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Tracking the Timbuktu Manuscripts
29 May

Cape Town Big Band Jazz Festival
03 Jun - 06 Jun

Lessing's Jewish Self-Hatred
03 Jun

Education, Technology and the Developing World, by Margaret Campbell
03 Jun

CHED Research Seminar
03 Jun

The Boko Haram Phenomenon 2002-2015: Searching for Patterns
08 Jun

Women Playwrights International Conference
29 Jun - 02 Jul

13th Annual Meeting of the Primate Ecology and Genetics Group SA
11 Jul - 12 Jul

UCT Social Responsiveness Student Conference
13 Jul - 16 Jul

9th Annual Congress of the South African Society for Research in Music
16 Jul - 18 Jul

Transform UCT


What started as a question around whether UCT should continue to house a statue of Cecil John Rhodes on its campus has become a much larger movement for change, a call to re-imagine and re-engage with what a transformed African and South African university looks like – whether in terms of its ethos, curriculum, research, symbols, policies or demographics.

UPDATE: While the Rhodes statue has been temporarily removed, UCT is applying for its permanent removal – a process that involves a public consultation process. Mail rhodes.statue@chand.co.za to comment on this final step.

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Friday, 29 May 2015

PhD profiles: Raising awareness of neurogenerative diseases


In the run-up to the June 2015 graduation, we profile some of the research done by PhD graduates from December 2014. Meet Danielle Smith, whose doctoral research in human genetics focused on a heritable neurodegenerative disease that afflicts a number of South Africans, and often leads to people being wheelchair-bound and unable to see: Spinocerebellar ataxia type 7 (SCA7).


Why Africans must join forces to protect scarce water resources

scarce water resources

African water resources are under increasing stress and the continent is likely to face significant water shortages by 2030. Population growth combined with climate change and continued economic development will put further stresses on water resources and infrastructure.


PhD profiles: Communities consolidating peace in Northern Uganda

Gulu women

In the run-up to the June 2015 graduation, we profile some of the research done by PhD graduates from December 2014. Meet Samson Barrigye, whose doctoral research focused on the role of ordinary Uganda citizens in peacemaking and conflict resolution, and advocated for more bottom-up processes in which communities can participate.


The devastating condition that can cause cancer in children

Cancer syndrome

Doctoral candidate Lindiwe Lamola has had a grudge against cancer since it caused the death of her much-loved grandmother. She is channeling her energies into examining a rare genetic syndrome that puts people at risk of developing cancer in childhood.


UCT and Rhodes Must Fall sign agreement

VC Desk

UCT and the students who have been occupying Avenue House have signed an agreement that has been made an order of the High Court of South Africa, Vice-Chancellor Dr Max Price announces in his latest VC Desk.


South Africa's first engaged scholarship programme launched

South Africa's first engaged scholarship programme launched

Enlarge the horizons of your own 'seeing', so that you don't end up simply being a product of your history, Deputy Vice-Chancellor Professor Crain Soudien said at the recent launch of UCT's Engaged Scholarship Programme.


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Click to visit the latest Byte-size newsN-GAP creates five new UCT academic posts

UCT has been awarded over R10 million to create five new academic posts.

This is in terms of the New Generation of Academics Programme (N-GAP) initiated by the Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET) as part of its broader Staffing South Africa's Universities Framework. N-GAP seeks to address the challenges of transformation and the aging higher education workforce.

The new posts are in the disciplines of architecture, human biology, African studies, public law and environmental sciences. These posts are among 125 permanent academic posts created at local universities. For the first six years the posts are funded by the DHET, after which the universities takes over funding.

"This is a fantastic opportunity for UCT to appoint young black South African academics through this programme and promote transformation at UCT," said deputy vice-chancellor for institutional innovation, Professor Francis Petersen.

The advertisements for these posts will appear on the UCT website soon.

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