Socially Responsive Course Development Grants

29 July 2020 | Professor Loretta Feris

Dear colleagues

COVID-19 offers a unique opportunity to deepen our commitment to society through our teaching, research and service. As a university we have committed ourselves to continue with the core project of teaching and learning. Equally so, we must find ways to use our teaching and research to continue our engagements with community, albeit it in different ways where needed.

It is against this context that we invite applications for socially responsive, engaged teaching and learning course development grants. At the University of Cape Town (UCT) social responsiveness (SR) is an umbrella concept referring to “all forms of engagement with external non-academic constituencies” (as stated in the SR Policy Framework 2008; 2012). Such engagement takes place through the core work of the university: research, teaching and service to society.

Four grants of R10,000 each are available to develop, design or revise a course that meets the criteria outlined in the application form. For purposes of this grant, these courses need to be a part of the formal UCT curriculum.

Courses meeting the criteria could be offered in 2021 (as revised or redesigned current courses) or in 2022, as a new course that needs to go through faculty processes. These grants are intended as seed funds, with funding from the relevant department or faculty in subsequent years. Applicants would need to outline their motivations for their use of funds in the application.

The university social responsiveness committee, which reports to Senate, will oversee the grant application and selection process.

Please note the process if you wish to submit an application:

  1. Participate in an optional briefing session on Wednesday, 12 August 2020, 12:30-14:00 via a Teams Meeting, where the criteria for selecting successful applications will be discussed. It is highly recommended for grantees to attend.
  2. Submit the final application by Monday, 31 August 2020.

No late applications will be accepted.


Professor Loretta Feris
Deputy Vice-Chancellor: Transformation

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