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 the following options:
Option: Sport and Recreation Management
Option: Sport Psychology
Option: Sport and Leisure in Society
Option: Sport Coaching Sciences
With these options the department will endeavour to prepare students to work in the sport and leisure industry of South Africa, and abroad. The closing date for applications for the BA Sport and Leisure Studies degree is 30 September.
Record number of post-graduate degrees for UP’s Class of 2013 - 16/04/2014
The Autumn 2014 graduation figures for the University of Pretoria (UP) confirm that the institution which last year was ranked among the Top 500 universities globally by the prestigious QS World Ranking of Universities, is on track to deliver on its vision of being a leading research-intensive university. A record 4214 post-graduate degrees are being awarded across its nine faculties and business school.
Prof Tiaan de Jager gives an African perspective on environmental issues in Geneva - 15/04/2014
Prof Tiaan de Jager, Deputy Dean: Research in the Faculty of Health Sciences and Director of the University of Pretoria’s Centre for Sustainable Malaria Control, is an expert on the effect of the presence of pharmaceuticals in the environment in Africa. It was on account of this expertise that he was invited by the German Federal Government Environment Protection Agency and the United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP) to address them on the effect of pharmaceuticals on the environment in Africa.
Study asks for ban on 4x4s in protected areas - 15/04/2014
Soil damage caused by 4x4 vehicles is underestimated, long term – between 5 and 1000 years - and mostly irreversible. Due to their negative environmental impact, vehicles should not be allowed to do off-road driving in protected areas. Strict legal measures should be applied to regulate 4x4 use in such areas, while very sensitive areas such as wetland areas should be classified as absolute no-go areas.