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25 April 2019 | Story Mamosa Makaya

Since 2016, the University of the Free State Center for Universal Access and Disability Support (CUADS) has received a grant from First National Bank worth R2 498 000, which supports tertiary bursaries for students with disabilities. Bursary holders are funded through CUADS, as the administrator of the bursaries.
  
These are students enrolled for various academic programmes who require academic assistance and/or assistive devices such as electronic handheld magnifiers, laptops, and hearing aids. The FNB grant also covers tuition, accommodation, study material and books, and meals.  The success of the grant is already evident, with one of the recipients having graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in December 2018. A second student was capped at the April 2019 graduations with a BSc Honours in Quantity Surveying.
 
Supporting the principles of the ITP

The UFS received the grant from FNB in instalments, starting in the 2016 academic year to date, supporting the needs of 40 disabled students. This grant and the work of CUADS speaks to and supports the principles of the Integrated Transformation Plan (ITP), namely inclusivity, transformation, and diversity. The vision of the Universal Access work stream is to enable the UFS to create an environment where students with disabilities can experience all aspects of student life equal to their non-disabled peers. The ITP provides for the recognition of the rights of people with disabilities as an important lesson in social justice and an opportunity to reinforce university values.

The successful administration of the grant to benefit past and present students is a ‘feather in the cap’ of CUADS, and is a shining example of the impact of public private investment and the endless possibilities that open up when there is a commitment to developing future leaders in academic spaces, allowing them to thrive by creating a learning environment that is welcoming and empowering. 



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UFS Statement regarding incorrect issuing of application acknowledgement letters for the 2015 academic year in 2017
2017-07-07

The University of the Free State, through the Office of Student Academic Services, is investigating a communication error that resulted in a number of students receiving application acknowledgement letters for the 2015 academic year via email from the university in 2017. 

An error occurred in the internal electronic letter mailing system, which resulted in letters being mailed that were set on 2015 parameters instead of 2017. This resulted in 31 000 communications being assigned to 19 123 applicants who applied in 2015 and already received acknowledgment letters.

The university pledges to correct this communication error by sending apologies to the affected students via SMS, as well as responding to any enquiries relating to this matter in a timely manner.

The university sincerely apologises to students and families who are affected, and will take strict measures to ensure that this error does not occur again.

For further enquiries, please contact: +27 51 401 9666 or email: studentadmin@ufs.ac.za.


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Lacea Loader (Director: Communication and Brand Management)
Telephone: +27 51 401 2584 | +27 83 645 2454
Email: news@ufs.ac.za | loaderl@ufs.ac.za
Fax: +27 51 444 6393

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