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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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International social sciences workshop held at the UFS
2010-08-19

 
From the left: Prof. Julia Littell, Bryn Mawr College; Prof. Frikkie Booysen, Department of Economics at the UFS; Prof. Terri Pigott, Loyola University; Moses Okumu, Centre for Development Support at the UFS; and Prof. André Dannhauser from the Department of Nutrition and Dietetics at the UFS.
Photo: Lize du Plessis

An international workshop entitled “Systematic reviews and Meta-analysis of the social sciences” was held in collaboration with the Faculty of Economic and Management Sciences and the New Frontiers on Sustainable Development Cluster at the University of the Free State (UFS).

The presenters, Proff. Julia Littell, from Bryn Mawr College, and Terri Piggot, from Loyola University in the United States of America (USA), discussed topics on the logic and methods of research synthesis, the summary of steps involved in the review process, problem formulation, data collection, data evaluation, data analysis and interpretation and development of protocols for a systematic review and meta-analysis. 
 

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