Dear colleagues and students
The University of Cape Town’s (UCT) staff and students are invited to attend the third session in a series of environmental sustainability webinars on 22 November, aimed at growing a community of practice on campus on environmental issues. Read more about this and other recent UCT developments.
1. UCT to host webinar on climate change
The third session in a series of environmental sustainability webinars, featuring UCT experts, will be held on Tuesday, 22 November 2022 from 12:00 to 13:00. It is titled “Mitigation and equity: The relevance of the Intergovernmental Panel of Climate Change (IPCC) Working Group (WGIII) report for UCT”. The speakers will be Professor Harald Winkler, Dimakatso Sebothoma and the Carbon Footprint team.
The webinar series, which is part of the Environmental Sustainability Directorate in the Office of the Vice-Chancellor, is hosted by the African Climate Development Initiative (ACDI). The series supports UCT’s Khusela Ikamva Sustainable Campus goals.
The university’s researchers and students have made important contributions to the global body of knowledge on climate change. Several academics have contributed to the Intergovernmental Panel of Climate Change reports.
Staff and students are urged to send questions on the topic to be discussed on 22 November to firstname.lastname@example.org
2. UCT admits four academics to College of Fellows
The UCT College of Fellows – a group of distinguished academics – has admitted four new inductees into its fellowship this year. The event, hosted by Deputy Vice-Chancellor for Research and Internationalisation Professor Sue Harrison, was held on Monday, 7 November 2022. UCT fellowships recognise members of permanent academic staff for original and distinguished academic work that merits special recognition.
The four new 2022 Fellows are Professor Nicholas Biekpe (UCT Graduate School of Business), and the Faculty of Health Sciences’ trio of Professor Ernesta Meintjes (Division of Biomedical Engineering), Professor Sharon Prince (Division of Cell Biology) and Professor Anthony Figaji (Division of Neurosurgery).
Induction into the College of Fellows is one of the highest accolades an academic staff member can receive at the university.
3. Council meeting feedback
The UCT Council held a special meeting on Monday, 7 November 2022. Council took two substantive decisions. Firstly, it approved terms of reference for an investigation panel in order to give effect to the 15 October 2022 Council resolution to constitute such a panel. Secondly, it approved a panel of five members and a panel Chair. These details will be communicated once the panellists have confirmed acceptance of their appointment.
4. P&S workplace services portal maintenance
The P&S workplace services portal will be suspended on Thursday, 17 November 2022 between 17:00 and 20:00.
P&S will perform essential maintenance services on the site and staff will have no access to it during this time. The P&S department thanks staff for their patience while this important maintenance update is being undertaken.
For any queries, please email the P&S technical support team.
5. ICTS maintenance to impact UCT services
The Information and Communication Technology Services (ICTS) department will perform important data centre maintenance from 08:00 to midnight on Saturday, 19 November, and from 08:00 to midnight on Sunday, 20 November 2022. This critical work aims to reduce the risk of loadshedding impacting services on the scale of recent incidents.
As a result, many UCT services will be unavailable during this period. If you need to use any of the affected services, please do so either before or after the maintenance.
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