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Change the world


Nelson Mandela University's Media and Communication lecturer Tarryn Rennie has been awarded an Emerging Scholar Award at the recent Design Principles and Practices International Conference in Valencia, Spain.


Tarryn (right), together with her PhD supervisor Prof Subeshini Moodley (far right), presented their research on the “E-book Online Repository: Digital Archiving from Crisis Response to Pedagogical Opportunityat the conference.

The award, in recognition of excellent scholarship and the promise of significant future achievement, was based on her current collaborative research and engagement activities.

These include the E-Book Online Repository, as well as her research on how design and visual communication can influence, change and enrich peoples' lives in a positive way, particularly in education and the healthcare industry.

The small number of Emerging Scholars awardees perform a critical role in the conference by chairing the parallel sessions, providing technical assistance in the sessions, and presenting their own research papers, Tarryn says. They are also supported with opportunities for development, networking and publishing.

Tarryn also wants to research further on how design can be used as a powerful, humanising and emotional tool for the benefits of social, realistic and sustainable engagement and hopes to apply this in her PhD research going forward.

The goal of the Emerging Scholars programme at the Design Principles and Practices International Conference is to create opportunities for development, networking, and publishing and to continue supporting Emerging Scholars throughout their careers.

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Contact information
Ms Elma de Koker
Internal Communication Practitioner
Tel: 041-504 2160