July PhD graduation and other updates

19 July 2023

Dear colleagues and students

The University of Cape Town (UCT) will host the July 2023 PhD graduation ceremony on Friday, 21 July. Read about this and other upcoming developments on campus.

1. July 2023 graduation ceremony

UCT will cap 104 PhD graduands at a graduation ceremony, which will take place on Friday in the Sarah Baartman Hall on upper campus. During this ceremony, honorary doctorates will be conferred on Ms Josette Grace Cole, Doctor of Social Science; Mr Tete Mbambisa, Doctor of Music; Dr Colette Ursula Solomon, Doctor of Social Science; and Ms Veronica Patricia Williams, Doctor of Music (awarded posthumously).

The ceremony will be livestreamed on the UCT news website and on the university’s Facebook and Twitter platforms.

2. Further update on senior leadership roles

The UCT Council, at its most recent meetings held in June 2023, approved acting arrangements in the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (DVC): Teaching and Learning (T&L), Executive Director: Human Resources (ED: HR), and the Dean: Faculty of Science roles.

Professor Harsha Kathard returned to her academic activities when her contract as acting DVC: T&L ended on 30 June 2023. Emerita Professor Linda Ronnie has been appointed as acting DVC: T&L for the period 17 July 2023 to 30 April 2024.

Council approved the recommendation for Mr Bongani Ndaba’s acting term to be extended to 31 December 2023. Mr Ndaba has been serving as acting ED: HR since May 2022.

Professor Patrick Woudt has been appointed as acting Dean of Science for the period 1 July 2023 to 31 December 2023.

The processes for making substantive appointments in each of these positions are at various stages, and announcements will be made as and when these recruitment processes are concluded.

3. Webinar on suicide prevention and intervention

A free webinar on suicide prevention and intervention will be hosted by the UCT Disability Service, situated within the Office for Inclusivity & Change, and in conjunction with Kolpin and O’ Connor Consultants.

The webinar, scheduled for Wednesday, 26 July 2023 from 18:00 to 19:30, will explore issues related to suicide prevention and intervention in higher education. It is open to all students and staff.

It will be addressed by Dr Loren O’ Connor and Dr Thierry Kolpin.

Dr O’ Connor has served as a school counselor, school psychologist and therapist in private practice, and as assistant vice-chancellor at Brandman University in the United States (US), where he developed an Office of Accessible Education that served over 25 university campuses in California and Washington.

Dr Kolpin received his doctorate from Stanford University in the US, with an emphasis on school and community-based counselling psychology. He is currently an associate professor of education at Brandman University, and he is also a practicing clinical psychologist.

A link for the webinar will be sent on Monday, 24 July 2023, to those who have registered.

For further information, please contact c.hendrickse@uct.ac.za.

4. ICTS scheduled maintenance on Sunday, 23 July 2023

Please note that Sunday, 23 July 2023, will be an ICTS-scheduled maintenance slot from 09:00 to 17:00. Unless advised to the contrary, do not expect any on-premise ICT services to be available for the duration of the maintenance slot. Cloud-based services (including Amathuba, email, Microsoft 365 services, and ServiceNow) are not impacted and can still be accessed.

Please remember to consult the scheduled ICTS maintenance slots page before planning any teaching, conferences, meetings, etc that require ICT services. 

For more information, see an article on why ICTS schedules regular monthly maintenance slots.


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