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1 July 2021
Opportunity: New Generation of Academics' Programme (nGAP) Lecturer - Department of Occupational Therapy
The Department of Occupational Therapy, within the Faculty of Community and Health Sciences, is calling for applications for a 'New Generation of Academics' Programme (nGAP) Lecturer.

Alert to its African and international context, the University of the Western Cape (UWC) strives to be a place of excellence in teaching, learning and research, nurturing the cultural diversity of South Africa, and responding in creative and critical ways to the developmental needs of the country.

Through its academic project, UWC continues to play a leading role in helping to build an equitable and dynamic society in South Africa.

The Department of Higher Education and Training (the Department) is implementing a New Generation of Academics Programme (nGAP) of the “Staffing South African Universities Framework. nGAP involves the recruitment of new academics who display significant potential for scholarship in teaching and research.

The programme consists of a 6-year development programme, including short courses on research and teaching development. As a permanently appointed Academic, employment will commence with a reduced teaching load. The workload will increase to a full load within the 6-year period with a spread of responsibilities and levels. An appointed coach, mentor and all UWC structures and systems will provide applicable support, while progress will be monitored to ensure successful completion of the nGAP. As this is a partnership between the Department and UWC, successful candidates will have to comply with the normal employment conditions of UWC, as well as the requirements of the Department.

The Department of Occupational Therapy in the Faculty of Community and Health Sciences has a growing reputation as a leading educational provider for both undergraduate and postgraduate professional Occupational Therapy programmes. It has a long history of focusing on promoting equity and community development in its education and training of professionals and is involved in partnerships with service providers and communities in urban, as well as rural areas within South Africa and other African countries.

Minimum Requirements
• A minimum of 70% for the Master's degree in Occupational Therapy or related discipline
• Evidence of publication output
• ​Prior experience in an academic role (e.g. as Lecturer/Skills lab tutor/Clinical, Supervisor, etc.), particularly in the field of Neurology
• Registration with the Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA) as an Occupational therapist

Additional requirements for all positions include:
• Communication and presentation skills
• interpersonal skills
• planning and organising skills

The successful candidate will be required to register for a PhD upon acceptance of the offer of employment as completing a PhD is a key deliverable to successfully completing the 6-year developmental programme. All applicants are required to submit copies of their Academic Transcripts for their Master's Degree.

For further information about the position (but not applications), please contact the Head of Department, Professor Shaheed Soeker, via email at

In your application, you are encouraged to highlight your strengths and also include anything else that you feel may be pertinent to the selection panel. Please attach your covering letter, a detailed curriculum vitae and highest qualification to your online profile, which includes your academic transcripts.

To be considered for this vacancy, you must click on the Apply for this Job link below or apply directly via UWC Careers at

For any queries, please contact the Human Resources Department at +27 21 959 4063/9763/9708/3551/3756.