Vice-Chancellor’s Excellence Awards 2022

08 September 2022 | Professor Sue Harrison

Dear colleagues

In a world challenged by intertwined crises, the University of Cape Town (UCT) continues to demonstrate incredible resilience. With the repealing of COVID-19 regulations nationally, the university has – among other things – begun to maximise face-to-face engagements, including staff meetings, teaching and learning, as well as research. Building on lessons from 2021, UCT continues to exemplify inventiveness, research rigour, voluntarism and community engagement. This has promoted greater cohesion, care and collaboration within the UCT community and society at large.

Our vision, as you know, is to unleash human potential to create a fair and just society. You, our staff, have continued to demonstrate that this vision can be realised. You have continued to show empathy and support to all those around you, whether it has been towards your family, friends, colleagues or strangers.

We hope we have throughout the year continued to show, through words and deeds, our recognition for all your efforts. The upcoming UCT Annual Awards, to be hosted later this year, provide another opportunity for us to further show our appreciation.

There is recognition from the Vice-Chancellors’ Excellence Awards committee that teamwork, collective action, collaboration and leadership contribute towards the health and wellbeing of colleagues and ensure the sustainability of the university.

We are pleased to, yet again, call on anyone who is aware of teams or individuals who have gone over and above the line of duty to make a difference in the lives of others through transformative change, to nominate them for the Vice-Chancellors’ Excellence Awards. Awards will be made in the three categories: global citizenship, service excellence and transformation.

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 Transformation Award.

A brief outline of each of the categories is as follows:

  • 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 (an award for PASS staff).
  • 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 (an award for PASS staff).
  • 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 (an award for all staff).

The deadline for submission is Friday, 30 September 2022.

Please submit nominations and applications to


Professor Sue Harrison
Acting Vice-Chancellor

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