Using your UWC E-mail Address i.e. gmail

For correspondence with SOPH you will need to use your UWC gmail account (see UWC’s new policy). This gmail address will be assigned by UWC using your student number. It will take this format: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. If you were a student at UWC before, your student number will remain the same. Some of you may already be using gmail, so this will be a second gmail address. Using gmail will have some distinct advantages; allowing you to use educational Google applications beneficial to SOPH students such as Google sites (ePortfolio) and Google Drive for free cloud storage.

The following are also general advantages anticipated in using gmail:

  • Each mail box will be provisioned with 30 GB of space.
  • Gmail is part of the total Google Apps package which you can then access. 
  • You will be connected to Google Calendar allows easy coordination of schedules or events online. 
  • Google Docs allows you and others to create and collaborate on documents and spread sheets together at the same time. 
  • If you save documents you are busy with on Google Drive, it will be easier to access your files either “in the cloud” or on your mobile device.
  • Most Android Smart phones and Tablets have the Gmail application pre- installed and it requires a few steps to configure it for email access. 
  • Gmail has an excellent built in anti-spam feature.

As a UWC student, and ambassador of the university, the Director of IT has requested that you observe and adhere to the policies and security measures associated with your Gmail account.

How to access to your new Gmail and Google Apps Account (Add Link)


It is of the utmost importance that you have a reliable email address, telephone number and physical address. Without this, you may not receive crucial course information. It can also be time-consuming for the SOPH Student Administrators to try to contact you.

We strongly recommend that you use your gmail address for all UWC correspondence. You are therefore asked to update us on any changes in your student details, as soon as they change. To do this, please complete and scan the page that follows and email it to the SOPH Administrators 021 959 2872 or email it to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Student details update form: School of Public Health, UWC (Add Link)

School of Public Health, University of the Western Cape
Robert Sobukwe Road, Bellville 7535, Republic of South Africa
Tel: +27-21 - 959 2809 | Fax: +27- 21 - 959 2872 | Email: