Faculty Noticeboard

Monday, 17 February 2020
UEC Research Equipment Call for 2020 - extended deadline

UEC Research Equipment Call for 2020 (extended deadline)

Faculty-prioritised Large Equipment Grants



The purpose of these grants is to provide funding to faculties for prioritised pieces of large equipment not covered for funding by faculty equipment committees.


UCT researchers are eligible to apply if they are:

  • permanent academic staff
  • permanent joint academic staff (excluding registrars).

Not eligible to apply:

  • honorary research associates
  • emeritus professors
  • emeritus associate professors
  • honorary professors
  • honorary associate professors
  • senior research scholars.

Those who wish to have access to new equipment must form part of research groupings and may not be the principal applicant.

Submission process

Please check current opportunities page to see if this call is currently open. Alternatively please contact the Research Support Services for timelines around this call. Department/individual researchers must make applications directly to the faculty equipment committee (see Table below).

The application, accompanied by recent quotes, must provide details on the projected lifetimes and motivations for each item. These motivations must show that the appropriate infrastructural support for the functioning of each item has been investigated.

Please submit your application via email or in hardcopy to your faculty equipment committee representative (see Table above for details).

 The faculty equipment committee prioritises the requests and submits the applications to the UEC via the Research Office.


  • Applicants must be able to show that they have tried to get funding elsewhere, i.e. demonstrated fundraising effort is important. A minimum of a 10% contribution from the applicant is required. If part of the funding will be solicited from outside bodies, it is mandatory that a donor prospect clearance be obtained from the Development Office before approaching the UEC.
  • The UEC will not be responsible for currency differences caused by delays in purchasing equipment.
  • In the event that there is a saving due to currency differences, excess funds must be returned to the UEC.
  • Copies of the invoices of the final amounts must be submitted to the Research Office.
  • A report on the expenditure of this equipment award is required to be submitted to the Research Office in November of that year.

 Emergency repair

On an annual basis, the UEC sets aside R250,000.00 for possible emergency repair requirements. Applications for emergency repairs are considered on an ad hoc basis by the chair.

National Equipment Programme (NEP) and the Nano National Equipment Programme (NNEP)

The National Research Foundation (NRF) runs the Research Infrastructure Support Programme which encompasses the NEP and the NNEP. Each year institutions are invited to put forward applications for this funding programme. The UEC selects the possible UCT applications which are then approved for forwarding for NEP and NNEP by the regional expensive equipment programme (REEP) committee. The faculty/department/individual is required to make a 10% contribution should the NEP/NNEP applications be successful.

REEP committee

The REEP Committee is made up of representatives from the higher education institutions in the Western Cape. The committee meets annually to approve NEP/NNEP applications for submission to the NRF.


Email researchfunding@uct.ac.za for more information.

Download Application Forms

URC equipment application form (R&I18). Or click http://www.researchoffice.uct.ac.za/internal-funding

URC emergency repairs to equipment (R&I21). Or click http://www.researchoffice.uct.ac.za/internal-funding


Category 1 submission date 23 April 2020
Category 2 submission date 06 March 2020

  • FEC Meeting to prioritise UEC applications: To be confirmed
  • Faculty Equipment Committees to submit prioritised applications to the Research Office for UEC review: 21 May 2020
  • UEC Review Meeting: 9 June 2020


Faculty of Health Sciences


University equipment committee (UEC) representative

Contact details

Faculty of Health Sciences

Professor Jonathan Blackburn

Ms Carlette Hlungwani


Tuesday, 27 November 2018
2019 Vula Sites

2019 Vula Sites 

We have reached that time of the year when preparation for 2019 has begun and the question arose how to create 2019 Vula sites. This notice has some important information regarding new Vula site. Please note:

  • New sites are not automatically created.
  • For 2019, either a blank new site can be created, or the 2018 Vula site can be replicated.
    • In a new site, there is no content, users or students.
    • In a replicated site, some content are copied over, but not the students or student data / submissions.
  • The eLearning Division will replicate the sites titled “MBCHB ….” and will add previous participants to the new sites.
  • For assistance and support on how to create your 2019 site, contact
Monday, 7 May 2018
E-Learning workshops

Please be informed of the upcoming FHS  eLearning workshops:

  1. Vula refresher - Facilitated by : Douglas Sias - 8 May 09h30-11h30

An overview of Vula and an in depth look at commonly used vula tools. Register here.

  1. Rethinking your awareness of Copyright and openly licensed teaching materials - Facilitated by Fayyaad Hendricks - 9 May 14h00-15h30

This workshop is an introduction to Copyright and Creative Commons (CC), covering licensing of teaching and learning materials; awareness and approach to Copyright and Creative Commons; the process of adding a CC license to work; how to find, use and create OER. Register here.

  1. Course Evaluation vs Survey Monkey vs Google Forms – Facilitated by: Sinethemba Mandyoli -  24 May 12h00-13h30

Explore online survey tools to access feedback through surveys, polls, questionnaires and more. Register here

  1. Allow students to keep track of their progress with Vula Gradebook – Facilitated by: Sinethemba Mandyoli 8 June 09h30 – 11h00

This workshop will cover the quick upload of marks to the gradebook and also troubleshoot common problem areas here

  1. Creating your own videos - The Basics – Facilitated by: Douglas Sias - 25 June 10h00 – 11h30

Tips and tricks of creating your own videos.  Register here

Monday, 24 April 2017
Employee Health and Wellbeing Programme: Counselling service for staff

Dear Colleague

The University, through the Organisational Health and Wellness office in the Human Resources Department, offers support for its staff members through access to a toll-free telephonic counselling service. As an employee benefit, the University offers the employee and their immediate family (spouse and minor children) members access to a short term counselling service through either the onsite counsellor, or via ICAS (Independent Counselling and Advisory Service), which is the outside service provider offering up to four sessions per household per year. 

UCT's toll-free number is:

0801 113 945 and employees can also send a USSD code *134*905# for ICAS to call them back

Please see the attached detail on how to access the service and how the service works.

Other support available through the Organisational Health section of HR at this time: 

  • a once off Emotional Impact session that can be arranged for groups with ICAS (external service provider) maximum 15 per group
  • a Group Trauma Debriefing, or Emotional Impact session that can be facilitated by Org Health – maximum 15 per group

For any queries in this regard you may contact blanche.claasen-hoskins@uct.ac.za (ext 5685) 


Ms Naeema Brey
Client Services Manager| HR Client Services
Room 2.01 | Barnard Fuller Building
Human Resources | University of Cape Town | www.hr.uct.ac.za
+27 21 406 6624

Monday, 17 October 2016
Support and resources for online teaching at UCT

Dear colleagues,

Given the challenging academic timetable for the remainder of 2016, a number of departments may be considering using blended learning (a mixture of online and face-to-face approaches) to complete the teaching programme.

CILT has created a support and resource guide for UCT lecturers for online teaching, which you can read here:


This may also be of interest to tutors and other staff involved in supporting the teaching and learning process.

CILT has also set up a daily hotseat next week for walk-in advice for educators with any questions about online learning approaches and tools (tutors are also welcome). The hotseat will be:

UCSLC Teaching Lab (Level 4, Steve Biko Building): 12pm - 2pm, Mon 17 - Fri 21 Oct.

These sessions will focus on teaching and learning strategies for online teaching (including assessment) and technical help for Vula, Adobe Connect, and recording lectures. We are also happy to arrange sessions on other UCT campuses on request (depending on demand and venue availability).

The Vula helpdesk can be reached at help@vula.uct.ac.za, or 021 650 5500.


Stephen Marquard, Learning Technologies Co-ordinator,
Centre for Innovation in Learning and Teaching (CILT)
University of Cape Town
Phone: +27-21-650-5037 Cell: +27-83-500-5290

Friday, 29 April 2016
Campus safety message to all staff & students

Please take note of the following Campus safety precautions: 

  • All staff and students to wear shoes that are closed and have suitable tread on the soles to prevent slipping and falling.
  • All staff and students who do have a medical aid to carry their cards with them at all times in the case of an accident/emergency.
  • All staff/students making use of stairs to ensure they hold on to the handrails if available. If no handrail is present, to ascend/descend stairs carefully and walk close to a supporting wall.
  • No member of staff/student is to walk up or down an embankment as these areas are slippery when wet and could cause people to slip and fall resulting in injury.

Thank you.
Kind Regards,
Anita Kruger
UCT Faculty of Health Sciences
Health and Safety Manager
Dean’s Office
Barnard Fuller Building
Anzio Road, Observatory
E-mail: anita.kruger@uct.ac.za
Tel: +27 (0) 21 650 1086
Cell: 082 520 9070