The Blue Desk is located opposite the main entrance to the Postgraduate Centre. This is a visible, dedicated service that provides a one-stop information service for all matters relating to the postgraduate and postdoctoral sectors.

The Blue Desk information service offers:

  • a central point of contact for your enquiries about any aspect of postgraduate and postdoctoral affairs
  • a broad range of information – if staff cannot answer your query or resolve your problem, they will refer you directly to the person who can
  • directions (and a map) to all areas on campus
  • information on services and facilities available at UCT
  • information and advice on getting the most out of the Postgraduate Centre and its facilities, specifically the available space for meetings and seminars
  • information on funding and other opportunities
  • information and advice on the Postdoctoral Research Fellows Association (PDRF)
  • copies of UCT student and PDRF publications
  • faculty postgraduate booklets, maps, etc
  • help with PeopleSoft and Vula (UCT's online resources).

The Postgraduate Centre


The University's Postgraduate Centre is located on the upper campus on the upper level of the Otto Beit Building, adjacent to the Postgraduate Funding Office. This heritage site has been extensively renovated to provide an attractive and comfortable space where master's and doctoral students, as well as Postdoctoral Research Fellows at UCT, meet, use the Internet, read and hold seminars.

computer facilities
Computer facilities
reading facilities
Reading facilities

The centre can be used:

  • as a forum for large or small discussions
  • to accommodate and encourage inter-departmental and inter-faculty communication and association
  • just to relax, read or surf the net.

The centre offers:

  • the TB Davie Seminar Room is equipped with:
    • digital and overhead projectors
    • whiteboards
    • flip-charts
    • chairs and tables for up to 45 people.

    It can be used for seminars, conferences, training courses, etc. There is no charge to PDRFs or master's and doctoral students for the use of the room or equipment.

  • the Mandela Rhodes Room is equipped with comfortable chairs and reading materials (including the Mail & Guardian and Business Day newspapers, Time and the Economist magazines, and other miscellaneous materials). There are also tables and 10 computer workstations. (Printing facilities are not available.)