Conference Speakers

For the 8th Annual SANRC FYE Conference, 17-19 May 2023

Dr Emily McIntosh

Dr Emily McIntosh has held a variety of senior management roles in learning, teaching and the student experience in several UK universities. She joined the University of the West of Scotland (UWS) as Director of Student Success in January 2023. Her expertise includes institutional leadership for learning and teaching, including student transition, technology enhanced learning (TEL), academic practice, equality, diversity and inclusion (EDI), academic advising, and student engagement. Emily is a Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (PFHEA, 2017) and a National Teaching Fellow (NTF, 2021). She was a founding Board member and Trustee of UK Advising and Tutoring (UKAT) from 2016-2021, is an Executive Member & Trustee of the Heads of Educational Development (HEDG) group (2022) and an Independent Board Member of the Board of Corporation for the Trafford College Group (TCG). Emily has always had a keen interest in all things student success and has published monographs, chapters and articles on a wide variety of topics from academic advising, personal tutoring and peer learning to integrated practice.

Prof Vuyisile Nkonki

Prof Vuyisile Nkonki holds a Doctorate in Education with a background of lecturing in the Continuing Professional Teacher Development (CPTD) programmes. He is an Associate Professor in Education and currently the Director of the Teaching and Learning Centre (TLC) at the University of Fort Hare. He is also the project leader of all the University’s Capacity Development Programmes (UCDP). Has presented several papers on substantive issues of higher education teaching and learning in national and international conferences. His published papers straddle across the various areas of academic development and the scholarship that underpins these areas. He has successfully supervised 10 PhD students and a number of master’s students. He is the Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (SFHEA) and is fully involved in programmes for the professionalization of higher education teaching, and the enhancement of academics as university teachers. He is also involved in projects and schemes for recognition, accreditation and reward of teaching excellence and has a strong interest in First-Year Experience programmes.