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The Year in Pictures
The Year in Pictures: A roundup of visual highlights from 2015 in our latest photo essay.


  • There will be a 0% increase in fees for academic tuition and housing for all students from the African continent at UCT in 2016.
  • On 28 October 2015, UCT and NEHAWU signed an agreement that the university will insource the six outsourced services; on 30 October NEHAWU released this statement celebrating the decision.
  • All UCT services and facilities (including libraries and the Jammie Shuttle) are open and operational.
  • International students whose study permits expire before they can finish writing their November exams have been granted an extension until 31 December 2015. Read more.
  • Exam results will be available on PeopleSoft on 20 December 2015.
  • There will only be three year-end graduation ceremonies – all to be held on Saturday 19 December. Read more.
  • UCT continues to engage with protesting students. Read the most recent proposed agreement, distributed on 7 November 2015.
  • Students and staff who have been exposed to trauma of any kind during this period are urged to get support from a counsellor. Read more.
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Tuesday, 1 December 2015
UCT's year-end exams completed successfully

UCT's year-end exams completed successfully

Year-end exams at UCT ended on 27 November with the vast majority of students able to complete their exams without disruption.

New title for outgoing registrar

Registrar Hugh Amoore retires in December

It’s not only the business end of a disrupted academic year that’s absorbed outgoing Registrar Hugh Amoore in the past weeks, but the culmination of a 42-year career at UCT. Amoore retires in December.

Water high on EBE's agenda

Engineering & Built Environment Dean Professor Alison Lewis and her team

Engineering & Built Environment Dean Professor Alison Lewis and her team recently brought home an award from the Water Research Commission for a pioneering process to treat acid mine drainage – but this is only a hint of things to come in the year ahead when water will play an even greater role in the life of the faculty.

UCT's newest A-rated researcher

Student Leadership Awards

Professor Bruce Hewitson is the latest UCT researcher to receive an A-rating from the National Research Foundation (NRF), while Drs Robyn Pickering and Katye Altieri were awarded P-ratings, which are also known as the NRF President's Award.

WHO designation for UCT mental health centre

WHO designation for UCT mental health centre

UCT's Alan Flisher Centre for Public Mental Health in the Department of Psychiatry and Mental Health has been designated as a World Health Organisation (WHO) Collaborating Centre, the only one in South Africa and one of only two in Africa.


Read more

An archive of UCT correspondence about the #FeesMustFall and #EndOutsourcing campaigns published since October 2015.

Latest Newsbyte

Click to visit the latest Byte-size newsAppeal for hosts for language students

UCT’s new English Language Centre (ELC), a unit dedicated to teaching English as a foreign language to international students and visitors to Cape Town, is looking for homestay hosts.

Hosts are expected to provide either a single or double room with a desk and a wardrobe, and breakfast and dinner is usually included (alternatively, hosts may allow students access to self-catering facilities). Students may also share a twin room. Hosts are welcome to specify whether they prefer male or female guests, a minimum age, as well as any other specific requirements.

The ELC is particularly keen on hosts within reach of Hiddingh Campus, where the classes are held, either by the MyCiti bus, Jammie Shuttle, or on foot. Hosts are paid between R2,000 and R2,750 per week depending on the size of the room and the facilities available.

For more information contact simon.harrison@uct.ac.za (Tel: 021 650 2996), or juliette.hartmann@uct.ac.za (Tel: 021 650 3255).

Photo by Damien du Toit via Wikimedia Commons.

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