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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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"Our clients come first"
2008-11-21

 
Staff from the Department of Finance discusses better service delivery to their clients.

According to Mr Chris Liebenberg, Director: Finance at the University of the Free State (UFS), all staff members from this department have committed themselves to client service.

“We want to make a positive contribution to the effective functioning of the UFS by establishing financial systems which are both efficient and user friendly, and which addresses the needs of our clients,” said Mr Liebenberg.

The importance of client service was impressed on staff members of this department at an intensive two-day programme which was facilitated by the Arbinger Institute. The result when clients are seen as barriers rather than persons, was discussed in detail. Staff members undertook to continuously put the needs of their clients first and to provide clients with the necessary guidance and support. Staff also undertook to build on the successes of the past and to make the necessary adjustments so that clients could have a good experience when they contact the department.

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