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The registrar is secretary to Council, Senate and Convocation and the head of the university’s academic administration. The registrar has overall responsibility for legal matters across the university and supports the executive officers, deans and heads of department across a wide range of internal structures and functions. The student admissions and systems-support functions report to the registrar.

Royston Pillay

Royston PillayRoyston Pillay was appointed university registrar on 1 January 2016.

Pillay’s educational qualifications range from the humanities (social sciences, education, and politics) to organisational viability, systems thinking, strategy and values-based leadership. He has an established professional record that includes 18 years in higher education and is an alumnus of UCT.

Pillay began his professional career as a teacher and deputy principal of Grassy Park High School on the Cape Flats. He joined UCT in 1997, where he has worked as head of the student affairs secretariat, faculty manager, director of student admissions, and director of the office of the vice-chancellor, prior to his appointment as registrar.

Pillay’s experience includes years of service on a number of UCT committees covering:

  • governance
  • strategy
  • operations 
  • transformation.

He combines operational experience with a strategic focus.

He is a member of:

  • the national steering committee of Universities South Africa’s National Benchmark Test Project
  • the International Education Association of South Africa.

Previously he served as the UCT-nominated director on the board of the Sports Science Institute of South Africa.