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New Kid on the Block - May 2016
UCT’s upper campus has a new addition to its skyline in the form of a 400-seater lecture theatre at the southern end of University Avenue. View the gallery.
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  • The latest campus announcement provides information on key matters that have arisen lately. Read the email...
  • Vice-Chancellor Dr Max Price writes to the UCT community about the work that the Sexual Assault Response Team (SART) has been doing and to clarify its role at the university with regard to eliminating sexual violence. Read the email...
  • Vice-Chancellor Dr Max Price writes to UCT staff about austerity measures and costs savings.
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  • The Academic Freedom Committee has released a statement stressing the importance of academic freedom in light of recent calls to have Dr Kenneth Hughes removed as lecturer in UCT’s School of Economics. Read the statement...
  • The application for an interim interdict after the violence and vandalism on campus on 16 February 2016 has been made a final order of the court. Five of the original 17 respondents are subject to the original application. Read the court order...

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Wednesday, 25 May 2016
Student’s short film makes waves

Student's short film makes waves

A short film by third-year UCT film student Jessie Zinn showed at Cannes after making waves on the international film festival circuit.

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Farewell to Walter Baets, the great inspirer

Professor Walter Baets is leaving the Graduate School of Business at UCT after a seven-year tenure

After a seven-year stint as head of UCT’s Graduate School of Business, Professor Walter Baets is heading to the south of France to start a bold new venture.

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Student Parliament addresses important student issues

Student Parliament addresses important student issues

Student Parliament recently gathered at the New Snape Building to address student issues such as UCT’s strategic plan, the new SRC constitution, safety on campus and Jammie Shuttles.

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UCT student wins The Voice South Africa

UCT student wins The Voice South Africa

UCT student Richard Stirton wins The Voice South Africa and gains a foothold into the South African music industry.

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50th anniversary of Robert Kennedy’s ‘Ripple of Hope’ speech

50th anniversary of Robert Kennedy's 'Ripple of Hope' speech

Robert F Kennedy’s historic “Ripple of Hope” speech will be remembered at a special event in Jameson Hall on 4 June 2016.

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10 UCT researchers selected as finalists for the 2015/2016 NSTF Awards

10 UCT researchers selected as finalists for the 2015/2016 NSTF Awards

The National Science and Technology Forum (NSTF) Awards are often referred to as the “Science Oscars” of South Africa and are the most sought-after national awards of their kind.

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Birds of a feather: different colours, same territory

Birds of a feather: Different colours, same territory

UCT researchers have published a paper that may help evolutionary biologists understand how multiple colour varieties in species can co-exist in the face of natural selection.

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UCT’s Jennifer Thomson elected as president of international women's organisation

UCT's Jennifer Thomson elected as president of international women's organisation

Jennifer Thomson, emeritus professor of microbiology in the Department of Molecular and Cell Biology, has been elected president of the Organisation for Women in Science for the Developing World (OWSD) at the organisation’s 5th General Assembly and International Conference in Kuwait.

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UCT researchers identify genetic patterns for six common cancers

UCT researchers identify genetic patterns for six common cancers

A unique discovery at UCT opens the path to early cancer diagnosis and specialised treatment breakthroughs.

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Click to visit the latest Byte-size newsSA Medical Journal publishes Festschrift for Beighton

Emeritus professor in human genetics Peter Beighton is the subject of a Festschrift to be published as a supplement to the SA Medical Journal on 1 June 2016. (In academia, a Festschrift is a collection of writings in book form that honours a respected person and is presented during his or her lifetime.)

Four of Beighton’s former PhD students worked on the project to honour his leadership and the influence he has had on their professional lives. They are Michael Hayden (his first PhD graduate in 1979, now in Canada), Jacquie Greenberg (UCT), Alan Bryer (UCT / Groote Schuur Hospital) and Lawrence Stephen (his last PhD graduate before his official retirement in 1999, University of the Western Cape).

Professor Gregory Hussey, interim dean in the Faculty of Health Sciences, commented: “Contributions and tributes have been sent from people all over the world, attesting to PB’s outstanding knowledge, leadership and mentorship in the field of medical genetics at UCT and abroad.”

Story Andrea Weiss. Photo Michael Hammond.

Caption: Emeritus Professor Peter Beighton is a leading figure in human genetics.

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