Cape Town’s Water Strategy was approved by the City Council on 30 May 2019 following a period of public comment. Dr Kevin Winter from UCT's Future Water Institute gives pointers on what to watch with regard to the strategy.
Speaking at the UCT Faculty of Science Special Seminar, biological anthropologist Dr Christopher Schmitt from Boston University in the United States (US) described the myriad challenges facing LGBTQ+ researchers working in the field.
The Department of Astronomy at UCT had a record five PhD students graduating in April this year. Among the group were the first female PhD Astrophysicist from Burkina Faso and the first female PhD in any area of Physics from Zambia. Read their interviews to discovery more about the new Astronomy PhD graduates, their motivation for studying in this field and their journey to gaining their PhD
UCT researchers have collected clear evidence that climate change is shrinking animals’ body sizes. The finding comes from research by Associate Professor Res Altwegg and Dr Birgit Erni – both from the Department of Statistical Sciences – who together with colleagues studied changes in the weight of mountain wagtails, a type of bird, in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.
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. Susan Bourne Interim Dean: Faculty of Science