SPEAKER BIO

Jerome September

Jerome September was appointed as Dean of Student Affairs at Wits in May 2018 after joining the University as Deputy Dean of Student Affairs in February, of the same year. As Dean of Student Affairs, he has executive oversight for the student affairs portfolio which includes: campus housing and residence life, counselling and career development, campus health, student governance, leadership & development and  Wits Sport, and working collaboratively across the university on initiatives related to the student experience and student success.

September was previously Head of Student Affairs at Sol Plaatje University, Northern Cape, where he was responsible for setting up and laying the foundations of the student affairs division of the then 2 year old university. Prior to SPU, September worked at his alma mater, the University of Cape Town (UCT) for over a decade. UCT, September was manager for Student Governance and Leadership in the Student Affairs Department from 2005 to 2012. In 2012, September became Youth Development Director at Citizens Movement, a Cape Town based organization. He returned to UCT in 2014 and worked as Special Projects Advisor to the Director of the International Academic Programmes Office until 2015.

During his student days, September was actively involved in student life at UCT, and held several student leadership positions. He was President of the Student Representative Council and served on UCT’s Council and Senate. He was co-chair of the first Institutional forum at UCT and was actively involved in the transformation process at the institution.

September serves on the University South Africa (USAf) Strategy Group on Transformation, serves on the Council on Higher Education’s Reference Group on the Development of a Good Practise Guide on Student Engagement in Quality Assurance and Promotion in Higher Education, is a board member of the University Sports Company, and is a member of the Ministerial Task Team on Sexual Harassment and Gender-based violence in Higher Education as appointed by the Minister of Higher Education, Science and Technology. He has recently been appointed to the university and tertiary education committee of The Council of the Southern African Institute of Government Auditors (SAIGA).

September holds a Bachelors of Arts degree in Political Studies and a Master of Philosophy degree in human rights from UCT. He is currently pursuing a Doctor of Business Administration at the University of Bath in the UK.