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:
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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COVID-19 is a global pandemic that caused President Cyril Ramaphosa to declare a national disaster in South Africa on 15 March 2020 and to implement a national lockdown from 26 March 2020.
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. Please note that the information on this page is subject to change depending on current lockdown regulations.
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.