year in review 2018 Paperturn - Page 44



2018
TRANSFORMATION
Deputy Vice-Chancellor
Professor Loretta Feris
offers an overview of
transformation at the
institution in 2018
This has enabled us to connect staff
with the Disability Service (DS), which
is traditionally utilised by students.
A grant of more than R11 million has
allowed the DS to expand its services
and the assistive technology available
for disabled students.
A continuing concern is how our
staff demographic compares to that
of the province and country. As such,
our work on Employment Equity (EE)
forged ahead in 2018 – our policy has
been approved by Council and we are
nearing implementation. Among our
interventions for 2018 were workshops
aimed at better capacitating our EE
and union representatives, as well as
capacity building in our transformation
committees to fulfil their roles in
departments and faculties. Importantly,
Our vision for an inclusive UCT in
terms of gender and sexuality is
becoming clearer. We finalised and
adopted a policy on sexuality while
consultations on a gender policy near
the finish line. Under the guidance of
the Office for Inclusivity and Change
(OIC), Agents of Change Educators
and Rainbow UCT conducted
numerous workshops in residences,
faculties and departments, focusing
on policy awareness training,
inclusive practice and better
understanding of sexual and gender
diversity.
We have made strides in the
inclusion and promotion of
disabled staff, including an OIC-led
investigation into the number of staff
living and working with disabilities.
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