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UP’s new smart access cards will be issued to students, staff and contractors in phases from 20 April. According to UP spokesperson Candice Jooste, to obtain a new smart access card, fingerprints and a photo will be required and therefore access cards will have to be acquired in person. Issuing of new smart access cards will commence on Hatfield Campus from 20 April to 19 May. The new smart access cards can be obtained from the Student Service Centre (formerly known as the Client Service Centre), the reception at the Graduate Centre, and at the shop next to Haloa under the Engineering bridge.
On 3 March, Prof. De Wet Swanepoel, professor of Audiology in the Department of Speech- Language Pathology and Audiology at UP, launched an app on World Hearing Day titled hearZA. hearZA tests your hearing in less than three minutes with no costs involved and can link you to your closest healthcare provider. This national hearing test app is a world first and is a clinically valid hearing test that can be done on a smartphone. The quick digits-in-noise test provides a valuable indication of real-life hearing ability and the ability to understand speech in noise. The test needs to be taken with earphones inserted into your phone. A recorded voice lists three digits in background noise and you need to type in the digits you hear. Your hearing ability will then be based on how many of the digits you heard correctly.
TuksLaw’s moot competition team will represent South Africa in the White & Case international rounds of the Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition. The team triumphed over that of the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits) in the South African leg on 25 February. They will travel to Washington DC in the United States of America on 7 April and return home on 16 April. The competition will be held at Hyatt Regency, a hotel on Capitol Park – a historically political neighbourhood.
On 22 March, a walk against rape took place on UP’s Hatfield campus.
Five final-year Film and Drama students: Stephanie Ihesie, Susan Nkata, Carmen Joubert, Joffe Tsebe, and Palesa Olifant organised the walk. The organisers said, “We are final-year Drama and Film students and as a task, we were asked to create a campaign dealing with rape or feminism. As we researched and discussed the subject of rape and rape culture in our society, how it is perceived and dealt with, we realised that we couldn’t just end it after we receive our grades. We realised that walking against rape as a representation of our stance and views on rape culture is something that we must continue to do even after we graduate.”
Frederick Malan, a final-year PhD student in the Department of Chemistry, has been selected to attend the 67th Nobel Laureate meeting in Lindau, Germany. The meeting this year will focus on chemistry. Malan is one of five postgraduate students in South Africa who will attend the meeting.
Malan will be completing his PhD degree this year. His project involves research on the catalytic applications of CpMetal N-heterocyclic carbine complexes.