As we look back on 2018, we review and celebrate what has been a memorable 12 months for the university.

‘Force of nature’ wins Vice-Chancellor’s Award In October BCom student Sarina Mpharalala was hailed as “a force of nature” when she received the top prize at the Student Leadership Awards. 07 Jan 2019
UCT crowns M&G’s top 200 In July UCT was well represented on the annual Mail & Guardian 200 Young South Africans list, with 51 of them being university staff, students or alumni. 07 Jan 2019
UCT hosted seven inaugural lectures in 2018 Inaugural lectures are a central part of academic life, celebrating the lecturer’s appointment to full professorship. 06 Jan 2019
‘Retain, protect and defend academic freedom’ In August Professor Pumla Dineo Gqola presented the TB Davie Memorial Lecture, speaking about academic freedom. 05 Jan 2019
ʻHuman irrelevance’ in a new automated world In October the University of Johannesburg’s Professor Tshilidzi Marwala presented the first lecture of the new VCʼs Open Lecture Series. 04 Jan 2019
VC launches substantial scholarships for women As part of a UCT National Women’s Day event in August, VC Professor Mamokgethi Phakeng launched three substantial scholarships for women. 04 Jan 2019
Nelson Mandela School of Public Governance launched In July, UCT’s then new Vice-Chancellor, Professor Mamokgethi Phakeng, launched the Nelson Mandela School of Public Governance. 04 Jan 2019
Students gain health insights at Wellness Week The University of Cape Town’s (UCT) Student Wellness Week took place in Memorial Hall from 5 to 9 March 2018. 03 Jan 2019
Doing things differently at the d-school In October UCT was proud of d-school making its mark internationally and winning a place on the Pioneers 2018 list. 31 Dec 2018
UCT scientists shine at NRF awards In September UCT was proud of its scientists who scooped 11 of the 37 honours conferred at the 2018 National Research Foundation Annual Awards. 31 Dec 2018
UCT MOOCs make international impact In August we showcased UCT’s free online courses, with six MOOCs named among the highest-rated from 800 universities across the globe. 31 Dec 2018
Social responsiveness award for SII In March the Schools Improvement Initiative won the university’s 2017 Social Responsiveness Award. 30 Dec 2018
Heather Zar: improving and saving lives In June we profiled scientist and paediatrician, Professor Heather Zar, who received the 2017 Alan Pifer Award. 29 Dec 2018
Discovering purpose and potential In June we featured Distinguished Teacher awardee Professor Pradeep Navsaria. 28 Dec 2018
Top teaching honour for celebrated surgeon In June we featured Distinguished Teacher awardee Professor Robert Dunn. 28 Dec 2018
Distinguished physics teacher leaves his mark In June we featured Distinguished Teacher awardee Gregor Leigh. 28 Dec 2018
Voting creativity and engagement into law In June we featured Distinguished Teacher awardee Associate Professor Jacqueline Yeats. 28 Dec 2018
Master of Laws – 49 years later In November we were pleased that activist, academic and political analyst Professor Raymond Suttner would finally receive his LLM at December graduation. 27 Dec 2018
Mamdani rejoins UCT In May UCT’s Centre of African Studies marked Africa Day by appointing renowned African scholar Professor Mahmood Mamdani as Honorary Professor. 27 Dec 2018
PhDs in just three minutes In September we were in awe of students who compacted their 80 000-word PhDs into snappy, accessible three-minute presentations. 26 Dec 2018
UCT leapfrogs up through world rankings In September UCT jumped an impressive 15 places in the 2019 World University Rankings, and remained tops on the continent. 25 Dec 2018
Turning pain into motivation In March we were inspired by Sipho Mbadaliga’s strength and perseverance in his journey to graduation. 24 Dec 2018
Why you shouldn’t pave over your garden In May UCTʼs Future Water Institute wrote about building a climate-resilient city. 23 Dec 2018
The top university in Africa In May UCT again established itself as the top university on the continent, according to a report from the Center for World University Rankings. 22 Dec 2018
UCT performs in 2018 subject rankings In March the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2018 placed three UCT subjects among the top 50 globally, with eight more in the top 100. 21 Dec 2018
World-first: Bio-bricks from urine In October a UCT master’s student unveiled the world’s first bio-brick grown from human urine. 21 Dec 2018
To the heart of matter In February we focused on particle physicist Dr Sahal Yacoob's Claude Leon Merit Award and his research on the Higgs boson mechanism and the giant 'top quark'. 21 Dec 2018
Five signs that Day Zero may be averted In January Dr Kevin Winter from UCT’s Future Water Institute drew attention to the five signs of progress that could push Day Zero further out. 20 Dec 2018
Campus Life 2018 In January we published our annual go-to guide about studies and life on and around campus. 20 Dec 2018
Accreditation cements GSB’s reputation In January the UCT GSB was again awarded the highly regarded AMBA accreditation for five years. 20 Dec 2018