Ali­son Uys

DI­REC­TOR OF UNIVER­SITY RE­LA­TIONS

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This year marks Ali­son Uys’ 40th an­niver­sary of teach­ing and coun­selling. As Di­rec­tor of Univer­sity Re­la­tions and a coun­sel­lor who also teaches, each day is dif­fer­ent for Ali­son. “On any one day I could be host­ing a univer­sity in­for­ma­tion evening, teach­ing how to write ef­fec­tive and re­flec­tive es­says for univer­sity ap­pli­ca­tions, chair­ing a schol­ar­ship com­mit­tee and, of course, coun­selling stu­dents.” Ali­son at­tended the 30th an­niver­sary of the In­ter­na­tional Bac­calau­re­ate in Switzer­land and was inspired by the pas­sion of the orig­i­nal cre­ators of the IB. She cred­its them for be­ing “for­ward think­ing enough to de­sign a unique in­ter­na­tional qual­i­fi­ca­tion with core val­ues that [goes] far be­yond a univer­sity ad­mis­sion cre­den­tial that would be rec­og­nized by mul­ti­ple coun­tries.” It is im­por­tant for Ali­son to sup­port stu­dents so that they are well equipped to cre­ate change. “Hope­fully their ex­pe­ri­ences at school have as­sisted their de­vel­op­ment of the nec­es­sary at­tributes to be a change agent. I hope to be part of pre­par­ing stu­dents for the next steps in their lives, and help­ing them de­velop the knowl­edge, skills and self-aware­ness so that they, in turn, are equipped to par­tic­i­pate fully and re­spon­si­bly in the world of the fu­ture.”

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