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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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SA men's hockey team prepare for Commonwealth Games on UFS soil
2010-09-08

The SA men’s hockey team prepares for the Common Wealth Games on the Astros at the UFS.
Photo: Supplied

For the second time this year the South African men’s hockey team will prepare for a big sporting event on the Astros of the University of the Free State (UFS), this time for the Commonwealth Games that are taking place in Delhi, India. At the beginning of the year South Africa’s number one men’s hockey team, together with the first- and fourth- ranking teams, Germany and the team from The Netherlands; also utilised the UFS’s facilities to prepare for the World Cup that took place earlier this year, also in New Delhi.

This is proof that the UFS is succeeding in its goal: availing world-class facilities to its students and to support sports as a whole in South Africa.

The team will train from Saturday, 4 September until Thursday, 9 September 2010. On Monday and Tuesday evening the UFS men’s hockey team will play a practice match against our national men’s hockey team.

 

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