Student Finances Survey and other updates

17 May 2018 | Campus Announcement

Dear students and colleagues

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

1. Student Finances Survey

Students are requested to participate in a survey which is part of a research project initiated in response to a request from students to the university Council. The project, titled “The costs of studying at the University of Cape Town and how students finance these costs”, aims to gain a comprehensive understanding of the costs that students incur while studying and the sources of funding that they use to cover these costs. Participants in the survey have the opportunity to win one of 10 cash prizes of R2 000.

Understanding the financial situations of students will inform the university and national policy in light of the credit constraints that many university students continue to face today. The data collected from the survey will be analysed for a report to UCT Council and will form part of a PhD thesis. Findings from the survey will also be available to the university community and the broader public. Participation in the survey is voluntary and the data will be kept strictly confidential. A link to the survey will also be available via the Vula front page.

2. 2017: A Year in Review

As an overview of the past year, 2017: A Year in Review highlights the university’s many achievements in teaching and research while presenting a snapshot of the excellence and robust debate that has come out of the institution. With the Strategic Planning Framework 2016–2020 driving UCT, the publication specifically covers those events and programmes that speak directly to the changing face of the university. Produced by UCT’s Newsroom and Publications unit, 2017: A Year in Review also tells the stories of the people behind the breakthroughs in research, the innovations in teaching and the lived experience of studying at our university.

3. UCT websites and web policies

UCT websites are governed by a web policy to manage the university’s online presence and maintain the institution’s reputation and image online. Current and prospective website owners are urged to familiarise themselves with these policies to ensure compliance.

4. Deferred exams – guidelines for students

If a student intends to apply for a deferred exam (DE) they must read the guidelines carefully and follow the application instructions. These guidelines must be read in conjunction with the Senate rules on deferred exams (Handbook 3, G27 and 28).

For advice about the DE rules or process, students must write to, enquire at the Student Records Office in Masingene or call 021 650 3595.


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