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Friday, 30 January 2015

Tribute to the late Prof Sandra Burman

Sandra Burman

Professor Hugh Corder recently paid tribute to the late Emeritus Professor Sandra Burman on behalf of UCT and the Faculty of Law. Burman, who had spent the majority of her academic career in the faculty, passed away in January.


Lost in translation: 'Hilarious' mistakes can be dangerous, too

Lost in translation

In a country where 11 official languages are spoken by more than 70% of the population, why does South Africa struggle with such poor translations? Senior lecturer in African languages Dr Tessa Dowling gave a lecture on translation in South Africa, titled "Trespassers welcome but please don't ravish the bus driver", at this year's Summer School.


Living at the end of life

Palliative Care

Is the way we think about the end of life wrong? What if we thought of it as a time of living, not dying? Dr Alan Barnard, a family doctor and senior lecturer in palliative medicine at the university, gave one of this year's Summer School classes on palliative care – reflecting on the history of palliative care, and what we stand to learn from it.


UCT three get royal honours

Queen's Award

Three UCT philanthropists are among 60 young leaders to receive an award from Queen Elizabeth II in recognition of their work in local communities.


UCT's first MOOC: Medicine and the arts

Body Map Mosaic

On 16 March 2015 thousands of students from around the world will be able to view the first lecture in UCT's first free massive open online course (MOOC) titled Medicine and the Arts: Humanising healthcare. What can prospective students expect from this multidisciplinary look into the emerging field of medical humanities?


Meet UCT's Mandela Rhodes scholars: class of 2015

Mandela Rhodes Scholarships

Since the Mandela Rhodes Scholarship started in 2005, two hundred students have received the honour – in recognition not only of academic excellence, but also leadership potential, and the desire to affect positive social change. Meet the 12 students who will call UCT home in 2015.


Start learning from the comfort of your armchair

Fine Minds Lectures

Most state-of-the-art lecture theatres at UCT ban food and drinks within their walls. Now, the interested public can kick back at their leisure with a sundae, cranberry juice (or something stronger) and a notepad, while absorbing the products of some of the top minds in the world.


Parliamentary stage set for more chaos in 2015


All indications are that South Africans can expect more chaos and disruption between the hallowed walls of Parliament this year, says constitutional law expert and political analyst Prof Pierre de Vos.


UCT research on making rugby safer contributes to global changes in the sport

UCT rugby

Few are able to say they have helped to change the way rugby is played around the world, but this is something University of Cape Town PhD graduate, James Craig Brown, can say with confidence.


Tribute to former physics HoD


UCT's Department of Physics will hold a memorial for Sandro Perez, an emeritus professor in the department, who passed away on the morning of 8 January.


SHAWCO SHINE and Saturday School matrics excel


A group of matriculants who gave up Saturday mornings to attend SHAWCO Saturday School and SHAWCO SHINE's extra-tuition classes have excelled in their final exams – with several bagging multiple distinctions.


UCT honours memory of economist Jan Graaff

Johannes de Villiers (Jan) Graaff

The University of Cape Town pays tribute to the late Johannes de Villiers (Jan) Graaff, who died in Cape Town on 7 January 2015.


Countdown to UCT Summer School 2015

UCT Summer School

It's not too late to register for the 2015 University of Cape Town Summer School, running from 19 to 30 January – but you better be quick! This year the Summer School marks its 65th anniversary with short courses on a huge array of subjects, from the hyper local to the truly global. Here's a taste of what to expect.


VC medal for Wilson

David Wilson

David Wilson, who began his forty-year career at UCT cleaning Jameson Hall and worked his way up to Senior Technical Officer in the Department of Geological Sciences, was hailed for his outstanding contribution to the university last month with a Vice-Chancellor's Bronze Medal.


UCT's 'green visionaries'

Green Talents

Three UCT students were chosen from 800 applicants as winners of the Green Talents 2014 awards, an acknowledgement by the German government of young researchers focused on sustainability.


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