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A fully isolated dwarf galaxy unexpectedly affected by ram pressure
Dwarf galaxies are known to be pristine probes of the early Universe, especially when they are isolated and not interacting with massive galaxies. Observations with the MeerKAT radio telescope of WLM, an archetype of such a galaxy, have revealed its strong interaction with the intergalactic medium.
29 Apr 2022
UCT in top 1.4% of universities worldwide
The University of Cape Town (UCT) is the best university on the continent and 270th worldwide, according to the 2022-23 edition of the Global 2000 list from the latest Center for World University Rankings (CWUR).
28 Apr 2022
UCT mourns the passing of economics doyen, Emeritus Professor Wilson
The University of Cape Town (UCT) is in deep mourning following the passing of Emeritus Professor Francis Wilson on 24 April 2022. He was the founder of the Southern Africa Labour and Development Research Unit (SALDRU).
28 Apr 2022
People with diabetes and cognitive impairment at high risk of heart disease
A new international study co-authored by a University of Cape Town (UCT) endocrinologist found that people with diabetes and cognitive impairment are at high risk of heart disease. The findings are published in The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism .
26 Apr 2022
UCT commemorates a year since the Table Mountain fire
As the university commemorates one year since the Table Mountain fire, Vice-Chancellor Professor Mamokgethi Phakeng has reflected on the past 12 months and shared an invite to a special Jagger Library memorial exhibition.
21 Apr 2022
COVID-19 vaccine mandates are working, UCT survey finds
A COVID-19 Vaccine Survey (CVACS) 2 by the Southern Africa Labour and Development Research Unit (SALDRU) at the University of Cape Town (UCT) , led by Dr Brendan Maughan-Brown and Dr Katherine Eyal, has found that vaccine hesitancy is becoming entrenched among a sample of unvaccinated South Africans, with few believing that the vaccine is needed, or that it is effective.
21 Apr 2022
Geoengineeering could increase infectious disease burden in the Global South – new study
Geoengineering the climate could have massive repercussions for the health of billions of people living in tropical countries with malaria.
20 Apr 2022
UCT and Queen Mary University of London team awarded R52 million funding to boost life-saving surgery research in Africa
A team of University of Cape Town (UCT) and Queen Mary University of London researchers have successfully secured almost £3 million (R52 million) in funding for a new research programme that will establish centres of research excellence in four African countries with the aim of saving the lives of patients who undergo life-saving surgery.
19 Apr 2022
UCT public health expert gets top varsity award for human rights
“While our post-1994 democracy has removed formal race discrimination from the statute book and ushered in a constitutional dispensation that prioritises human rights across our society, we still see the consequences of inequality and discrimination today.” This reality has driven the University of Cape Town’s (UCT) Professor Leslie London, the head of the Division of Public Health Medicine based in the School of Public Health and Family Medicine in UCT’s Faculty of Health Sciences, to change the status quo and make his own contribution towards achieving social justice in healthcare.
19 Apr 2022
UCT’s development studies ranked among top 10 worldwide
The University of Cape Town (UCT) has moved from 10th to 9th in the world and is among the top 100 institutions for a further four subjects. This is according to the Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) World University Rankings by Subject 2022, released earlier this month.
14 Apr 2022
Invite: SALDRU to release COVID-19 Vaccine Survey 2 findings
The Southern Africa Labour and Development Research Unit (SALDRU) based in the School of Economics at the University of Cape Town (UCT) will on Wednesday, 13 April 2022, release findings from the COVID-19 Vaccine Survey (CVACS) 2, a project f unded by the Gates Foundation .
13 Apr 2022
UCT exceptional researchers shine on NRF ratings list
In recognition of their outstanding contribution to national and international research across a range of disciplines, five University of Cape Town (UCT) researchers have been added to the National Research Foundation’s (NRF) list of A-rated scholars.
12 Apr 2022
UCT ranked top in Africa for sport science
The University of Cape Town (UCT) has been placed top in South Africa and Africa in the ShanghaiRanking’s 2021 Global Ranking of Sport Science Schools and Departments.
08 Apr 2022
Top honours for UCT expert on outstanding work for African dinosaur footprints
A fascinating research paper authored by University of Cape Town (UCT) academic Associate Professor Emese Bordy, which carefully studies a trackway made by a tiny, agile dinosaur almost 200 million years ago, offers an “evocative” reading of a time long ago.
08 Apr 2022
Taking the road less travelled – to graduate with a triple major degree
When starting his studies at the University of Cape Town (UCT), inspirational graduate Yuri Behari-Leak, intended to obtain an MBChB, but his destiny wasn’t in the medical field. “I started studying a Bachelor of Social Sciences at UCT in 2018 and was actually supposed to pursue a medical degree, but fate steered me towards law and the humanities and I haven’t looked back since,” he said.
04 Apr 2022
One in five expectant women and new mothers in peri-urban areas experience suicidal thoughts, study reveals
One in five pregnant women and new mothers living in peri-urban areas investigated in the University of Cape Town’s (UCT) Drakenstein Child Health Study (DCHS) are likely to experience suicidal thoughts. The study findings were recently published online in the Archives of Women's Mental Health , an international journal dedicated to female psychological health.
29 Apr 2021
Nobel laureate Prof Abhijit Banerjee to discuss how economics can be harnessed for the common good
In a lecture titled “Good Economics for Hard Times”, Professor Abhijit Banerjee, the Ford Foundation International Professor of Economics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, will speak on economic recovery in light of the ongoing pandemic.
26 Apr 2021
Response options should be at the center of climate risk assessment and management
A team of researchers from the Africa Climate and Development Initiative (ACDI) led a global team of 21 climate risk scholars to better understand and inform decision making around climate change risks in Africa and globally by examining how the drivers of risk interact.
23 Apr 2021