Dear colleagues and students
This campus announcement aims to inform members of the University of Cape Town community about:
1. UCT LLB accreditation
On 15 June 2018 the Council on Higher Education (CHE) confirmed full accreditation for the University of Cape Town’s (UCT) Bachelor of Laws (LLB) programme. This follows a review by the CHE late last year as part of the accreditation process for law degrees in South Africa to develop a qualification standard for LLB programmes.
2. Decolonial Winter School
The UCT Decolonial Winter School will host a series of events from 24 to 30 June 2018 on topics relating to decolonial theory and practice. The school seeks to reimagine the teaching environment outside the confines of the traditional classroom and lecture theatre. Activists, scholars and community organisations facilitating daily sessions will be challenged to reconstruct their teaching praxis as they present on contemporary topics in South African discussion – ranging from land reform and resistance to history, sustainability and actualising justice.
The Decolonial Winter School is being organised by UCT postgraduates and alumni and is being supported by the office of the Deputy Vice-Chancellor for Transformation. Activists and everyday people are invited to attend.
3. IRTC hearings
On 8 and 9 June the Institutional Reconciliation and Transformation Commission (IRTC) continued with hearings. These latest hearings deepened important discussions around decolonisation, reconstruction, housing, labour, gender discrimination and institutional violence at the university. There was also an amnesty hearing for two students.
To make a submission to the IRTC, please contact Candice Amon (firstname.lastname@example.org).
4. UCT Phonathon kicks off
From 20 June to 22 July enthusiastic students will be trying to get hold of those who have already graduated as part of UCT’s annual fundraising and ‘friendraising’ drive. UCT’s Phonathon 2018 is a chance for alumni to catch up with current students, chat about the university, reconnect with their alma mater and think about how they can contribute to the institution.
5. Protect the UCT network and your data
The UCT Computer Security Incident Response Team has been conducting numerous investigations to determine the cause of the increase in phishing attacks on campus. Their initial findings show that valid UCT email addresses have been compromised and were used to send the emails.
Once cyber criminals have access to your username and password, they can take control of your account and change the password without you knowing about it. They can transfer money from your bank account(s), and even gain access to your confidential information in order to open credit accounts, which you will be accountable for.
Take caution and change your password by 6 July 2018.
6. Mediation training course
UCT staff members who would like to be mediators are encouraged to apply for a mediation training course. A five-day programme will take place from 16 to 21 July 2018. The course will be presented by Francois Botha, relations strategist in the Office for Inclusivity & Change (OIC), who has been pioneering and developing mediation since 2001. UCT has a long and interesting history with mediation as a way of dealing with disputes and differences on campus. The formal approval by Council of the Mediation Policy in 2007 has made this process an option in the context of the disciplinary framework of UCT.
The deadline date for applications is Friday, 6 July 2018. Applications must be sent to to Francois Botha (email@example.com).
7. 2018 DSA Student Leadership Programme
Students who are not in leadership positions are encouraged to apply for the 2018 Department of Student Affairs (DSA) Student Leadership Programme. Student leaders are encouraged to apply for the mentorship programme. Sessions will run every Wednesday from 17:00 to 19:00 and on at least three Saturdays during the second semester.
The closing date for applications is 9 July 2018. Applications must be sent to Edwina Brooks (firstname.lastname@example.org).
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