A special Summer School lecture series gave learners from UCT’s Schools Improvement Initiative’s (SII) 100UP programme a taste of campus life – and the experience of learning simply for the joy of knowledge.
Congratulations to the multidisciplinary team, with members in departments across the Humanities and in the Centre for Higher Education Development, who are developing new teaching tools and materials, with the specific aim of strengthening teaching and shifting curriculum content, such that it supports students and validates their place within the university.
This innovative two-week 'summer school' style programme, run in Cape Town by staff from both the London School of Economics and UCT, provides an exciting opportunity to study important social science issues relevant to Africa today across diverse subject areas.Click here to apply for the 2018 school.
Summer School is an excellent opportunity for UCT students to sample the many disciplines available at the university, which may inform further study, said Medee Rall, the director of the Centre for Extra-Mural Studies (EMS). Moreover, students pay just one quarter of the registration fees.
Negotiating learning and identity in higher education by Dr Bongi Bangeni and A/Prof Rochelle Kapp, is the latest addition to the collaborative books produced jointly by CHED and other faculties at UCT. The book addresses the issue of students’ multiple transitions in and out of the higher education system, and uniquely documents the agency they display as they negotiate the constraints of multiple contexts over time.
Emeritus Professor, Ian Scott has written a series of articles for the Mail & Guardian about issues in Basic and Higher Education in South Africa: "Without success, access will fail", "No quick fix for university crisis", and "Core issues besides finance and access hinder students' success".
Since the student protests of 2015 and 2016, UCT, like many other universities in South Africa, has been grappling with the conceptual understanding of a “decolonised curriculum”. The Curriculum Change Working Group (CCWG), appointed by the VC in 2016, has facilitated various engagements across the campus on different curriculum approaches to develop responses to the calls for “decolonisation” and “transformation” in HE.
It is against this backdrop and in keeping with the intention of UCT’s Strategic Planning Framework that the CHED Transformation Committee decided to embark on a series of participatory conversations on the urgent topic of Decolonisation of the Curriculum in CHED.
Ms van Schoor, a Life Sciences teacher from The Centre of Science and Technology (COSAT) and Mr Kuate, a mathematics teacher from Toli High School, were joint recipients of this year's Stella Clark Teachers' award.
“Gay has been my pillar of strength”, heartfelt words from the acting dean of CHED, Associate Professor Mbulungeni Madiba as he expressed his sadness at the impending leave of Gay Tyler, human resources practitioner at CHED.