Welcome to the
University of Cape Town News
Research & innovation
Lectures & speeches
From the UCT Executive
Campus communication archives
Debates in higher education
UCT to play key role to boost TB research and accelerate capacity development at Univen
The University of Cape Town’s (UCT) Holistic Drug Discovery and Development Unit (H3D) has announced a new partnership in which the South African Medical Research Council (SAMRC), through its Strategic Health Innovation Partnerships (SHIP) programme, will award a grant to the University of Venda (UNIVEN) chemistry department to boost local tuberculosis (TB) research. This will also accelerate capacity development at the university.
31 Mar 2023
Deborah Roberts gets honorary doctorate for her work on climate change
World-renowned climate change activist Dr Deborah Roberts has received a University of Cape Town (UCT) honorary doctorate to acknowledge her ongoing work to make the planet a better place.
30 Mar 2023
UCT study examines unconscious exclusion of the disabled in Muslim communities
Shaheed Moussa* attended Friday prayers regularly at his local mosque until he became a wheelchair user. After a series of incidents left him feeling dehumanised and invisible, he stopped participating in the afternoon congregational prayer.
30 Mar 2023
Groundbreaking PhD study shows normal breathing may be major contributor to TB spread
It has long been assumed that tuberculosis (TB) is spread through coughing, but new findings have shown that it may also be spread through normal breathing.
30 Mar 2023
March graduation season adds more lustre to UCT
The March 2023 graduation season does not only give the University of Cape Town (UCT) more reason to celebrate, but it also illuminates what has been a challenging past few months for the institution that is perched first in Africa on all five major university rankings.
27 Mar 2023
More than 5 400 graduands to be capped at UCT
Over 5 400 graduands will be capped when the University of Cape Town (UCT) hosts 15 graduation ceremonies from Monday, 27 March to Friday, 31 March 2023 at Sarah Baartman Hall.
24 Mar 2023
Legal challenges impede successful implementation of mobile money services in SA and Zim - study
Financial services are difficult to access for many poor people, especially foreigners, refugees and people living in remote areas and rural areas. They lack documentation such as pay slips, proof of residence and identity documents required by banks to open an account, a University of Cape Town (UCT) study has found.
23 Mar 2023
UCT management and SRC reach mediated agreement
The University of Cape Town (UCT) management and the Students’ Representative Council (SRC) have reached an agreement over fee block issues following two days of mediation sessions.
16 Mar 2023
Dedicated cruise deepens offshore research capacity in South Africa
Two PhD students from the University of Cape Town (UCT) were part of a team of marine scientists that embarked on a multi-institutional and multi-disciplinary offshore expedition to develop the capacity of young southern African scientists and to collect data in outer shelf and deep-sea habitats.
15 Mar 2023
Public transport info gaps in Cape Town limit users’ ability to plan and arrive on time and safely
While it's fairly easy for a car owner to hop into their vehicle, turn on their navigation system and head off to a new place, it's a lot more difficult to do that as a public transport user in Cape Town. Information gaps of public transport can severely constrain a person's ability to reach various opportunities in the city, whether that be getting to a job interview in time, meeting with friends on the weekend, or exploring new places.
15 Mar 2023
Study finds obesity in pregnant women could increase risk of poor health for mother and baby
Maternal obesity changes the structure of the placenta (a vital organ that nourishes the baby during pregnancy) more than gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM), a form of diabetes first occurring in pregnancy. The new insight, published in The Journal of Physiology , adds to the understanding about the mechanisms underlying poor pregnancy outcomes and the subsequent greater risk of poor neonatal and offspring health.
13 Mar 2023
UCT confirms appointment of interim Vice-Chancellor
The University of Cape Town (UCT) Council has announced the appointment of Emeritus Professor Daya Reddy as interim Vice-Chancellor.
13 Mar 2023
A comparative study between two diagnostic interventions uncovers an improved active case finding strategy for TB
A study funded by the US National Institutes of Health and the South African Medical Research Council has found that a low-cost scalable (easy to replicate and start-up) mobile mini-clinic, operated by two health care workers, and containing newer portable battery-operated DNA-based diagnostics (Gene Xpert Edge), was feasible and effective for community-based active case finding of tuberculosis in a resource-poor TB endemic setting.
09 Mar 2023
UCT and University of Bristol announce two initiatives
The University of Cape Town (UCT) and the University of Bristol (UoB) have launched two exciting initiates – the UCT-UoB professorship programme and a fellowship programme for early career researchers.
09 Mar 2023
Zuptas, Bain, global complicity and Zondo
The University of Cape Town’s (UCT) Summer School will host a public lecture by renowned exiled former anti-apartheid leader and United Kingdom cabinet minister, Lord Peter Hain, on Saturday 11 March 2023 at Lecture Theatre 1, Kramer Law Building, UCT middle campus.
08 Mar 2023
Climate change played major role in UCT’s April 2021 wildfire - study
Climate change was largely responsible in weather conditions that contributed to the devastating runaway wildfire that gutted large parts of the University of Cape Town’s (UCT) upper campus almost two years ago. And as global temperatures soar, wildfire weather conditions as severe as those seen on that fateful day are now 90% more likely to reoccur.
28 Feb 2023
UCT researcher honoured with two prestigious mental health global awards
Professor Petrus de Vries, from the Department of Psychiatry & Mental Health at the University of Cape Town (UCT) recently received two prestigious international awards for global research and capacity-building in child and adolescent psychiatry and mental health.
24 Feb 2023
Spatiality is critical for human development - study
Spatiality is a potential dimension of human development that needs to be incorporated into the traditional Human Development Index (HDI) because where one resides will most likely determine his or her human development outcomes, a University of Cape Town (UCT) study has found.
23 Feb 2023