The Academic Development Centre (ADC)

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The Academic Development Centre (ADC) is situated within the Division of Academic Development and Support. The principal function of the ADC is to provide comprehensive, innovative and data-informed academic support and other interventions that enable student success. This is driven by an over-arching strategy – the Integrated Student Success Initiative (ISSI) – and the implementation of this strategy in broad and multiple ways. The ISSI is constantly evolving, and requires informed, creative and innovative senior professional support staff to ensure its ongoing development and success.

The work being done in ADC is data informed and research based whilst still being very practical. In line with the drive towards leading and preparing for the 4th Industrial Revolution, ADC is making intentional and thoughtful strides towards providing a wide variety of online student success artefacts and resources.

The ADC aims to be relevant in its offerings and agile in its implementation and staff are distributed across all four UJ campuses in proportion to campus size. ADC consists out of 5 main parts, each with a specific focus, but working in a matrix structure across departmental lines. The various departments in ADC are:

  • ADC Access manages the first 1 to 2 years of a variety of Extended Curriculum Programmes on three UJ campuses
  • Academic literacies run the 4 campus-based writing centres and works with developing academic literacies with undergraduate students
  • Academic development and Innovation assist students with study skills and succeeding in extended degrees across the institution
  • The UJ First Year Experience (FYE)/Senior Student Experience (SSE) office aims to assist students and the institution to be as prepared as possible to intentionally facilitate student success at the institution whilst managing the challenging transitions involved in this process
  • Various UJ special projects are also managed from ADC
  • ADC houses the DHET funded National Resource Centre For the First Year Experience and Students in Transition ( which aims to develop and support the national FYE movement in South Africa

Contact us

Phone: +27 11 559 2568 ​