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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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Student from the Netherlands conducts research on blue tick resistance
2008-10-31

 
Dr Rogier Junte, a final-year veterinary student at the University of Utrecht, the Netherlands, was for the past three months involved in a research project with the research team of the Pesticides Resistance Testing Facility at the Department of Zoology and Entomology at the University of the Free State (UFS). The project was co-ordinated by Ms Ellie van Dalen from the test facility (she is also a lecturer at the Department of Zoology and Entomology) and Prof. Frans Jongejan from the University of Utrecht. Dr Junte presented a seminar on the research conducted: “Acaricide resistance in the blue cattle tick and the use of the Scorpion dip applicator". In this summary of the collaborative research Dr Junte emphasised the ever growing problem of blue tick resistance against chemical control. At the seminar were, from the left, front: Dr Junte, Ms van Dalen; back: Prof. Neil Heideman, Vice-Dean: Faculty of Natural and Agricultural Sciences, and Prof. Jo van As, Head of the Department of Zoology and Entomology.
Photo: Leonie Bolleurs

 

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