Dean's 2nd Semester Message to All Staff & StudentsDear staff and students,
I hope this message finds you all in high spirits and eager to begin the second semester at the Faculty of Natural Sciences!
As we embark on this new phase of the academic year, I want to extend my warmest welcome back to each and every one of you.
The start of the second semester marks a significant milestone as we fast approach the end of 2023 and the conclusion of another successful
academic year. To those who diligently worked and achieved success in semester one, congratulations! Your dedication and hard work have
been commendable, and I encourage you to maintain your enthusiasm and commitment as we move forward.
For those who encountered challenges and may not have attained the desired results in the previous semester, remember that setbacks are an inherent part of any academic journey. This second semester presents a fresh opportunity to learn, grow and excel. I urge you to embrace the lessons learned from the past and focus on making this semester a resounding success. Your determination and perseverance will undoubtedly yield fruitful outcomes.
As we navigate the upcoming months, I want to remind you that you are not alone on this journey. The Faculty of Natural Sciences is a community that supports and nurtures its members. Our dedicated faculty and staff are here to assist you in every possible way. Please do not hesitate to reach out to your lecturers, tutors, or any support services if you encounter challenges or need guidance. I also take this moment to extend my heartfelt gratitude to all Faculty staff for their dedication and commitment, often under very difficult circumstances. Your hard work is the reason our Faculty is a success.
Let us approach this semester with a positive outlook and a determination to excel in our studies, research and other endeavors. The Faculty of Natural Sciences is a place of curiosity, discovery and innovation, and together, we can achieve remarkable things.
As we continue our pursuit of knowledge, let us also remember to foster a sense of camaraderie and inclusivity within our community. Together, we can create an environment that celebrates diversity, encourages collaboration and inspires everyone to reach their fullest potential.
Once again, welcome back to the Faculty of Natural Sciences. I have no doubt that the upcoming semester holds great promise and opportunity for all of us.
Let's support and uplift one another as we work towards our individual and collective goals.
And please look after your mental and physical wellbeing.
Wishing you a successful and fulfilling second semester!
Professor Burtram Fielding
Dean: Faculty of Natural Sciences, University of the Western Cape
July 24 2023
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