VC’s Excellence Awards – call for nominations

15 September 2020 | From Kgethi

Dear colleagues

Part of our vision at UCT is to enhance the lives of our students and staff and advance a more equitable and sustainable social order. This has never been more relevant than during the current global pandemic where most people have had to show support for those around them – including family, colleagues, friends and even strangers.

As a university that advocates for engaged citizenry, we have noted countless selfless acts by members of the UCT community which have made a difference to the lives of many. As much as these may be acts synonymous with humanity or those carried out in the line of duty, they do deserve some recognition. We encourage anyone who knows of individuals or teams who have gone over and above the call of duty and are making a difference to nominate them for the Vice-Chancellor’s Excellence Awards in one of the three categories: global citizenship, service excellence and transformation.

This year the awards committee acknowledges that teamwork, collective action, collaboration and leadership have contributed towards the health, safety and well-being of colleagues and communities. Thus, the committee will be actively seeking applications that demonstrate community and professional contributions that have arisen during this time.

We encourage all professional, administrative support and services (PASS) staff to apply or nominate colleagues for the Global Citizenship Award and the Service Excellence Award, while all staff at UCT involved in transformation work are invited to apply for or nominate colleagues for the UCT Transformation Award.

The awards aim to recognise members 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:

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Transformation aligns with the strategic plan of the university and our vision for excellence, transformation and sustainability, and is aimed at recognising and encouraging staff to take an active role in driving institutional culture change.

The deadline for submission is Thursday, 15 October 2020.

For questions related to the nomination process or criteria, please email Daphney Makgoba or call 021 650 2175.


Professor Mamokgethi Phakeng

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