Sarasvathie Reddy

Degrees Held

  • NDip Emergency Medical Care
  • Higher Education Diploma
  • PGDip HE
  • Masters in Higher Education
  • PhD in Higher Education


  • Academic Coordinator and Senior Lecturer: PhD in Higher Education: 2014-Current
    • Discipline of Higher Education, School of Education
  • Academic Coordinator and Senior Lecturer: University Education Induction Programme 2014-Current
  • Academic Coordinator for the following Higher Education Modules:
    • Assessing Learning in Higher Education
    • Pedagogies in Higher Education
    • Diversity in Higher Education
    • Researching in Higher Education
  • Part-Time Postgraduate Academic Development Coordinator
    • February2012-Dec2013
    • College of Humanities: University of KwaZulu-Natal
    • (During Sabbatical Period- January 2013 to December 2013)
  • Acting Academic Leader – Teaching and Learning: Clinical Skills Development
    • 2012-2013: Office of the Dean: Teaching and Learning, College of Health Sciences, University of KwaZulu-Natal, (UKZN)
  • Head of Department: PPS Skills Resource Facility 1999-2011
    • Nelson R Mandela School of Medicine, University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN)
  • Head of Department of Short Courses 1992-1999
    • Emergency Medical Rescue Services, College of Emergency Care, Department of Health

Research Interests

  • Medical education
  • Professional Education
  • Higher Education Studies
  • Academic Staff Development
  • Teaching and Learning Research
  • Social Justice in curriculum design
  • Gender and Religion
  • Diversity in Higher Education

Teaching Interests

  • Diversity and the Student in Higher Education
  • Researching in Higher Education
  • Assessing Learning in Higher Education
  • Pedagogies in Higher Education
  • Curriculum Development and Design in Higher Education
  • Supervising Research in Higher Education
  • Teaching and Learning in Higher Education

Selected Student






Successful Grant Applications

  • Project Title: “From Student to Scholar”: Exploring Pedagogical Models which prepare PhD students to write for Publication”: UTLO
  • Project Title: “Exploring Throughput and ‘Academicity’ through a Trans-disciplinary Masters Programme in Gender, Religion and Health”: UTLO
  • Project Title: “Enacting Institutional Development Through Structured Professional Development: A Case-Study of the University of KwaZulu- Natal’s University Education Induction Programme”: UTLO

Hobbies and Achievements

Ultra Distance Running

  • Completed 11 Comrades Marathons (89.9 KM Durban –Pietermaritzburg)
  • Completed 13 Two Oceans Marathons (56 KM Cape Town)

Mountain Climbing

  • Summited the peak of Mount Killimanjaro (2016)
  • Summited the Base Camp of Mount Everest (2018)

Community Involvement

UNISA Chance to Advance Outreach Programme: 2014 to present

Teaching Emergency Care Skills and CPR at rural communities as follows:

  • Phoenix: 28th July to 2nd August 2014
  • Dennilton: 17th July to 3rd August 2015
  • Alexandra: 23rd to 24th July 2016
  • Atteridgeville: 6 to 7th July 2017