The Division: Business Management has been at the helm of a comprehensive plan to upgrade facilities at the FMHS. Work on this project started in 2010 with an initial budget of R105 million. Repairs and improvements were done to the facades of the three main buildings on campus, including repairs to roofs, the upgrading of air conditioning systems, repairs to and upgrading of elevators and improvements in terms of electronic access control.
The next phases of the project include the construction of two new state of the art lecture halls, each with seating for 450 students, additional parking on campus and upgrading at residences. Other improvements include the creation of comfortable and practical seating areas in the teaching block where students can sit and work between lectures. The total spend on the project over its course will be approximately R270 million.
The FHMS also took the lead in addressing the accommodation shortage on campus by entering into an innovative partnership with the private sector for the construction of a new residence. The new residence, Huis Ubuntu House, with 152 single rooms, opened its doors in January 2013.
The Faculty is situated adjacent to the Tygerberg Academic Hospital on the University's Tygerberg Campus. It is conveniently close to public transport facilities and within easy reach of the main campus at Stellenbosch (30 minutes by car), the University of Stellenbosch Business School (10 minutes), Cape Town (20 minutes) and Cape Town International Airport (10 minutes).
The campus facilities are excellent, all in a secure environment. These include laboratories, a library, a computer centre, a skills laboratory, five halls of residence for students, sports fields, international student accommodation and a students' centre. The students' centre houses a cafeteria, our Campus Health Services and a well-equipped gymnasium, not to mention the Mankadan Lodge for visitors.
The Medicine & Health Sciences Library is one of five branch libraries of the SU Library and Information Service and is situated in the Education Block of the FMHS.
The library serves primarily, the researchers, lecturers, staff and registered students of the Faculty, but also other client categories.
The library contributes to the mission of the Library and Information Service by providing a world-class and innovative information service and learning spaces to primarily the Tygerberg campus community.
An inter-tertiary institution library system, called CALICO (Cape Library Co-operative) gives access to catalogue searches and lending of resources between tertiary institutions on a daily basis in the Western Cape.
Requests from students and staff members for journal articles or books which are not available via the library's holdings or the electronic resources are requested via an interlibrary loan system from other libraries in South Africa or from abroad.
The library provides self-study/reading facilities for about 194 persons. Medicine and Health Sciences Faculty librarians give individual and group training to students. Training programmes are developed in collaboration with lecturers.
Students are expected to do research on a regular basis. To assist them in this endeavour, structured information training sessions on efficient literature search techniques are provided.
Computer User Areas
Students have access to the internet through a dedicated computer user's area (GERGA) opposite the library.
All areas are air-conditioned and have 24 hour DVR security camera surveillance.
An area equipped with computers for postgraduate students working in the Tygerberg Hospital (6th floor) offers students working in the hospital full access to the University's network 24/7 without having to walk through to the Faculty. The facilities are excellent and also accessible to persons with physical challenges.
Centre for Student Counselling and Development / Campus Health Services
Stellenbosch University provides an efficient and comprehensive health service to students. The Tygerberg Campus Health Services are situated at the Student Centre in relative privacy on the 2nd floor of the building. The service consists of a nurse practitioner, physicians and clinical psychologist. An arrangement exists for referral to the Faculty's Division of Physiotherapy at set tariffs.
All students can be seen free of charge by the nursing sister for primary health care services, mainly consisting of diagnosing and treating medical conditions, family planning, immunisation, needle prick injuries, travel requirements, and HIV testing and counselling.
When required, patients are referred to the doctor who is present for 2 hours every day. Patients seen at the dispensing practice by the doctor are billed at the tariffs set by the Board of Health Care Funders. Students are not discouraged from using the services if funding is not available.
The Centre for Student Counselling and Development offers free and confidential support services to students at Tygerberg Campus. Clinical as well as educational psychologists assists students with academic as well as emotional support. The services include individual and group therapy sessions; social work services and a variety of works sessions.
Students can call the CSCD at 021 938 9591 during office hours; report to the Tygerberg Student Centre, 2nd Floor, Room 3035 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
In case of serious crises call the 24 Hour Crisis Service at 082 557 0880.
For more information visit www.sun.ac.za/cscd.