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Online peer study programme launched to support students amid pandemic
UCT’s Residence Life Division has launched its pilot Study Buddy online student peer programme to support residence students who are now learning and studying off-site as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
12 Jun 2020
UCT engineers create face shield easily made with household items
UCT’s A/Prof Sudesh Sivarasu and his team of biomedical engineers have been working on a variety of devices, including a face shield that can be made easily with household items.
11 Jun 2020
UCT Careers Service rapidly adapting to global work revolution due to COVID-19 pandemic
UCT’s Careers Service will continue to prepare graduates for the world of work, with many industry partners who have confirmed their intention to continue with UCT graduate recruitment.
10 Jun 2020
NBTs will not be part of the admission criteria to UCT in 2021
The National Benchmark Tests have been a requirement for undergraduate admission at the University of Cape Town. Given the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the testing programme, the NBTs will not be part of the admission criteria to UCT in 2021.
31 May 2020
COVID-19 patients who undergo surgery are at increased risk of postoperative death – global study
Patients undergoing surgery after contracting COVID-19 are at a signiﬁcantly increased risk of postoperative death, a new global study published in The Lancet reveals. Researchers found that amongst COVID-19 positive patients who underwent surgery, mortality rates approach those of the sickest patients admitted to intensive care after becoming infected with the Coronavirus in the community.
29 May 2020
UCT developing framework for the safe return of staff and students
The University of Cape Town is developing a framework for the safe return of staff and students in a co-ordinated and phased manner. After President Cyril Ramaphosa’s announcement that the country will be moving to Level 3 of the lockdown from 1 June 2020, the framework being developed will be in line with the guidelines provided by national government.
29 May 2020
UCT institute partners with health department to produce COVID-19 resources to equip low-income communities
The Knowledge Translation Unit at the University of Cape Town’s Lung Institute is producing a range of COVID-19 resources to equip communities and healthcare workers living and working in under-resourced areas in the country with important information and ways to stop the spread of the virus.
20 May 2020
UCT will follow a four-phase approach to students’ return to campus
Three groups of students – final-year medical students, academically vulnerable students and those needing to access campus labs to complete their 2020 studies – will be the first to return to campus in a phased process. This was announced by Deputy Vice-Chancellor for Transformation and Student Affairs, Professor Loretta Feris during a special online special assembly hosted by Vice-Chancellor Professor Mamokgethi Phakeng on Thursday, 14 May.
19 May 2020
Vice-Chancellor hosts special online staff assembly on UCT’s COVID-19 response
Over 3000 University of Cape Town staff members were part of an online staff assembly hosted by the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Mamokgethi Phakeng, on 14 May 2020.Professor Phakeng and other members of the UCT executive provided updates on the university’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The executive members included the three Deputy Vice-Chancellors – Associate Professor Lis Lange: Teaching and Learning, Professor Loretta Feris: Transformation and Student Affairs and Professor Sue Harrison: Research and Internationalisation – as well as the COO Dr Reno Morar and the Registrar Royston Pillay.
15 May 2020
UCT sets up COVID-19 emergency fund
UCT has set up a Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) emergency fund to assist in the fight against the virus and its impact on the UCT community.
22 Apr 2020
UCT academics develop COVID-19 platform for less resourced communities
With a lot of false information being spread about COVID-19 and the urgent need to prevent the spread of the disease to less resourced communities, the University of Cape Town’s Global Surgery division in the Faculty of Health Sciences has developed a platform for reliable and accessible information dissemination for communities without access to smart technology or data.
21 Apr 2020
UCT provides data to students
The University of Cape Town is providing pre-paid data to all students who have valid South African cell numbers as part of extensive support measures put in place for online learning.
20 Apr 2020
COVID-19: Update on mass gatherings, graduation and travel
In line with national and international information, the University of Cape Town executive is taking the threat of the spread of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) very seriously.
16 Mar 2020
UCT puts travel measures in place to support students
The University of Cape Town executive has put immediate measures in place to support students requiring assistance with vacating residences within 72 hours from 16 March 2020 due to the Coronavirus disease.
16 Mar 2020
UCT suspends classes with immediate effect
The University of Cape Town executive and the Leadership Lekgotla, following the address by the State President, Cyril Ramaphosa and on the advice of a range of agencies and health specialists, took a decision to break immediately for Term 1 vacation and to suspend classes as from and including Monday, 16 March 2020.
15 Mar 2020