The 2022 TB Davie Memorial Lecture and other updates

24 August 2022

Dear colleagues and students

The annual TB Davie Memorial Lecture will take place on Wednesday, 24 August. There are also updates relating to exciting developments with the Drupal 9 development and the UCT Press. Read more on these below.

1. Reminder: The 2022 TB Davie Memorial Lecture

The 2022 TB Davie Memorial Lecture will be presented by Professor Fran Elaine Baum, director of Stretton Health Equity at the University of Adelaide in Australia. The lecture titled “Activism and the Corporate University: incompatible or possible?”, will take place on 24 August 2022, at Lecture Theatre 2, Kramer Law Building, Middle Campus, at 18:00 SAST.

2. UCT Press returns home

After more than 25 years, UCT Press home will be relaunched through UCT libraries. It had been under the management of publishing house Juta & Company. UCT Press was launched in 1994 and has a proud history as one of institution’s outlets for scholarly publishing.

When UCT Press was first launched, it was envisioned that it would harness the new digital technology of the day and focus primarily on digital print on demand. On its relaunching, the UCT Press will take on both a print media and an Open Access mode, with print on demand. This will facilitate its smooth transition from a solely print media press with Juta to an increasingly Open Access press at UCT.

Staff and students are encouraged to visit the UCT Press website and explore it and to consider UCT Press as the publisher for their next monograph – the call for book proposals is already active.

3. Update on UCT’s Drupal 9 website migration project

The main UCT website, as well as the staff and students’ websites have been made live on the improved, more responsive on mobile devices, and more secure Drupal 9 website content management system. Towards the end of this week the faculty websites will be made live as well.

This is a significant milestone with the Drupal 9 development and website migration project. The Drupal 9 project is now in the migration phase, during which approximately 330 websites will be migrated from Drupal 7 into Drupal 9. This phase started at the end of December 2021 and will continue throughout this year.

The moratorium on the creation of new websites which was in place from 2 August 2020, will be lifted from next week. Requests for new websites can be made via ServiceNow, while training on Drupal 9 can be booked via SuccessFactors.

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