Professor Ambroise Wonkam, the director of Genetic Medicine of African Populations in recognition of his work in describing novel variant genes relevant for congenital hearing impairment in populations of African ancestry; his discovery of gene variants that affect long-term survival in Sickle Cell Disease in Africa; and his introduction of prenatal genetic diagnosis for Sickle Cell Disease in both Cameroon and Cape Town, thus increasing reproductive options for at-risk parents, has been recognised with the prestigious 2020 University of Cape Town (UCT) Alan Pifer Award.
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On Monday, 6 December, Vice-Chancellor Professor Mamokgethi Phakeng hosted the UCT Annual Awards 2021, which serve to honour and celebrate exceptional individuals at UCT for their contributions through excellence and dedication in research, teaching and service.
The celebration acknowledges staff receiving Long Service Awards and the recipients of the Distinguished Teacher Award, the Alan Pifer Research Award and the Vice-Chancellor’s Awards for Excellence. The evening also recognises those staff members who have received ad hominem promotions this year.
The UCT Annual Awards 2021 event premiered on this page, as well as on UCT’s social media channels, from 18:00 to 19:30 on Monday, 6 December 2021. The ceremony recording and individual video segments are now available on this page, along with written stories about some of the award winners.
There is an appreciation from the Vice-Chancellors’ Excellence Awards committee that teamwork, collective action, collaboration and leadership have contributed towards the health and wellbeing of colleagues and ensured the sustainability of the university. Awards are made in the three categories: global citizenship, service excellence and transformation.
The Distinguished Teacher Award is the highest accolade awarded to teaching staff at all levels within the university. Through the award, the University of Cape Town acknowledges the primary place of teaching and learning in the university’s work.
This award is the vice-chancellor’s annual prize in recognition of outstanding welfare-related research. It highlights UCT's strategic goal of promoting socially responsive research, and honours a UCT researcher whose outreach work has contributed to the advancement and welfare of South Africa’s disadvantaged people.