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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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Best Sêr yet!
2012-09-04

Marjolein
Photo: Albert van Biljon
3 September 2012

The best Sêr yet. This was the opinion of those who attended the ATKV’s national Sêr competition on the Bloemfontein Campus on Saturday 1 September 2012.

The competition, an annual event between the universities of Stellenbosch, Pretoria, Johannesburg, the UFS and the North-West University, had the social network Twitter abuzz and was one of the trending topics on this network.

“Sêr is coming home,” presenters of the TV programme MK Kampus Sêr told the audience in the Callie Human Centre before male and female groups from the participating universities took to the stage. The competition was first presented at Kovsies in 1997, with university residences showcasing their singing and entertainment talents.

On Saturday evening the Stellenbosch University took top honours. The male and female groups from this university’s Hippokrates residence took the top spots.

The Kovsies name was held high by Marjolein (female) and Veritas (male) who obtained a second and third place respectively. Marjolein further impressed by winning the prize for the best own composition in the female category. 

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