The 2021 academic year is coming to an end. This year, similar to 2020, has not been easy for anyone and I believe you are all looking forward to the summer break, so that you can relax and spend quality time with loved ones. Amid the fatigue and other challenges thrown our way, there are always gains, important realisations and opportunities for growth. This is as true for us as individuals, as it is for the university as a community.
One area of growth for the University of Cape Town (UCT) is student engagement – the idea that the more students participate in their own learning the better the quality of the educational outcomes. And here outcomes do not refer only to marks but to the actual learning that takes place in a course. Teaching under COVID-19 has brought student engagement to the fore, unlike the pre-COVID era where we had often detected lack of engagement. There are many possible explanations for this, and in order to be able to address these issues which seem to hamper student engagement we need to identify them clearly.
We want to hear from you
UCT is participating in the 2021 South African Survey of Student Engagement (SASSE) and we want to hear what you have to say. The SASSE collects information from undergraduate students to explore the extent to which they engage in educational activities and behaviours, and the extent to which they experience the institutional environment as supportive and engaging.
The SASSE collects data from several South African universities in order to improve curriculum, campus life and to support student development.
The survey will give you the opportunity to tell us about:
The survey will also provide you with an opportunity to reflect on your opportunities to engage in research with staff, to make use of academic advising, peer learning, academic literacy or numeracy courses, the First Year Experience, and service learning, among others.
Let your voice be heard
Please complete the SASSE survey by 15 November 2021. The link will also be made available via Vula.
Please continue to take care of yourselves.
Associate Professor Lis Lange
Deputy Vice-Chancellor: Teaching and Learning
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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 with the latest COVID-19 information. Please note that the information on this page is subject to change depending on current lockdown regulations.
Minister of Health, Dr Joe Phaahla, has in June 2022 repealed some of South Africa’s remaining COVID-19 regulations: namely, sections 16A, 16B and 16C of the Regulations Relating to the Surveillance and the Control of Notifiable Medical Conditions under the National Health Act. We are now no longer required to wear masks or limit gatherings. Venue restrictions and checks for travellers coming into South Africa have now also been removed.
“After almost a year of operation, the University of Cape Town’s (UCT) Community of Hope Vaccination Centre, located at the Forest Hill residence complex in Mowbray, will close on Friday, 29 July 2022. I am extremely grateful and proud of all staff, students and everyone involved in this important project.”
– Vice-Chancellor Prof Mamokgethi Phakeng
With the closure of the UCT Community of Hope Vaccination Centre, if you still require access to a COVID-19 vaccination site please visit the CovidComms SA website to find an alternative.
UCT’s Institute of Infectious Disease and Molecular Medicine (IDM) collaborated with Global Citizen, speaking to trusted experts to dispel vaccine misinformation.
If you have further questions about the COVID-19 vaccine check out the FAQ produced by the Desmond Tutu Health Foundation (DTHF). The DTHF has developed a dedicated chat function where you can ask your vaccine-related questions on the bottom right hand corner of the website.
“As a contact university, we look forward to readjusting our undergraduate and postgraduate programmes in 2023 as the COVID-19 regulations have been repealed.”
– Prof Harsha Kathard, Acting Deputy Vice-Chancellor: Teaching and Learning
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.