At a University of Stellenbosch’s December 2018, graduation ceremony, Professor Aslam Fataar was honoured with the Chancellor’s Medal for Excellence in Research. Prof Fataar is former Vice Dean: Research of SU’s Education Faculty and former HOD of the Department of Education Policy Studies. He started his academic career as a junior lecturer in 1995 at the University of the Western Cape (UWC) and served there as Vice Dean and HOD in the Faculty of Education. He also previously taught at Lotus River High School for six years. He completed his MA in 1992 and PhD in 1999 at UWC, has served as a Visiting Professor at Ohio University in 1999 and did a Fulbright Research Scholarship at Illinois University from August 2005 until June 2006. Professor Fataar has published widely and his most recent edited volume is titled: The educational practices and pathways of students across power-marginalised spaces (2018). Professor Fataar has served on the Councils of three universities in the Western Cape; UCT (2004-2006), UWC (2007-2009), SU (2016 – current), and has been serving on a range of Faculty and University committees, in addition to being external examiner for five universities. He currently also serves on the Board of the International Peace College South Africa (IPSA) and is a former national executive member of the Muslim Youth Movement of South Africa and its Deputy President from 1991 to 1993, in the same period that Dr Tahir Sitoto was the MYMSA President.