Social responsiveness is seen as core to the work of the University of Cape Town (UCT) as an engaged institution, but it is often misunderstood and seen as the third pillar of core business alongside teaching and research. It is, however, important that it is realised through – and not outside – the core work of teaching, research and service to society. Thus, it is appropriate that social responsiveness receives institutional support and recognition to encourage staff to play an active development role in our cultural, economic, political, scientific and social environment.
UCT’s distinguished Social Responsiveness Award provides a clear institutional signal to members of the university that social responsiveness is an important core institutional activity.
The award, with a value of R35 000, is open to individual staff and formal or informal groupings within the university. Staff must be employed either on a permanent basis or under a limited term contract of at least two years and must have been employed for a period of not less than 12 months prior to the date of nomination.
The recipient(s) of the award will be selected based on the following criteria:
Depending on the nature of the activity (research, teaching, service and innovation) the following criteria may be considered:
The nominations/applications should include the following and be submitted as a single PDF:
The University Social Responsiveness Committee (USRC) may invite any unsuccessful candidate(s) whom it considers to be at the appropriate level to remain on the list for two years after the year of nomination. Any nominee whom the USRC considers as being at the appropriate level will receive feedback related to areas to be reworked for an updated application.
The award can be made posthumously.
A selection committee will consider nominations and make recommendations to the USRC in relation to granting the award. The recipient will be announced in December 2020 and awarded at a university graduation ceremony in 2021.
The award may be used to further social responsiveness or for any legitimate project expenses, including equipment, running expenses, travel or a combination of these.
Nominations and applications for the award should be submitted to Sonwabo Ngcelwane no later than 30 October 2020.
Professor Loretta Feris
Deputy Vice-Chancellor: Transformation
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