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Karen Lazenby WomenofKovsies
Dr Karen Lazenby strives for a stronger, rule-based, and consistent governance structure.

A transformed University of the Free State (UFS) will be one that promotes social justice in everything it does, a university where its diverse people feel a sense of common purpose and engagement. The UFS is developing this through its Integrated Transformation Plan (ITP) introduced in January 2017. 

“The majority of the current systems and processes in student administration at the university are still manual. This lack of automation leads to inconsistencies and service failures,” says Dr Karen Lazenby. As Registrar for Systems and Administration, Dr Lazenby is responsible for ensuring a smooth and efficient student lifecycle across all three campuses. 

With the ITP, the Governance: Systems and Administration work stream strives to have a stronger, rule-based, and consistent governance structure with a single line of accountability in student administration across all faculties and relevant support departments on the three campuses. By ensuring this ease of use and access there will be an integrated student experience and greater empowerment of students.

“Our focus is on automation and self-services for students (such as the time-table, requests for additional and ad hoc exams and appeals), to ensure transparency and accessibility of rules and policies, decisions relating to admission, progression rules, awarding of qualifications and graduation and faculty and general rules,” Dr Lazenby said.  It will also entail the optimisation of PeopleSoftCampus (the Enterprise Resource Planning system).

“Through this automation, I would also like to get the university’s student administration to such a level that academic staff can focus their energy on teaching and research and student administration staff can focus more on quality assurance,” said Dr Lazenby.

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SAVN winners of bursaries do Kovsies proud

At the event were, from the left: Susan Conradie, bursary winner; Susan Esterhuizen, bursary winner; Prof. Van Niekerk and Camille Ferreira, bursary winner.
Photo: Lize du Plessis

The Department of Afrikaans and Dutch, German and French at the University of the Free State (UFS) recently held an informal function during which recognition was given to recipients of bursaries awarded by the Suid-Afrikaanse Vereniging vir Neerlandistiek (SAVN).

This year the UFS are boasting nine bursary winners, of which six are currently busy with their third-year studies, while the other three students are busy with their honours study. According to Prof. Angelique van Niekerk, a lecturer at the department and representative of the SAVN, the bursaries are sponsored by the Nederlandse Taalunie (NTU).

Students with merit in Afrikaans and Dutch who continue their studies in the subject may apply for the bursaries at the SAVN committee countrywide. – Lize du Plessis

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