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Progression from infection to Pulmonary Tuberculosis follows distinct timeline
Fri, 17 Nov 2017 - 08:15

SATVI researchers have uncovered a sequence of biological processes that occur in humans infected with the bacterium Mycobacterium tuberculosis as the infection progresses to pulmonary tuberculosis, according to new research published in the PLOS Pathogens Journal

Teaching in extended programmes in South Africa
Thu, 29 Nov 2018 - 09:00

An edited collection, "Teaching in extended programmes in South Africa: classroom contexts, lecturer identities and teaching practices", due to be published in December 2018, "attempts to offer a window into the daily teaching realities of university lecturers working in the extended curriculum and first year domains at local universities".

Questions academics can ask to decolonise their classrooms
Thu, 18 Oct 2018 - 08:30

"...we’ve come up with a series of questions to encourage academics across faculties to unearth some of the norms, assumptions and everyday practices that are taken for granted and which may be entangled in the “hidden curriculum”. This might help us to think through the “how” as well as the “what”, as a first practical step towards “decolonising” our teaching."

Humanities Education Development Unit's Shannon Morreira and Associate Professor, Kathy Luckett report on the work of a working group called "Decolonising Pedagogy in the Humanities". 

You are black excellence, vice-chancellor-elect Mamokgethi Phakeng tells Mastercard Foundation Scholars
Wed, 16 May 2018 - 15:30

UCT’s deputy vice-chancellor for research and internationalisation, who succeeds Dr Max Price as vice chancellor in July 2018, spoke to the Mastercard Foundation Scholars at their welcome reception. 

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UCT Careers Service celebrates 50 Years
Mon, 07 May 2018 - 12:00

UCT’s Careers Service (CS) started out in 1968 in a small wooden building next to the geology department.

Policies in South Africa must stop ignoring families’ daily realities
Wed, 28 Nov 2018 - 14:30

What is “a family”? In South African law, the answer – or rather, answers– are broad. For example, it’s not considered unusual or unacceptable for children to move between kin and to be raised at different stages by grandparents, parents and other relatives. Kinship care is a widespread and customary practice in South Africa, as it is elsewhere in southern Africa.

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Left Behind: The Realisation of Children’s Rights Undercut by Violence
Tue, 20 Mar 2018 - 12:00

"Where fundamental human rights are violated, we as a society need to stand up particularly when the rights violation affects the most vulnerable members of our society." CI's Stefanie Röhrs writes about how violence against children is undermining the realisation of their human rights.

The Brown to Green report has been released
Thu, 06 Dec 2018 - 21:45

The Brown to Green Report 2018 is the world’s most comprehensive review of G20 climate action. It provides concise and comparable information on G20 country mitigation
action, finance and vulnerability. Developed by experts from 14 research organisations and NGOs from the majority of the G20 countries, the report covers 80 indicators. It informs policy makers and stimulates national debates.

The ERC contributed to the report exploring key aspects of South Africa's green economy performance compared to other nations in the G20.

Kampala Uganda street scene
Heatwaves could become a silent killer in African cities
Fri, 30 Nov 2018 - 15:30

Heatwaves are one of the more easily predicted weather phenomena and can cause mass fatalities in vulnerable groups such as the elderly, young children and outdoor workers (e.g. construction), but heat is often a ‘silent killer’.

In Africa, heat is commonly seen as ‘normal’ and the general perception is that people are well adapted to cope with it. One reason for this, highlighted by a recent discussion at the Adaptation Futures 2018 conference, is that elderly people may not see themselves as ‘old’ and therefore don’t recognise their increased risk to heatwaves.

UCT Well Represented on the Motlanthe High-Level Panel
Thu, 15 Nov 2018 - 14:15

In 2015, an ambitious albeit very important parliamentary process was initiated by the legislature’s Speakers’ Forum: to assess how effective post-1994 legislation has been in contributing to the transformation agenda of the developmental state, and the possible unintended consequences of these laws. This undertaking was led by a high-level panel of eminent South Africans, headed by former President Kgalema Motlanthe. The panel produced a lengthy 601-page report that has been in the headlines sporadically since its release in November 2017. What is less known, perhaps, is that four of the 14 panel members were from UCT, while five other UCT scholars and a PhD student also contributed to expert reports commissioned by the Panel. The Panel members from UCT are all members of the PII, and we spoke to them about their experiences of this process.

National Integrated Cyberinfrastructure System: call for applications for eResearch funding
Wed, 31 Oct 2018 - 11:45

The National Integrated Cyberinfrastructure System is making funds available to researchers in the areas of cyberinfrastructure to support both fundamental and applied research.

Opening up the research enterprise through data publication at UCT
Tue, 23 Oct 2018 - 16:15

UCT, in March 2018, implemented its research data management (RDM) policy to support effective data sharing and to address the need for data to be findable, accessible, interoperable and reusable (FAIR) to specific quality standards.

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