The year that was: First quarter

03 December 2003
Another record-breaking first-year student enrolment, an 11% increase in applications, due to better-than-expected matric results in 2002. New students include Commonwealth EAD swimming champ Natalie du Toit (above). Law faculty's Assoc Prof Anton Fagan receives a prestigious P-rating from the NRF, one of 20 P-rated researchers (as of July 2002).

Feb 24 - March 2

UCT researcher Dr Ed Sturrock and a team from Bath University identify the first 3-D crystal structure of the human angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACF) (above). This holds the key to new drug development for treating high blood pressure. The new postgraduate South African National Astrophysics and Space Science Programme (NASSP) is launched.

March 3 - 9

BHP Billiton donates R3-m to the chemical engineering building (above). Prof Nan Yeld takes the reins at CHED, with effect from July 2003. UCT mourns the passing of gifted former history teacher, Robin Hallett.

March 10 - 16

Centre for Rhetoric Studies' Dist Prof Philippe-Joseph Salazar (above) announced as an A-rated researcher. DVC Prof Martin West relinquishes student affairs portfolio after 11 years. DVC Dr Benito Khotseng takes over. Prof Jimmy Volmink appointed GlaxoWellcome Chair of Primary Health Care.

March 24-30

HIV/AIDS vaccine work gets R10-m award from the South African AIDS Vaccine Initiative (SAAVI). Eleven players from UCT's women's hockey club selected to represent provincial and national teams (above).

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