A team of UCT ecologists has used repeat photography to study the decline of the critically endangered Clanwilliam cedar. Their findings, published last month, suggest that climate change and more frequent fires are threatening the survival of this iconic conifer.
Dr Tolu Oni (School of Public Health and Family Medicine), together with three of her colleagues, has contributed to an article published in Nature journal, arguing that scientists should be allowed to shift their focus in pursuit of important research.
Dr Freedom Gumedze of the Department of Statistical Sciences has been awarded a Newton Advanced Fellowship from the Royal Society, in partnership with the Academy of Medical Sciences, for the period 2016–2019.
Members of the Next Generation Professoriate will be future leaders at UCT. In order to prepare them for this role, Vanessa Lowndes of the T Room recently facilitated three afternoon-long conversations that focused on leading teams and building organisational culture in changing times.
Tolullah Oni: promoting science and research to develop Africa
Dr Tolu Oni (School of Public Health and Family Medicine), recent recipient of the TW Kambule NSTF prize for Emerging Researchers and Next Einstein Fellow talks about promoting science and research to develop Africa.
How does one get ahead in a University where the rules of the game are often not clear? Margaret Orr, executive coach in the office of the vice-chancellor, gave a seminar to the Next Generation Professoriate on 10 March 2016 entitled "Academic Aspirations and other Games for Fun and Profit".
Building a pipeline for UCT's professors of the future
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.
In November 2015, the Next Generation Professoriate Cohort had its first lunch at the UCT Club, looking out across the Green Mile and towards the Drakenstein mountains. It was a celebratory occasion, at which the cohort was introduced to Nceba Lolwane, the newly appointed administrator of the programme. One cohort member was also celebrating their birthday that day.
With the Next Generation Professoriate initiative UCT hopes to advance the development of black academics by furnishing cohort members with greater clarity in their career paths and providing targeted support to them. The names of the 34 cohort members were recently made known. Learn more about them through their bios.
UCT has launched a new initiative aimed at addressing the paucity of senior black academics. Consisting of a cohort of 34 members, the Next Generation Professoriate initiative will ensure that the pipeline to transform the professoriate is expanded and accelerated.