Pushing Boundaries: Athol Williams wants to obtain his 7th degree

Athol Williams is a scholar and poet who has studied at top universities in the world including Harvard, MIT, LSE, LBS and Oxford University.

Williams has written and published three poetry books, two which have been written under his pseudonym of AE Ballakisten.

The Cape Flats born Williams is now looking to pursue his PHD with a focus on Structural Social Justice at Oxford, but has been unsuccessful in his attempts to secure funding.

He details some of the reasons why he is looking to establish a career in academia.

These aren't medals that I hang on my wall as just personal achievements, for me the studying path I have been on has been a dream of mine to study at some of the best universities in the world as an achievement of excellence.

Athols Williams, scholar and author

The degrees have enabled me to think deeply about important issues and I use all of that knowledge in all of the work that I do, whether it is going to schools, working with corporate or speaking to the public.

Athols Williams, scholar and author

He says he is disappointed that no-one in South Africa is willing to fund his 7th degree.

I have had no one in South Africa to help me find these studies, I do think it lacks some vision because I think for every 100 who go to South African universities, we should send someone to some of the best universities in the world not only in pursuit of excellence but diversity of ideas.

Athols Williams, scholar and author

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