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Review finds South African healthcare workers are at high risk of contracting hepatitis B
South African healthcare workers were found to be at high risk of contracting hepatitis B, according to a review recently published in the Current Opinion in Immunology journal.
12 Apr 2021
UCT’s first-ever Google Research Scholars Program recipients
Associate Professor Amir Patel and Dr Mohohlo Tsoeu, both from the University of Cape Town’s Department of Electrical Engineering and its newly formed African Robotics Unit , have become the institution’s first-ever recipients of search engine giant Google’s Research Scholar Program. They are also the only Africans in the Program’s 2021 cohort .
09 Apr 2021
UCT student trio named among global next generation leaders
Three University of Cape Town (UCT) students have been selected among a global cohort of 40 for the Next Generation Leaders programme. This has been designed to harness diverse and ethical approaches to civic engagement and activism.
06 Apr 2021
Systematic bias found in prominent “fair share” assessments of global climate action
In a new perspective, leading climate social scientists argue that influential studies that attempt to quantify different countries’ “fair share” of climate action are presented as ‘neutral’ but convey unreflected and unintentional bias. Reducing equity to derivative benchmarks is an oversimplified view of what is primarily a political and ethical discussion.
06 Apr 2021
Modelling the COVID-19 epidemic – student paper recognised for new insight
A paper that explored the applicability of knowledge of chemical reactions, specifically batch reaction kinetics, to model COVID-19 has been recognised by the University of Cape Town (UCT) Department of Chemical Engineering as one of the best papers in their year.
01 Apr 2021
Invite: ‘Decolonising the future’ through art
SPACECRAFT is an interventionist art project in southern Africa and along with its sister project African Robots , it engages with street wire artists to develop new forms of art and design that combine handcraft with emerging technologies.
01 Apr 2021
Close to R7m raised through UCT COVID-19 emergency fund
Approximately R6.8 million has been raised so far through the University of Cape Town COVID-19 emergency fund, with some of the crucial needs covered including a R16.4 million laptops purchase.
30 Apr 2020
Statement on the passing of struggle stalwart Dr Denis Goldberg
UCT joins the nation and the international community in mourning the passing of one of the greatest stalwarts in the fight against apartheid and UCT alum, Dr Denis Goldberg.
30 Apr 2020
Project launched to combat spread of COVID-19 fake news
The Centre for Analytics and Behavioural Change, incubated by the Allan Gray Centre for Values-Based Leadership at the University of Cape Town Graduate School of Business, has launched a six-month project that will use social media analytics and advocacy to combat the spread of misinformation about the coronavirus (COVID-19) in South Africa and beyond.
29 Apr 2020
Students with disabilities prioritised in UCT online learning plan
UCT has prioritised the needs of all students, placing particular focus on students with disabilities, to ensure the new, temporary learning methodology is tailored to their individual needs.
29 Apr 2020
Data provisioning and laptop deliveries continuing at UCT
UCT is continuing to attend to laptop deliveries and provisioning of data to students as urgently as possible.
28 Apr 2020
UCT engineering students design portable hand sanitiser distiller
To keep COVID-19 at bay, University of Cape Town students in the Faculty of Engineering & the Built Environment have designed a portable distillation vessel to make hand sanitisers. With sales of alcohol prohibited, the device puts surpluses to good use.
23 Apr 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
UCT’s further plans for continuing academic year: setting the record straight
The University of Cape Town has noted some confusion in the media and on social media, resulting from a claim that all students will return to campus on 1 September 2020.
17 Apr 2020
New free to download picture book helps children understand COVID-19
As part of the response to fight the Coronavirus Disease 2019 pandemic, senior lecturer at the UCT Graduate School of Business Athol Williams and his artist wife, Taryn Lock, have produced the seventh book in their acclaimed Oaky children’s picture books series with a focus on the virus.
16 Apr 2020
UCT welcomes zero-rating decision by Cell C and Telkom
UCT is very pleased to announce that Cell C and Telkom have both agreed to the university’s request to zero-rate access to certain UCT websites.
13 Apr 2020