Thamsanqa Thulani Bhengu

Degrees Held

  • B.Paed (UZ), B.Ed (UNISA), MEd (UZ), DEd (UKZN)


  • I have worked in the higher education sector for about 14 years now, including 10 years at UKZN. Before working as a lecturer, I worked as a Researcher for two years and previously, I was a school principal for 10 years.


  • Maybe I can say that my major achievement was when I got promotion to the Senior Lecture rank at the end of 2014 and immediately thereafter, I was appointed to be a Cluster Leader for our Cluster (Adult Education, Development, Leadership and Management).

Research Interests

  • My main research interest is in understanding the lives of communities in the margins and understanding how they experience formal education. In addition I am interested in understanding how schools and communities, particularly those that are located in rural areas work together and where this aspect is lacking, trying to explore how such imaginary boundaries between schools and their communities can be removed.

Teaching Interests

  • Teaching about leadership and how, through leadership, schools can become better remains my focus and area of interest.




  • I have supervised to completion a number of BEd (Hons) students; MEd and PhD students. Currently, I do not have any BEd (Hons) student that I am supervising. I am currently supervising 20 PhD students and 5 MEd students. I have graduated 37 MEd and 5 PhD students to date, and given the number of students under my supervision, the above figure is going to rise.

Community Involvement

  • I have been recognised nationally by being elected to serve in the Pinetown District Steering Committee which is a sub-structure of the newly formed national education Collaboration trust (NECT), which was launched in July 2013 by the Office of the State President. This body was established as a mechanism that will provide support to various education districts in the country in terms of high quality education provision, particularly in relation to identified challenges that undermine the achievement of quality education. This body aims to breathe life to the goals of the National development Plan relating to education. I serve the Pinetown District Steering Committee as its Deputy Chairperson.