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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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Go bold – and make both CANSA and Kovsies win!
2014-02-26

Kovsies is about to literally ‘come to a head’ with Tuks, UCT and Wits to see whose students can get the greatest number of heads shaved or sprayed. The residence and faculty with the most shaved and sprayed heads will be named SAMSA CANSA Champions in the fight against cancer.

The event is organised by CANSA (Cancer Association South Africa) in association with SAMSA (South African Medical Students Association)

When? Thursday 27 February 2014
Where? Francois Retief Building (Faculty of Health Sciences)
Cost? R25 (student price)

For more details, contact:

Eloise Jelliman (SAMSA UFS Outreach head): +27(0)72 271 9577
Michael van Niekerk (SAMSA UFS Chairperson and National Outreach head): +27(0)82 449 2233

Be brave, go bold or show your true colours in support of cancer survivors in SA.

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