At a book launch held at the Research Office, a new book on academic writing was launched recently. Edited by Lucia Thesen and Linda Cooper of CHED, the book 'Risk in academic writing: Postgraduate teachers, their students and the making of knowledge' was the result of almost five years of endeavour.
There's good reason UCT's submission for the 2010/2011 Multilingualism Awards of the Pan South African Language Board (PanSALB) ran into a few hundred pages; there was a lot of ground to cover.
But the effort paid off. In March, UCT was named the winner in the education category of the PanSALB Awards, a category that looks at the use and promotion of multilingualism in institutions of learning, including policies and tuition material.
Teaming up to train the next generation of entrepreneurs, to polish medical students' bedside manners and to pass on must-has academic skills to first years has earned three groups the Centre for Higher Education Development's (CHED) 2009 clutch of Collaborative Education-Practice Awards.
We take a peek at how these allies pooled their networks, resources and wits to make teaching and learning at UCT that much better.
December Mpapane, winner of the 2008 Stella Clark Teacher's Award, eats, sleeps and breathes teaching.
"For me, every day of the week is a school day," he declared in his acceptance speech at UCT on 18 August.
Passion, inspiration, commitment and reward are some of Dulan Simons' favourite things about his former high school mentor, Phaldie Tregonning, winner of this year's Stella Clark Teachers' Award.
And it's clear the Rocklands Secondary School teacher likes seeing his pupils going places. For example, Simons, who nominated Tregonning for the award, is now a second-year chemical engineering student at UCT.
Language issues have dominated the political landscape since 1994 and universities all over South Africa are grappling with the complexities of multilingualism in their constituencies.
At UCT, important successes have been made following the implementation of the Language Plan, approved by Senate and Council in 2004.
Putting three children through university over 15 years is a long haul - especially when you work close to the coalface. Capping them all is just reward.
Dr Moragh Paxton, of the Language Development Group in the Centre for Higher Education Development (CHED), will cap her daughter, Juliet, on December 11, one of 183 MBChB graduands.
When UCT people talked to and about Sibusiso Maseko last week, just as they presented him with the university's inaugural Stella Clark Teachers' Award, the word inspiration came up a lot.
For good reason. Maseko is a physical science and maths teacher (now acting principal) at Zwelibanzi High School in the Umlazi township south of Durban. From here, he has over the past years - with no lab or nifty equipment - turned around the marks and lives of science learners across the province.
Stella Clark, senior lecturer in the Language Development Group in the Centre for Higher Education Development (CHED), died peacefully on Sunday, March 20 at the Vincent Palotti hospital. An inspiring teacher and mentor, and a decisive and wise colleague, she will be remembered with great warmth by many in the UCT community.