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Monday, 30 May 2016

The architecture of separation: inequality photo series makes waves

Success against the odds for LLB graduate

Photographer Johnny Miller provides a new perspective on inequality in Cape Town with the photo series he has produced using drones.

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PhD examines complex governance systems in Kosi Bay

PhD examines complex governance systems in Kosi Bay

Philile Mbatha left KwaZulu-Natal for UCT with a bag of prospects and family expectations. But a PhD is bringing the nGAP scholar full circle as she helps communities at a World Heritage Site in her home province.

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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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Helping students to cope with exams

Helping students to cope with exams

Bonani Dube and Jean Luyt, student development officers and clinical psychologists in the Faculty of Commerce, share tips on how to deal with stress in the exam period.

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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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Next Generation Professoriate – autumn update

Next Generation Professoriate – autumn update

An update on the progress and activities of the first cohort of the Next Generation Professoriate

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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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Put children on the front page of the future

Put children on the front page of the future

Children are largely absent from the country’s National Development Plan, Treasury budgets and political manifestos. It’s a national shame, says Emeritus Professor Marian Jacobs. But universities can change this.

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Professionalisation the tonic for municipalities’ dysfunction

Professionalisation the tonic for municipalities' dysfunction

Law student and nGAP scholar Phindile Ntliziywana tackles a problem close to his heart in his PhD: the professionalisation of local government.

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Obama’s shout out for semester abroad student

Obama's shout out for semester abroad student

US president Barrack Obama singled out a student who spent time at UCT during her semester abroad as a positive example to others during her graduation ceremony at Howard University.

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UCT students perform at the Queen’s birthday party

Michael-Jon (MJ) Rosslee, Caitlin Foley, Amber Vogel and Andrew de Blocq in full dress during their rehearsal for Queen Elizabeth’s birthday party celebrations.

Four UCT students flew to London to play in the celebrations that marked Queen Elizabeth’s 90th birthday.

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UCT ecologists harness the power of Google Images for research

UCT ecologists harness the power of Google Images for research

UCT ecologists have shown that images harvested off the internet can be as accurate a research tool as fieldwork.

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UCT lecture theatres are a much happier place

UCT lecture theatres are a much happier place

From simple improvements, like replacing furniture, to more drastic changes, like installing air-conditioners and high-tech lecterns, the ICTS Classroom Renewal Project is making UCT’s teaching and learning spaces more pleasant and easier to use.

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“Why do we still aspire to whiteness?”

Tail up: Dr Amir Patel, a robotics designer in electrical engineering, is one of six UCT recipients of a Claude Leon Merit Award

Zuziwe Msomi, one of UCT’s cohort of nGAP scholars, is challenging society to ask itself why, decades after the end of apartheid, whiteness still appears to hold copyright on ‘normal’.

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UCT to honour leading academics in African art, archaeology and economics

UCT to honour leading academics in African art, archaeology and economics

The first tranche of 2016 honorary doctorates are to be conferred on Emeritus Professor El Anatsui, Doctor Janette Deacon and Emeritus Professor Francis Wilson in separate graduation ceremonies at UCT in June.

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100-Up, up and away: Tefelo Mathibane’s trajectory of success

100-Up, up and away: Tefelo Mathibane's trajectory of success

100-Up scholar Tefelo Mathibane reflects on how the programme has supported him throughout his studies and looks forward to a future of helping the community.

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Make a name for yourself

Make a name for yourself

The names of five UCT buildings are under review, and the university wants your comments, suggestions and proposals.

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