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Good Clinical Practice for Beginners Course

4 December 2023
(Ends 5 January 2024)
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South African Good Clinical Practice (SAGCP) is a specialised set of standards that addresses the implementation of the global ICH-GCP standards within a country specific context.
4 December 2023
(Ends 5 January 2024)
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Toy & Clothing Collection Drive 2023​​

8 December 2023
(Ends 8 December 2023)
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The Division of Forensic Medicine and Toxicology Social Committee will be hosting their Annual Toy & Clothing Drive for distribution in December to those in need of some festive cheer.
8 December 2023
(Ends 8 December 2023)
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Introduction to Palliative Care

15 January 2024
(Ends 15 January 2024)
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The course is aimed at healthcare and counselling professionals to equip them in assessing and managing patients (and their families) living with life-limiting and life-threatening illness and to improve their quality of life.
15 January 2024
(Ends 15 January 2024)
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Health Sciences Notice board

  • IMPORTANT: Research approvals during holiday period


    Support staff handling proposal/budget review and submission will be on leave over the holiday period. To facilitate processing of your UCT eRA approval request form (budget reviewer, finance approver, final faculty approver and RC&I steps) and submission of your application, please note the following.  


    For all eRA approval requests with funder deadlines between 15 December 2023 and 22 January 2024: 

    • Complete the notification form by 27 November 2023 

    • Submit your eRA approval request, with a draft budget attached to the budget reviewer step by 1 December 2023 

    • The same timelines apply for an official progress report or contract requiring approval 

    Please note: We cannot guarantee processing of eRA pre-award approval forms that are not submitted in accordance with these timelines. 

    If you have any questions regarding submissions over this period, please email 

    We urge you to submit your applications as early as possible over this period

  • Logging a UCT Related Maintenance Request for the Faculty of Health Sciences


    The details below are from the Property and Services: Maintenance Services colleagues with minor adjustments for the Faculty of Health Sciences

    I have a maintenance issue, what do I do?

    • Complete the maintenance request on Archibus – (excluding Off Campus sites) (Guide attached)
    • Email to log your request (Off Campus sites)
    • Your request for building or equipment maintenance will be:
      • logged immediately and an Archibus notification number will be allocated and sent to you by email
      • progress on your request will be communicated to you via regular email updates
    • Once logged, the maintenance request is prioritised by the area maintenance manager or his/her staff.
    • Maintenance manager for the Faculty of Health Sciences
    • Operations Manager for the Faculty of Health Sciences

    I am unsure about a maintenance query or cost?

    • Discuss your query with the relevant area maintenance manager or the Operations Manager: Reece Brooks before the work commences, otherwise the charges will be the responsibility of the department.
    • Should your department/unit/division be located off campus please ensure that  you have reviewed the relevant lease agreement / Memorandum of Understanding or related agreement that confirms who is responsible for the maintenance cost of the query

    I submitted a maintenance request form but have not received a notification number?

    Contact the maintenance help desk on Tel: +27 (0)21 650 4321/2 or with your query and a copy of your completed form that will be found in your sent items folder

    I have a maintenance issue, what should I NOT do?

    • Do not try to fix the problem yourself.
    • Do not get an outside contractor to fix it for you. (This is in order to preserve the current infrastructure, maintain standards and specifications and also to comply with our health and safety standards.)
    • Do not report it directly to third-party providers such as Firespec, Metro, Fedics, Supercare or G4S as they cannot assist in this regard.
    • Any problems with an appointed out-tasked contractor should be brought to the attention of Properties and Services through the relevant area maintenance manager or the Director: Maintenance and Operations and not directly with the contractor. This is to ensure that the problem can go through the necessary channels and be dealt with swiftly.

    Why has a job that was logged after mine been given priority?

    • Emergencies take priority. Longer-term maintenance is dependent on the nature of the issue and funding.

    The maintenance is at GSH – what forms should be completed ?

    ·         Complete the attached GSH Permit Request Form.

    Can I undertake my own maintenance, alterations or improvements?

    The short answer is no. But please read further to understand why not.

    • Only the P&S's Projects and Capital Works or Maintenance and Operations units are authorised to perform building maintenance, alterations or improvements. Any work done by faculties and departments or their appointed contractors that involves the alterations of a campus building must be done with the full knowledge and approval of Properties and Services to ensure that all national building regulations, local and municipal bylaws are met and that university standards are maintained.
    • At the meeting of 8th May 2002, University Council reaffirmed as policy that the Properties and Services Department is responsible and accountable for all building operations on university-owned and -managed property; is authorised and allowed to control any and all building operations on university-owned or -managed premises; may halt and make good, instances of building operations where no authority exists; and must take action where such unauthorised building operations are found.

    Cost services

    • hanging or relocating picture frames, white boards and notice boards in staff offices (unless specifically centrally funded by the university)
    • repairs and painting of walls due to the relocation of items on the wall
    • new and replacement keys as well as re-keying of locks
    • new signage or ad hoc signage changes (not part of a capital expenditure programme)
    • moving and disposal of equipment or furniture
    • set-up activities for ad hoc special events, such as table and chair set-up, hanging of banners, electrical support, etc not negotiated with the relevant area maintenance area at least 5 working days prior to the event
    • window treatments, such as tinting, blinds or curtains in staff offices
    • maintenance or installation of departmental-owned equipment, such as desk lamps, fans, equipment etc
    • paint requests involving accent walls or common areas that are less than 7 years old
    • new or redesigned air conditioning equipment that fall outside of the asset register or capital expenditure programme
    • all building alterations or improvements that fall outside fall outside of the capital expenditure programme
    • carpet replacement other than for safety reasons or that fall outside fall outside of the asset register or capital expenditure programme
    • furniture fabrication and care (unless specifically centrally funded by the university)
    • wood floor care (unless specifically funded by the university)
    • requests for additional electrical plug sockets
    • requests for additional light fittings or light switches other than for safety reasons
    • requests for electrical plug sockets or light fittings to be provided with standby electrical power
    • servicing and calibration of laminar flow hoods or bio-safety cabinets (unless specifically centrally funded by the university).

    No-cost services

    • Heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) systems (repair and maintenance of existing):
    • air handling systems
    • chiller systems
    • cold room systems
    • cooling tower systems
    • filter replacement
    • water treatment
    • fans, pumps, sensors, building management system (BMS) controls, field devices and so forth
    • steam boilers.
    • Electrical systems:
    • electrical power distribution systems
    • 11 kV/400 V substations and transformers
    • emergency lighting
    • lamp and bulb replacement
    • standby generators
    • controls for outside lighting.
    • Plumbing systems:
    • domestic cold water distribution systems
    • sprinkler systems, roof drain systems
    • stormwater drain systems
    • waste water drain systems
    • hot water systems
    • earth dam, pump stations and reservoirs
    • statutory compliance requirements associated with fire hydrants, emergency shower testing, etc.
    • General maintenance systems
    • ceiling repairs, door repairs, hardware repairs, floor covering repairs, glass replacement and window repairs, graffiti removal and so forth
    • scheduled painting in common areas and exterior of buildings, stairs and handrail repairs, wall repairs, roof repairs including gutters, gargoyles and downpipes, walkway repairs, sealing of windows and buildings, exterior furniture repair and so forth
    • fire extinguisher maintenance.
    • Kitchen maintenance
    • maintenance of kitchen equipment that is found in our residence catering kitchens.
    • Central and planned maintenance services
    • all passenger and goods lift statutory servicing, repairs and preventative maintenance
    • all hoists statutory servicing, repairs and preventative maintenance
    • all fixed fume cupboards servicing, repairs, and preventative maintenance
    • all pressurised vessels and boilers statutory servicing and repairs
    • all fixed ladders, platforms, lifting equipment and gear statutory inspections, repairs and replacements
    • pest control (excluding specific requests for off schedule services).
  • New parking application process will be implemented at the Groote Schuur Hospital Estate for 2024/2025.


    A new parking application process will be implemented at the Groote Schuur Hospital Estate for 2024/2025.

    Please read the Final Parking Notice here.