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Groote Schuur Hospital CEO shines spotlight on organisational leadership in PhD
Dr Bhavna Patel will celebrate a decade as chief executive officer (CEO) of Groote Schuur Hospital next year and has decided to shine a spotlight – through her PhD thesis – on how a home-grown leadership development programme (LDP) among the executive leaders at the hospital better capacitated their work.
22 Dec 2022
UCT prolific researcher awarded International Science Council fellowship
In recognition of his outstanding contribution to the promotion of science as a global public good, the University of Cape Town’s (UCT) Emeritus Professor Mike Meadows has recently been awarded a fellowship of the International Science Council (ISC).
20 Dec 2022
PhD candidate’s innovation to improve health outcomes for women and young girls
Sexual and reproductive ill-health accounts for one third of the global disease burden among women and adolescent girls of reproductive age. Despite many advances in access to healthcare, thousands of women and girls who live in remote, resource-constrained communities still struggle to access the care they need.
19 Dec 2022
Manenberg medical doctor and UCT graduate dreams big for his troubled community
They say every dark cloud has a silver lining. That saying really holds true when one considers the life, experience, and achievements of Dr Randall Ortel, a family physician and occupational medical practitioner, who hails from the drug and gang infested Manenberg in the Cape Flats.
15 Dec 2022
Plain cigarette packaging likely to deter smoking - study
The dangers of smoking are well-known and are no longer contested. Despite this, many smokers struggle to quit smoking. Most smokers regret that they started smoking and want to quit. While quitting smoking is a personal decision, the decision to quit can be influences by external factors.
15 Dec 2022
New research explores validity of task-shifting mental health care in SA
When Nqabisa Faku graduates with her master’s in psychology from the University of Cape Town (UCT) today, the moment will be bittersweet. UCT’s Sarah Baartman Hall will be packed with proud loved ones – cheering and ululating as their graduands take to the stage. But for Nqabisa, things will be different. The moment will be a poignant one.
14 Dec 2022
UCT honouring students at summer graduation ceremonies
The University of Cape Town (UCT) will cap graduands at four ceremonies from Wednesday, 14 December to Thursday, 15 December 2022. The events will take place outside Sarah Baartman Hall on upper campus.
14 Dec 2022
UCT study delves deeper into Khayelitsha's water woes
Doctoral research from the University of Cape Town (UCT) found that treating water as an economic good creates an unjust distribution pattern in which paying customers are prioritised over those who cannot. Consequently, it socially affects how the residents in informal housing also engage with the city when complaining about a broken communal standpipe.
14 Dec 2022
UCT launches Imbizo Yethu - a space for researchers to generate new ideas
The University of Cape Town (UCT) will today launch Imbizo Yethu, a physical space (office trailer) for researchers who work on the topic of “Creation of decent work and sustainable livelihood” to come together.
12 Dec 2022
Global parenting App for wellbeing of children launched in South Africa
The COVID-19 Pandemic highlighted the difficulty in reaching caregivers through in-person programmes due to financial and human resource constraints. To address these challenges, a digital chatbot adaptation of the in-person Parenting for Lifelong Health (PLH) programme was developed, with the aim to provide universal access to evidence-based parenting support.
09 Dec 2022
Exceptional UCT scholars awarded prestigious scholarship to study at Oxford University
Two University of Cape Town (UCT) graduates are among the 2023 cohort of 10 Rhodes Scholars-elect from the Southern African constituency. Dr Mary Gouws and UCT’s Dr Joshua Fieggen will further their postgraduate studies at the University of Oxford in the United Kingdom from next year.
08 Dec 2022
UCT trailblazer scientist appointed chief editor of medicinal chemistry journal – a first for Africa
Professor Kelly Chibale, the University of Cape Town’s (UCT) Neville Isdell Chair in African-centric Drug Discovery and Development, has made history: he is the first editor-in-chief from Africa of an American Chemical Society (ACS) publication.
07 Dec 2022
UCT Summer school 2023 - celebrating 73 years with world class lectures
The University of Cape Town (UCT) Summer School 2023, the largest public education programme of its kind in Africa, bringing together academics, industry experts, thought leaders and audiences from around the world, will be back in person with an exciting programme from January 8 to 23 2023.
07 Dec 2022
Scientists condemn imbalanced and discriminatory use of imagery in global health
Key actors in global health who set policy and strategy have until now been depicting women and children from low-income and middle-income countries (LMICs) with less dignity, respect, and power than those from high-income countries.
05 Dec 2022
UCT's heart disease doyens share prestigious Alan Pifer award
Heart-health pioneers Professors Karen Sliwa and Liesl Zühlke are the recipients of the University of Cape Town's (UCT) prestigious 2021 Alan Pifer award.
02 Dec 2022
Distinguished UCT academic honoured for excellence in teaching
The University of Cape Town (UCT) has recognised Associate Professor Elena Moore, head of department of Sociology, for her outstanding teaching and contribution to the promotion of teaching-and-learning excellence. She is the recipient of UCT’s 2021 Distinguished Teacher Award. It is the highest accolade awarded to teaching staff at all levels within the university.
02 Dec 2022
UCT to co-host live discussion on youth in science and diplomacy
Breakthroughs in science are occurring at an unprecedented pace, but their full ramifications are not always evident in the present. How will these discoveries reshape the human experience five, 10 or 25 years down the line, and how can we ensure the impact is for the benefit of all humanity?
01 Dec 2022
Raising taxes on tobacco can be a potent tool for reducing cigarette use in sub-Saharan Africa
In the context of declining tobacco use at the global level, sub-Saharan Africa is positioned to experience a tobacco epidemic. This is as a result of fast economic and population growth, coupled with intensive marketing efforts by the tobacco industry.
01 Dec 2022