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Saturday, 19 April 2014


Is academic writing risky?

PERC Book Launch

At a book launch held at the Research Office, a new book on academic writing was launched recently. Edited by Lucia Thesen and Linda Cooper of CHED, the book ‘Risk in academic writing: Postgraduate teachers, their students and the making of knowledge’ was the result of almost five years of endeavour.

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March of the MOOCs: UCT in the digital era

MOOCMassive open online courses (MOOCs) are changing the way many universities teach. Is the move to online learning realistic in a South African context? UCT professors debate the point. Read more ...


Congratulations to Assoc/Prof Ermien van Pletzen

Ermien van Pletzen and her partner, Dick Bos, celebrated her recent Ad Hominem Promotion to Associate Professor at a special UCT dinner 18 February 2014.

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Summer School - time to feed your brain

Summer School 2014The opportunities for personal enrichment abound at UCT's 64th annual Summer School, which is being held from 20 to 31 January. With a galaxy of history, art, politics and science courses on offer - there is literally 'something for everyone'. Read more ...


UCT offers the Best Careers Service & Best Career Fairs

Employers of university graduates have voted UCT's Careers Service and its annual Career Fairs, best in the country. The winners were announced last week in Pretoria at the South African Graduate Recruiters Association (SAGRA) conference and awards ceremony.

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Start 2014 by learning something new at UCT's summer school

summer schoolThe Centre for Open Learning is is hosting the 64th annual Summer School programme at the University of Cape Town from Monday 20 to Friday 31 January 2014. This two week long programme remains the only programme of its kind in Africa. During this Summer School programme the University makes it possible for the general public to attend lectures and courses and to engage with world class lecturers, scholarship and research on a wide range of topics. Read more ...


New head of CHED: Assoc Prof Suellen Shay

Suellen ShayTwo trial paint samples on the walls and books in boxes signal change at the Centre for Higher Education Development on upper campus. New dean Associate Professor Suellen Shay is settling in. It's welcome, at this juncture in higher education, to have an incumbent who's been on the block at CHED some 24 years. Read more ...


More UCT staff graduate in Xhosa Communication Skills

A total of 55 staff members have recently received certificates for completing the Xhosa Communication skills course which is offered by the Multilingual Education Project in the Centre for Higher Education Development. The courses are offered at Beginners and Intermediate levels and they both run for 12 sessions. Read more ...


Awareness week to spread the word about knowledge sharing

Open Access WeekUCT is joining the world in raising awareness about open access as it hosts various events highlighting the potential benefits it holds for scholarly research. In doing so the university distinguishes itself as one of more than 900 institutions in over 90 countries participating in Open Access Week from 21 - 25 October. Read more ...


NAPP is the map for new academics

NAPPNew maths lecturer Thomas van Heerden says he could have done with a handbook when he joined academia. He's even suggested a title: Everything you always wanted to know about convening but were too afraid to ask. As deputy vice-chancellor Professor Danie Visser pointed out on 3 October, every newbie needs resources and skills to deal with the "onerous experience" of being a new academic. Read more ...


CHED Careers Service joins international professional body

AGCASThe UK Association of Graduate Careers Advisory Services (AGCAS), an organisation that supports careers professionals, has welcomed UCT Careers Service as its first service member from outside the UK or Ireland. Read more ...


EDU is where dreams are made true

EDU Awards CeremonyOn the 29 August the Education Development Unit (EDU) in the Faculty of Commerce hosted its much anticipated annual Saville Foundation awards ceremony in the Baxter Concert Theatre. The Saville Foundation, which was established by Duncan Saville - a UCT commerce faculty alumnus - has a long-standing partnership with the EDU. It sponsors the award ceremony, as well as, the monetary prizes awarded for academic achievement. Read more ...


2012 Cohort of Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship (MMUF) - Liam Baker

Maths competitionThe UCT flag flew high in Bulgaria at a recent international maths competition, where the university achieved a ranking higher than some of its top international counterparts. The university's ranking at 18th saw it ahead of Yale (25th) and Cambridge (32nd). Read more ...


CHED celebrates Africa Month!

CHED celebrated Africa Month 2013 with insights from the Scholarly Communication in Africa Programme (SCAP) by Michelle Willmers and Henry Trotter.

The rise of the internet and information and communication technologies in African universities face many challenges in the race to participate. SCAP, based in CHED, is aimed at understanding current global scholarly communication practice from an Afrocentric perspective. Read more ...


The doors of learning open: LSE-UCT July school begins

Dr Akindeji Falaki"Excellent" and "insightful and inspiring" were some of the ways students described the inaugural LSE-UCT July School that opened its doors this week, attracting students from more than thirty countries. Read more ...


Yeld steps down as dean, but resumes research

Professor Nan YeldProfessor Nan Yeld, the outgoing dean of UCT's Centre for Higher Education Development (CHED) will return to her research career but not before a well-earned sabbatical. Her decade-long contribution as dean was honoured at an official farewell on 12 June. Read more ...


‘Write Science’ course to foster Science Writing talent at UCT

‘Writing about scientific research well is an art.’, says Dr Mathilde van der Merwe. She is a lecturer in CHED’s Language Development Group and works closely with the Writing and Numeracy centres to collaborate with quantitative disciplines in designing writing interventions for postgraduate students. Read more ...


CURRENT PUBLIC COURSES: Languages for life - 13 TO 15 May 2013

The Centre for Open Learning in conjunction with the Multilingualism Education Project and Confucius Institute is offering four language learning courses in May and June 2013. Providing the public with a selection of languages these courses aim to promote multilingualism. The focus is on oral language for essential social and commercial communication, with some exposure to written language as well as the basic rules of grammar required for language construction.

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IsiXhosa course graduates honoured

isiXhosa graduates Learning a new language as an adult is one of the riskiest spaces one can enter, says Associate Professor Sue Shay, deputy dean at UCT's Centre for Higher Education and Development (CHED). At the recent 'graduation' of the newest group of staff and students to have completed the Masithethe isiXhosa course, Shay noted that although it is risky, there are many benefits for adults keen to acquire a new language. Read more ...


UCT Summer School for fang lovers and health fans

Summer School 2013Looking for something to sink your teeth into as the summer holiday winds down? How about a thrilling three-lecture course analysing "The Monsters We Deserve: Vampires in Selected Literature And Film"? Read more ...


IsiXhosa course a useful tool, say students

IsixhosaThe Masithethe isiXhosa course has become a useful resource for UCT staff and students, particularly for those coming from outside Cape Town. Offered by the Multilingualism Education Project (MEP) in the Centre for Higher Education Development, the course aims to teach basic conversational isiXhosa skills to staff and students. The programme has graduated more than 1,000 participants since its inception in 2006. Read more ...


Students paint and weed and think

Uct students paintWho said university studies can't be hands-on? Certainly not those behind the short course Service, Citizenship and Social Justice, part of the UCT Global Citizenship: Leading for Social Justice Programme run through the Centre for Higher Education Development (CHED), sponsored by UCT and now in its third year. Read more ...


Glenn Holtzman, our 2005 MMUF cohort

Glenn Holtzmann, PhD candidate and Dean's Distinguished Teaching Fellow at University of Pennsylvania. Read more ...


Where does Brad Brockman, our 2007 MMUF cohort find himself today

Brad Brockman Head: Youth and Community, Equal Education. Where does Brad Brokman, our 2007 MMUF cohort find himself today. Read more ...


Dr Sindiso Mnsi-Weeks our 2002 MMUF Cohort wins 2012 Women of Science Award

One of our first MMUF Cohorts, Dr Sindiso Mnisi-Weeks is the winner in the Emerging Researchers category of the 2012. Read more ...


2012 MMUF Cohort

Liam BakerAs the South African Olympic team returned home with a record medal haul, UCT's Liam Baker has claimed his own pioneering slice of Olympiad glory. Read more ...


Hard work pays off for champion teacher

VC Dr Max Price (far right),Stella Clark Teacher's Award and Phuti RamaropeHis "excellent" results - achieved against all odds - kind of speak for themselves. But there was a lot more said of teacher Phuti Ramarope when the Centre for Higher Education Development (CHED) presented him with this year's Stella Clark Teacher's Award on 13 July. Read more ...


Education should be open in all sorts of ways

"Another idea worth spreading: Why education should be open in all sorts of ways and what to watch out for...." hear what Associate Professor Laura Czerniewicz has to say.... Read more ...


Open Education - A Local Issue

This video is Open UCT's entry to a global competition and shows how open education matters by providing a local perspective on a global issue through three authentic disciplinary examples of multilingual resources at the University of Cape Town. Read more ...


UCT environmental change course an online winner

Dr Gina Ziervogel and ColleguesGoing online with one of her courses has won UCT lecturer Dr Gina Ziervogel a major international open-content award. Ziervogel's third-year course Vulnerability to Environmental Change was selected as one of five – out of a possible 17,000 shared by universities worldwide – to scoop the course Awards for OpenCourseWare Excellence in the category for text and still images. Read more ...


"Starting the PhD Journey" hosted by CHED at Belmont Square

This year 54 first year PhD students attended the "Starting the PhD Journey" held at Belmont Square on Thursday 10 May 2012. The workshop is hosted by CHED and aims to introduce first year doctoral students to the resources on offer at UCT as well as providing a forum for students to share experiences and build relationships for the PhD experience. Here delegates consult the various stalls showcasing the services of many departments at UCT. Read more ...


Multilingualism in Class: a Transformation Strategy?

Associate Professor Mbulungeni MadibaIn this article, Associate Professor Mbulungeni Madiba of the Multilingualism Education Project reflects on a recent seminar on multilingual education, and on UCT's language policy. "UCT has done a great deal to embrace the cultural and linguistic diversity of its students and staff, but do we still see a gap between policy and practice when it comes to approaches to teaching?" Read more ...


Carnegie Undergraduates Receives their Notebooks

Recipients of the UCT Carnegie Undergraduate Scholarship for Women in Science and Engineering, pictured here receiving notebooks sponsored by the Carnegie Corporation of New York, with the Dean of CHED, Nan Yeld and Carnegie mentor, Bette Davidowitz. Read more ...


OCW announces "Vulnerability to environmental change" by Dr Ziervogel a course funded by an OpenUCT Grant, a Winner

OCW CONSORTIUM announces 2012 winners of Course Awards for OPENCOURSEWARE EXCELLENCE. Courses selected from among the 17,000 courses now shared openly by universities worldwide. The course "Vulnerability to environmental change" by Dr Ziervogel funded by an OpenUCT Grant has been selected as one of the winners. Full course can be viewed at UCT OpenContent. Read more ...


Technology Director Turns Cellphones Into Classrooms

Laura CzerniewiczFor students in South Africa, mobile phones aren't just for texting. They're often the surest route to the Internet, especially for the many who have little or no reliable computer access off campus. And, as in much of Africa, cellphones are ubiquitous. A 2007 study found that 98.5 percent of the country's university students had one. Everyone has computer access, so mobile education should make more use of cellphones. Read more ...


Off to a good start in 2012 with first year student guide

Student Guide 2011CHED recently marked the release of the "Studying at University: A guide for first year students" at a special launch. The publication, revised by Catherine Hutchings and illustrated by Stacey Stent, aims to provide new students with the knowledge and skills required for coping with the studies and academic assignments at UCT. Read more ...


UCT keen to open up access

Licencing, copyright, patenting, intellectual property and "open stuff" were recurring buzzwords at UCT's recent Open Access Week, which aimed to raise awareness of issues surrounding the availability of academic research work. Read more ...


Make NAPP compulsory, say participants

Dr Max Price with NAPP participantsIt's understandable that year in year out, participants of UCT's New Academic Practitioners Programme (NAPP) are calling for the initiative to be made compulsory, not only to new academics, but to all scholars. Described by some as an "eye-opener" to the academic life, the programme, now in its eighth year, has given them a sense of belonging, strengthened their teaching skills and boosted their confidence. Read more ...


EDU instills family sense

award recipient For 11 years, the Education Development Unit (EDU) in UCT's Faculty of Commerce has succeeded in attracting and retaining students who have overcome gaps and disparities in education and life. But what stood out at this year's EDU annual awards ceremony on 28 July, hosted to recognise students' achievements, is the sense of community that the programme is inculcating. Read more ...


UCT offers the best careers service

students at careers fair Employers of university graduates have for the second consecutive year named UCT's Career Service and its annual Careers Fair as the best in the country. This according to the South African Graduate Recruiters Association (SAGRA), which runs an independent survey of leading employers in South Africa. Read more ...


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