Vice-Chancellor’s Inaugural Lecture: Professor Linda Ronnie

Vice-Chancellor’s Inaugural Lecture: Professor Linda Ronnie

Dear colleagues and students

I am pleased to announce that this month we will host the third Vice-Chancellor’s Inaugural Lecture for 2022, which will be presented by Professor Linda Ronnie. This will be a personal reading.

The VC’s Inaugural Lectures series serves as a platform for academics to share their research materials in an accessible way with members of the wider university community and the general public.


Professor Ronnie’s lecture is entitled “Women in Academia: Thriving or Surviving?”. The psychological contract – the relationship between academics and their institutions – has been changing over the past decade. Coupled with the COVID-19 pandemic, there could be long-term effects on retention, productivity and overall performance.

The lecture will examine the psychological contract from the perspective of female academics in South Africa in a turbulent time for universities. This is a current issue – currently a pressing issue in higher education – and is likely to grow in importance as changes in the pandemic era take place in the future.

Until recently, Professor Ronnie was Dean of the Faculty of Commerce and is now a senior researcher and professor of organizational behavior and people management at the School of Management Studies. She has published on important topics such as the psychological contract, diversity – with a particular interest in gender and people with disabilities – and change management.

Professor Ronnie joined the University of Cape Town (UCT) in 2002. She holds a PhD in Education (UCT) and Masters in Educational Science (Sheffield) and Psychology (Liverpool).

She is a proud recipient of the UCT Distinguished Teacher Award, winner of the inaugural Emerald Case Writing Competition and runner-up in the 2021 Ceeman’s Case Writing Competition.

Come to this current and relevant lecture.

Date: Wednesday, September 28, 2022

Venue: Lecture Theater 5, UCT Graduate School of Business, 8 Portswood Road, V&A Waterfront

Time: 18:00 (doors open at 17:30)


Professor Sue Harrison
Acting Vice-Chancellor

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