UCT Finance Department survey and other updates

29 June 2018 | Campus Announcement

Dear students and colleagues

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

1. UCT Finance Department survey

The UCT Finance Department is currently undergoing a self-review. As part of this process, the department would like to gather feedback from all their clients, including those staff and students who interact with the various units within the department. Although the survey comprises a total of 164 questions, only the first four questions are mandatory.

The survey should take no longer than 20 minutes to complete. Please provide your survey feedback by Monday, 9 July 2018.

2. Curriculum Change Working Group report

The Curriculum Change Working Group (CCWG) was established to address transformation and decolonisation in the curriculum in response to student protests. The role of the CCWG was to facilitate dialogue across the university over a period of 18 months (March 2016 to September 2017) in order to shape strategies for meaningful curriculum change. The outcome of this process has led to the creation of a Curriculum Change Framework, developed by the CCWG, which highlights key pathways to curriculum change.

3. Decolonial Winter School

Last week the organisers of the Decolonial Winter School circulated a programme which indicated that a planned series of dinners would be restricted to “people of colour”. The university does not, and will not, exclude anyone from an official event on the basis of race. The executive have made it clear that the cause of decoloniality is well served by a diversity of opinions and views – along with a commitment to foregrounding the experiences of those who have felt excluded and marginalised, emphasising that the discussion should not be the exclusive domain of a specific group of people. For any event to receive the official approval of UCT, it has to comply with UCT rules, which are based on a set of fundamental values, one of which is the commitment to non-racialism.

4. Vice-Chancellor’s farewell events

Over the past two months, UCT has hosted a series of farewell events for Vice-Chancellor Dr Max Price, who will be taking his leave of the institution on 30 June. Two of the most recent events – a staff farewell and a farewell gala dinner – were hosted on 19 and 23 June respectively. These events offered UCT staff, alumni and members of the broader university community a chance to wish the outgoing Vice-Chancellor well on his new journey.

5. South exit closure

Due to essential resurfacing road work, the south exit on upper campus (nearest to the New Lecture Theatre) will be closed from 4 to 6 July 2018. During this period, all traffic is asked to use the north exit. We apologise for any inconvenience.

6. Unused Polycom phones

If any departments have unused Polycom phones with active extensions in their offices, they can save money by returning these phones.


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