Professor Mark New, Director of the African Climate and Development Initiative (ACDI) in the Faculty of Science at UCT, has just been named as the 2018 recipient of the Piers Sellers Prize for a world leading contribution to solution focused climate research
Lead bullet fragments in carcasses left by hunters are poisoning endangered African vultures, a new study, recently published in Science of the Total Environment, has found. Dr Arjun Amar, from the FitzPatrick Institute of African Ornithology, Department of Biological Sciences at UCT is one of the authors of the paper.
Professor Maano Ramutsindela, a Human geographer from the Department of Environmental & Geographical Science, recently delivered his inaugural lecture on transfrontier/ peace parks, entitled, "Remapping Africa through peace parks: What future for the continent?"
Dr Jayne Wilkins, from the Department of Archaeology at UCT led the excavations and was part of a team of scientists, including UCT undergraduate and postgraduate students, who collected sediment samples that yielded cryptotephra at the Vleesbaai site, revealing that humans survived and thrived despite catastrophic volcanic eruptions 74 000 years ago. The research has just been published in Nature.
Home to approximately 2 600 students, of which some 36% are postgraduate research students registered in the 12 academic departments – Archaeology, Astronomy, Biological Sciences, Chemistry, Computer Science, Environmental & Geographical Science, Geological Sciences, Mathematics & Applied Mathematics, Molecular & Cell Biology, Oceanography, Physics and Statistical Sciences.
Undergraduate teaching is a cornerstone of our activities and the Faculty offers 21 different majors, with possibilities to co-major in subjects located in other Faculties. Our majors are loosely organised into three clusters – those in the biology, earth and environmental sciences, those in the chemical and molecular sciences, and those in the numerical and physical sciences. Our Bachelor of Science degree leads naturally on to a number of different Honours degrees that relate to the undergraduate major(s) offered by the various departments.
The Faculty of Science prides itself on the high regard in which it is held by the international academic community, reflected in part by international world university and subject rankings. According to the latest QS rankings, the Science Faculty at UCT places in the band 51-100 top universities in the Earth and Marine Sciences and in the band 101-150 in the Biological and Environmental Sciences.
The Faculty prides itself on its strong teaching programmes, at both undergraduate and postgraduate level, and on the strength of its research enterprise. With well developed international links with researchers across the world, the Faculty is a major contributor to cutting-edge, globally relevant research. Anton le Roex Dean: Faculty of Science