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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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Young UFS scientist wins international award
2010-10-29

 Prof. Martin Ntwaeaborwa

The thin films division of the American Vacuum Society (AVS) selected Prof. Martin Ntwaeaborwa from the Department of Physics at the University of the Free State (UFS) as the 2010 awardee of the Paul Holloway Young Investigator Award.

Prof. Ntwaeaborwa has been given the award for novel work in the field of nanostructured luminescent materials, the optical properties of nanoparticles and photovoltaic applications. The award is named after Prof. Paul H. Holloway of the University of Florida who has a distinguished and continuing career of scholarship and service to the AVS.

 The nominee must be a young scientist or engineer who has contributed outstanding theoretical and experimental work in an area important to the Thin Film Division of AVS.

 

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