Campus news in brief

18 November 2002
Architecture students scoop prizes
Two students from UCT's School of Architecture, Planning and Geomatics recently won a national student housing competition.

Various schools of architecture at universities and technikons across the country submitted entries to the competition and UCT came up trumps, winning two of the five awards made. These went to Lauren Campbell (BArch4), who won joint first prize with a student from the University of Port Elizabeth, and Sadiq Toffa (BArch4), who won a prize as a finalist in the competition.

The winning entries explored a variety of medium-density inner-city housing typologies that could accommodate a range of family types, including nuclear families, single-parent families, and extended families.

The Social Housing Foundation (SHIFT) promoted the competition with a view to exploring appropriate new urban housing solutions in South African cities. As one of the postgraduate architectural studio design electives in the BArch programme, the competition elective was run by Associate Professor Lucien Le Grange.

Anaesthesia student a winner
Dr Thomas Ruttmann, a PhD student in anaesthesia, was a recent top ten finalist in the national Catalyst Innovation Competition hosted by Catalyst Innovation, Acorn Technologies and Deloitte & Touche.

The competition chooses the most commercialisable innovation developed at tertiary institutions in South Africa. Ruttmann developed a unique pre-mixed, disposable patient controlled analgesia (PCA) device that allows for safe and cheap patient-controlled administration of pain control drugs.

The Catalyst Innovation Competition, now in its second year, was launched to encourage a culture of innovation and enterprise in tertiary institutions and to create close links with business and industry. The awards ceremony took place at Deloitte & Touche's Johannesburg offices on October 16.

Open house at UCT residences
UCT Student Housing and Residence Life recently hosted a Residence Open Day to expose other sections in the Student Development and Services Department to the work done in Student Housing.

“There is a misconception about what is done at Student Housing; people think that we just offer beds to students in residences and this was an opportunity to show people what we do and the various development programmes to better student accommodation at UCT,” says Neil Foster, Residence Development Officer.

The event featured presentations by various staff members, tours of some residences and a chance for people to ask questions to better understand current and future plans the Department has, to address housing concerns

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