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Access, support and success

UCT is committed to supporting both students and staff to ensure they reach their potential. This includes providing access to resources, ongoing support and rewarding success.

For students

UCT aims for a more diverse student and graduate profile that is representative of the population with higher proportions of black, socio-economically disadvantaged and disabled students.

UCT works to continue to improve educational and psychosocial support for students and to address the unequal schooling of students in a manner that avoids stigmatisation and labelling.

What we are doing

  • Reviewing the academic programme, the academic calendar, the curriculum and assessments to address obstacles to academic success.
  • Increasing financial aid, including aid for students who do not qualify for NSFAS support.
  • Growing the student housing pool by securing off-campus private residences and building a new residence.
  • Addressing student hunger through a task team on food security.
  • Enhancing the university’s mental health policy with additional services, including advocacy and awareness, and investigating the inclusion of traditional practices.

For staff

Employment equity targets steer UCT towards a representative profile of institutional leadership and of academic and PASS staff at all levels.

To achieve this, UCT is:

  • investing in the development of black, women and disabled academics and managers.
  • attracting more black, women and disabled South African postgraduate students and postdoctoral fellows to broaden the pool of potential future academics.

What we are doing for all staff:

  • Developing and implementing a new employment equity plan with progressive targets.
  • Monitoring all appointment processes through Employment Equity Representatives (EE Reps).
  • Supporting strategic appointments through the Employment Equity Fund. Maximising the use of government initiatives such as the New Generation of Academics Programme (nGAP).

What we are doing for academic staff:

The Recruitment, Development and Retention Programme supports both young academics and mid-career academics, through the New Generation of Academics Programme (nGAP) and Next Generation Professoriate (NGP) programmes.

The EE Fund is being re-targeted to align more closely with the EE Plan

The Research Office is working to:

  • increase the visibility of marginalised researchers
  • help researchers to access funding/grants
  • target donor funding
  • fund postgraduate students
  • support targeted research programmes.

What we are doing for PASS staff:

UCT supports career development of PASS staff. See the staff learning and development resource guide.