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2018: A YEAR IN REVIEW | TEACHING AND LEARNING
HUMANITIES
The faculty hosted the Black Archives and Intellectual
Histories seminar series, inviting internationally acclaimed
scholars to contribute to the ongoing conversation about the
decolonisation of higher education.
The African Gender
Institute’s symposium,
Dreaming Feminist Futures,
stimulated intergenerational
conversations about
feminism(s), decolonisation
and Africanity.
Associate Professor
Berni Searle initiated an
art auction, Siyakhula,
raising R4.8 million
in scholarships for
students from previously
disadvantaged groups.
UCT alumnus Andrew Hoole and student Conrad Asman from
the South African College of Music won the SAMRO Overseas
Scholarships Competition for budding composers.
The George Forster Award from the Alexander
von Humboldt Foundation was awarded to
Professor Herman Wasserman in recognition
of his research achievements.
The Gutenberg Research Chair, which
recognises influential scholars undertaking
collaborative research projects, was awarded
to Emeritus Professor Ari Sitas.
Associate professors Nadia Davids
and Jay Pather received Fleur du Cap
awards for best new South African
script and best director respectively.
LAW
SCIENCE
THE UCT LAW FACULTY IS RATED IN THE TOP 100 LAW
SCHOOLS IN THE WORLD (QUACQUARELLI SYMONDS
WORLD UNIVERSITY RANKINGS 2018).
The Astronomy Department was ranked first in Africa and 149th
in the world in 2017/18 according to the University Ranking by
Academic Performance Research Laboratory (URAP).
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Professor Patricia
Whitelock, Department
of Astronomy, was
awarded the 2018 South
African Institute of
Physics Gold Medal for
her outstanding research
career in astronomy and
astrophysics.
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The Faculty
of Law
is home to over 1 300
students, 47% of whom are
postgraduates.
Academics in
the faculty hold
four SARChI chairs
and 22 NRF ratings.
It’s the oldest law school in South Africa – 2019 marks
160 years since the first official South African College
law lecture was delivered on 16 April 1859.
THE FACULTY
CONFERRED
11
PhDs
Fortune magazine named Professor Kelly
Chibale, founder and director of the Drug
Discovery and Development Centre (H3D), as
one of their Top 50 World’s Greatest Leaders for
his pioneering work in developing infrastructure
to support scientific research.
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LLMs
LLBs
The 2018 Piers Sellers Prize
was awarded to Professor
Mark New, director of
the African Climate and
Development Initiative
(ACDI), for his world-leading
contributions to solutionfocused climate research.
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UCT Law’s Endowment Fund Scholarships funded
scholarships of around R1.5 million for undergraduates
and postgraduates.
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Postdoctoral fellow Dr Petra Sumasgutner from the FitzPatrick
Institute of African Ornithology received a L’Oréal-UNESCO For
Women in Science Award for her research on Golden Eagles.

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