year in review 2018 Paperturn - Page 9

It was an important year for me
personally as I took up office as vicechancellor on 1 July, and I take this
opportunity to thank my predecessor,
Dr Max Price, who held the reins for
the first half of 2018. I acknowledge
his dedication during the 10 years he
served as vice-chancellor, as well as
that of his most recent antecedents:
Professor Stuart Saunders, Dr
Mamphela Ramphele and Professor
Njabulo S Ndebele.
I was touched and humbled when
Professor Saunders, Dr Ramphele and
Professor Ndebele honoured me and
the institution with their presence at
my robing ceremony in December,
and I thank them for the unique way
in which each has contributed – and
continues to contribute – to the UCT
of today.
With social responsiveness and
engaged scholarship top of our
agenda, I wish to highlight two
important examples of our university
community pulling together to ensure
that the experience of our students
and staff at UCT speaks more directly
to their lived realities.
First is the Inclusivity Policy for
Sexual Orientation, launched during
Rainbow Week in October. This
policy will help forge a campus
environment that is free from
discrimination in all spheres, including
teaching content and language, the
university’s code of conduct and
our campus culture. The other is the
approval by Council of the Student
Mental Health Policy in August.
This recognises our university’s
responsibility to address mental
2018 was a year for recommitting
to the University of Cape Town’s
transformation agenda, a year when
the power of community and the
excellent, selfless work of so many
colleagues helped cement our bid to
realise an inclusive and welcoming
campus for all.


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