CHEC develops and administers support initiatives at the request of the member universities. Current institutional support consists of two sub-focus areas:
Shared facilities and services and Higher Education Leadership Academy (HELA).

Shared facilities and services

Cape Higher Education Library Network (CHELiN)

The Cape Higher Education Library Network (CHELiN) is an initiative of the Cape Higher Education Consortium (CHEC) and consists of the four higher education libraries at the public universities in the Western Cape i.e. the Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT), Stellenbosch University (SU), the University of Cape Town (UCT) and the University of the Western Cape (UWC).

CHELiN’s purpose is to provide optimal access to information and quality information services for all participating institutions, enhancing those possible in any single institution, and to develop additional partnerships where they will further contribute to meeting the needs of users.

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Copyright clearance management

Publishing Liaison Office (PLO)

The PLO functions as a one-stop copyright clearance management and related services solution for access to teaching and learning materials on behalf of the four universities in the Western Cape. The PLO is authorised to clear and manage the reproduction of copyright-protected materials for non-commercial, educational purposes under the respective universities’ blanket or transactional licence agreements in deliberation with the Dramatic, Artistic and Literary Rights Organisation (DALRO).

The PLO also clears copyright with various other rights holders when required, while also directing the proper use and clearance of materials under Open Access, public domain, GNU General Public Licences or Creative Commons licence agreements. Lecturers and administrative staff can register and submit copyright permission requests directly on the PLO’s management system.

Other activities of the PLO include:

  • Creating an awareness of the copyright laws of South Africa
  • Facilitating compliance with copyright laws and relevant authorities
  • Negotiating reasonable fees for the use of materials from various copyright holders
  • Participating in institutional forums and training that shape copyright policies and guidelines

Higher Education Leadership Academy (HELA)

CHEC is proud to present to you the CHEC Higher Education Leadership Academy (HELA). Going forward, the HELA, will design and present a range of different HE capacity development activities, ranging from professional development programmes, to Masterclasses and Critical Conversations, amongst others.

Please follow the links to register for any of the programmes and activities.

Download HELA 2024 brochure

CHEC Postdoctoral Programme 2024 – Members of the CHEC universities may attend for free.

Masterclass Leading the Digital Leap: Integrating AI into Pedagogy & Practice
Prof Elizabeth Archer (UWC)
18-19 March
Hybrid event, hosted at CPUT
Critical conversation The two faces of ethics creep in research ethics review processes
Dr Henriette van den Berg (UFS)
April date TBC
Online event
Creating the Leading-Edge Middle Management program Topics and facilitators Course dates
Al times 9:00 – 12:00

Critical conversations

Purpose: The CHEC Critical Conversations is designed as a forum for engagement across the four universities and our strategic partners in the Western Cape on critical issues and discourses in SA HEIs. We recognize that the academic landscape has become increasingly complex and that answers need to be found for problems that previously did not exist. In this way, the CHEC Critical Conversations will provide our regional universities with an opportunity to share ideas and contribute to regional higher education innovation by discussing our strategies and lessons learnt through our business continuity, risk, and other applications.

Cost: Attendance of the Critical Conversations are free.

Professional development

The Creating the Leading-Edge Programme (CLE)

The CHEC CREATING THE LEADING EDGE has been redesigned to reflect the changes in the HE landscape.

This well-known middle management programme is open to any members of private or public higher education and promises to capacitate our human resources with an understanding of themselves and their roles in HE.

All courses are hosted online and take place 9:00-12:00.

Purpose: “To build and develop human capacity to create a thriving and supportive HE workspace.”

Target market: The programme is specifically designed for academic heads of departments, heads of research entities, and support/professional staff managers. Typically, the selected candidate will have at least a post graduate qualification and more than five years work experience as a new or existing manager in their positions. However, universities are free to select any participant that they believe will benefit from the course.

USAf endorsement: The CLE is endorsed by Universities South Arica for its relevance and responsiveness to developing and supporting the leadership and management knowledge and skills required, for greater efficiency and effectiveness in the systems, processes, people and technology requirements of our universities.

Cost: Costing is per module.

CHEC certificate: A CHEC certificate of successful completion will be issued upon completion.

Please contact Ms Sisipho Zweni at to register.

Download the 2024 Brochure

CLE Orientation
18 March 2024

Understanding the self in relation to others

25 March 2024
CLE2. The HE strategic space
Operational Excellence in HE 22 April 2024
University financial planning & risk 24 April 2024
University Governance 26 April 2024
CLE3. Creating a thriving work environment
Performance engagement, succession planning  & transformation 20 May 2024
Leading in employee relations 22 May 2024
Effective Communication strategies for the HE manager 24 May 2024

Creating the Executive-Edge (for senior management)

The Programme is designed to meet the strategic needs of senior and executive management in HEIs in the Western Cape. The value of the CEE lies in the development of strategic leadership who values transformation, communication and performance engagement.

Purpose: “To engage in strategic leadership through people management in HE.”

Target market: The Programme is designed for deans, deputy deans and senior or executive directors appointed to executive positions in HEIs

Cost: Costing is for the entire programme as all courses are compulsory.

CHEC certificate: A CHEC certificate of successful completion  will be issued upon completion.

Download the brochure

COVID-19 management and responses. Lessons learnt for the future

Editor:  Prof René Pellissier

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Almost two years ago, CHEC launched the idea of developing a book on Covid-19 management and responses. We received international and national support for the idea. The book deals with teaching and learning and management issues and in an effort to formulate lessons learnt for future discontinuity in the HE domain. We thank all the authors for their efforts to make this valuable to our institutions in providing lessons learnt.

The book is available for download (as soft copy for free) from the following platforms:

Google (e-book):
Takealot (printed): (at R380)
ITSI (e-book):
Amazon (printed): (Amazon does not host free e-books)
ASM (printed):

COVID-19 management and responses Lessons learnt for the future

Contact details

Prof René Pellissier (

Ms Sisipho Zweni (

Postgraduate Diploma in Higher Education in Teaching and Learning

Internationally, increased attention is being paid to the professional development of academic staff for their teaching role.

To address this need, CHEC has been offering a Postgraduate Diploma in Higher Education in Teaching and Learning [(PGDip (HE)(T&L)] since 2014. The programme, which is available to academic staff from the four regional universities, as well as from other South African universities, is implemented through a collaboration agreement between Stellenbosch University (SU), the University of the Western Cape (UWC) and the Cape University of Technology (CPUT).

A Postgraduate Coordinating Committee, consisting of representatives from the three universities, is responsible for the oversight, planning and coordination of the programme. The current Chair of the Committee is Dr Xena Cupido of CPUT (

The programme, which is offered on a part-time basis over two years, has three compulsory modules of 30 credits each, namely:

  • Teaching and learning in higher education,
  • Assessment in higher education, and
  • Research for enhancing teaching and learning.

In addition, students may choose one elective 30-credit modules from the following four modules:

  • ICTs for Teaching and Learning
  • Academic Leadership and Management
  • Strengthening Postgraduate Supervision
  • Recognition of Prior Learning

The most recent cohort of 19 participants enrolled at the start of 2020 and completed the programme at the end of 2021.

The programme will be offered again in 2023, while 2022 is being used for a programme re-curriculation process.

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