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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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2013-04-01

 

10 April 2013

The festival will be held on the Bloemfontein Campus in the Callie Human Centre on 27 April 2013 from 09:45 - 13:00 and on the Qwaqwa Campus in the Nelson Mandela Hall on 4 May 2013 from 12:00 - 15:00.

You are invited to:

  • observe the sun through a specially equipped telescope;
  • witness the launching of demo rockets;
  • see exhibits explaining how astronomy and other sciences interact
  • hear the latest news about SKA-South Africa and astronomy developments in Bloemfontein
  • explore the latest astronomy applications for your iPhone/ iPad

Entrance is free and you are welcome to bring the whole family. There will be tuck-shop facilities available as well as products from exhibitors to be bought.

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