Vice Chancellor honours outstanding staff
The annual Vice-Chancellor’s Excellence Awards are always an occasion for joy and celebration and the combined 2018 and 2019 event did not disappoint.Scores of dedicated academics reaped the fruits of their labour at ceremony held at the Regent Hotel East London yesterday evening, 31st October. The academics, drawn from across the university, have achieved excellence in teaching, community engagement and research.
The Awards recognise individuals who have made a sterling contribution to the university’s success. By recognising such individuals, the university demonstrates its commitment to teaching, community engagement and research as scholarly endeavours, whilst providing incentives for academic staff to pursue activities that enhance their abilities as teachers, community outreach practitioners and researchers.
Prof Sakhela Buhlungu (VC) said the awards aim to: “celebrate excellence, hard work and dedication.” In her opening remarks, Professor Nokwethemba Ndlazi (DVC-Institutional Support), said it was important to honour those who lived-up to the university’s motto: Together in Excellence.
“These awards are the results of the recipients’ hard work. They have chosen to live by our motto, for that they deserve to be celebrated,” she said.
There were three award categories:
Excellence in Teaching: for experienced and developing teachers
These awards are based on a sustained record of a high standard of teaching, based on evidence of continued outstanding contributions to the academic development of students or innovative techniques to enhance student learning using a variety of tools including courseware or technology. The awards are also based on evidence of teaching effectiveness and contributions to advance teaching excellence at UFH.
Research: for senior and emerging researchers.
Community Engagement:staff members who have demonstrated a significant and notable contribution to community engagement that reflects exceptional quality and excellence.
Prof Buhlungu highlighted some of the great strides UFH has made in the past year, especially in the research space.
“Too often the good deeds of our staff and students is drowned out by noise about other things. That noise makes us not to recognise and acknowledge the good that we see. There is a lot of good at this university. If the National Research Foundation can award this university with an Excelleration Award, surely there is something very good about us,” said the VC.