Media releases

2015

Fourth quarter

 

Art and artists under the spotlight at UCT Summer School
17 December 2015
The University of Cape Town's Summer School is justly famous for its charismatically presented art courses, and next month's offerings will keep up the tradition.

 

UCT to honour world-renowned economist and lawyer
15 December 2015
The University of Cape Town will award honorary degrees to two highly esteemed and world-renowned figures for their significant contributions in the fields of economics and law, during graduation ceremonies at Jameson Hall on Saturday, 19 December 2015.

 

Science on centre stage at UCT Summer School
14 December 2015
Courses on astronomy, asteroseismology, robots, the physics of music, the scientific method, million-year-old rocks and more will be on offer to science buffs attending the University of Cape Town's 66th annual Summer School from 18 to 29 January 2016.

 
 
 

UCT becomes first African university to join international research alliance
14 December 2015
The University of Cape Town (UCT) is set to be the first African university to become part of the International Alliance of Research Universities (IARU) – an alliance of some of the world's best universities – next year.

 

SHAWCO SHINE applications now open
11 December 2015
SHAWCO SHINE, a project of the Students' Health and Welfare Centres Organisation of the University of Cape Town (UCT), aims to provide learners with an opportunity to improve their academic results through a quality teaching experience in small intimate classes.

 

History and archaeology at UCT Summer School
08 December 2015
The University of Cape Town Summer School has opened its doors for registration. Participants are encouraged to register early to avoid disappointment and missing out on courses. Participants can travel through history from the first century AD through to the nineteenth century with five different courses

 

UCT honours teaching that goes the extra mile
30 November 2015
The University of Cape Town remains committed to recognising and rewarding those academics who go the extra mile when teaching their students. The Distinguished Teacher Awards is the highest accolade awarded throughout the university and a maximum of four recipients may be recognised each year. This year four UCT academics, from various fields, were acknowledged.

 

From Jazz to Igwijo: It's All About the Music at UCT Summer School
27 November 2015
From urban African music to the Hussite hymns of Prague, from sonatas and symphonies to jazz, the University of Cape Town's Summer School programme is set to draw in music lovers across the spectrum. Courses on offer in 2016 will teach not only the styles and compositions of famous musicians, but also the physics of vibrations which lie behind sound itself, and which explain the pleasure we take in music.

 

Lessons in economic realities at UCT Summer School
24 November 2015
Given South Africa's current economic roller-coaster ride, it might be time for investors and business analysts to go back to school.

 

From Cape Town to Lagos and beyond at UCT Summer School
20 November 2015
This year UCT Summer School is looking more deeply at our own city, country and continent, providing fresh perspectives on these places we call home.

 

Animals, Fauna and Flora at UCT Summer School
19 November 2015
Animals and the environment are under the spotlight in three courses on offer at the University of Cape Town's 66th Summer School, which runs from 18-29 January 2016.

 
 

UCT Summer School registration opens
19 November 2015
The 2016 University of Cape Town Summer School has opened for registration. Participants are encouraged to register early to avoid disappointment.

 
 

Key SA-Dutch SKA data science partnership to be signed
16 November 2015
The visit to South Africa by Netherlands Prime Minister Mark Rutte will include an important SKA data science partnership agreement between South African and Dutch companies and research organisations.

 

Facts around disruption of exam at UCT
16 November 2015
A small group of about seven protesters attempted to disrupt an exam at the Sports Centre on the evening of 16 November. Here are the details.

 

UCT investigating allegation of rape incident
16 November 2015
The University of Cape Town has noted various allegations on social media of a rape that allegedly occurred in a building on its campus. Once it was made aware, the institution immediately activated the necessary support services to assist those involved in the incident, and a UCT senior investigator was assigned to immediately investigate all the aspects of the case. Allegations of this nature are extremely upsetting. We acknowledge the devastating trauma for those closely involved. We have ensured that appropriate support is made available urgently.

 

Bird declines show that climate change is more than just hot air – new UCT study finds
16 November 2015
Scientists have long known that birds are feeling the heat due to climate change. But a new study of a dozen affected species in the Western Cape suggests their decline is more complex than previously thought – and in some cases more serious.

 

UCT community condemns unacceptable actions by protesters
10 November 2015
Staff and staff bodies across the University of Cape Town have joined the UCT executive in condemning the violent and unlawful disruption of the special Senate meeting on 9 November 2015.

 

UCT Senate meeting disbands after disruption
9 November 2015
A Senate meeting at the University of Cape Town was disbanded today after about 150 individuals who were not members of Senate entered the meeting and disrupted the proceedings.

 

UCT Media Update on recent critical developments
29 October 2015
A number of events and decisions have taken place at the University of Cape Town over the past few days.

 

Joint Statement: Excessive Use of Force by the South African Police Service (SAPS)
23 October 2015
UCT's Safety and Violence Initiative (SaVI) and Centre for Criminology speak out against the excessive force used by SAPS Public Order Policing members against unarmed protesting students at Parliament and in other parts of South Africa this week.

 

Cities in the Global South: crucibles of change
12 October 2015
UCT's African Centre for Cities (ACC) aims to understand and work with cities on their own terms, and to create the interdisciplinary knowledge base needed to support the emergence of more equitable African cities; cities that are livable and sustainable.

 
 

UCT/UN workplace programme to examine leadership in Africa
12 October 2015
The University of Cape Town, in partnership with the United Nations System Staff College and research and development organisation SCEZONS, will host the 2015 UN Leaders Programme at the River Club in Observatory on 12-16 October 2015.

 

UCT launches new initiative to recruit, develop and retain academic talent
8 October 2015
The University of Cape Town (UCT) has recently launched a new initiative to advance the development of black academics and to ensure the university expands and accelerates the pipeline to transform the professoriate. The Recruitment, Development and Retention programme (RDR) is an umbrella for a number of constituent initiatives that will furnish academic staff with greater clarity in their career paths and provide targeted support to help them to succeed.

 

UCT Vice-Chancellor to run for mental health on 11 October
8 October 2015
Dr Max Price, the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Cape Town, will run alongside other Western Cape academics in the Gun Run in support of mental health care for economically disadvantaged people.

 

UCT team smashes eight-year water rocket world altitude record
8 October 2015
A team from the University of Cape Town's Industrial Computational Fluid Dynamics Research Group has successfully broken the longstanding Class A water rocket world altitude record by a massive 33%, achieving a height of 830m.

 

Outsourcing is most efficient, cost effective option for UCT support services
6 October 2015
The University of Cape Town notes the demands by members of Rhodes Must Fall (RMF), the National Education Health and Allied Workers Union (NEHAWU) and other movements to abolish outsourcing of essential services at the university.

 

Why we should care about dust – and the crucial role it plays in our climate
6 October 2015
Dust doesn't get a lot of attention until it collects in dark corners, or blows up in dramatic storms. However, that is beginning to change. While carbon dioxide is the main driver of climate change, scientists have begun to realise that dust also plays a crucial but highly complex role in controlling global climate – as well as a number of other global scale processes, including ocean productivity, and even soil and water quality.

 

UCT criminology centre gives meaning to SAPS crime statistics
5 October 2015
The South African Police Services (SAPS) annual statistics have many shortcomings, but the report remains a valuable tool for figuring out the state of crime in the country, a report by the Centre of Criminology at the University of Cape Town titled: "A citizen's guide to SAPS crime statistics: 1994-2015" has noted.

 

UCT climbs to 120 in THE world university rankings
1 October 2015
The University of Cape Town has risen four places to 120 out of 800 institutions in the Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings of 2015/16. In the last two years UCT has steadily climbed up the ranking, from #126 in the 2013/14 period to #124 last year.


Third quarter

 
 

UCT academic participates in study which found 9,000-year-old ritualised decapitation in Brazil
23 September 2015
University of Cape Town academic, Dr Domingo Carlos Salazar Garcia, recently took part in an international study in the Lapa do Santo rock shelter in east-central Brazil.

 

Leading authors, artists and academics to speak at the Symposium on Science and Society in Africa
23 September 2015
Inner City Ideas Cartel, Cape Town, 28 and 29 September 2015.

 

UCT Ikey Tigers crowned world champions
22 September 2015

 

Application for permanent removal of CJ Rhodes statue
16 September 2015
Period for public comment for permanent removal of Rhodes statue extended.

 

UCT leads Africa in 2015 QS World University Rankings
15 September 2015
University of Cape Town has been ranked 171 for the 2015/16 global ranking cycle by the annual Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) World University Rankings released this morning.

 

Health determines participation in SA labour force, UCT study finds
15 September 2015
There is a significant impact of health on labour force participation in South Africa, a University of Cape Town (UCT) study has found.

 

Sea expedition feeds global science
14 September 2015
UCT students recount life on the SA Agulhas II

 

UCT interview events and opportunities
9 September 2015

 
 

Three SA universities join forces to bolster SKA
3 September 2015
New initiative will make SA data science globally competitive.

 

UCT congratulates its five new SARChI Chairs
2 September 2015
Five prominent female researchers at the University of Cape Town have been awarded SA Research Chairs Initiative (SARChI) Chairs in their respective fields, as part of the Department of Science and Technology (DST) and National Research Foundation (NRF) initiative to promote women in research.

 

UCT interview opportunities and events
1 September 2015

 

UCT admission deadline looms
1 September 2015
Financial assistance applications deadline: 31 October 2015.

 

International conference to discuss child welfare and obstacles
31 August 2015
Some of the world's authorities on child poverty, development and wellbeing will gather in Cape Town next week, 2-4 September, for a conference that will reveal new directions and approaches to research that can improve social policy and services for children.

 

Using cheetah movements to develop search and rescue robot – UCT study
31 August 2015
University of Cape Town PhD graduate Dr Amir Patel has always been interested in animals and robotics and has found a way to merge his fascination with both to create a robot which could eventually be used in search and rescue operations.

 
 

Pandor to introduce new university initiative to bolster SKA
31 August 2015
Thursday, 3 September 2015, SA Astronomical Observatory in Cape Town

 

Global childhood conference comes to Cape Town
28 August 2015
Some of the world's authorities on child poverty, development and wellbeing will gather in Cape Town next week, 2-4 September, for a conference that will reveal new directions and approaches to research that can improve social policy and services for children.

 

UCT celebrates winners at the NRF Awards 2015
28 August 2015
Two University of Cape Town researchers at different ends of the academic career trajectory were rewarded on Thursday night at the National Research Foundation (NRF) Awards 2015.

 

'Massive blow' dealt to Eastern Cape over customary law – UCT researcher
27 August 2015
Appeal Court decision may have national implications.

 

Trevor Manuel appointed UCT Honorary Professor
26 August 2015
Distinguished politician, Trevor Manuel, who is currently the Senior Fellow at the Graduate School of Development Policy and Practice (GSDPP) has recently been appointed as Honorary Professor at the University of Cape Town (UCT).

 

How to turn apartheid urban planning on its head – UCT academic
25 August 2015
In his keynote address at the REDI3x3 Policy Workshop on Spatial Inequality, held recently at the Centre for African Studies, University of Cape Town Professor Edgar Pieterse criticised the current proliferation of urban policy and planning as "tinkering at the periphery of a complex problem".

 

Impact of climate change and fishing on ecosystem dynamics – UCT study
25 August 2015
Climate change and overfishing are putting massive pressure on marine ecosystems, including that of the southern Benguela, which ranges from approximately the Orange River in the west around the coast of South Africa to East London.

 
 

UCT to honour Dr Neville Alexander in building renaming event
24 August 2015
The University of Cape Town and the Faculty of Humanities will hold an official naming ceremony of the Neville Alexander Building on Upper Campus at 18h00 on Friday, 28 August 2015, in the atrium of the Neville Alexander Building.

 

UCT response to RMF statement on Judge Farlam
21 August 2015
The killings at Marikana in 2012 remain a horrific event in our post-Apartheid history, marking the failure of our society to address inequality, workers' living conditions, corporate accountability, labour and union relations, lack of capacity in public order policing, and, worst of all, actions by police authorities which aggravated the violence of the situation.

 

UCT's women scientists make their mark in Africa
20 August 2015
Dr Gina Ziervogel won the Distinguished Young Women Researcher (humanities and social scientists), and two young scientists were awarded prestigious scholarships, at the Women in Science Awards 2015.

 

UCT research investigates how to better manage water risk
20 August 2015
Water has become a scarce resource around the world. According to the World Wildlife Organisation (WWF) "some 1.1 billion people worldwide lack access to water, and a total of 2.7 billion find water scarce for at least one month of the year. Inadequate sanitation is also a problem for 2.4 billion people".

 

UCT interview opportunities and events
19 August 2015

 

UCT statement on RMF and investments in Lonmin
18 August 2015
The University of Cape Town notes the demands made by the Rhodes Must Fall (RMF) movement on campus today and we will respond in due course. Meanwhile, here are the facts about UCT's investments in the mining sector and Lonmin in particular.

 

UCT statement on graffiti on campus
17 August 2015
UCT condemns the use of vandalism as an irresponsible and inappropriate method of protest that shows no respect for the students and staff of the UCT community.

 

UCT Spatial Inequality Policy workshop and 'City Desired' exhibition
14 August 2015
Professor Edgar Pieterse, Director of the African Centre for Cities at the University of Cape Town (UCT), will be delivering the keynote speech at a conference on Spatial Inequality next week at the Centre for African Studies.

 

UCT recognises extraordinary individuals shaping the future – teachers
13 August 2015
Science teachers from Lesiba Secondary School in Daveyton and Harold Cressy Secondary School in Cape Town to participate in panel discussion on 17 August 2015, LT2, Hoerikwaggo Building, Upper Campus, 12h45.

 

UCT interview opportunities and events
12 August 2015

 

UCT public lecture to discuss free speech and identity politics
12 August 2015
The University of Cape Town will host world renowned writer, lecturer and broadcaster Kenan Malik to deliver the annual TB Davie Memorial Academic Freedom Lecture.

 

Link between trauma exposure, chronic conditions and mental disorders - UCT PhD study
11 August 2015
A recent study by a University of Cape Town doctoral graduate has demonstrated a clear link between trauma exposure, chronic physical conditions and other mental disorders - the first time that a scientific study has established this link.

 

UCT study discovers less invasive technique to inspect brain
12 August 2015
University of Cape Town academic and medical specialist, Dr Llewellyn Padayachy, has discovered a new, less invasive technique to inspect brain and intracranial pressure in children.

 

Who is Boko Haram?
7 August 2015
UCT religious studies expert Dr Andrea Brigaglia delves into the dilemma that is Boko Haram; an Islamist insurgent group, scorned by most Nigerians and controlling an area half the size of KwaZulu-Natal, which has managed to sow terror among a 170-million-strong population.

 

UCT interview opportunities and events
6 August 2015

 

The silent sisterhood that haunted a government
6 August 2015
Fifty years after joining the Black Sash, Mary Burton is about to publish The Black Sash (Jacana Media), a book on the organisation's history and contribution to democracy.

 

UCT researchers find ways to reduce goose poo on golf courses
5 August 2015
Goose poo on golf courses is a headache for many golfers. A recent study by University of Cape Town (UCT) in South Africa has found that manipulating the golf course through design, making it less attractive to geese, is the trick to making them stay away from it.

 

Language contact meets slang in Soweto
4 August 2015
The way people communicate is ever evolving and this is nowhere more true than in the cultural hub of Soweto.

 

The Optimus Study On Child Abuse, Violence and Neglect in SA
31 July 2015
The Optimus Study provides the first-ever nationally representative data in South Africa on child maltreatment and exposure to other forms of violence.

 

UCT interview opportunities and events
30 July 2015

 

UCT public lecture to discuss free speech and identity politics
30 July 2015
The University of Cape Town will host world renowned writer, lecturer and broadcaster Kenan Malik to deliver the annual TB Davie Memorial Academic Freedom Lecture. Malik will, discuss Free Speech in the Age of Identity Politics.

 

UCT response to developments around SRC member's Facebook posting
27 July 2015
During the past three weeks, a conflict has erupted within UCT's Student Representative Council (SRC) and student body, triggered by a post that Ms Zizipho Pae, the Vice President External of the SRC, put on her personal Facebook page. Vice-Chancellor Dr Max Price responds to the developments in his latest VC Desk.

 

UCT interview opportunities and events
24 July 2015

 

UCT alumnus honoured by Hospital for Special Surgery in New York
23 July 2015
Dr David L. Helfet, director of Orthopaedic Trauma Service at the Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS), in New York, has been honoured with the HSS Lifetime Achievement Award for his incredible contributions to the world of medicine.

 

From Evidence to Policy – Innovations in Shaping Reforms in Africa
22 July 2015
The University of Cape Town has a long and proud tradition of doing rigorous social science research and we welcome this opportunity to learn more about a variety of innovative methods for studying the impact of government policies on different groups in society.

 
 

UCT/UKZN researchers co-lead ILO update on farm labour conditions
21 July 2015
University of Cape Town researcher Margareet Visser and Stuart Ferrer of the University of KwaZulu-Natal led a research team involving four South African universities to compile a new report for the International Labour Organisation (ILO).

 

Acute stress seems to enhance women's verbal memory, says UCT PhD graduate
20 July 2015
Acute stress does not impair people's visual and spatial memory, but exposure to it does appear to improve verbal memory in women.


Second quarter

 

UCT to host memorial service for Professor Martin West
17 July 2015
The University of Cape Town will host a memorial service on Saturday, 25 July 2015, at 10h00, to honour Emeritus Professor Martin West, who died on 8 July 2015.

 

UCT interview opportunity and events
16 July 2015

 

UCT spin-out TB diagnostics firm wins prestigious NSTF award
16 July 2015
New test gives result in under two hours, allowing treatment to start on same day.

 

UCT opera student wins Belvedere Singing Competition
14 July 2015
Levy Sekgapane, a student in the University of Cape Town Opera School, has won the 24th International Hans Gabor Belvedere Singing Competition held in Amsterdam this month. He is the second UCT student to win the prestigious international contest.

 

Hout Bay murder victim not a UCT student
10 July 2015
In a news article published today, Independent Newspapers and Cape Times incorrectly identify Mr Nchikala Ngoy, the Congolese man who was knifed to death in Hout Bay on 8 July 2015, as a student at the University of Cape Town. Mr Ngoy is not a registered student at UCT.

 
 

Upcoming UCT events
9 July 2015

 

UCT mourns death of former Deputy Vice-Chancellor West
8 July 2015
The University of Cape Town extends condolences to the family of Emeritus Professor Martin West, who died at home in the early hours of 8 July 2015.

 
 

Calling township artists to reflect on the power of place
8 July 2015
The Public Art and the Power of Place initiative of the African Centre for Cities (ACC) at the University of Cape Town, funded by the National Lottery Distribution Trust Fund to the amount of R480,000, is calling for proposals for six public art engagements in Cape Town's townships.

 

Petition does not address real issues regarding SRC, says UCT
6 July 2015
The University of Cape Town needs to set the record straight on issues that are addressed by the online petition on behalf of Student Representative Council (SRC) officer Zizipho Pae.

 
 

UCT and Yale choirs team up for another outstanding performance
6 July 2015
The world-renowned Whiffenpoofs of Yale University in the USA and the University of Cape Town choir will once again join in concert for a performance at 19h00 on Friday, 10 July 2015, at St. George's Cathedral, 5 Wale Street, in Cape Town.

 

Vitamin D supplementation might reverse seasonal nutritional deficiency, slow down HIV progression – UCT study
3 July 2015
Vitamin D supplementation may reverse seasonal nutritional deficiency and slow down HIV progression in Cape Town, South Africa, according to a study by University of Cape Town (UCT) academics that was recently published in the journal, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS).

 

UCT interview opportunities
2 July 2015

 

UCT appoints new Dean of Law
2 July 2015
The University of Cape Town has appointed Professor Penelope (Penny) Andrews as the new Dean of the Faculty of Law. She will take up her post in January 2016.

 
 

New dinosaur from South Africa gets Sesotho name
25 June 2015
South African and Argentinian palaeontologists have discovered a new early dinosaur from South Africa. The specimen was found in the late 1930s in the Zastron area of South Africa, about 30km from the Lesotho border.

 

Ecological map could save vultures from fledgling African wind farm development
24 June 2015
Ecologists have developed a new map that could help Lesotho's first wind farms generate low carbon energy without putting the region's vulnerable vulture population at risk.

 

1379 students capped at UCT June graduation
17 June 2015
A total of 1,379 students graduated from the University of Cape Town over four ceremonies last week.

 

Suspension of Mr Chumani Maxwele
10 June 2015
Mr Chumani Maxwele faces charges for breaches of the University of Cape Town Code of Conduct related to an incident that occurred on campus on Friday, 1 May 2015.

 

UCT June Graduation Diary
10 June 2015
11 & 12 June 2015, Jameson Hall, Upper Campus – graduation ceremonies will be live-streamed on www.uct.ac.za.

 

Facts related to suspension & disciplinary charge against Mr Chumani Maxwele
3 June 2015
Mr Chumani Maxwele is a registered University of Cape Town student. Ordinarily we treat student disciplinary matters as private and have, until now, not made public any details of the allegations against him. Mr Maxwele has, however, chosen to put these matters in the public domain.

 
 

UCT interview opportunities on TB, HIV research achievements
5 June 2015

 
 

SA-Swiss Bilateral Research Chair to advance African influence in Global Environmental Health
3 June 2015
The University of Cape Town and the Swiss Tropical Institute/University of Basel has launched a historic South African-Swiss (ZA-CH) Bilateral Research Chair, aimed at advancing the voices of African experts in global environmental health research.

 

UCT interview opportunities
28 May 2015

 
 

SA-Swiss Bilateral Research Chair to advance African influence in Global Environmental Health
27 May 2015
Science & Technology Minister Naledi Pandor to address launch at UCT on 3 June 2015 at 09h30 in Wolfson Pavilion, IDM building, Faculty of Health Sciences, off Anzio Road, Observatory.

 
 

UCT to honour commitment to activism, the arts, law and economy
15 May 2015
The University of Cape Town will this year award honorary degrees to seven highly esteemed and world-renowned figures for their significant contributions in their respective fields.

 

UCT upholds suspension of student pending disciplinary hearing
14 May 2015
The University of Cape Town confirms that it has suspended a student pending a disciplinary hearing following an incident that occurred in an academic department on Friday, 1 May 2015.

 

Upcoming Events at UCT
14 May 2015

 

UCT confirms suspension of student
11 May 2015
The University of Cape Town confirms that a student was suspended on 7 May 2015 and will face disciplinary charges following an incident that occurred in an academic department on Friday, 1 May 2015.

 

Reminder of public consultation phase re Rhodes statue
5 May 2015
The University of Cape Town would like to remind the public of an opportunity to comment on or to register as an interested and affected party in relation to the future of the Cecil John Rhodes statue.

 

UCT appoints Prof Alison Lewis first female Dean of EBE
28 April 2015
The University of Cape Town has appointed Professor Alison Lewis as Dean of the Faculty of Engineering and the Built Environment (EBE) – the first woman to receive such an appointment. She will take up her new position on 1 June 2015.

 
 

UCT's Safety and Violence Initiative to host panel discussion on xenophobic violence
21 April 2015
The University of Cape Town's Safety and Violence Initiative (SaVI) will hold a panel discussion this week on 'Understanding, responding to, and preventing xenophobic violence in South Africa'.

 

UCT condemns xenophobic attacks on African immigrants
18 April 2015
The University of Cape Town expresses its abhorrence and deep concern over the rise of xenophobic attacks on foreign nationals in Kwazulu-Natal, Gauteng and other places around our country.

 
 

Young geniuses head to UCT for annual Mathematics Competition
15 April 2015
Some 7,500 students from high schools all over the Western Cape, including as far afield as Bredasdorp and George, will participate in the University of Cape Town's Mathematics Competition on the evening of 16 April 2015.

 

Removal of Rhodes statue concludes robust process at UCT
9 April 2015
The removal today of the Cecil John Rhodes statue from the University of Cape Town represents the successful conclusion of the energetic process UCT announced last month to allow as many people as possible to express their views about the fate of the statue.

 

UCT's Rhodes statue to be removed at 17h00 today
9 April 2015
The Cecil John Rhodes statue on the University of Cape Town's Upper Campus will be removed at 17h00 today, following a decision by the UCT Council at a special sitting held on 8 April 2015.

 

Permit for temporary removal of CJ Rhodes statue granted
8 April 2015
The University of Cape Town and Heritage Western Cape hereby confirm that a permit has been granted to UCT for the temporary removal of the Rhodes statue from the campus. These steps are being taken to ensure the safety of the statue while matters concerning its future are resolved.

 

UCT Council votes in favour of removing Rhodes statue
8 April 2015
Please cite Archibishop Ndungane, Chairperson of Council, University of Cape Town.

 

Announcement of UCT Council decision on Rhodes statue
8 April 2015
Wednesday, 8 April 2015 after 18h30 - Research Office, Allan Cormack House, 2 Rhodes Avenue, Mowbray

 

UCT Convocation expresses views on Rhodes statue's future and broader transformation issues
7 April 2015
Please cite Ms Gerda Kruger, Executive Director: Communication and Marketing Department, UCT


First quarter

 

UCT condemns attack on Garissa University College, Kenya
2 April 2015
The University of Cape Town condemns the attack by armed gunmen at Garissa University College in Kenya early this morning, saying that universities are meant to be special places of learning, sharing and tolerance, not violence.

 

UCT experts available for comment
27 March 2015
The following academics at the University of Cape Town can be contacted by the media for comment on depression.

 

Further info on UCT Senate vote in favour of moving Rhodes statue
27 March 2015
The University of Cape Town Senate has voted overwhelmingly in favour of recommending to Council that the statue of Cecil Rhodes be moved when Council holds its special sitting on Wednesday, 8 April 2015.

 

UCT invites students and staff to share views at #TransformUCT assembly
24 March 2015
The University of Cape Town has invited its students and staff members to express their opinions on the Rhodes statue and broader transformation issues at a #TransformUCT university assembly tomorrow (25 March 2015).

 

UCT response to posting of swastika photos on Jameson Hall
19 March 2015
The University of Cape Town urges all students and staff to respect one another and exercise care in their manner of expression. We condemn any action where people are intimidated and urge all to be sensitive to other people's views.

 
 
 

UCT to host public panel discussion with Man Booker International judges
13 March 2015
The University of Cape Town invites members of the public to meet the judging panel of the Man Booker International Prize 2015, at panel discussion on March 26 at 18h00 (doors open at 17h00) in Jameson Hall, Upper Campus, University of Cape Town.

 

UCT encourages responsible student activism over Rhodes statue
12 March 2015
The University of Cape Town welcomes the initiative taken by students today to demonstrate in a peaceful and lawful manner.

 

UCT first-time host to the Absa Cape Epic Prologue
12 March 2015
On Sunday, 15 March 2015, the University of Cape Town will be the centre of the sporting world when it hosts the Absa Cape Epic Prologue for the first time.

 
 

UCT, FutureLearn to share African perspectives on knowledge with launch of two free global online social learning platform courses
11 March 2015
The University of Cape Town (UCT) and FutureLearn will help share African perspectives in two different fields of learning through the launch of the first two courses on their online social learning platform.

 

UCT statement on protest and charge against security guard
9 March 2015
The University of Cape Town confirms it has received a complaint regarding the behaviour of one of our security guards against a photographer who accompanied a journalist on campus to cover a student protest.

 
 

Upcoming UCT events: 'Remaking Place'
6 March 2015
Symposium on public art will be presented by the Gordon Institute for Performing and Creative Arts at the University of Cape Town.

 
 

24 exceptional Africans to participate in UCT leadership programme
6 March 2015
Trevor Manuel to speak at opening dinner in the Archie Mafeje Room, Bremner building, UCT on Sunday, 8 March 2015

 

UCT experts available for comment
2 March 2015
The following academics at the University of Cape Town can be contacted by the media for comment on fires taking place in the Cape Peninsula area and their possible effects.

 

Prof Barney Pityana elected to lead UCT Convocation
26 February 2015
On 17 December 2014, the Annual General Meeting (AGM) of Convocation at the University of Cape Town voted Professor Barney Pityana to the office of President of Convocation. Professor Pityana succeeds Ms Mary Burton, who has served as President of Convocation for the last four years.

 
 

New trans-Atlantic partnership to advance health research discoveries
23 February 2015
University of Cape Town, South Africa, and The Centre for Drug Research and Development, Canada, to collaborate.

 
 

20 weeks, 1 challenge, 1000s of upstarts – a whole new university experience
20 February 2015
An innovative platform for emerging entrepreneurs, UCT Upstarts, was launched at the University of Cape Town this week.

 

UCT research raises awareness of neurogenerative disease
4 February 2015
Research by the University of Cape Town aims to boost awareness of a heritable neurodegenerative disease afflicting a number of South Africans and their families.

 

UCT research aims to play role in consolidating peace in Northern Uganda
27 January 2015
Research by the University of Cape Town has explored the potential for local communities in Uganda to have greater participation in conflict resolution in future.

 

UCT research on making rugby safer contributes to global changes in the sport
19 January 2015
Few are able to say they have helped to change the way rugby is played around the world, but this is something University of Cape Town PhD graduate, James Craig Brown, can say with confidence.

 
 

UCT honours memory of economist Jan Graaff
15 January 2015
The University of Cape Town pays tribute to the late Johannes de Villiers (Jan) Graaff, who died in Cape Town on 7 January 2015.

 
 

The gangs of the Cape Flats, Africa's wildlife crisis, 'Re-thinking Mandela' and a trio of musical treats
12 January 2015
UCT's annual Summer School celebrates its 65th anniversary with a feast of courses from 19 – 30 January 2015.

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