Dear colleagues and students
The university is launching an exciting digital pilot project as part of Vision 2030. Please join the launch to be part of this momentous occasion. Read more on this and other updates below.
1. Announcement of innovative digital project
The University of Cape Town (UCT) in partnership with Umuzi – which trains top talent for digital roles at leading corporates and other institutions in South Africa – is launching an innovative digital pilot project. It aims to offer an additional pathway to employment for determined young individuals. This new programme which will help students unleash their digital potential, will be launched on Wednesday, 22 June 2022 on the Microsoft Teams platform, from 12:00 to 13:15.
2. UCT VC granted honorary doctorate
UCT Vice-Chancellor Professor Mamokgethi Phakeng was granted an honorary doctorate from the University of Ottawa in Canada. Professor Phakeng is among the nine distinguished recipients of honorary doctorates from the institution for “their substantial contributions to their profession, to science and/or to society at large”. She was honoured at the Faculty of Education graduation ceremony on Tuesday, 7 June 2022.
3. UCT services to be impacted by ICTS maintenance
Please note that on Saturday, 2 July and Sunday, 3 July the Information and Communication Technology Services (ICTS) department will perform important data centre maintenance as part of the UCT Network Renewal Project. UCT email, Microsoft Teams and other Microsoft services will not be impacted, but Vula, PeopleSoft and many other will be intermittently available during this period.
4. Update on institutional audit of UCT
As part of the Council on Higher Education (CHE) Institutional Audit, the processes of compiling and submitting the self-evaluation report (SER) and preparing for the forthcoming site visit to UCT are underway.
The university’s Institutional Audit Steering Committee (IASC) has consolidated the necessary evidence collected by the institutional audit workstreams to prepare and compile a report that was revised by various institutional bodies and submitted to the CHE on 31 March 2022.
UCT staff and students may use their credentials to access the self-evaluation report and a brief overview of the development of the report via the online repository of quality reviews on the Institutional Planning Department’s website.
Under the direction of the UCT executive and the IASC, Institutional Planning Department is now preparing for the site visit which will be conducted by the CHE appointed audit panel from 15 to 19 August 2022.
5. Declaration of interests 2022
All UCT staff members and members of university committees must make a full annual declaration of their financial interests and fiduciary roles and those of their immediate family members.
This is a requirement of the Higher Education Act and applies to all staff members irrespective of their roles or positions. Staff must check, update and submit the declaration of interest form on an annual basis even if they have nothing to declare or no changes to make to the recorded declaration.
Please submit your digital form by 30 June 2022.
6. Be part of co-creating UCT’s unique employer brand
The university is embarking on an exciting journey of positioning itself as an employer of choice. Staff members are encouraged to be part of this process of UCT developing the staff value proposition story.
There will be 90-minute interactive focus group sessions, where staff will be asked to share their personal work experiences. This input will assist shape a staff value proposition story that positions UCT as an employer of choice and unleashes staff’s potential.
Staff members who are interested in attending a session should respond through the specific link shared via email.
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