Welcome to the Department of Sport and Leisure Studies
As from 1 March 2014 the Department of Biokinetics, Sport and Leisure Sciences in the Faculty of Humanities split into two separate academic departments. The Department of Sport and Leisure Studies has been established within the Faculty of Humanities, while academic disciplines of Biokinetics and Sport Science have moved to the Department of Physiology in the Faculty of Health Sciences.
The BA Human Movement Science, BA Human Movement Science Option: Sport Psychology, BSportSci and BSportSci Option: Golf degrees, which were part of the previous Department of Biokinetics, Sport and Leisure Sciences in the Faculty of Humanities, will be housed in the new Department of Sport and Leisure Studies in the Faculty of Humanities, and phased out over a period as from 2014 (the last intake of first year students being January 2014).
The new Department of Sport and Leisure Studies will offer a BA Sport and Leisure Studies degree with four specialisation options.
With these options the department will endeavour to prepare students to work in the sport and leisure industry of South Africa, and abroad.
UP awarded status as MRC collaborative centre for malaria research - 30/10/2014
The Medical Research Council (MRC) invited higher education institutions, science councils and registered non-profit research organisations in South Africa, Zimbabwe and Mozambique to submit applications to become part of their new initiative, MRC Collaborating Centres for Malaria Research. The University of Pretoria’s Centre for Sustainable Malaria Control (UP CSMC) recently received word that their application has been successful. The network of MRC collaborating centres for malaria research will collectively provide a multidisciplinary approach to malaria research; synergise efforts on malaria research to achieve common goals; and facilitate scientific collaboration among malaria researchers in Southern Africa.
Breast cancer is not a death sentence - 29/10/2014
In South Africa, one in 29 women is diagnosed with breast cancer each year. While most people are aware of breast cancer, many do not take the necessary steps to detect the disease in its early stages and to encourage others to do the same. Most of us dread ever hearing the words, “You have cancer”, because this disease is sure to have a significant impact on all areas of a person’s life. Ms Jonita van Wyk, who graduated earlier this year with a master’s degree in Social Work (Health Care) in the Department of Social Work and Criminology at the University of Pretoria (UP), conducted research on the social functioning of women with breast cancer, under the supervision of Dr Charlene Carbonatto.
UP’s Exceptional Young Researcher of 2014 delivers findings to an international audience - 23/10/2014
Prof Darryn Knobel is providing great insight into the control and foreseeable elimination of rabies. He recently presented his work at the 39th World Small Animal Veterinary Association (WSAVA) Congress held in Cape Town. Prof Knobel leads UP’s Faculty of Veterinary Science’s research group on dog population ecology and rabies epidemiology, which studies the ecology of owned, free-roaming dog populations in resource-constrained communities, particularly at wildlife interfaces. The group's aim is to better understand the interactions between dog population dynamics and rabies control, as well as other aspects of dog health and welfare.