Mr Neil Honeycomb

Programme Coordinator

 

Neil currently provides programme coordination and research assistance at the Nelson Mandela University. His research capacity has focused on themes in Higher Education during COVID and Higher Education institutional culture. Adding to postgraduate studies in Psychology (NMU) and Applied Ethics (SU), he is currently completing an MPhil degree in Monitoring & Evaluation Methodology (SU). 

Outside of the University, Neil holds the Vice-chairperson position at REVIVE - Empowering Emotional Change, taking on a supportive role in the NGO’s development and sustainability. Orientated towards community engagement, Neil had also volunteered as a lay-counsellor at REVIVE, also assisting with Personal Growth and Basic Counselling Skills Courses. Before this, Neil had volunteered as an Honorary Ranger for SANParks Addo Region for several years. He has also held the position of Secretary and Vice-chairman of the Nelson Mandela University student Psychology Society during his undergraduate and postgraduate studies. 

 

LinkedIn: https://za.linkedin.com/in/neil-honeycomb-29151983

 

Getting to know me

 

1. How would you define your role within the Engagement and Transformation team?

I play a supportive role within research and project management components in the portfolio. I also work with graphic/visual content design and manage media platforms for the team. 

 

2. What does Engagement and Transformation in Higher Education look like to you?

An ethical approach towards understanding contextual realities and how these realities are responded to within the abilities of the Higher Education sector.

 

3. Describe your job in 3 words.

Creative; Structured; Generative

 

4. What is your favourite activity when you are not in the office?

A bit of reading, a bit of writing. Plenty of drawing. 

 

5. What is your favourite place on Earth?

Anywhere out in nature. Although Baviaanskloof, Knysna, and Addo are at the top of my list.

 

6. What is your favourite quote?

"Every individual needs revolution, inner division, overthrow of the existing order, and renewal, but not by forcing these things upon his neighbours under the  hypocritical cloak of […] love or the sense of social responsibility or any of the other beautiful euphemisms for unconscious urges to personal power. Individual self-reflection, return of the individual to the ground of human nature, to his own deepest being with its individual and social destiny here is the beginning of a cure for that blindness which reigns at the present hour."

       - Carl Gustav Jung. On the Psychology of the Unconscious (1912). In CW 7: Two Essays on Analytical Psychology p.5

 

7. If you could change something in the world, what would it be?

Promotion of healthy societal acceptances, and just social allowances.

 

8. What would you be able to give a 30-minute presentation about without any advanced preparation?

Burnout and resilience.

 

9. What is the best piece of professional advice you have ever received?

"What a waste".

A sentence that has stuck with me since opting to not pursue a career in the fine arts. Since then, I have brought the arts with me into (almost) everything that I do. I could not be more grateful. Perhaps not such a waste after all?

 

10. What motivates you?

The freedom to try new things and to find purpose in the work that I do.