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Tuesday, 9 February 2016

DVC Desk: Update about accommodation
Released: 19h00, 6 February 2016

UCT

DVC Professor Francis Petersen, chair of the Special Executive Task Team, writes to the UCT community with an update about accommodation.

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Security alert: Another Rhodes Memorial incident
Released: 15h00, 5 February 2016

UCT

We are very distressed and outraged once again to report that another female University of Cape Town student has been sexually assaulted while walking on the mountain towards Rhodes Memorial.

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Building a pipeline for UCT's professors of the future

Next Generation Professoriate

Professor Robert Morrell, programme director of UCT's Next Generation Professoriate, recently elaborated on the details of this programme aimed at advancing the development of black and female academics at the university.

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New dean of law up for the challenge

Professor Penny Andrews

Professor Penny Andrews, UCT's new dean of law, believes that all her experience has prepared her for her new position and that the problems faced by higher education, though difficult, are not insurmountable.

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Important Notice
Released: 16h45, 4 February 2016

UCT

The University of Cape Town has noted that RhodesMustFall is distributing information that the UCT Executive are meeting with RMF at 17h00 today. They have proceeded to invite students to the meeting. Please note that the UCT Executive are not meeting with RMF. The reasons are given in the letter sent earlier today to RMF. Any student with accommodation issues, financial aid queries or facing academic exclusion should please contact Ms Moonira Kahn of the Department of Student Affairs.

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DVC Desk: Avenue House
Released: 13h30, 4 February 2016

Avenue House

DVC Professor Francis Petersen, chair of the Special Executive Task Team, writes to the UCT community about the situation at Avenue House.

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Will the vote swing away from the ANC in elections?

Dr Zwelethu Jolobe

It's not policy or charismatic leaders that will see the ANC triumph again in the upcoming local elections, argues UCT political analyst Dr Zwelethu Jolobe. It's something rather more banal.

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#FundingFutures campaign to aid students

FundingFutures campaign to aid students

UCT's 2016 SRC is launching a #FundingFutures campaign that aims to ensure that all current students have the financial wherewithall to register for 2016.

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Record turnout for parent orientation

Record turnout for parent orientation

Thousands of parents and guardians of first-year students recently spent time on campus to learn more about UCT and what their charges can expect in the year ahead.

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European refugee crisis spotlights legal challenges

European refugee crisis spotlights legal challenges

The refugee crisis in Europe has not only highlighted the limitations of dated international laws on asylum seekers, but different interpretations of rules have clouded responses to the crisis, says refugee rights scholar Fatima Khan. She was speaking at this year’s Summer School.

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Lively debate on transformation in law

Lively debate on transformation in law

The legal fraternity and interested public recently enjoyed a lively debate about the intersections between race, law and transformation. Near the end, a passionate exchange between a judge, his fellow panellists and members of the audience threw into sharp relief some of the issues being discussed.

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Use of private security companies

VC Desk

VC Dr Max Price unpacks some of the deciding factors behind the move to bring private security onto campus in 2015 and 2016.

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Vice-Chancellor's Campus Update

VC Desk

VC Max Price writes to the UCT campus community, summarising progress and outlining plans for getting the year off to a good start.

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New registrar: 'more than just a channel for bureaucracy'

New registrar: 'more than just a channel for bureaucracy'

Royston Pillay, UCT's newly appointed registrar, wants to embed a culture of questioning assumptions and 'old ways of doing things' as the country's universities tread unpredictable waters.

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The Bremner chapters

The Bremner chapters

Registrar Emeritus Hugh Amoore served a marathon 42 years at UCT, amassing a wealth of institutional knowledge and many admirers of his no-nonsense style, not without its idiosyncrasies.

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Bring disabilities to the fore of student politics

Bring disabilities to the fore of student politics

Mental health and disability must play a much larger role in the drive towards making UCT inclusive and accessible, members of the campus community heard at the UCT for Disability Justice gathering on 26 January.

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How one region is planning ahead to help farmers cope with climate change

How one region is planning ahead to help farmers cope with climate change

In South Africa's Western Cape, agriculture plays an important role in the economy, job creation and socioeconomic development. But the sector is particularly vulnerable to a changing climate.

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UCT expert presents global TED talk

UCT expert presents global TED talk

Prof Jill Farrant, an authority on extreme drought resistant plants, presented a GlobalTED talk on these plants' potential to ensure food security.

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