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Dr Lynette Pretorius is an award-winning educator and researcher in the fields of academic language, literacy, research skills, and research methodologies. She has experience teaching undergraduate, postgraduate, and graduate research students, including supervising PhD students. Lynette is the author of multiple journal articles and two academic books focused on the experiences of graduate research students in academia. She has qualifications in Medicine, Science, Education, as well as Counselling, and her research interests include doctoral education, academic identity, student wellbeing, reflection, and qualitative research methods. Lynette is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy – an international honour awarded to educators who demonstrate a thorough understanding of, and a strong commitment to, teaching and learning approaches which foster high-quality student learning.

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Research summary

During her initial career, Dr Lynette Pretorius conducted quantitative research in the field of cardiovascular physiology. Since then, she has moved into mixed methods and qualitative interdisciplinary research. At present, she is particularly interested in how educators and academic institutions more broadly can improve the educational experiences of graduate research students.

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Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities

Research area keywords

  • Doctoral Education
  • Academic Identity
  • Student Wellbeing
  • Autoethnography
  • Qualitative Methods
  • Education for Social Justice
  • Research Skills
  • Academic Writing
  • Academic Language
  • Academic Literacy
  • Doctoral Writing Groups
  • Reflection
  • AI in Education
  • Pastoral Care
  • Belonging
  • Pedagogies of care
  • Experiential Learning
  • Collaborative Learning
  • Academic Integrity