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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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Prof Dejene’s inaugural lecture to focus on light energy

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Prof Francis Dejene
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The Dean of the Faculty of Natural and Agricultural Sciences, Prof Danie Vermeulen, and the Assistant Dean, Dr Tom Ashafa, will be hosting the inaugural lecture of Prof Francis B Dejene on Friday 6 May 2016 at 17:00 in the New Science Building Auditorium on the Qwaqwa Campus.

Prof Dejene, a Professor of Physics in the areas of solar energy and phosphor, is a National Research Foundation C3-rated researcher with more than 100 articles in international peer-reviewed journals as well as more than 1 000 citations in author references. He has also made more than 100 national and international conference contributions. Prof Dejene has also acted as a reviewer of about 15 international and national professional journals and has supervised more than 25 MSc and PhD students.

The subject of the lecture will be ‘Light energy in service of mankind – from nanoscale to microscale’.

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