The 2017 Teaching and Learning Conference and other updates

13 July 2017
Campus announcement
13 July 2017

Dear students and colleagues

This campus announcement aims to inform members of the University of Cape Town community about:

1. Invitation to the 2017 Teaching and Learning Conference

Members of the campus community are invited to register to be a part of the 2017 Teaching and Learning Conference (#TLC2017). This year’s theme, Building Capacity for Change, acknowledges ongoing fundamental debates concerning the purpose and nature of universities within a shifting South African higher education landscape. The conference offers a choice of six workshops, three exciting panels, and a wide range of formal and informal presentations.

If you’re looking for a space to think about some of the major conversations in higher education in contemporary South Africa, then register for this year’s conference.

2. Applications for UCT Teaching Grant open

Individual academics, teams and departments are invited to apply for the UCT Teaching Grant to fund new initiatives aimed at making teaching at the university more effective.

The grant is available to support individuals or teams who are engaged in developing departmental-, programme- or faculty-level innovations to curricula or courses aimed at improving student learning, including through the use of educational technology. Grants of up to R25 000 are available. Applications must be made by using the TGA2 form.

Please email Cindy Gilbert with your intention to submit by 21 August 2017. The closing date for applications is 8 September 2017. A briefing session will be held on 31 August 2017.

For further information, please contact Cindy Gilbert on 021 650 5837.

3. Latest edition of UCT News

The July edition of UCT News is now available. In this month’s newsletter, read about how Professor Loretta Feris plans to make UCT a pluriversal space for all; how Professor Chuma Himonga’s journey took her from a farm in Zambia to winning an Alan Pifer Award; how Xolisa Guzula grew from a love of reading to translating Stephen Hawking; and how Theo Herbst and Paul Cavalier used geophysics research to create groundbreaking music technology.

4. Graduation

More than 800 students, over 100 of whom are doctoral candidates, will be capped when UCT stages three graduation ceremonies on Friday, 14 July 2017, in Jameson Hall. The three ceremonies will start at 09:00, 14:00 and 18:00 respectively. The graduation will be live streamed. Please visit the UCT website on Friday morning and follow the link from the home page.

5. Temporary Closure of the Chancellor Oppenheimer Library Complex

Due to essential maintenance work by Properties and Services, the Chancellor Oppenheimer Library Complex (COLC), including Special Collections, will be closed over the next two weekends as detailed below. The electricity supply to the entire complex will be interrupted during this time.

  • Saturday, 15 July: the COLC will not open (normal vacation Saturday service is from 09:00 to 12:30). At 15:00, the Hlanganani 24/7 study area will be open and normal services will resume.
  • Saturday, 22 July, and Sunday, 23 July: the COLC will not open on Saturday morning. The Hlanganani 24/7 study area will not be available on either Saturday or Sunday.

The COLC will close at 17:00 as normal on Friday, 21 July, and will reopen on Monday, 24 July, at 08:30, when normal services will resume.

6. Water usage restrictions

The City of Cape Town’s Level 4B water usage restrictions are now in place. This limits each person to 87 litres per day. Members of the UCT campus community are urged to continue contributing to efforts to save as much water as possible.

7. Mandela Day blanket donation drive

With Mandela Day coming up on 18 July, the Centre for Higher Education Development (CHED) Transformation and Events Committee invites the UCT community to collect as many blankets as possible for donation. This year, the committee will be partnering with 67Blankets to collect and distribute blankets to those most in need this winter.

Please drop blankets off at the following venues by 17 July:

  • Centre for Innovation in Learning and Teaching (CILT), Floor 7, PD Hahn building, upper campus
  • CHED reception, Floor 5, Hoerikwaggo building, upper campus
  • Centre for Extra-Mural Studies, Floor 3, Kramer building, middle campus.

Blankets can also be taken to the Jameson Plaza on 18 July between 13:00 and 14:07.


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