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06 August 2018 Photo Sonia Small
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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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UFS experimental farm: Livestock demonstration

The Lengau Agricultural Development Centre, in cooperation with the experimental farm of the University of the Free State (UFS), the Mangaung Local Municipality and Nafu recently presented a livestock demonstration and training session.

It was the first initiative of services of this kind to cattle farmers from Bloemfontein.

The centre provides assistance to cattle farmers with branding, dehorning and castration of cattle and also presents a primary herd health programme. Those who are interested can call the Lengau Agricultural Development Centre on  051-4438859 or 083 453 9364.

In front from left are Mr Montsi, a farmer from Botshabelo and Dr Léan van der Westhuizen, centre manager and associated to the UFS, in the process of dehorning a bull.  In front are Mr Moshoete and Masiza, farmers from Thaba Nchu and Bloemfontein respectively.

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