Dear students and colleagues
The campus announcement aims to inform members of the University of Cape Town community about:
1. Vice-Chancellor’s Inaugural Lecture
The next in the Vice-Chancellor’s Inaugural Lecture series will be presented by Professor Ulrike Rivett, who leads the iCOMMS research team in the Department of Information Systems in the Faculty of Commerce. The lecture, titled “ICTs for development: the good intentions of the mobile phone”, is scheduled to take place on Wednesday, 4 October 2017, at 17:30 in lecture theatre TS2B in the Snape Building on upper campus.
2. Free Education Planning Group: Call for student researchers
The Free Education Planning Group (FEPG) is an initiative of the University of Cape Town (UCT) community. The role of the FEPG is to support a formal research programme into the economic policy framework for higher education, including researching the possibility and implications of fee-free higher education.
Throughout the course of the year, the FEPG has called for interested parties to join the group, to participate in their research activities and to participate in engagements across the campus. Now, the call is for students to apply to be part of the student research team as the FEPG formalises its research agenda. The deadline for applications is 16 October 2017.
3. SRC elections
The campaigning for Students’ Representative Council (SRC) elections has started. The voting will take place from 9 to 13 October 2017. All students can access information about candidates and the elections schedule on the Department of Student Affairs website.
4. Applications for financial aid close 30 November 2017
All undergraduate National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) applications must be submitted before 30 November 2017.
5. Cybersecurity Month in October
October is Cybersecurity Month – a global drive that raises awareness around cybersecurity issues and educates the public on staying safe online. During Cybersecurity Month, UCT’s Computer Security Incident Response Team (CSIRT) will inform campus about a wide variety of issues concerning online security. Also keep an eye out for weekly quizzes, where you could walk away with an iPad mini each week.
6. Free internet access for students
UCT students and staff who are Vodacom subscribers will now have free internet access following the decision by the mobile network provider to zero-rate a number of academic sites.
7. Water saving
The City of Cape Town reported that dam storage levels are currently at 37,5%, with useable water at 27,5%. Collective consumption is at 622 million litres of water per day as at 22 September 2017. This is 122 million litres above the daily target of 500 million litres. Executive Deputy Mayor, Alderman Ian Neilson, says that the drought necessitates a new strategic approach to how we view and manage our water supply.
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