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Chamber Music Concert, arranged by Becky Steltzner
26 May

Excel Tips & Tricks
26 May

Cape Town Big Band Jazz Festival
03 Jun - 06 Jun

Lessing's Jewish Self-Hatred
03 Jun

Women Playwrights International Conference
29 Jun - 02 Jul

13th Annual Meeting of the Primate Ecology and Genetics Group SA
11 Jul - 12 Jul

UCT Social Responsiveness Student Conference
13 Jul - 16 Jul

9th Annual Congress of the South African Society for Research in Music
16 Jul - 18 Jul

The 9th Annual Congress of the South African Society for Research in Music (SASRIM)
17 Jul - 18 Jul

Peter Klatzow's 70th birthday tribute
21 Jul

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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Tuesday, 26 May 2015

A different route to reducing university drop-out rates

Engineering Student

South Africa is in the grip of a skills shortage. Among the top ten skills needed to boost its lacklustre economic growth are civil, mechanical, industrial and chemical engineers, writes Professor Jennifer Case of UCT's Department of Chemical Engineering.


PhD profiles: Keeping science in the family

PhD profiles: Keeping science in the family

In the run-up to the June 2015 graduation, we profile some of the research done by PhD graduates from December 2014. Meet Penny Driver, who was working in financial mathematics for a merchant bank when a UCT talk on climate change inspired her to register for a doctorate in ocean and atmosphere science, looking specifically at rainfall variability over Southern Africa.


Undergraduate research: from the bottom up

Undergraduate research

Once the research bug bites you, it will never let you go, says deputy vice-chancellor for teaching and learning, Professor Sandra Klopper. She is leading a campaign to encourage research-led teaching at UCT and increase the visibility of undergraduate research.


Cigarette taxes lead to big drop in smoking

Woman smoking

Smoking in South Africa has decreased substantially over the past two decades, particularly among the young and the poor – and research shows that this is largely thanks to sharp hikes in excise taxes, which have pushed up the price of the average pack of cigarettes.


Reviving extinct languages the mobile way

Sunkanmi Olaleye

A desire to preserve languages and pay tribute to the rich San culture is at the heart of the Xamobile project, which will allow users to text and perhaps even play games in the extinct |Xam language on mobile devices.


Disrupting gender: 'decolonisation necessarily requires degendering'

Disrupting gender

The Trans Collective's first seminar, Disrupting Gender, asked how the physical and non-physical spaces of the university could be reconfigured to include all forms of gender variance expression.


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Click to visit the latest Byte-size newsN-GAP creates five new UCT academic posts

UCT has been awarded over R10 million to create five new academic posts.

This is in terms of the New Generation of Academics Programme (N-GAP) initiated by the Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET) as part of its broader Staffing South Africa's Universities Framework. N-GAP seeks to address the challenges of transformation and the aging higher education workforce.

The new posts are in the disciplines of architecture, human biology, African studies, public law and environmental sciences. These posts are among 125 permanent academic posts created at local universities. For the first six years the posts are funded by the DHET, after which the universities takes over funding.

"This is a fantastic opportunity for UCT to appoint young black South African academics through this programme and promote transformation at UCT," said deputy vice-chancellor for institutional innovation, Professor Francis Petersen.

The advertisements for these posts will appear on the UCT website soon.

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