VC’s Awards – call for nominations

22 October 2019 | From Kgethi

Dear colleagues and students

In November 2018 we hosted the inaugural University of Cape Town (UCT) Annual Awards to acknowledge and celebrate the outstanding achievements of our staff. The ceremony saw the Sarah Baartman Hall transformed into a glittering venue for the gala occasion, with more than 400 staff members from all sectors of university life coming together in a joyous communal celebration of UCT’s overall excellence. The second edition of these prestigious awards will take place next month.

For 2019 we are introducing awards categories that include both academic and professional, administrative and support service (PASS) staff. I am pleased to announce this year’s call for nominations for the UCT Vice-Chancellor’s Awards for Excellence and Transformation.

The awards aim to recognise segments of the UCT community who make an outstanding contribution to the university’s mission and objectives through innovation or improvement in services, and/or sustained exceptional performance in an area or areas beneficial to the university and its strategic imperatives.

The awards will be granted in the following categories:

  1. Service Excellence celebrates and recognises outstanding service by staff, including activities, initiatives, practices and/or projects that have contributed to the delivery of exceptional or significantly improved services to UCT’s staff and students.
  2. Global Citizenship recognises individuals or teams who have demonstrated excellence in living out the UCT mission through areas of service, the pursuit of knowledge, the dignity of the human being and contributions to the common good.
  3. Transformation aligns with the strategic plan of the university and the VC’s vision for excellence, transformation and sustainability, and is aimed at recognising and encouraging staff to take an active role in driving institutional culture change. For 2019 this award will be granted only to a faculty/department and not an individual.

Read more on the guidelines and criteria for the awards.

UCT values and acknowledges the importance of the diverse experiences, talents and cultures of our staff members, and we embrace diversity as a key component of attracting and retaining talent at the university. We encourage nominations of all staff members who meet the eligibility criteria for each of the awards.

Nominations, to be submitted via the nomination form, can be made for either individual staff members or teams. Nominations must be supported by an appropriate motivation that sets out the nominee’s/team’s achievements, as well as by a portfolio that gives a clear indication of the nominee’s/team’s contributions and outputs.

The deadline for submission of nominations is close of business on Friday, 1 November 2019.

For questions related to the nomination process or criteria, please email Glynis Jethro or call 021 650 2170.


Professor Mamokgethi Phakeng

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