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Debates in Higher Education

Views from campus

Events on campus during recent months have inspired much debate and conversation.

Views from campus

The views and opinions expressed here are solely those of the individual authors in their private capacity; they do not necessarily represent or reflect the views, opinions or policies of the University of Cape Town or the Communication and Marketing Department.


UCT Staff petitions

Staff have spearheaded a number of petitions calling for peaceful engagement in debate and a cessation of violence on campus.


#UCTOpen

The broader UCT community – including students, administrative staff, academic staff and parents – have voiced their views and opinions about the ongoing student protests on our campuses. These are the unedited questions that they are asking and messages that they would like to have heard.

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Academic climate change at UCT: An inconvenient truth
Posted: 6 April 2017

Prof David Benatar comments on the campus environment in a piece published on Politicsweb on 30 March 2017. Read more...


The Vice-Chancellor responds to the statement by members of the Science RAC
Posted: 5 April 2017

In response to the statement by members of the Science Readmission Appeals Committee (RAC), the Vice-Chancellor argues that the review is a way of strengthening and defending the entire RAC process. Read more...


Statement by members of the Science RAC (Readmission Appeals Committee)
Posted: 4 April 2017

Members of the Science Readmission Appeals Committee (RAC) call on the UCT executive to suspend the review process of the RACs. Read more...


Beware the Ides of March: The University of Cape Town Alumni Association waives the rules
Posted: 28 March 2017

Emeritus Prof Tim Crowe writes about the AGM of the UCT Alumni Association. Read more...


Who owns a photograph? Goldblatt archive should remain in Cape Town
Posted: 24 March 2017

Groundbreaking photographer David Goldblatt’s archive should stay in South Africa, where it belongs, writes Martin Hall in Times Higher Education. Read more...


Existential fatigue, psycho-emotional weight and a revolt
Posted: 23 March 2017

Dr Buhle Khanyile writes about the undercurrents that precipitated the student protests on campus in 2015. Read more...


Simplistic racial constructions and mistaken assumptions
Posted: 22 March 2017

Halim Gençoĝlu, a PhD scholar in hebrew studies writes about the limitations of simplistic racial constructions in important debates on decolonisation and oppression. Read more...


A letter to the first-years who carry burdens heavier than their backpacks
Posted: 23 February 2017

The student protests over the past two years have foregrounded how the university experience of the majority of black students is not the same as their fellow students. The transition from underprivileged lives in townships and rural villages to a university with a history of white privilege is often a painful one. This message to incoming first-year students, written by one of UCT’s medical students, appeared in an article in the Daily Vox on 15 February 2017.

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Afrocentric, inclusive, socially relevant academic 'evolution' at the University of Cape Town

Tim Crowe outlines the ongoing successes of the conservation biology course in the Percy FitzPatrick Institute of African Ornithology.

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Tim Crowe on Suellen Shay's perspective of UCT's Convocation

Tim Crowe comments on the points made by Suellen Shay in her recent article "To survive, South Africa's universities must learn to engage with chaos", in which she gives her views on the wider significance of the events that occurred at the 2016 Convocation meeting.

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To survive, South Africa’s universities must learn to engage with chaos

Suellen Shay writes that university communities need to step out of their comfort zones and listen to views with which they bitterly disagree.

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Q&A: Max Price on UCT’s year of living on the edge

Andrew Brown is a UCT graduate and a practising advocate. As a parent of two students at the university and a police reservist stationed at Mowbray SAPS, he has had to deal with both sides of the student protest action on the campus. In light of the pending no-confidence vote proposed by certain members of the Convocation, he requested an opportunity to ask Vice-Chancellor Max Price some of the tough questions.

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Statement of the University of Cape Town Council: 13 December 2016

The Council of the University of Cape Town held its final meeting for the year on 10 December 2016. At the meeting the Council commended the work done by the Vice-Chancellor and Deputy Vice-Chancellors.

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Science and decolonisation: a way backward

Emeritus Professor Tim Crowe responds to Professor Nicola Illing and Dr Alastair Sloan’s article about recent discussions around decolonisation in the sciences.

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Young scientists seek solutions to South Africa’s higher education crisis

The South African Young Academy of Science has decided that it is time to speak out about the country’s higher education crisis. This is a summary of a statement formulated at the organisation’s 2016 general assembly in October.

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Science and decolonisation: a way forward

Professor Nicola Illing and Dr Alastair Sloan comment in GroundUp on recent discussions around decolonisation in the sciences, looking in particular at how UCT research contributes to African knowledge.

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Statement by the UCT Trust (UK)

At their board meeting on 3 November 2016, the Trustees of the University of Cape Town Trust (UK) noted concern, expressed support, made calls upon students and government, and reiterated their determination to support the university and its values, and to redouble efforts to promote knowledge of the university’s outstanding achievements in teaching and research.

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Tim Crowe comments on BAC statement

Emeritus Professor Tim Crowe comments on the recent Black Academic Caucus statement that was published on Mail & Guardian’s Thought Leader blog on 21 October.

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Senate motion as adopted at the meeting on 24 October 2016

UCT Senate resolves to request the VC to define the limits of legitimate protest, including the conduct of security services.

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Open letter to the VC: Dr Jenny Durandt

Dr Jenny Durandt, from UCT’s School of Public Health and Family Medicine, writes the letter she would like to have received from Vice-Chancellor Dr Max Price.

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A letter on Fees Must Fall

Current PhD student Nathan Geffen – who previously worked as treasurer, national manager and policy director of the Treatment Action Campaign – writes a personal reflection on Fees Must Fall’s strategy, particularly in relation to organisation, moral consensus, constitutionalism, claiming no easy victories, and civil disobedience.

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Statement from UCT Black Academic Caucus

UCT Black Academic Caucus calls for a national multistakeholder solution to the current crisis facing South African university campuses.

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UCT Council statement

UCT Council has released a statement in which they condemn acts of violence associated with protests.

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Health Sciences Deanery and Dean’s Advisory Committee statement

A statement from members of the Faculty of Health Sciences Deanery and Dean’s Advisory Committee expressing their outrage on the physical assault on Vice-Chancellor Max Price on Friday, 14 October 2016.

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Call for an urgent high-level summit

The Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf) and the South African Young Academy of Science (SAYAS) have called for an urgent high-level summit to address the current crisis in higher education.

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Open letter

Members of the politics postgraduate student body have drafted a mission statement, published as an open letter, with their demands and concerns.

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Professor Anwar Mall urges the UCT community to reopen the university

DVC Prof Anwar Mall

Professor Anwar Mall, Deputy Vice-Chancellor for Transformation and Student Affairs, highlights the risks of a continued UCT shutdown for the university and for South Africa and urges all stakeholders to work together to reopen the university on Monday, 3 October.

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UCT Chair of Council calls for reopening of academic programme on 3 October 2016

UCT Chair of Council

Mr Sipho Pityana, chairman of UCT’s Council, urges students to allow the academic year to resume at UCT by working together with the university to achieve the objectives that we are all concerned about.

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Open letter to the VC
Published: 13:00, 26 September 2016

The Humanities Transformation Committee has written an open letter to the VC.

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The constitution enables student protest (and it’s a good thing too)

Pierre de Vos discusses how student protesters are framing their protest within the bounds of the constitution.

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Transforming higher education?

Emeritus Professor Tim Crowe responds to Associate Professor Shadreck Chirikure’s piece on transforming knowledge and the curriculum

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Changing the curriculum at the University of Cape Town: a grassroots movement or academic cleansing?

Emeritus Professor Tim Crowe responds to the VC Desk: Curriculum Change Working Group.

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Opinion: Elisa Galgut

Elisa Galgut writes in response to Judy Favish’s opinion Freedom of speech needs to be contextualised.

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Go out and vote

Nkosikhulule Xhawulengweni Nyembezi, a PhD candidate in the UCT law faculty, gives his reasons why everyone should vote.

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An open letter to university students: your vote matters

An open letter to university students: your vote matters

Dean of Law Penny Andrews writes to encourage university students to vote in the elections, outlining seven key considerations for doing so.

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Freedom of speech needs to be contextualised

Judy Favish, director of institutional planning at UCT, writes about her experience of the terror attack at Ataturk airport in June 2016, and argues that it is necessary for public universities to oppose the promotion of prejudice.

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Academic Freedom Committee Statement

The Academic Freedom Committee has released a statement on the 2016 TB Davie Memorial Lecture.

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Withdrawal of invitation to speaker of TB Davie Academic Freedom Lecture
Released: 17:30, 22 July 2016

UCT

DVC Professor Francis Petersen writes to the UCT community with an update on the TB Davie Lecture.

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Professors should earn their status, not be “made”

Emeritus Professor Tim Crowe comments on a recent article by Dr Robert Morrell, director of the Next Generation Professoriate.

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Professors are made by hard work

Professors are made by hard work

Dr Robert Morrell writes that open processes are to replace patronage and will help to build a representative professoriate.

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Disagreement can become an act of love and reconciliation

Disagreement can become an act of love and reconciliation

Dean of the Faculty of Law, Penelope Andrews, writes that many people find the very idea of disagreement, and of disagreeing with another human being face to face, terrifying. They arrange their personal and professional lives to avoid disagreements of any kind.

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Curriculum transformation

Emertius Professor Tim Crowe responds to Assoc Prof Suellen Shay’s article that appeared in The Conversation

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Decolonising the curriculum: it’s time for a strategy

Decolonising the curriculum: its time for a strategy

There is a risk that because of fatigue, frustration and silencing the important moment created by South Africa’s student movements will pass by with no proper, long-term structural change.

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Campus rape: Silence isn’t going to cut it

Campus rape: Silence isn't going to cut it

UCT's Sexual Assault Response Team (SART) chairperson Associate Professor Sinegugu Duma writes about rape culture.

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Distorting racism to appear progressive
Released: 10:00, 27 May 2016

Decolonise UCT Economics’s statement in response to the Academic Freedom Committee’s statement.

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UCT: No need to fear the curriculum review

Dianna Yach says an excellent institution is one that actively contributes to social transformation and social justice.

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Academic Freedom Committee statement
Released: 17 May 2016

The Academic Freedom Committee has released a statement stressing the importance of academic freedom in light of recent calls to have Dr Kenneth Hughes removed as lecturer in UCT’s School of Economics.

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A response to the opinion piece "The challenge of decolonisation: UCT's transformation journey"

Emeritus Prof Tim Crowe responds to Max Price and Russel Ally's essay on transformation and decolonisation.

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CMD response to the AFC statement
Released: 31 March 2016

CMD responds to the statement by the Academic Freedom Committee.

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Academic Freedom Committee statement
Released: 30 March 2016

The Academic Freedom Committee notes with grave concern recent instances of threats to academic freedom.

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Former SRC president offers his views on the protest conversation

Ramabina Mahapa

Former SRC president Ramabina Mahapa writes a letter to his generation in which he adds to the conversation surrounding the evolution of student protests at South African universities.

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Statement by the UCT Alumni Advisory Board

The UCT Alumni Advisory Board supports the call for Capetonians to help house students, and speaks out against the destruction of UCT property.

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CAS statement on RMF exhibition events

CAS statement on RMF exhibition events

The position of CAS and the CAS Gallery is to support the right of all people to express their views in the rethinking of issues and challenges in higher education in South Africa.

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Shackville and the Securo-state

Assoc Prof Adam Haupt talks private security and student protests on campuses around the country in a piece published in online magazine The Con.

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Faculty of Law: Statement on the Constitution and lawful protest

Staff in the Faculty of Law Faculty issued a statement condemning the violence that took place during recent protest action and voicing their confidence in the leadership team.

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A mother's plea to protesting students

Writing as a mother, Professor Nonhlanhla Khumalo tells protestors that while many support their concerns, some of their protest methods can be interpreted as dehumanising.

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AU Executive response to student protests on 16 February 2016

AU Executive response to student protests

UCT Academics Union Executive writes of their dismay about recent acts of vandalism and the destruction of property by student protestors, calling the behaviour unjustifiable and unacceptable. They affirm their support of the right to protest, but believe that this right must be exercised while respecting the rights of others.

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On the destruction of art and the loss of collective histories

On the destruction of art and the loss of collective histories

Assoc Prof Fritha Langerman, director of the Michaelis School of Fine Art, condemns the destruction of artworks and the threat to university collections, calling the loss of five works by Keresemose Richard Baholo, the first black student to receive a master's degree in fine art at UCT, "particularly tragic".

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