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1st South African Homicide Research Colloquium
03 Sep - 04 Sep

Property Development for Beginners
03 Sep - 29 Oct

Practical application of FEM-based analysis, modelling and design of concrete structures
03 Sep - 08 Sep

Book launch – Africa in Today's World by Max Coleman
03 Sep

1st South African Homicide Research Colloquium
03 Sep - 04 Sep

World Scripts: Concepts and Practices of Writing from a Comparative Perspective
04 Sep - 14 Sep

Notes on the Location of Philology in Africa, by Shamil Jeppie
05 Sep

Using Sketchnotes as a tool for Teaching and Learning
07 Sep

Stability and Design of Steel Structures
07 Sep - 11 Sep

Arabic Philology and the Conquest of Foreign Languages: Script, Language and Cognition (11th-12th centuries), by Stefan Leder
07 Sep

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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Thursday, 3 September 2015

Political parties: the missing link in our Constitution?

Kate O'Regan

Justice Kate O'Regan spoke last night about the role and regulation of political parties in South Africa's constitutional democracy, at a public lecture hosted by the Claude Leon Foundation Chair in Constitutional Governance in the Faculty of Law and the Department of Political Studies at UCT, in co-operation with My Vote Counts.

Read her full speech here.

Double, double, toil and trouble

Beer brewing winners

Fire burn and cauldron bubble ... While they tend to avoid eye of newt, UCT's very own brewery team has been concocting award-winning liquid confidence.


Kopano celebrates 70th birthday at anniversary dinner


Kopano celebrated its 70th anniversary at a special dinner on Saturday 29 August, during which outgoing registrar Hugh Amoore was honoured for his service to the residence and the university.


'Queering the academy' – sexuality conference on campus


What can be done to make South African tertiary education institutions more welcoming to LGBTQIA+ people? This was the question under discussion at the recent HAICU sexuality seminar, where students and academics from around the country gathered to discuss the intersection of issues around transformation and sexuality.


Appointment of the Director of Postgraduate Studies

DVC Desk

Deputy Vice-Chancellor Prof Danie Visser announces the appointment of Professor Peter Meissner as the Director of Postgraduage Studies.


Browse the UCT bookshelf


Just launched is a dedicated virtual bookshelf where you can find new and recent titles from UCT's researchers, students and the extended university community. Subjects range from business ethics to law, the South African Constitution and treasures within UCT's diverse archive.


UCT hosts GirlEng information session

UCT hosts GirlEng information session

In Women's Month, UCT's Faculty of Engineering & the Built Environment hosted the second session of the Western Cape 'chapter' of GirlEng, launched in 2009 under the umbrella of WomEng Western Cape.


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Click to visit the latest Byte-size newsCampus engagements to focus on ideas exchange

Vice-Chancellor Dr Max Price is set to embark on a fresh round of campus engagements during which he will meet staff to exchange ideas on key matters affecting the university.

These campus-wide discussions are an opportunity for staff in all faculties and departments to hear directly from the vice-chancellor about recent developments at the university, and also share their own thinking, concerns and ideas.

"During my time as vice-chancellor I have from time to time embarked on campus-wide discussions with various constituencies," Price explains. "They served to give me an opportunity to share my thoughts on key matters directly with staff but even more importantly to receive key inputs from staff on their thinking, their concerns, their ideas. In my view, these engagements have often proved important in narrowing the distance between the executive and staff."

Engagements kick off this week in the Faculty of Commerce, with sessions for other faculties and departments rolling out over the rest of this year and into early 2016. Dates, times and venues of each engagement will be circulated to staff by their deans or executive directors.

Photo caption: Staff of the Graduate School of Business gathering for a campus engagement with Vice-Chancellor Dr Max Price on Monday 31 August 2015.

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