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2017

Third quarter

 

UCT confirms attempted library disruption
19 September 2017
The University of Cape Town confirms that an attempt was made on Tuesday morning by a small group of students to disrupt services in the library.

 

UCT executive reaches agreement with trade unions
14 September 2017
The University of Cape Town executive is pleased to announce that two outstanding points have been resolved and an agreement reached that puts an end to a proposed strike.

 

The Fall returns to Baxter theatre by popular demand
12 September 2017
Fresh from its resounding success at the prestigious Edinburgh Fringe Festival in Scotland, The Fall returns to the Baxter theatre for a short season, having received two top awards, four 5-star reviews and standing ovations at every performance.

 

Update on senior appointments at UCT
08 September 2017
The University of Cape Town confirms that the recruitment process for a new Vice-Chancellor (VC) is underway.

 

First Vice-Chancellor’s Inaugural Lecture for 2017
07 September 2017
The University of Cape Town’s first Vice-Chancellor’s Inaugural Lecture for 2017, titled “Explosion Protection: Reality or Fantasy” is scheduled to take place on Tuesday, 12 September 2017. The lecture will be presented by Professor Genevieve Langdon, deputy head of the Department of Mechanical Engineering and director of the Blast Impact & Survivability Research Unit at UCT.

 
 

UCT hosts international congress to highlight child and adolescent mental health and autism in Africa
07 September 2017
The University of Cape Town’s Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry is hosting the first ever International Meeting for Autism Research (IMFAR) on African soil – in conjunction with the 19th Congress of the South African Association for Child & Adolescent Psychiatry and Allied Professions (SA-ACAPAP).

 
 

International gathering on strategies to enhance social justice, equality and human development
05 September 2017
Over 330 participants from 39 different countries across all continents are gathering in Cape Town this week for an international conference to exchange ideas on promoting human development and expanding human well-being.

 

Media Invite: “Beyond the Canonical Roles of Metabolism: Reflections and Looking Ahead”
04 September 2017
The University of Cape Town’s Institute of Infectious Disease and Molecular Medicine (IDM), the Department of Integrative Biomedical Sciences (IBMS) and the Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf), will host a scientific symposium on 27 November 2017 at the Faculty of Health Sciences, UCT.

 

UCT statement on four-hour permanent staff
04 September 2017
The University of Cape Town (UCT) has noted the ongoing discussions around the insourced staff members who work only four hours per day. A number of incorrect claims have been made about these staff members’ conditions of service.

 

Media Invite: "Challenging Inequalities: Human Development and Social Change"
01 September 2017
The University of Cape Town’s Poverty and Inequality Initiative (UCT PII), in partnership with the Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC) and academics from the Universities of the Western Cape and Free State, will host the Human Development and Capabilities Association’s (HDCA) Annual Conference on 6 – 8 September 2017 at The Westin, Protea Hotel, Mowbray.

 

UCT researchers use unique way to date rocks through geological ‘barcodes’
31 August 2017
University of Cape Town geologists have for the first time used geological ‘barcodes’ to indirectly date rocks from the Karoo Basin. These ‘barcodes’ are the visible expression of reversals in polarity of the Earth’s magnetic field as recorded by rocks.

 

UCT’s Maths competition winners among national Olympiad finalists
30 August 2017
A total of nine winners from the UCT Mathematics Competition, which was held in April this year, are among the 20 medallists in the 2017 South African Mathematics Olympiad for Grade 8 to 12 learners.

 

Extinct bird’s bone reveals new facts about how the dodo lived
24 August 2017
University of Cape Town palaeobiologists, in collaboration with scientists from the National History Museum (NHM) in London, UK, have for the first time uncovered information on when the dodo laid their eggs and when they renewed their feathers.

 
 

UCT to celebrate five years of partnership with Khayelitsha schools
22 August 2017
The Schools Improvement Initiative (SII) at the University of Cape Town is celebrating five-years of partnership with schools in Khayelitsha and the Western Cape Education Department. Interviews can be arranged before or after the event.

 
 

Renowned African scholar to talk at UCT’s annual TB Davie Memorial Lecture
17 August 2017
The University of Cape Town will host renowned African scholar Professor Mahmood Mamdani, who will speak on “Decolonising the Post-Colonial University” at the 2017 TB Davie Memorial Lecture.

 

UCT study examines how the state can support survivors of sexual violence
17 August 2017
A study by a PhD candidate at the University of Cape Town is analysing integration models in South Africa and Kenya as a means of fulfilling the state’s obligations to eliminate sexual violence against women.

 

Three new shrimp species discovered in False Bay coastline
16 August 2017
Three new shrimp species have been discovered on a tiny 5.5 km stretch of coastline off Miller’s Point, False Bay – one (Heteromysis cancelli) living with a rare hermit crab, another (Heteromysis octopodis) cohabiting with an octopus, and a third (Heteromysis fosteri) was found inside empty urchin and gastropod shells.

 

Over 40 exciting UCT career events to kick off the new semester
15 August 2017
The University of Cape Town has launched Careers Festival – a month of activities on campus where students can get information about best career choices.

 

UCT’s highly rated professor of media studies honoured by Humboldt Foundation
14 August 2017
Internationally renowned professor of media studies and director of the Centre for Film and Media Studies at the University of Cape Town (UCT), Herman Wasserman, has been awarded the prestigious Georg Forster Research Award by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation.

 

World’s first centre to tackle fungal infection-related deaths opens today at UCT
11 August 2017
The world’s first international research centre for tackling fungal infections – which kill around 1.3 million people globally every year – is officially opening at 15:00 today, 11 August 2017, at Wolfson Pavilion, Institute of Infectious Disease and Molecular Medicine (IDM) at UCT.

 

UCT to host workshop on Green Mining: Beyond the Myth
10 August 2017
The University of Cape Town’s Minerals to Metals unit, is conjunction with Mineral Law in Africa, will host a one-day interactive workshop focusing on green mining – which is scheduled to take place on 11 August.

 

Calls for investment in skills and scientific entrepreneurship to create science jobs and infrastructure in Africa
20 July 2017
Leading African researcher, Professor Kelly Chibale has called for a deep commitment to investing in world-class infrastructure and skills for scientists to succeed on the continent.

 

Urbanisation and electricity are not to blame for sleep loss
18 July 2017
Urbanisation and the electrification of homes do not decrease the amount that we sleep, a new study in the journal Scientific Reports finds.

 

Lord Peter Hain to present open lecture on "Trump, Brexit and Globalisation" at UCT
18 July 2017
Well-known anti-apartheid campaigner, facilitator of the Northern Ireland peace process and recipient of the Grand Companion of OR Tambo (silver), the Right Honourable Lord Peter Hain of Neath will present the next University of Cape Town (UCT) Vice-Chancellor's Open Lecture.

 

Mr South Africa graduates with a PhD from UCT
14 July 2017
The current Mr South Africa, Habib Noorbhai, was among the doctoral graduates at the University of Cape Town’s (UCT) graduation ceremony this morning.

 

Salt solution: How UCT research is paving the way for zero-waste water treatment
11 July 2017
The first full-scale working unit for Eutectic Freeze Crystallisation (EFC) treatment of wastewater will soon be operational at the Tweefontein colliery in Mpumalanga.

 

New species of deep-water hermit crab discovered at the West Coast
11 July 2017
The new species bears the name of University of Cape Town (UCT) alumnus Dr Lara Atkinson, the marine researcher who first noticed it, but it goes by the common name ‘green-eyed hermit crab’.

 

UCT condemns rape and sexual assault
9 July 2017
The University of Cape (UCT) recognises that rape and sexual assault are serious problems in our societies and universities.

 

UCT to stage three graduation ceremonies next week
7 July 2017
Approximately 900 students will be capped when the University of Cape Town stages three graduation ceremonies on Friday, 14 July 2017 in Jameson Hall. The three ceremonies will start at 09:00, 14:00 and 18:00.

 

Burden of diabetes set to increase across Sub-Saharan Africa, potentially diminishing health gains of recent years
6 July 2017
As Sub-Saharan African countries struggle to cope with the current burden of diabetes, new estimates suggest that costs associated with the disease could more than double and may reach up to US$59.3 billion per year by 2030 if type 2 diabetes cases continue to increase.

 

UCT to award honorary doctorate to Zackie Achmat
3 July 2017
The University of Cape Town (UCT) will award an honorary doctorate (LLD honoris causa) to Abdurrazak ‘Zackie’ Achmat at a graduation ceremony scheduled for Friday, 14 July 2017 at 09h00.

Second quarter

 

UCT deeply concerned after student attack
29 June 2017
The University of Cape Town is deeply concerned after a student was attacked while walking near the campus in the early hours of Wednesday morning, 28 June 2017.

 

UCT staff member dismissed
29 June 2017
The University of Cape Town confirms that a staff member was dismissed on Thursday, 29 June 2017 after a very disturbing incident which took place on campus earlier this month, which we condemn in the strongest possible terms.

 

UCT increases security patrols after reported attempted student attack
29 June 2017
The University of Cape Town confirms that a case of an alleged attack on a student was reported to Campus Protection Services on Tuesday evening.

 

UCT statement on students served with notice to vacate residences
23 June 2017
The University of Cape Town states that no student has been requested to vacate their residences as a result of non-payment of fees.

 

UCT current affairs commentary expert list
15 June 2017
(Youth Day, spatial inequality, Moody's downgrades, middle managers and their role in SDGs)

 

Lessons on sustainability from the ancient society of Great Zimbabwe
14 June 2017
The World Heritage Site of Great Zimbabwe - one of the most iconic and largest archaeological settlements in Africa – offers more than just an interesting insight into how pre-colonial African states and societies functioned. It also provides food for thought on sustainable development in Africa.

 

UCT statement on an outdated media report on a student’s unpaid debt from 1996
13 June 2017
An inaccurate report from 2013 is circulating about a student who waited 17 years to settle unpaid fee debt and graduate. Here are the facts about this incident.

 

UCT current affairs commentary expert list: Recession, Cape storms, terror attacks, electricity tariff hike, unqualified or underqualified teachers, and the future of gas
7 June 2017
The following academics at the University of Cape Town are available for commentary on current affairs.

 

UCT events and interview opportunities
30 May 2017
The following events that could be of interest to the media are scheduled to take place at the University of Cape Town (UCT) this week and the next:

 

The future of oil and gas in South Africa to be discussed at UCT workshop
30 May 2017
The University of Cape Town's Chemical Engineering Department has joined forces with the Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE) to host a webinar/workshop with a focused perspective on the medium- to long-term future of oil and gas in South Africa.

 

Dolphins identified by their whistles
29 May 2017
Have you ever noticed a subtle difference between dolphins' whistles while you're out for a swim or watching a nature documentary?

 

Leading Economists: A Strong Carbon Price Needed to Drive Large-Scale Climate Action
29 May 2017
Meeting the world’s agreed climate goals in the most cost-effective way while fostering growth requires countries to set a strong carbon price, with the goal of reaching $40-$80 per tonne of CO2 by 2020 and $50-100 per tonne by 2030.

 

Multi-year support for students at UCT’s Disability Service
25 May 2017
UCT is very pleased to announce that the FNB Fund has recently committed funding of R11 million towards UCT’s Disability Service.

 

UCT appoints Lewis Pugh as Adjunct Professor
17 May 2017
World renowned Ocean Advocate and endurance swimmer, Professor Lewis Pugh is continuing his battle for ocean conservation by accepting the position of Adjunct Professor in International Law at UCT.

 

UCT condemns rape and sexual assault
09 May 2017
The University of Cape (UCT) recognises that rape and sexual assault are serious problems in our societies and universities.

 

UCT confirms arrest of staff member
08 May 2017
The University of Cape Town confirms that one of our staff members has been arrested for an alleged criminal offence committed on Sunday, 07 May 2017.

 

UCT to stage 14 graduation ceremonies next week
27 April 2017
Approximately 4 500 students will be capped when the University of Cape Town (UCT) stages 14 graduation ceremonies from Monday, 1 May to Saturday, 6 May 2017 in Jameson Hall.

 

New publication highlights the anti-malarial efficacy of exciting new clinical drug candidate
26 April 2017
Research conducted by the University of Cape Town (UCT)’s Drug Discovery and Development Centre, H3D, and Medicines for Malaria Venture (MMV), in collaboration with a team of international researchers.

 

UCT current affairs commentary expert list: Junk status, spatial segregation, government communications, Cabinet reshuffle and MOOCs
11 April 2017
The following academics at the University of Cape Town are available for commentary on current affairs.

 
 

How to recreate the city of Cape Town
5 April 2017
The Integration Syndicate (IS) has been officially launched as a partnership including public policy research centres at three Western Cape universities, policymakers, and civil society groups.

 

UCT current affairs commentary list: South Africa's downgrade to junk status and tremors
4 April 2017
The following academics at the University of Cape Town are available for commentary on current affairs.

 

Occupation of UCT's Bremner Building ended
4 April 2017
The occupation of the Bremner Building at the University of Cape Town has been ended on Monday, 03 April 2017 following an arrangement between the university's executive and student representatives.

 

UCT open for application to study in 2018
4 April 2017
University of Cape Town (UCT) has started accepting applications for admission for the 2018 academic year on Monday, 3 April 2017.

 

UCT rated within top five in Centre for World University Rankings subject rankings
3 April 2017
The Centre for World University Rankings (CWUR) on Monday, 03 April 2017, released their inaugural subject rankings which placed the University of Cape Town (UCT) in the top five - out of over 26 000 higher education institutions - in two subjects: Ornithology (third) and Area Studies (fourth).

 

Update on Bremner occupation
1 April 2017
As of Saturday, 1 April 2017, the Bremner building at the University of Cape Town remains occupied.

First quarter

 

Corruption is an Enemy of the Poor
31 March 2017
Statement by academics on the firing of Minister Gordhan and Deputy Minister Jonas.

 

UCT supports calls to express our anger at state capture
31 March 2017
The University of Cape Town calls on members of the campus community to join the public protests planned for today and the next few days to express the nation’s call for President Jacob Zuma to restore transparency and accountability to the office of the National President and to abide by the Constitution.

 

UCT mourns the passing of Dr Kathrada
28 March 2017
The University of Cape Town mourns the passing of anti-apartheid struggle stalwart Dr Ahmed Kathrada, who was conferred with an honorary doctorate by the university in 2015.

 
 

UCT professor to make an impact on African climate risk research
28 March 2017
After being awarded the research chair in African Climate Risk by the AXA Research Fund, University of Cape Town's Professor Mark New aims to use his new position to make a significant change in the research field of African climate risk.

 

UCT ecologist wins British Ecological Society prize
28 March 2017
University of Cape Town (UCT) ecologist Gabriella Leighton has won a British Ecological Society (BES) Young Investigator prize. The prize - one of only five awarded each year - recognises the best research papers published in BES journals by early career scientists.

 

UCT events and interview opportunities
27 March 2017

 

UCT study shows that urine test is better for diagnosing TB rapidly among hospitalised HIV-infected patients
22 March 2017
A study published this week in the journal BMC Medicine by researchers from the University of Cape Town shows that among hospitalised patients with HIV infection, a simple and inexpensive urine test identified more TB diagnoses in the first 24 hours of admission than rapid sputum-based tests.

 

UCT's student shuttle service to be disrupted on Thursday, 23 March 2017
22 March 2017
The University of Cape Town is expecting some disruptions to the Jamie Shuttle services on Thursday, 23 March 2017.

 

UCT current affairs commentary expert list: Human Rights, the Spur Incident, World Tuberculosis Day and other issues
22 March 2017
The following academics at the University of Cape Town are available for commentary on current affairs.

 

UCT current affairs commentary expert list: Informal settlement upgrading, Decolonisation of higher education, SASSA, MOOCs
14 March 2017
The following academics at the University of Cape Town are available for commentary on current affairs.

 

UCT's SAX Appeal students' magazine celebrates the marginalised
9 March 2017
UCT RAG's fundraising magazine issue to hit the streets on 10 March 2017.

 

UCT current affairs commentary expert list: Social Grants, Crime Stats, Decolonisation and Superbugs
7 March 2017
The following academics at the University of Cape Town are available for commentary on current affairs.

 

Cape Town and Leeds to study role of technology in the future of higher education
7 March 2017
A new transcontinental research project is looking at the way technology is affecting traditional campus-based degrees.

 

Human actions could lead to "sixth mass extinction" - UCT professor
6 March 2017
New MOOC sheds light on how the planet has been shaped by biodiversity.

 

UCT academic year to start on 13 March 2017
1 March 2017
The University of Cape Town is gearing up for another academic year, which will get underway officially on 13 March 2017.

 

UCT current affairs commentary list: Xenophobia, land redistribution, climate change and water shortage
1 March 2017
The following academics at the University of Cape Town are available for commentary on current affairs.

 

UCT events and interview opportunities
28 February 2017

 

International climate services conference to be hosted in Africa for the first time ever
27 February 2017
The Fifth International Conference on Climate Services (ICCS5) will be held for the first time in Africa, and will host the world's leading organisations and individuals involved with the rapidly growing arena of climate services.

 

UCT statement on The David Goldblatt Collection
24 February 2017
The University of Cape Town (UCT) proudly housed The David Goldblatt Collection from 2009 until this week.

 

UCT current affairs commentary expert list: Budget Speech, Bank Collusion, Sugar Tax and Teen Suicide
22 February 2017
The following academics at the University of Cape Town are available for commentary on current affairs.

 

UCT executive engages student reps over ISFAP
17 February 2017
The University of Cape Town executive has engaged student representatives on the institution’s decision to pilot the Ikusasa Student Financial Aid Programme (ISFAP) in 2017.

 

Gunners Association, UCT to honour centenary of SS Mendi tragedy
16 February 2017
The Gunners Association Western Province will host a ceremony at the University of Cape Town in honour of the 616 South African men who gave their lives during the First World War on the SS Mendi.

 

UCT current affairs commentary expert list
16 February 2017
The following academics at the University of Cape Town can be contacted by the media for commentary on current affairs.

 

UCT current affairs commentary expert list: SONA, Mining Indaba and Public Mental Health
8 February 2017
The following academics at the University of Cape Town can be contacted by the media for commentary on current affairs.

 

UCT flag at half-mast to honour Esidimeni victims
2 February 2017
We will fly the UCT flag on top of Jameson Hall at half-mast from 3 February until 10 February 2017.

 

UCT current affairs commentary expert list
1 February 2017
The following academics at the University of Cape Town can be contacted by the media for commentary on current affairs.

 

UCT clarifies reports on the non-admission of learner who obtained nine distinctions
27 January 2017
The University of Cape Town notes reports that an application for admission into our Faculty of Health Sciences by a student who obtained nine distinctions has not been successful.

 

UCT current affairs commentary expert list
26 January 2017
The following academics at the University of Cape Town can be contacted by the media for commentary on current affairs.

 

UCT research emphasises need for African ICT production to reap long-term benefits of global market
24 January 2017
A PhD thesis from the University of Cape Town explores some of the factors that prevent developing African countries from realizing the social and economic benefits of information and communication technologies (ICTs) compared to the gains being made in the global north.

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