Prefered Learning Experience


Elize Heuer

I joined the Vaal University of Technology in 2001 after 12 years of lecturing experience at Fort Hare University. I got promoted in 2002 to Director: Preferred Student Experience in the Centre for Academic Development. I am responsible for the Math centre, Writing lab as well as the Mentoring and Tutoring programmes that are part of this department. I hold a Master’s degree in Communication science.

Learning Communities

The Learning Development unit is responsible for enhancing students study and learning practices though establishing Learning Communities, one-to-one and group workshops and subject specific sessions on request from lecturers.

Tutor development provide an additional learning opportunity for students and students should consult with their lecturers regarding the time and venue for tutorials.


Contact details:

Sibongile Hlubi

+27 16 950 7604

Maths Centre


Jerry Madzimure

Maths centre is offering undergraduate and postgraduate students further development of their mathematical competencies and Statistics students mathematical literacy support.

Contact details:

Jerry Madzimure

Prof Ezra Kirunda

+27 16 950 9153


For more information click here: End of year 2016 – Maths Centre

Writing Labs

The writing lab provides free academic writing support to all registered VUT students. It is situated on the first floor in the library. Contact lab at Tel: +27 16 950 6761

The Vaal University of Technology (VUT) Writing Lab

The VUT Writing Lab promotes the University’s mission of producing a scholarly environment that is conducive to learning and innovation. It also aims to promote independent academic writing skills among students.

What is the Writing Lab?

It is a place where students of all disciplines and writing abilities can discuss their writing with a trained writing consultant. Methods which promote dialogue and inquiry, and approaches such as one-to-one and small group consultation will be used. It will help students become more independent and confident in their own writing.

What is the purpose of the Writing Lab?

The purpose of the Writing Lab is to help students become better writers. Since that is focus, the Writing Lab does not proofread or edit work. We do, however, help students to become better proofreaders and editors of their own work.

How does it work?

Students will have a private and confidential discussion about their writing with a trained writing consultant. Consultants have experience with writing at postgraduate level. They will be giving advice, suggestions and recommendations on writing.

Do I need an appointment?

Yes. Students can drop by the Writing Lab at the Goldfields Library’s first floor (Room H101-11) or call +27 16 950 7628 to make an appointment with one of our consultants. The Writing Lab operates between 8:00 am and 18:00 pm on Mondays to Thursdays; then up till 15:00 on Fridays.

What types of writing do you help with?

We help with the following:

  • Proposals
  • Technical Reports
  • Thesis/Dissertation
  • Referencing
  • General writing skills

Bring these to your consultation:

  1. A draft of your writing and assignment question or assignment instructions.
  2. A pencil and an open mind.
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