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New digital tools to enable UCT scientists prepare for malaria outbreaks in southern Africa
The Wellcome foundation has provided approximately R487-million to support global research to address urgent health threats brought about by climate change. This funding provides for 24 research teams in 12 countries around the world to develop innovative digital tools to model the relationship between climate change and infectious disease.
07 Feb 2023
UCT research directed at focusing on care for the elderly
The University of Cape Town’s (UCT) Professor Elena Moore has been awarded a prestigious Wellcome Career Development Award that will bolster a unique five-year research programme that places older people in southern Africa at the top of its priority list.
02 Feb 2023
Update on UCT’s staff salary increment for 2023
The University of Cape Town (UCT) executive has signed an agreement with the Academics Union (AU) over salary increment for 2023; and will exercise the option to implement discretionary increment for professional, administrative support and service (PASS) staff.
31 Jan 2023
UCT executive and SRC reach agreement
Following disruptions on campus over the past few days, the University of Cape Town (UCT) executive has reached an agreement with the Students' Representative Council (SRC) over some of the urgent issues they have raised.
31 Jan 2023
UCT’s SHAWCO recommits to assisting needy communities
The University of Cape Town’s (UCT) Students’ Health and Welfare Centres Organisation (SHAWCO) has 80 years’ worth of stories to tell; however, the organisation is focusing on what the future should hold.
23 Jan 2023
UCT’s Dr Hendricks appointed youngest president of SA Sports Medicine Association
University of Cape Town’s (UCT) Dr Sharief Hendricks has been appointed president of the South African Sports Medicine Association (SASMA) – the first non-sports physician to hold the two-year post .
19 Jan 2023
UCT’s student financial aid support increases by R100 million
The University of Cape Town (UCT) has spent at least R1.9 billion on student financial aid in 2022, which is an increase of R100 million compared to 2021.
19 Jan 2023
Top matric achievers encouraged to choose UCT
As the class of 2022 gears up to receive their matric results this week, the University of Cape Town’s (UCT) Vice-Chancellor (VC) Professor Mamokgethi Phakeng has urged the country’s top achievers to consider making UCT their university of choice by accepting her offer to become the Vice-Chancellor’s “Blue Carpet” Scholarship recipients.
16 Jan 2023
Illegal wildlife trade continues to threaten African elephants
Illegal killing for ivory continues to threaten African elephants. To help guide responses to the ongoing poaching, a study by the University of Cape Town (UCT) and Oxford University sought to uncover what might drive, facilitate, or motivate continent-wide poaching.
13 Jan 2023
T cell receptor repertoires associated with control and disease progression following Mycobacterium tuberculosis infection
Researchers from the University of Cape Town-based South African Tuberculosis Vaccine Initiative (SATVI) have just published results from a study using cutting edge-technology to identify new targets for novel TB vaccine candidates.
06 Jan 2023
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