Response to SRC on deferred exam applications and other updates

15 December 2017 | Campus Announcement

Dear students and colleagues

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

1. The response to the SRC on deferred exam applications

The registrar, Mr Royston Pillay, has responded to the Students’ Representative Council’s request for information on the state of deferred exam applications.

2. New appointments: DVCs and deans

Professor Lis Lange has been appointed as Deputy Vice-Chancellor (DVC): Teaching and Learning, and Professor Anton Le Roex has been appointed as acting DVC: Institutional Innovation. Both will begin their terms of service from 1 February 2018. Professor Susan Bourne has been appointed as the interim Dean of Science from 1 January 2018 to 30 June 2019. Professor David Wardle has been appointed acting Dean of Humanities from 7 December 2017 to 31 December 2018.

3. Chief Operating Officer position approved

Due to the changing landscape of the institution, at its meeting on 9 December, Council approved a proposal to consolidate the various operational responsibilities that had been distributed between the four DVCs. The new Chief Operating Officer position will be at the level and status of a DVC and will oversee operational functions, including Finance, ICTS, Properties and Services, and Human Resources. The other three DVC portfolios will be redesigned accordingly.

4. Inclusivity Policy for Sexual Orientation

At its meeting on 9 December, Council approved the draft Inclusivity Policy for Sexual Orientation. Education workshops related to the new policy will be provided by the Office for Inclusivity and Change.

5. School of IT

At its meeting on 9 December, Council approved the establishment of the School of Information Technology, which will incorporate the departments of Computer Science and Information Systems.

6. Notice about December leave

Staff will be granted three days of additional paid annual leave, which is to be taken from 27 to 29 December 2017. This is to give special recognition to the contributions of all staff with regards to the successful conclusion of the end-of-year examinations. In addition, 2017 has been a challenging year in which many staff have had to work under demanding conditions and additional pressures.

7. Exam results

The November exam results will be issued officially on 22 December 2017. Prior to this, faculties may release provisional results. Students who sat for exams in November 2017 will only be eligible to graduate in April 2018. Most of the students set to graduate on 20 December will be those who completed their studies in mid-2017, or master’s and PhD students whose results were received by 31 October 2017.

8. December graduation live stream

All three graduation ceremonies on 20 December 2017 will be live-streamed and the link will be provided on For those who will be following the graduation digitally, please tweet using the UCT twitter handle: @UCT_News, hashtag #UCTGrad2017 for all graduation news and updates. All videos of the graduation ceremonies will be available on the UCT YouTube channel after graduation.

9. Honorary doctorate for Justice Mokgoro

UCT will confer an honorary Doctor of Laws degree on Justice Yvonne Mokgoro, a former Constitutional Court judge, at the June 2018 graduation ceremony, not on 20 December 2017 as previously stated.

10. Joint UCT and AU communication on salary increases

The UCT executive and the Academics’ Union have announced that academic staff salary negotiations have been concluded for both 2017 and 2018.

11. ICTS tips for staff

Staff members who will be taking leave, resigning or retiring from UCT are advised to take note of these tips.


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