2016 News Updates

  • UWC Campus Update-18 October 2016

    Dear Campus Community, 

    On Monday, 17 October 2016, the Executive attended the student mass meeting in which the Vice-Chancellor provided preliminary responses to the list of 40 demands.

    The students questioned the responses provided by the Executive and demanded further feedback on the resolution of their demands within 48 hours.

    Meanwhile we have received an email earlier this evening from the group under the banner of #UWCFeesWillFall/ #UWCShutdown informing the Executive Management of the mandate from the 'movement and the SRC' to return to a student meeting tomorrow that should include Council and the Executive management. This 'mandate' will be discussed further with the SRC.

    We committed at the mass meeting on Monday to provide feedback within 48 hours and we will be sharing our detailed response to the 40 demands with the campus community by tomorrow, Wednesday 19 October 2016. Our response will include the way forward on the completion of the academic project as well as clarity on examination dates.

    Meanwhile, campus will remain closed for tomorrow.

    Sincerely,
    Executive Management

  • Update from UWC Executive Management: 17 October 2016

    Dear Campus Community,

    A range of dialogues happened today among staff and students. We will collate the feedback from all of these dialogues to understand the range and diversity of views expressed by colleagues in the staff dialogues.

    The Executive Management later attended the Student Mass Meeting as invited by the Student Representative Council. The student mass meeting took more than three hours; and during this meeting, Executive Management listened to the concerns of the students and the Vice-Chancellor provided preliminary feedback on the list of 40 demands. In providing this feedback, the Vice-Chancellor indicated the position of the University and the constraints of the University in meeting some of these demands.  

    The students questioned the responses provided by the Executive and demanded further feedback on the resolution of their demands within 48 hours.

    The conditions on campus are still not conducive for learning, teaching and working given the uncertainty around potential disruptions.

    The Executive Management has, therefore, decided that the University will remain closed and we will monitor this on a daily basis.  Further communication regarding the examinations will be provided in due course.

    It is important to bear in mind that the events on our campus are not unique to UWC and stability on our campus is highly dependent on what is happening in other universities across the country. 

    We therefore urge students, parents and staff bear with us as we continue our efforts to resolve our institution-specific issues.

    Sincerely,

    Executive Management