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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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Open Day 2016 to feature best of Kovsies
2016-05-04

At this year’s annual Open Day on 14 May 2016 on the Bloemfontein Campus, prospective students for 2017 were able to apply for their studies at the University of the Free State (UFS) at an on-site application centre. The application fee has been waived. Assistance was also provided regarding the National Benchmark Tests (NBTs), accommodation in residences, and bursaries, amongst others.

A similar Open Day will be hosted on the Qwaqwa Campus on 21 May 2016. The programme can be viewed here.

The Open Day featured an official welcoming ceremony in the morning for parents and learners, with entertainment by the pianist, Charl du Plessis, as well as a laser show. The informal session for school groups featured the urban pop singer, Kyle Deutsch, as guest artist, as well as a laser show and a team-building session by TeamBo.

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