UCT's annual Summer School (7 – 25 January 2019) offers 113 short courses on everything from astronomy to zoology, music to current affairs. For the first time, booking is available through the online booking platform, Webtickets.
Associate Professor Suellen Shay may be stepping down from her position as dean of the University of Cape Townʼs (UCT) Centre for Higher Education Development (CHED), but she will remain within the department. Her colleagues – past and present – celebrated the invaluable role she has played over the past five years during a special tea in the ZK Matthews Gallery.
This year’s Epic Job Expo, organised by the Careers Service, was the largest of its kind held at the University of Cape Town, combining five expos into one and giving students a unique opportunity to meet multiple possible future employers on a single day.
UCT academics expressed mixed feelings about blended learning, which was one of the strategies adopted to complete the academic programme during the 2016/17 student protests, researcher Genevieve Haupt said at the 2018 Teaching and Learning Conference.
Deputy Vice-Chancellor for Teaching and Learning, Associate Professor Lis Lange, has called on the university community to build a collective sense and common purpose around student success and experience at the University of Cape Town (UCT). This, she said, is imperative if UCT is to achieve the same level of academic excellence as its research enterprise.
Lange was speaking at the opening of the 2018 Teaching and Learning Conference on 17 July, with its theme ‘Care. Connect. Create.’
CHED’s mission is to promote equity of access, effectiveness of teaching and learning, and the enhancement of curriculum, with the aim of improving student success and developing UCT graduates who are locally relevant, socially responsive, globally competitive and representative of South Africa’s diverse population. Headed by the Dean of Higher Education Development, CHED’s organisational structure consists of a Dean’s Office and six departments: • Academic Development Programme
• Careers Service • Centre for Educational Testing for Access and Placement • Centre for Innovation in Learning and Teaching • Centre for Extra-Mural Studies • UCT School of Design Thinking (d-school).
CHED aspires to be a significant contributor to innovative educational development, practice and scholarship in teaching and learning, in order to champion and advance social justice and transformation within CHED, UCT, the higher education sector and the broader society.
CHED’s values reflect an aspiration to put students at the centre of all that we do, realised through the foundational principles of transformation and collaboration. Key values are:
A commitment to social justice and transformation;
Students as influential agents of change and one of UCT’s greatest assets;
Educational development work informed by research based on ethical principles;
Partnership with faculties to achieve common goals of access and success
CHED’s mission and vision are reflected in a wide range of services which recognize two important realities about UCT’s students: Firstly, they are amazing, being some of the most talented and academically capable students in the country and from across the continent. Secondly, many of these very same students arrive at UCT, against great odds given the ongoing legacy of unequal provision of education. By providing ‘enabling pathways’ for students to flourish and contribute to UCT’s excellence, CHED realises its commitment to social justice and transformation that underpins all its work. Suellen Shay Former Dean of Centre for Higher Education Development