• March

  • 4

    2021 Thought-leader series webinar

    Reimagining universities for student success

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  • 16

    Virtual Event: 'Africa / Human rights / Transformation' a conversation

    ‘Africa / Human rights / Transformation’ – A conversation with Johan Froneman, Dhaya Pillay and Toyin Falola Moderator: Karin Van Marle

    What do Africa, human rights and transformation have to do with one another? Are human rights instruments for transformation in Africa, neo-colonial impositions or the last refuge of the privileged? Is transformation a desirable goal for Africa or a red herring, to make us forget about the real work, decolonisation? The panel will discuss these and related issues from their perspectives as judges, academics and politically aware Africans of different hues and origins.

    Toyin Falola is the Jacob and Frances Sanger Mossiker Chair in the Humanities at the University of Texas, Austin and an extraordinary professor in the Free State Centre for Human Rights, University of the Free State. Dhaya Pillay is a judge of the High Court of South Africa (KwaZulu-Natal), Commissioner on the Independent Electoral Commission and extraordinary professor in the Free State Centre for Human Rights, University of the Free State. Johan Froneman is a retired judge of the Constitutional Court of South Africa and extraordinary professor in the Department of Public Law at the University of the Free State. Karin van Marle is professor of jurisprudence at the University of the Free State.

    Date: 16 March 2021 
    Time: 15h00-16h30 
    Virtual event, details and link to be provided upon RSVP to FSCHR@ufs.ac.za


  • 19

    UFS Postgraduate welcoming

     The UFS Postgraduate Welcoming is an event to help you as a first-year postgraduate student explore all that awaits you at university. Although this year's session is an online event, you will still meet people, find out about resources on campus, learn to find your way and, have fun at the same time. This event is more than just a session, it’s about our commitment to helping you explore opportunities for campus involvement and connect to your new postgraduate community.

    -          Time : 12:00-14:00

    -          Join using the link below via Microsoft teams. We will also stream on Facebook and Instagram at Postgraduate School UFS

    -          Click here to join the meeting

  • 31

    Webinar series in the Humanities: Investing in the health workforce for universal health coverage
    Investing in the health workforce for universal health coverage: South Africa’s 2030 Human Resources for Health Strategy.

    The webinar will be presented by Prof Laetitia Rispel. 

    Date: 31 March 2021
    Time: 13:00-14:00
    Venue: Teams
    Cost: Free of charge

    For more information and to RSVP, please contact Belinda Jacobs on bjacobs@ufs.ac.za

    Please see the poster  for further information about the speaker as well as the link to the meeting. 

  • 29

    Webinar on Gender and Social Justice
    The Unit for Institutional Change and Social Justice invites you to a webinar on Gender and Social Justice. 
    Title: The impact of the COVID-19 crisis on gender equality: reflections and debates. 
    Date: 29 March 2021 
    Time: 11:00-13:00 
    Platform: Microsoft Teams (RSVP for link) 

    RSVP: Siyanda Magayana (MagayanaSS@ufs.ac.za
    • Prof Pearl Sithole: Campus Vice-Principal: Academic and Research; and gender and development activist (Qwaqwa Campus)  
    • Advocate Nthabiseng Sepanya-Mogale: Advocate, Commissioner of the Commission for Gender Equality (CGE), and gender activist 
    • Mr Tholo Motaung: Skills trainer, moderator, and gender activist (Vaal University of Technology) 
    Read more: Webinar Series on Gender and Social Justiceattached. 

    Please see the poster.
  • 30

    On Settler Colonialism and Post-Conquest Constitutionness

    As part of its first Faculty Research Day for 2021, the Faculty of Law at the University of the Free State invites you to a public lecture by Prof Tshepo Madlingozi, Director of the Centre for Applied Legal Studies at the University of the Witwatersrand.

    Prof Madlingozi’s lecture is titled, On Settler Colonialism and Post-Conquest Constitutionness: The Decolonising Constitutional Vision of African Nationalists of Azania/South Africa

    Date: Tuesday 30 March 2021

    Time: 13:30 to 15:00.

    Please RSVP by email to Aldi Lombard at lombarda1@ufs.ac.za and you will be emailed the link to join the lecture online (Microsoft Teams).

    More information about the speaker.

  • 29

    The Why and How of AI Ethics: Ethics as Enabler of Responsible AI


    The UFS Initiatives for Digital Futures invites you to a guest lecture presented by Professor Emma Ruttkamp-Bloem titled: “The Why and How of AI Ethics: Ethics as Enabler of Responsible AI".

    Date: 29 March 2021

    Time: 13:00

    Venue: Microsoft Teams

    Cost: Free for UFS Staff

    Please RSVP to: Combrinkhm@ufs.ac.za; DewetK@ufs.ac.za

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  • April

  • 5

  • 27

  • 16

    Postgraduate School Coffee Morning

    Do you want to know about the available funding opportunities? Do you need assistance and guidelines on how to structure your research thesis? Whichever one it may be, we’ve got you! Join us as we look into funding opportunities and the PGS Write Space over a virtual cup of coffee.

    Time : 12:00-14:00

    Click here to join the meeting

  • 19

    Virtual Graduation: Bloemfontein Campus
    • 19 April 2021


    Bloemfontein Campus Certificates, Diplomas, Undergraduate, and Honours


  • 20

    Virtual Graduation: South Campus
    South Campus Certificates, Diplomas, Undergraduate and Honours
  • 21

    Virtual Graduation: Qwaqwa Campus
    Qwaqwa Campus Certificates, Diplomas, Undergraduate and Honours
  • 14

    Research webinar on ‘Fieldwork’ in the time of COVID-19

    The Faculty of the Humanities cordially invites all staff to join us for a research webinar on ‘Fieldwork’ in the time of COVID-19.

    By now, it has become quite commonplace to talk about how COVID-19 has changed the world. No area of work and scholarship practice was left untouched. Fieldwork practices had to be rethought – following a ‘back to basics’ approach.

    • What is ‘fieldwork’?
    • Is COVID-19 the final nail in fieldwork’s coffin?
    • What is COVID-sensitive methodology and ethics?
    • How can fieldwork be moved online?
    • How to safeguard both researcher and research participants.

    Panel: Dr G Kigozi, Dr K Riedel, and Prof J Owen

    Discussant/Chair: Prof D Posel

    Day: Wednesday 14 April

    Time: 14:00-15:30

    Click here to join the meeting

    RSVP: Friday 9 April 2021 to vercueilcc@ufs.ac.za

  • 26

  • 29

    Panel discussion: UFS Libraries are responding creatively to the COVID-19 Pandemic

    The year 2020 saw the COVID-19 pandemic shutting down traditional library services for many university and public libraries. Libraries closed for the public as a visit to the library was not considered an essential service and doors were shut completely. Book circulations halted to a stop and when books were eventually being returned from users, these books had to be quarantined. Obviously it is important to note that this did not only happen in South Africa but around the world. A year later the libraries are working hard to try to find innovative ways to go back to offering full services where users can safely walk into the library and access information. With all these challenges, it doesn’t mean that librarians and information workers haven’t been busy, nor helpful. If anything, the pandemic has placed them in even greater demand as they contribute in ways both expected and perhaps not-so-much.

    One is tempted to salute all the librarians at institutions of higher learning especially the University of the Free State who are stepping up to the challenges of these unusual times. Here’s just a tiny sampling of what some of these academic heroes are doing. In this very difficult time the UFS Library and Information Services’ Interlibrary Loan (ILL) division was recognised for excellence by a global cooperative, OCLC. Peter Collins, Director of Resource Sharing at OCLC, says they chose to enrol the UFS Sasol Library in the OCLC’s Express Digital Delivery Programme because of the exceptional work of the staff in the ILL division.  

    There is however more that still needs to be done. Kindly join us on 29 April 2021 at 13:00-14:30 as we host a panel discussion under the 2021 Library Week theme “Libraries Matter”. 

    Place:  https://bit.ly/3rUHOsA

    RSVP: https://bit.ly/3fS4d7v


    Mr Kepi Madumo is a highly experienced executive who, since early 2002, has gained senior leadership experience in the Library and Information Sector as Director: Provincial Library, Information and Archives Services in the North West Province. Among other qualifications Mr Madumo holds a Master’s Degree in Library and Information Studies from the University Cape Town, he now serves as the National Librarian of South Africa

    Mr Mandla Ntombela is the current president of the African Library and Information Association and Institution (AfLIA). He believes that inclusive library and information services are necessary for development of Africa. According to him, African libraries should never be found wanting in the provision of relevant services that meet the diverse need of the different sections of their communities in educational institutions at all levels. It is therefore not surprising that he has chosen to lead the South African Library for the Blind as the Chief Executive Director. Mr Ntombela holds a Master’s Degree in Library and Information studies from KZN University.

    Ujala Satgoor is the current Executive Director of Libraries at the University of Cape Town. Ms Satgoor believes that the greatest asset of an institution is its diversity and human capital, and that success depends on a work environment that values and develops its employees. As a leader she recognises the importance of staff development as a strategic imperative for institutional alignment and responsiveness. Ujala holds a master’s degree in information technology and a postgraduate diploma in library and information science.

    Mr Shadreck Ndinde is the current president of Zimbabwe Library Association (ZimLA), he is an academic an Information professional with a passion for Information Technology application to Industry and communication services as well as assisting various research projects. He has worked for Ministry of education sports and culture, Public Service Commission, Great Zimbabwe University Library. He was once appointed to the position of Acting Assistant librarian at Great Zimbabwe University, Faculty of Arts Librarian and Head of Systems Department 
  • September

  • 13

  • 3

    2021 Rector’s Concert: We're all in this together

    RSVP: Please confirm your attendance with Alicia Pienaar at pienaaran1@ufs.ac.za by  30 August 2021, after which the link will be shared.



  • 7

    Heritage Month Celebration: book launch by Bernedette Muthien and June Bam

    The UFS Neville Alexander Library, in collaboration with the Research Unit on the South Campus, invites you to a book launch by Bernedette Muthien and June Bam, titled Rethinking Africa: Indigenous women re-interpret Southern Africa’s pasts. 

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    Date: 7 September 2021
    Time: 12:00-14:00

    For more information, please contact Dina Mashiyane, MashiyaneDM@ufs.ac.za 

    Marcus Maphile, Maphilelm@ufs.ac.za, or Ms Nelia Oosthuysen, OosthCG@ufs.ac.za

    To register for the book launch, please click here.  

  • 10

    Webinar: ‘The COVID Vaccine and YOU’ with Dr Samantha Potgieter
    The University of the Free State invites students and staff to a webinar titled, ‘The COVID vaccine and YOU’. Dr Samantha Potgieter, infectious disease expert at the Universitas Academic Hospital and affiliated Lecturer in the Department of Internal Medicine, will answer questions from staff about the COVID-19 vaccine and how it affects them. The webinar will address questions such as the following: 

    • what vaccination is and how it works
    • how vaccines are developed and how we know they are safe and effective
    • how the COVID-19 vaccine works and how it can protect you
    • the side effects of the vaccine 
    • the risks vs benefits of the vaccine.

    You can also forward questions prior to the webinar to grimbeekl@ufs.ac.za
    Date: Friday 10 September 2021
    Time: 11:00-12:00

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