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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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KovsieScholar to accelerate pace of scholarship and research
2015-09-02

   

The University of the Free State signed the Berlin Declaration in 2011. Signatories of this declaration support knowledge dissemination within the open access paradigm. It calls for research output to be made available widely on the Internet, with permissions necessary for users to use and re-use research results in a way that accelerates the pace of scholarship and research.

On 24 August 2015, during Research Week, the Sasol Library launched KovsieScholar, the UFS’s new research repository that collects, preserves, and distributes open access digital material. KovsieScholar is an important tool for preserving our university’s legacy, facilitating digital preservation, and scholarly communication. KovsieScholar will increase the university’s global visibility as well as the impact and profiles of its researchers, and contribute to the preservation and sharing of knowledge.

The UFS has committed itself to supporting the principles of open access by encouraging its researchers to publish in open access journals, and by depositing peer-reviewed research papers in open access repositories.

For more information, contact the open access team at the Library: openaccess@ufs.ac.za

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