Thursday, 23 April

23 April 2020
 

17:00

While challenging, the nationwide lockdown presents researchers at the University of Cape Town (UCT) with an opportunity to focus on a range of research aspects not necessarily prioritised on an ordinarily busy day. 

The executive is encouraged that many researchers are taking advantage of this time; it is evident from the activity on UCT’s electronic research administration system. However, a number of areas have been highlighted and are said to be causing researchers a fair amount of anxiety, and the university needs to address these.

This is UCT’s response to researchers’ concerns:

  • The Research Contracts and Innovation Office (RCI) has been engaging with sponsors and funding agencies. Funding officers have acknowledged the impact of COVID-19 on research and committed to supporting researchers through this time. Details of funders’ approaches are provided on the RCI website.
  • UCT has established a Research Task Team to support its researchers.
  • The country’s university sector has joined forces to deal with many aspects of the COVID-19 pandemic. There has also been sectoral engagement on the provision of critical resources and the zero-rating of academic websites. UCT has also made 30 GB of data available to all students currently in South Africa.
  • The NRF has extended the submission deadline for grant proposals from 30 April to 15 May 2020. The current extension applies to all grant categories. Details can be found on the research support hub.
  • Libraries continue to operate as virtual libraries and continue to maximise open access resources by engaging with counterparts worldwide and entering agreements that extend UCT’s online access resource.
  • Postgraduates also receive regular communication that addresses a range of issues.
  • The NRF funding call for 2021 is now open. There are several amendments to this call when compared to 2019, including the need for all postgraduate applicants to apply.

Researchers are encouraged to keep an eye out for the research announcements for funding opportunities and new research support activities.

The COVID-19 pandemic represents a sea-change in the way researchers function and presents opportunities for researchers to use this experience to stimulate change towards a new future normal. The executive wishes everyone good health and strength during this period.

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Coronavirus Disease 2019 updates

Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) is a global pandemic that caused President Cyril Ramaphosa to declare a national disaster in South Africa on 15 March. This was followed by the implementation of a national lockdown, which has been in effect since midnight on 26 March and has recently been extended to 30 April. The intention of this drastic measure is to “flatten the curve” and contain the spread of the coronavirus to enable healthcare workers to more effectively treat those affected.

UCT is taking the threat of infection in our university community extremely seriously, and this page will be updated regularly with the latest COVID-19 information.

Campus updates

 

Daily updates


Tuesday, 2 June 12:20, 2 June 2020
Friday, 29 May 09:25, 29 May 2020
Monday, 25 May 14:00, 25 May 2020
Thursday, 21 May 12:00, 21 May 2020
Wednesday, 6 May 10:00, 6 May 2020
Tuesday, 5 May 17:05, 5 May 2020
Thursday, 30 April 17:10, 30 April 2020
Tuesday, 28 April 10:30, 28 April 2020
Friday, 24 April 09:35, 24 April 2020
Thursday, 23 April 17:00, 23 April 2020
Wednesday, 22 April 14:25, 22 April 2020
Monday, 20 April 17:45, 20 April 2020
Friday, 17 April 12:30, 17 April 2020
Thursday, 16 April 09:45, 16 April 2020
Tuesday, 14 April 11:30, 14 April 2020
Thursday, 9 April 09:00, 9 April 2020
Wednesday, 8 April 15:40, 8 April 2020
Wednesday, 1 April 15:50, 1 April 2020
Friday, 27 March 11:40, 27 March 2020
Thursday, 26 March 18:30, 26 March 2020
Tuesday, 24 March 15:40, 24 March 2020
Monday, 23 March 15:40, 23 March 2020
Friday, 20 March 16:00, 20 March 2020
Thursday, 19 March 09:15, 19 March 2020
Wednesday, 18 March 16:00, 18 March 2020
Tuesday, 17 March 12:50, 17 March 2020
Monday, 16 March 17:15, 16 March 2020

Campus communications


Pre-paid data for UCT students 14:25, 22 April 2020
Update for postgraduate students 12:55, 20 April 2020
UCT Human Resources and COVID-19 16:05, 19 March 2020
UCT confirms second COVID-19 case 09:15, 19 March 2020
Update on UCT COVID-19 response 13:50, 11 March 2020
Update on COVID-19 17:37, 6 March 2020

Resources

Video messages from the Department of Medicine

Getting credible, evidence-based, accessible information and recommendations relating to COVID-19

The Department of Medicine at the University of Cape Town and Groote Schuur Hospital, are producing educational video material for use on digital platforms and in multiple languages. The information contained in these videos is authenticated and endorsed by the team of experts based in the Department of Medicine. Many of the recommendations are based on current best evidence and are aligned to provincial, national and international guidelines. For more information on UCT’s Department of Medicine, please visit the website.


To watch more videos like these, visit the Department of Medicine’s YouTube channel.

Useful information from UCT

External resources


News and opinions


Statements and media releases


Media releases



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Statements from Government



 
 

In an email to the UCT community, Vice-Chancellor Professor Mamokgethi Phakeng said:
“COVID-19, caused by the virus SARS-CoV-2, is a rapidly changing epidemic. [...] Information [...] will be updated as and when new information becomes available.”

 

We are continuing to monitor the situation and we will be updating the UCT community regularly – as and when there are further updates. If you are concerned or need more information, students can contact the Student Wellness Service on 021 650 5620 or 021 650 1271 (after hours), while staff can contact 021 650 5685.

 

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