NOTE: Please use Adobe 10 or a later version when completing the appeal form.
Attention Apple Mac users: if you are using Apple MAC, ensure that you are using Adobe Reader to fill in and save your form. Kindly note that the use of Apple Preview may result in a blank form. If you are unable to use Adobe Reader for MAC, please print your completed form and then scan the form. Blank forms cannot be processed and may delay your appeal.

An academic standing at the end of the of 2022 of ‘not eligible to continue’ (RENN) means that you are not permitted to renew your registration in 2023 as you have not met the minimum academic requirements to do so.

An academic standing at the end of 2022 of ‘eligible to continue if SUPP/DE passed’ (SUPP) means that your readmission to UCT in 2023 depends on the outcome of your supplementary/deferred examinations. You must appeal before your supplementary/deferred examination results are released at the end of January. If you do not appeal by the deadline and you later fail your supplementary or deferred examinations, you will not be allowed to submit a late appeal.

Each Faculty has a Readmission Appeal Committee (RAC). The RAC meets to consider appeals from students who have failed to meet the re-registration requirements but are appealing for readmission. Your appeal goes to ONE faculty RAC only. This need not be the faculty where you were registered in 2022.

Note on transfers
Between faculties
No RAC may readmit a student transferring between faculties without a written confirmation from the programme convener or Faculty Manager that the student meets the transfer criteria in the Prospectus. If you are thus appealing to be allowed to register in a faculty other than the one you were registered in in 2022, you must attach such written confirmation to your appeal.

Between programmes or streams in the same faculty
The RAC may allow a student to transfer between streams or even between programmes only if it is clear in the appeal that the student has a better chance of academic success in that stream or programme. It is your responsibility to consult the programme convener or curriculum advisor of the programme you intend to join, before submitting your appeal to establish this. Include any evidence of your discussion and the endorsement given by the advisor in your appeal.

Please note that the RAC is the only body that can hear your appeal and its decision will be final. No second or further appeal to a higher body is possible. As such, you must include all evidence of circumstances that would justify your readmission in your appeal. Such evidence would include, for example:

  • medical/death certificates
  • sworn affidavits
  • travel itineraries and tickets

If these are not available by 3 January 2023, submit the appeal and indicate in the evidence section what is to follow.

You must use the most recent appeal form; no old forms will be accepted. The most recent form can be found under downloads.

  • The Readmission Appeal Process

    Step 1: Read this information sheet carefully.

    Step 2: Complete the correct appeal form (make sure that you have completed the checklist at the end of this information sheet). Please note that undergraduate and postgraduate students have separate forms. No old forms will be accepted.

    Please make sure that before you submit your appeal that you make and keep a copy of your appeal form and any supporting documentation.

    Save your appeal form and all supporting documentation as a SINGLE PDF file. (For a free PDF combining tool, visit )

    Step 3: Upload your appeal on PeopleSoft Self Service using the RAC Service Request by the deadline date and time: Tuesday 3 January 2023 by 12h00

    Your appeal form and supporting documents that has been saved as a SINGLE PDF file can only be submitted via PeopleSoft Self Service. Go to the Readmission Appeal Service Request upload for instructions on how to submit.

    Step 4: The Student Records Office will send your appeal to the Faculty RAC to which you have appealed. Please do not include your UCT and matric results in your application.

    Step 5: The RAC will consider your appeal.

    Step 6: The RAC will write to you to inform you of their decision (for further information about this, please read the section titled ‘Appeal Results’).

    Step 7: We strongly urge you to start making plans for what you will do in 2023 if your appeal fails and you are denied readmission to UCT. Please do not wait until you know the outcome of your appeal to start planning for 2023 as you may be too late to gain entrance into another institution.

  • Reasons for Appeal

    As mentioned above, it is important that you provide as much context and supporting information as possible to get a full picture of why you struggled academically through the year. Supporting reasons may be, for example: accommodation problems, your financial position, any emotional problems you may have had, any ill health, or family difficulties.

    When the RAC evaluates appeals, members of the committee read the full appeal and are guided in their considerations by three specific questions. You are advised to draft your appeal in way that provides information to the RAC accordingly.

    You can find the most recent versions of the handbooks here:

  • Help and Advice 

    If you need help completing the form, or need advice on changing programmes or Faculties, please contact the relevant curriculum advisors below. Be aware that people may be unavailable due to public and other holidays.


    Contact Person

    E-mail address


    Prof Ulrike Rivett

    Contact the programme convener via the email provided 

    Dr Kerrin Begg

    Dr Jessica Tiffin


    Bongiwe Zungu

    Faadhil Adams 


    Dr Cecile Reed
  • Student Support in preparation for Readmission Appeals, please visit: RAC-YOUR-BRAIN

  • For additional support or advice you should contact:

    Careers Services: 021 650 2497/8
    (Careers advice)

    Student Wellness Centre: 021 650 1017/20
    (Psychological support)

    UCT Central Advising and Referral Services (UCT CARES)
    UCT CARES is able to assist you with navigating the RAC process and refer you to other support services as needed. Please contact
    There is also the UCT CARES Chatbot, which is easily accessible on WhatsApp. Use the chatbot to find the answers to questions you may have. There is also some information stored in drop-down menus. To connect to the Chatbot save this number +27 87 240 6965 to your phone contact book and send “Hi” on WhatsApp.

    Appeal Results

    The Faculty will send you written confirmation of your RAC outcome. In addition, you can check PeopleSoft on the following dates to see the outcome of your appeal:


    If you do NOT have January exams (RENN)

    If you DO HAVE January exams (SUPP)


    Friday 13 January 2023

    Monday 6 February 2023

    Tuesday 17 January 2023

    Tuesday 7 February 2023

    Tuesday 17 January 2023

    Monday 6 February 2023


    Friday 20 January 2023

    Monday 6 February 2023


    Monday 16 January 2023

    Monday 6 February 2023


    Friday 13 January 2023

    Friday 3 February 2023
  • RAC Servicing officers


    Contact Person

    E-mail address


    Debra Adams


    Ragmah Jakoet 


    Carmen Cloete 


    Brigit Aldersley


    Lameez Mota


    Amy Rooks-Smith 

  • Questions about submitting your form on PeopleSoft

    Should you have any technical issues with the PeopleSoft system, please email Student Systems Support at or phone 021 650 5227.

    If you are unable to access the internet to submit your appeal on PeopleSoft please contact the Student Records Office on 021 650 3595. Do not wait until you return to campus to inform us that you did not have internet.

  • Final date for appeals

    Tuesday, 3 January 2023 by 12:00

    The RAC may decline to consider applications submitted late.

  • Checklist

    This checklist is to aid you in the completion of your appeal form.

    • Have you completed your appeal form? - No old forms will be accepted. You must use the most recent form available under downloads
    • (Undergraduate only) If you are applying to another faculty, did you obtain and attach written confirmation from the programme convenor or Faculty Manager that you meet the transfer criteria?
    • If you ticked that you are appealing to another faculty, have you contacted the Faculty Office concerned? Has supporting documentation (if relevant and/or including a motivation) been attached?
    • If you are appealing to transfer to another qualification have you checked that you would meet the current entrance requirements of that qualification? If not, the RAC cannot make an admissions decision.
    • Is your appeal clearly written and does it include all relevant evidence to support the reason(s) for your poor performance? Remember that all information submitted to the RAC remains confidential, and withholding vital information will jeopardise your appeal.
    • Have you combined your appeal form and supporting documents into a SINGLE PDF file and submitted your appeal on PeopleSoft? (For a free PDF combining tool, visit )


    Please Note: In cases where you are unable to include certain supporting documentation with your initial appeal submission, kindly upload the additional documentation via PeopleSoft Self Service by creating a NEW Service Request. The instructions are available on Vula.