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UP 2017 Autumn Graduations hold unique milestones

This year over 13 000 students will receive their degrees at UP’s Autumn graduation ceremonies. UP’s largest ever group of postgraduate black women graduates (1 453) are included in this number, representing almost a third of all postgraduate degrees to be conferred this graduation season. In total, 186 doctorates, 1 376 masters degrees and 2 816 honours degrees will be conferred. 

UP Vice-Chancellor and Principal, Prof. Cheryl de la Rey congratulated the graduates. Prof. de la Rey said, “Achieving an academic degree does not come easy. It requires persistence, dedication and hard work. Our graduates can be justifiably proud of reaching this milestone.”
According to UP spokesperson, Candice Jooste, among the group of graduates is 19 year-old Quintine Mkhondo, who graduates with a degree in Actuarial Sciences and Financial Mathematics. Mkhondo has studied at UP for the past four years after initially enrolling at the age of 15. Jooste adds that two honorary degrees will also be conferred on Dr Jean Clandinin, professor and founding director of the Centre for Research for Teacher Education and Development at the University of Alberta, and Prof. Dr. Jürgen Moltmann, an emeritus professor of Theology at Tübingen University in Germany, for their contributions in their respective fields. 


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UP Task Team on insourcing reports progress

On 29 March, Acting Chairperson of the Insourcing Task Team, Prof. Maxi Schoeman, released a statement reporting on the agreement signed between UP management and the Task Team regarding insourcing at UP. According to Prof. Schoeman, the Task Team was satisfied with the progress of insourcing, noting improvements made to the clinic facility for staff. 

Prof. Schoeman confirmed that the Task Team had received a report from the Oversight Committee on Worker Victimisation, adding that a small number of cases had not been resolved at the time of the Task Team’s meeting on 28 March. “The Task Team discussed the matter of a possible top-up adjustment for staff members who have been identified as part of the insourcing process, [and that] a proposal had been submitted to the University Executive for consideration,” concluded Prof. Schoeman.
On 12 February, the Task Team reported that at its third meeting, which was held on 10 February 2016, that “the identification of contract staff who qualify for the salary top-up [was] nearing completion and that the meetings with service providers [were] progressing well.” This was the Task Team’s fifth meeting since an agreement on the insourcing of campus services was first signed at UP on 20 January 2016. According to a statement by UP, parties to the agreement included representatives of contract workers, students, organised labour and UP management who formed part of the UP Com

hearZA hearing test app


On 3 March, Prof. De Wet Swanepoel, professor of Audiology in the Department of Speech- Language Pathology and Audiology at UP, launched an app on World Hearing Day titled hearZA. hearZA tests your hearing in less than three minutes with no costs involved and can link you to your closest healthcare provider. This national hearing test app is a world first and is a clinically valid hearing test that can be done on a smartphone. The quick digits-in-noise test provides a valuable indication of real-life hearing ability and the ability to understand speech in noise. The test needs to be taken with earphones inserted into your phone. A recorded voice lists three digits in background noise and you need to type in the digits you hear. Your hearing ability will then be based on how many of the digits you heard correctly.

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New smart access cards launched at UP

UP’s new smart access cards will be issued to students, staff and contractors in phases from 20 April. According to UP spokesperson Candice Jooste, to obtain a new smart access card, fingerprints and a photo will be required and therefore access cards will have to be acquired in person. Issuing of new smart access cards will commence on Hatfield Campus from 20 April to 19 May. The new smart access cards can be obtained from the Student Service Centre (formerly known as the Client Service Centre), the reception at the Graduate Centre, and at the shop next to Haloa under the Engineering bridge. 

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Drama students organise walk against rape


On 22 March, a walk against rape took place on UP’s Hatfield campus.

Five final-year Film and Drama students: Stephanie Ihesie, Susan Nkata, Carmen Joubert, Joffe Tsebe, and Palesa Olifant organised the walk. The organisers said, “We are final-year Drama and Film students and as a task, we were asked to create a campaign dealing with rape or feminism. As we researched and discussed the subject of rape and rape culture in our society, how it is perceived and dealt with, we realised that we couldn’t just end it after we receive our grades. We realised that walking against rape as a representation of our stance and views on rape culture is something that we must continue to do even after we graduate.”

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