Associate Professor of Mathematics at the Durban University of Technology, South Africa
Darren Lortan is an Associate Professor of Mathematics at the Durban University of Technology, where he has since 1995 held several leadership positions (including Executive Dean, and Acting Deputy Vice-Chancellor: Academic and Acting Senir Director: Engagement). Apart from Mathematics he has a keen interest in Community Engagement (CE). His involvement with CE began in 1997 through a project which marketed STEM professions to high school students. The project extended to other areas in the city of Durban, with significant support engendered through a formal collaboration with Ikamva Youth, an NGO focussing on youth development and educational support.
He has served two terms Chair/President of the Board of the South African Higher Education Community Engagement Forum (SAHECEF), a group of community engagement directors/managers from universities across South Africa. Under his leadership, DUT has joined the Knowledge for Change Consortium (K4C) as a Local Training Hub. At the heart of this partnership is the development of the next generation of Community Based Participatory Researchers, drawn from community members and engaged students and academics. He is member of the Board of the International Association for Research on Service Learning and Community Engagement (IARSLCE).