The media used Prof Raymond Parsons’ expertise on various platforms, earning him the titles of 2015 NWU Spokesperson of the Year and Most Quoted in Print and Online Media.

What our winner says

"It is gratifying that the public intellectual role played by NWU academics is recognised at the highest level in the university and I am greatly honoured to have received the media award for 2015," says Prof Raymond Parsons, NWU Spokesperson of the Year.


He believes the essence of academic professionalism is “knowledge in action” and the media is an indispensable mechanism for making knowledge generally accessible.


"The global and national challenges now facing South Africa make it even more important for academic colleagues to prominently share their expertise and research to promote public debate and help find solutions. I therefore hope that many more NWU academics will be encouraged to share their analysis and research with the wider public through active outreach and thus enhance the image of the NWU."

Here are the winners in the different categories:

  • Most quoted in the broadcast media in 2015

    Mr Theo Venter from the NWU School of Business and Governance

  • Most quoted in print and online media in 2015

    Prof Raymond Parsons from the NWU School of Business and Governance

  • Emerging voice of the NWU

    Prof Peet van der Merwe from the School of Business Management in the Faculty of Economic and Management Sciences, Potchefstroom Campus

  • Spike in media coverage

    Prof Albert Helberg from the Faculty of Engineering, Potchefstroom Campus, on behalf of the whole NWU solar car team

  • Incentive awards

    Prof Rodney Medupe from the School of Physics in the Faculty of Agriculture, Science and Technology, Mafikeng Campus


    Adv René Koraan from the Faculty of Law, Potchefstroom Campus


    Dr Ina Gouws from the School of Basic Sciences in the Faculty of Humanities, Vaal Triangle Campus