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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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Rugby results - Kovsies

Kovsies, rugby clubs played matches against the University of Johannesburg on 25 February 2006 and against University of Pretoria on 4 March 2006. The scores were as follows:

Kovsies vs University of Johannesburg (25 February 2006)

U/ 19 lost 0-8;

U/21 won 24-23;

Ritsims lost 13-23;

Colts won 5-3;

Irawas won 11-9;

Shimlas lost 22-27

Kovsies vs Tukkies (4 March 2006)

U/19: drew 21-21;

U/21: won 29-28;

Ritsims: won 42-5;

Irawas: lost 10-18;

Shimlas: won 37-22.

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