The Education Development Unit (EDU) Commerce is the home of the Academic Development (AD) BCom, BBusSc and Actuarial Science programmes. The unit generates the work of these programmes as well as working with a variety of education initiatives throughout the Commerce Faculty. These include tutor training, formative evaluation of students learning experiences, introducing a range of relevant skills and developing multiple forums to facilitate a supportive and reflective learning environment in the Commerce faculty.

The Academic Development programmes

The AD programmes address the University policy of promoting both equity and excellence. The primary purpose is to attract and retain students who have experienced gaps and disparities in both education and life experiences. The AD programmes have been designed to allow completion of a BBusSc degree over a four or five year period and a BCom degree over a three or four year period. A range of additional experiences and value-added opportunities are offered. It also provides students with a variety of types of support that enhance a broad and comprehensive range of education and life skills.

Being a part of the EDU

Being on this programme means that your progress is monitored, you have regular contact with the AD Officer where you can develop solutions to your day-to-day and academic concerns. You also have a range of opportunities to interact with your fellow students to develop and practice collaborative learning and communication skills. Specific support exists in Language and development and Mathematics, as well as a range of additional interventions at varying levels and courses in the degree.