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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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Dutch day for teachers

About 20 teachers across the Free State Province attended a Dutch day for teachers on the Main Campus of the University of the Free State (UFS).  The programme was presented by the UFS Department of Afrikaans and Dutch, German and French and funded by the Noordelike Neerlandistiek Kennisnetwerk.  Matters such as the use of Dutch at South African schools and universities and practical hints for teaching grammar and literature were discussed.



From the left are Dr Angelique van Niekerk (lecturer at the UFS Department of Afrikaans and Dutch, German and French), me Renée Marais (guest speaker from the University of Pretoria), Prof Hennie van Coller (Chairperson of the UFS Department of Afrikaans and Dutch, German and French), Dr Anthea van Jaarsveld (lecturer at the UFS Department of Afrikaans and Dutch, German and French) and Prof  Bernard Odendaal (lecturer at the UFS Department of Afrikaans and Dutch, German and French).

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