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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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Kovsie marketer, Cindy Hack, leads Proteas in World Cup
2014-12-15

Cindy Hack
Photo: Stefan Lotter

Cindy Hack is not only a prominent schools marketer for the University of the Free State (UFS) in Durban, she also captains the national Protea Women’s Indoor Hockey team.

After playing field hockey for the Proteas for five years, she ended her field hockey career in 2012, just before the London Olympics.

Married and with a child to take care of, Hack says the indoor version of the game allows for more flexibility. “When playing outdoor hockey for the Proteas, you’ll be away on training camps in cities like Amsterdam, away from home for six weeks at a time,” Hack says. “With indoor hockey, we are definitely more flexible and tournaments and training camps do not take up as much time.”

She also points out the pace of this version of the game. “It used to be six players a side, but that number has recently been reduced to five players a side, making the game even faster and more intense.”

On 1 December 2014 Hack and her team travelled to Canada for a preparation tournament for next year’s World Cup. The Indoor Hockey World Cup will be hosted in Germany in February 2015.

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