Message from the Interim Dean,
A/Prof Alan Cliff
Warm wishes to all colleagues on your return to UCT. May 2019 treat us all gently… and may this be a successful, rewarding and fulfilling year for CHED, UCT, higher education and the country.
2018 was a year of significant change and achievements for CHED. UCT welcomed a new DVC for Teaching and Learning on 1 February. Lis Lange has a substantive post in CHED - to which we hope she will return one day. We have really valued her engagement and interest in and support of CHED’s mission and work. She has also challenged us to re-think the centrality of our work and our contributions to higher education development at UCT and beyond.
Some highlights for 2018 included the launch of the One Button Studio, new MOOCs, and the UCT Formal Online project in CILT. We also enjoyed another successful Teaching and Learning Conference in July with about 320 people attending the day-long event.
The Boston Consulting Group engaged in a very worthwhile project with CETAP, which culminated in a re-affirmation of the importance of the assessment of entry-level students’ literacy levels and understanding their learning needs at the start of their studies.
The Hasso Plattner d-school made significant progress in securing long-term funding for a campus location for its courses and workshops in design thinking. In ADP, the Academic Advising Project gained impetus, along with work in the First-Year Experience Project and the use of data analytics for student support and development. EMS offered another successful Summer School.2018 was also a bumper year for promotions and awards. Celebrating 50 years in the business, CHED’s Careers Service continued its proud tradition of taking the SAGEA Best Careers Service and Best Career Fair awards. From 1 January 2019, CHED will have three additional full professors: Mbulugeni Madiba, Laura Czerniewicz and Suellen Shay. Drs Arlene Archer, Kate le Roux, and Bob Osano have been promoted to Associate Professor, while Jacob Jaftha and Drs Gideon Nomdo and Cathy Hutchings were promoted to Senior Lecturer. Merit awards were awarded to Assoc. Prof. Ermien van Pletzen and Vera Frith, and long service awards were received by Arlene Bowers, Seta Jackson, and Athi Matinise, who have all served 15 years at UCT.
May 2019 be an even more successful year for CHED.