Dear colleagues and students
The University of Cape Town (UCT) Convocation will convene its Annual General Meeting (AGM) on Thursday, 7 December 2023. Read about this and other developments on campus.
1. AGM of the UCT Convocation
The AGM of the Convocation will be convened virtually on Thursday, 7 December 2023 at 17:00. The AGM takes place in accordance with the UCT Statute.
The AGM is restricted to members of Convocation. The membership consist of UCT graduates and all holders of diplomas and credit-bearing certificates of the university; the vice-chancellor, the deputy vice-chancellors and the academic staff; and former professors and associate professors elected by the Senate to be emeritus professors or emeritus associate professors.
2. Sutherland Nine reburial hosted in the Northern Cape
UCT co-hosted the Sutherland Reburial programme over three days on Friday, 24 November on campus; Saturday, 25 November en route to Sutherland; and Sunday, 26 November in Sutherland.
After five long years since UCT embarked on a restorative justice process, the reburial proceeded following the relevant authorisation by the Minister of Sports, Arts and Culture earlier this year and a permit previously granted by the South African Heritage Resource Agency.
3. UCT’s Institute of Infectious Disease and Molecular Medicine – celebrating change
UCT’s research portfolio increasingly delivers cutting edge research, working across disciplinary boundaries to both create first-in-world new knowledge relevant to our context and to deliver societal impact, as well as improving the quality of life of our people in Cape Town, South Africa and Africa.
By its nature, this type of research crosses faculties, disciplines and applications – as is evidenced across a variety of UCT’s flagship institutes, centres and units. An outstanding example is UCT’s Institute of Infectious Disease and Molecular Medicine (IDM), launched in 2005 by Professor Wieland Gevers as a new collaborative model for research. The IDM now accounts for some one third of UCT’s research income and an impressive component of UCT’s research output.
As 2023 draws to a close, the leadership of the IDM is set to change. Professor Valerie Mizrahi FRS will be stepping down as director as she retires from UCT. Filling her shoes is a big task and, as recently announced, Professor Digby Warner will take on this challenge from the start of 2024.
4. UCT official merchandise shop’s Blue November pop-up sale ending soon
Only one day to go before the end of the UCT official merchandise shop’s Blue November pop-up sale. The sale started on Monday, 13 November and will end on Thursday, 30 November 2023. Enjoy great savings of up to 60% off on selected items. The pop-up shop is located at the Steve Biko Students’ Union Building, Cissy Gool Plaza on upper campus. Trading hours are from 10:00 to 15:00 on weekdays, excluding public holidays. Please note that only electronic payments are accepted. Prices and combo specials are valid while stocks last. Returns can regrettably not be accommodated. Please visit UCT’s official social media pages for more information.
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