PROF. CAROLINE NCUBE
“The next female legal academic we will be featuring in our 100More series honouring female academics who have made a significant contribution to legal academia, and beyond is Professor Caroline Ncube.
Describe your journey to becoming a law teacher
After completing my LLB, I practiced very briefly at a big law firm and then went to Cambridge for my LLM. Thereafter, I began teaching in 2002 and joined UCT as a lecturer in 2005. I then pursued my PhD at UCT whilst working full time as an academic. 21 years since I became an academic, I still love teaching and research. Since 2019, I am very privileged to hold a SARChI research chair in Intellectual Property, Innovation and Development, which allows me to dedicate most of my time to research.
Describe a highlight and your most significant contribution to legal academia
The SARChI Chair has afforded me an opportunity to grow a structured mentorship and support system for postgraduate researchers at masters and doctoral level which has had great success. Recent theses topics are available at https://law.uct.ac.za/ip-chair/teaching-supervision
Do you have some inspiring words for emerging law teachers?
Find your research niche. Craft a strategy and realistic research plan that you can implement. Slow and steady focus wins the race.