Student support

In accordance with its value-driven framework, the Department of Mining Engineering focuses on the wellbeing of its students. The aim is to ensure that it can lend support in order to avert any anxiety that students may experience during their studies. Confidentiality is guaranteed and all cases are handled on merit.  Click here for more information on non-academic support in the Department.

The Department’s values are respect, care, honesty, integrity and trust.

Student guardians

These guardians are available to assist students with their personal academic needs:

First-year students:
Prof Ronny Webber-Youngman
Room 5-25
[email protected]
Second-year students:
Ms Sezer Uludag
Room 5-33
[email protected]
Third-year students:
Dr Bertie Meyer
Room 5-28
[email protected]
Fourth-year students:
Mr Jannie Maritz
Room 5-35
[email protected]


Academic support: English Competency Drive

Good language skills are essential for students to succeed, both in their studies and in their careers. For this reason, the Department has instituted an English language intervention programme, which runs concurrently with the mining engineering classes from the first to the final year of study, providing students with the opportunity to improve their English skills. The outcome of this intervention is that students have been empowered to produce well-written dissertations and presentation. In the process they have also acquired a skill that will be of immense value to them throughout their professional lives.  

English language instructor: Ms Isabella Venter

Office appointments: [email protected]

Campus-wide support structures 

The University has various structures in place to ensure that students receive the support they need. For any academic support needs, please contact the Faculty student advisors. For the Faculty of Engineering, Built Environment and Information Technology, these are Ms Madeleine van MeyerenMs Caitlin BarfordMs Rumaine Padayachee and Ms Meridian Mawelele. The University’s Department of Student Affairs also comprises various units that focus on student life and student development, as well as on student health and wellbeing.

Published by Marietha Hicks

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