The Department of Geology at the University of Pretoria teaches two major undergraduate and honours study programmes, in (1) Geology and (2) Environmental and Engineering Geology (encompassing also Hydrogeology at honours level). Present postgraduate students and projects are listed under Postgraduate Research.
Internationally-recognised research remains a fundamental activity of all staff and postgraduate students. Our students (see also the webpage of the Geological Society of the University of Pretoria) at all levels are trained to be able to join the global community of professional geoscientists and to contribute to the search and utilisation of Earth’s minerals and commodities to the benefit of society, and to enhance the relationship between Man and the Environment.
The University of Pretoria Natural Hazard Centre, Africa, opens up a large range of multi-disciplinary research within the Faculty and entire University, particularly in seismic hazard studies, mine seismic research, meteorology and the actuarial and insurance sciences. Combined with our Analytical Facility and the LC de Villiers Geology Museum, we excel at everything geological.
We wish to thank Kumba Iron Ore, Exxaro, METF, Aon Benfield, BHP Billiton, Water Research Commission, Dr. Roelof van der Merwe, Prof MCJ de Wit and Dr Tom Molyneux for their continuous support of our department. The significant support provided by the Minerals Education Trust Fund (METF) makes a very important contribution towards fostering excellent teaching and research activities within the Department. In 2009, BHP Billiton donated analytical equipment to a value in excess of R3 million to this department. The new Kumba-Exxaro Chair in Geodynamics was launched in 2009. We also thank Mr Andy Clay and Venmyn for the annual short course in Mineral Reporting, provided to both geological public and the Honours class.
Honorary Professor, Sospeter Muhongo, has been awarded the Ordre des Palmes Académiques by the French Government.
Getting books to our learners by adopting African solutions - 23/04/2014
The biggest challenge facing South African readers is access to books. For everyday South Africans, loading digital texts onto smartphones or tablets isn't a viable solution. You might have heard the saying that we should use African solutions to solve African problems. In this piece, I write about three organisations — Paperight, Siyavula and Worldreader — that offer practical and context-relevant ways of getting books into the hands of South African learners.
UP Architecture graduate wins prestigious national award - 22/04/2014
Heidi van Eeden, a University of Pretoria alumna, was announced as the overall winner of the 27th National Corobrik Architectural Student of the Year award. This is the seventh time that a U.P. student has won this prestigious award. Previous winners were Braam de Villiers (1994), Christiaan van Niekerk (2002), Gerald Schulz (2004), Cillié Malan (2005), Marinda Smalberger (2007) and Clifford Gouws (2012).
First in-depth look at West Coast’s own Heaviside’s dolphins - 17/04/2014
All Heaviside’s dolphins found along southern Africa’s West Coast are related, and belong to one of two major populations. This is one of the findings of the first in-depth genetic study about this endemic dolphin species that is only found from Table Bay to southern Angola. The species may be sensitive to overharvesting by the hake fishing industry.
The world beyond 2015 - is higher education ready? - 17/04/2014
"We are very good at communicating to a scholarly audience, but one of our challenges is how to transfer that information to a broader audience, in other words the general public. There is definitely room for us [universities] to do more of that." This was the response of Prof Cheryl de la Rey, Vice-Chancellor and Principal of the University of Pretoria (UP), to one of the questions posed by the Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU) as part of a new international campaign.