HELM ENGAGE asks a simple if unthinkable question: What are the benefits of Covid-19? Without diminishing the terrible cost of the pandemic, there is no denying that it has changed the world and higher education in substantial ways. The second of the HELM ENGAGE series offers a nuanced perspective of the way Covid-19 has exposed the skeletal inequity that underpins our sector, but also the ways that it has addressed the chronic obstacles that have long hindered teaching, learning and research. And, as important, how Covid-19 has ushered in a disrupted space for creative practices.

The guest speaker was Professor Quarraisha Abdool Karim. She was be followed by Professor Linda Ronnie on the Covid Academic Research Study and the impact of Covid-19 on women in particular. Finally Professor Teboho Moja addressed how Covid-19 has also brought us ingenuity from Africa on how to support higher education in these times, especially relating to student success.

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