January 2019
Issue 07
The latest news from the Centre for Higher Education Development (CHED)

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.



CHED congratulates 3 new professors!

A/Prof Franscois Cilliers:  HoD, EDU Health Sciences is joined by A/Profs Mbulungeni Madiba, Deputy Dean and Co-ordinator: Multilingualism Education Project (MEP), Suellen Shay, Shay, former Dean of CHED and now Senior Lecturer in CILT, and Laura Czerniewicz, Director: CILT who have received Ad Hominem promotions to Professor, effective 1 January 2019. 


Now extended to three weeks, UCT's Summer School from 7 to 25 January 2019 offers a bumper programme of 113 lectures (up from 70 in 2018) and a focus on Africa and “issues of consequence”.

Get your tickets via webtickets - click the graphic above. 


The 2018 Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellows (MMUF) spent five weeks at a research colloquium at the University of Chicago earlier this year. Left to right: Angel Mokae, Eemaan Rahbeni, Zoë Meiring, Aleya Banwari, Karabo Makwela

Click on the photo to read more about the MMUF.

End-of-year party, 2018

It was the turn of the Careers Service to plan our end- of-year event, and they treated us to an extremely well-organised and fun day out at Philippi Village, GSB Solution Space. Thanks to the organising committee and to Fuad Abrahams for taking some excellent photographs.

Access to the event photos folder is restricted to CHED staff members/event attendees. To request access, please email Nicole Lesch or Mzi Mnyatheli.

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