervised by Prof. Raj Mesthrie and Prof. Lutz Marten from SOAS. Gustav is an avid guitarist and as an Arsenal fan, he also enjoys watching soccer on weekends.
Jenny Pan is currently doing her Research Master’s in Psychology. Her research focus is on older adults and longevity (i.e., how can older adults live, not only longer, but healthier, happier, and more independent lives?). She chose to become a writing centre consultant because she understands the struggles of academic writing and enjoys helping others through their own journey. In her downtime, she enjoys exercising, going on hikes, coffee (how can one live without?), eating food (because food is life), and puns (why do cows not have feet? Because they LAC-TOSE!).
Kendi Osano is an academic writing consultant with over three years consulting experience gained at the UCT Writing Centre. She holds a Masters degree in Media Studies from UCT and is looking towards a PhD in the same area. In her research, she analyses the ways in which Media represents various entities within society. Her interest in Media representation was motivated by the single story coverage of Africa in the international media outlets. Kendi loves baking and trying out new recipes.
Khadra Ghedi Alasow is a Masters student in Environmental and Geographical Science. Her research project looks at how capitalism unfolds in private nature reserves that are under a land claim. While her own research interests are in the fields of agriculture, conservation and land reform, she enjoys discussing various forms of interdisciplinary topics with others. At the Writing Centre she enjoys learning from others and assists with articulating thoughts into writing. In her free time, she enjoys taking a hike on any of the scenic routes in Cape Town, reading a thought-provoking book, or just being in good company.
Munashe Chideya is passionate about the evolution of industries in South Africa and how they relate to the role played by the state in their development. His current research interest is on investigating cases of insolvencies that emerged during the early 20th century in South Africa and the interactions that took place between banks and industrialists who had borrowed funds. In his spare time he enjoys watching series.
Yakhuluntu Dubazana is a first-year MSc candidate currently based at the Department of Environmental and Geographical Science, UCT. She joined the Writing Centre in 2019. Luntu does research in Palaeoecology, Geochemistry and Geography. For her MSc research she is currently involved in a global collaborative research “The critical zone: coastal wetlands in China and South Africa” with the East China Normal University in Shanghai. Luntu has always been passionate about, inter alia, environmental conservation (secretly a green-energy junkie), social-economic and rural development. She enjoys inspiring and motivating others, tutoring, instrumental music, fashion, collecting tea and pressing plants. Her motto in life: “Take risks, and learn along the way."
Desiree Moodley is a South African lecturer and doctoral candidate living in Cape Town. She has 36 years of professional experience in primary, secondary, and tertiary education, including that of school management, special education, curriculum development and design, and post-graduate teaching. Her contribution to education has been in pedagogy and curriculum for diverse individual and co-operative learning communities. Her involvement as a teacher, academic, and author in singular and collaborate participation has been in developing and facilitating the new post-Apartheid schools’ curriculum in South Africa as well as co-authoring several school textbooks for English home language. She is a qualified research and writing consultant having trained locally and aboard over several years. Her research interests have been around the science of learning, learning modalities, education technology and critical thinking theory and practice. She believes that learning is love- love of children, love of learning, love of subjects, love of the world, love of people, love of nature, all of which may be experienced and imparted for full appreciation of living in this planet. "It is my desire that education will come to embody a space in which human beings may come to love and appreciate who and where they are as lifelong learners for themselves, for others, and for the environment in upliftment and significance."