Overcoming Barriers to University Education in South Africa (OBUESA) Project


Arts and Humanities Research Council

November 2016 - June 2017

Principal investigators
Professor Adrian Blackledge
Professor Angela Creese


Professor Adrian Blackledge and Professor Angela Creese have been awarded funding to conduct research which will inform equitable language policy and practice in university education in South Africa. ‘Overcoming Barriers to University Education in South Africa’ is a collaboration between researchers at University of Birmingham, University of Cape Town, and Universities South Africa, a non-profit organisation representing South Africa’s public universities.  The research project, funded by Arts and Humanities Research Council as part of the Global Challenges Research Fund, will generate new knowledge to inform the implementation of multilingual policy for teaching and learning in universities in South Africa. Benefits of the project will be increased access to, and success in, higher education for currently disenfranchised sections of society in South Africa. The project builds on and extends existing research by Blackledge and Creese into translanguaging as pedagogy and multilingualism in society. 

This video shows highlights from workshops held in South Africa to engage university lecturers and managers in discussions about translanguaging as pedagogy in higher education in South Africa, and the role of South Africa’s official languages in university classrooms.

Highlights from workshops held in South Africa