Exams under way and other updates

30 May 2019

Dear colleagues

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

1. Exams under way

Mid-year examinations started on Thursday, 23 May 2019. A total of 16 575 students will write 578 papers. The total number of students only reflects exams scheduled through the Exams Office. There are faculties and departments that host exams internally, including the Faculty of Health Sciences. The last exams will be written on Friday, 14 June 2019. Vice-Chancellor Mamokgethi Phakeng and the Leadership Lekgotla have wished all students writing exams the best of luck.

2. Jammie Shuttle for exam period

The Jammie Shuttle timetable is different during term and vacation times.
Due to the large number of students and staff making use of the late-night shuttle during the exam period, a decision was made to add another bus to the service. There is now a clockwise (North Stop) and an anti-clockwise (South Stop) service that runs throughout the night. This is effective immediately.

3. Call for naming of buildings proposals

The Vice-Chancellor has invited the UCT community to submit proposals to the Naming of Buildings Committee (NoBC) for the renaming of buildings that are currently named and the naming of buildings that are not currently named, such as the New Lecture Theatre. The NoBC has resolved to extend the deadline for proposals to 17:00 on 30 June 2019 and will make a final recommendation on naming/renaming to Council after comments, based on specific criteria, have been considered. Proposals should be sent to namingproposals@uct.ac.za. Please note that the committee will likely receive many proposals and as such it might not be possible for them to reply to all emails received.

4. Staff inclusivity survey

Staff are reminded to participate in the InclusionIndex Staff Inclusivity Survey. To guarantee complete anonymity and confidentiality, an external service provider, Aephoria, is administering the voluntary survey. The initial phase (20 May to 14 June) involves the completion of an electronic or paper-based survey form in English, Afrikaans or isiXhosa. Everyone is encouraged to participate in the 2019 University of Cape Town (UCT) InclusionIndex Staff Inclusivity Survey.

5. Registrar’s Notice: Nominations for electoral college

Academic and PASS staff are invited to nominate persons for election as members of the electoral college to elect the chancellor of the University of Cape Town. The term of office of the current chancellor, Graça Machel, will end in 2019. A call for nominations for appointment as chancellor was published on 9 May 2019. The details of the process for the election of the chancellor are set out in detail on UCT’s website. PASS staff in pay classes 6 to 13 will receive this notice by email. PASS staff in pay classes 2 to 6 will receive this notice by hardcopy as many staff in this cohort do not have regular access to email.

Completed nomination forms for PASS staff are to be emailed to ChancellorElection.Pass@uct.ac.za. Completed nomination forms for academic staff are to be emailed to ChancellorElection.Academic@uct.ac.za. Both nomination forms can be sent by internal mail to The Registrar, Electoral College Nominations, Room 201, Bremner Building, Rondebosch 7700.

The closing date for nominations is Friday, 14 June 2019.

6. Engaged scholarship course-development grants

Academics are invited to submit an application for teaching grants that are to be used for developing or revising courses that demonstrate evidence of community-engaged teaching and learning. At UCT this is referred to broadly as social responsiveness – engagement with external non-academic constituencies. Applicants need to outline their motivations for their use of the funds in the application. A task team, reporting to the UCT Teaching Awards and Grants Sub-Committee, will oversee the grant application and selection process.

Final applications must be submitted by 1 July 2019. No late applications will be accepted. For any questions or queries, please email Prince Qwaka.


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