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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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National interpreter project awarded to the UFS
2008-03-07

 
A national project on the training of court interpreters was recently officially launched on the Main Campus of the University of the Free State (UFS) in Bloemfontein. It is a joint project of the UFS, the Department of Justice and Constitutional Development, and the Safety and Security Sector Education and Training Authority (SASSETA). The project includes the training of 100 court interpreters countrywide over the next two years. It was awarded to the Department Afroasiatic Studies, Sign Language and Language Practice at the UFS after all higher education institutions in the country had the opportunity to apply to undertake this project. The project is lead by Prof. Annelie Lotriet, Associate Professor in the Department of Afroasiatic Studies, Sign Language and Language Practice and an internationally renowned interpreting expert, who was also responsible for the training of interpreters for the former Truth and Reconciliation Commission. At the launch of the project were, from the left: Mr Zongezile Baloyi (Chief Executive Officer of SASSETA), Prof. Lotriet, and Prof. Sakkie Steyn (Registrar: General at the UFS).
Photo: Leonie Bolleurs

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