Research & Innovation 2015-16 - Page 131



Faculty highlights
HIGHLIGHTS from June 2015 to June 2016
New leadership appointments
Significant research contributions
Roger Gachago was appointed in 2016 to the role of
humanities IT manager – a position previously occupied by
Puleng Makhoalibe.
Assoc Prof Horman Chitonge published two monographs.
Prof Harry Garuba: head of Dept of the School of African
and Gender Studies, Anthropology and Linguistics (AXL)
and acting deputy dean (research and postgraduate
affairs) for a period of one year.
Prof Jane Bennett: head of the Dept for English Language
and Literature.
Assoc Prof Sa’diyya Shaikh: head of the Dept for
Religious Studies.
New initiatives
The Institute for the Creative Arts (ICA), formerly
the Gordon Institute for Performing and Creative
Arts (GIPCA), was launched on 5 April 2016.
Major research grants
Mellon Funding: Humanities Professoriate was
established in 2015 to provide targeted/strategic
support to black (female and male) staff members
in the Faculty of Humanities, so that they can
meet specific career development criteria and/
or to produce research outputs that will impact
in a significantly positive manner on their career
development. The programme seeks to increase the
representation of black academic staff members in
more senior academic positions.
Mellon Funding: The ICA established a Graduate
Programme in Interdisciplinary and Public Arts (MA and
PhD), offering Mellon scholarships and fellowships to
emerging artists (through Mellon Funding).
UCT English Language Centre: opened its doors
to the first cohort of students in October 2015.
This is one of only two language centres located
within a South African university; it will support
the university’s internationalisation agenda.
Mellon Funding received for the Centre for Curating
the Archive ‘Other Histories’ project (three-year
grant). Funding enables workshops, exhibitions and
the appointment of post-doctoral fellowships.
The initiative, which is aimed primarily at the
Asian and Northern European markets, signals
a new approach to language training at UCT.
For the first time, the humanities will offer a
selection of year-round courses in general
english (beginner to advanced levels); business
english; and exam preparation for the IELTS,
TOEFL and Cambridge FCE and CAE exams to
the international community.
Research groupings highlights
In its second year, the Queer in Africa symposium was
co-hosted by UCT’s Institute for Humanities in Africa
(HUMA), the Human Science Research Council (HSRC),
and the University of Huddersfield; and supported by
the Heinrich Boell Foundation. The two-day symposium
brought together 15 scholars and activists from Namibia,
DRC, South Africa, Nigeria, Uganda and the UK.
POSTGRADUATES
(end-2015)
627
215
260
48
Master’s students
Master’s graduates
PhD students
PhD graduates
Highest
number
PhD graduates yet
in one academic
year
34 POSTDOCS
(end-2015)
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