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2014

Please find below a record of the discussions that UCT has been engaged in regarding Academic Transformation during the year of 2014.

November 2014

On 7 November 2014, Vice-Chancellor Dr Max Price responds to Associate Professor Xolela Mangcu's opinion piece via a letter to Business Day:

On 3 November 2014, Business Day publishes an opinion piece by Associate Professor Xolela Mangcu in which he laments how hard it is for black academics to get promoted:

October 2014

On 21 October 2014, top university leaders debated issues of transformation in a discussion at the Baxter Concert Hall organised by UCT's Faculty of Humanities and chaired by its dean, Professor Sakhela Buhlungu:

On 7 October, an article by UCT Vice-Chancellor Dr Max Price appears in the Financial Times where he reports that Africa is lagging far behind in academic and research excellence, despite rising student numbers:

On 6 October, The Guardian Africa Network published an article in which they asked a panel of South African experts to comment on the lack of black professors at the country's universities:

September 2014

On 23 September 2014, an article is published on UCT's website in which a group of UCT academics respond to UCT Vice-Chancellor Dr Max Price's recent article on staff transformation. The staff members, who identify themselves as black, raise a number of concerns, and challenge some of the assumptions made about black academic staff at the university:

On 8 September 2014, Mail & Guardian published a piece by Dr Siona O'Connell, a lecturer at the UCT Michaelis School of Fine Art. The text of this piece formed the basis of her address at the recent M&G Literary Festival:

August 2014

On 14 August 2014, the Sowetan published an article in which Xolela Mangcu, Associate Professor in Sociology at UCT, responds to an article written by Wits Vice-Chancellor Prof Adam Habib:

On 7 August 2014, an article by UCT Vice-Chancellor Dr Max Price appears in City Press in which he responds to Associate Professor Xolela Mangcu's suggestions about accelerating transformation - and offers some alternatives:

July 2014

On 20 July 2014, City Press publishes an article in which UCT Associate Professor Xolela Mangcu suggests 10 steps to transform South Africa's professoriate:

On 12 July 2014, an article by UCT Vice-Chancellor Dr Max Price appears in the Sunday Times where he responds to a piece by UCT Associate Professor Xolela Mangcu on the lack of transformation at the university, and specifically the lack of black academic staff:

On 6 July 2014, the Sunday Times publishes an article in which UCT Associate Professor Xolela Mangcu criticises UCT's lack of black South African academic staff:

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