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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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Good practice discussed during workshop of the ACU Benchmarking Programme
2012-09-10

 From the left are: Prof. John Brennan, assessor from the Open University in the UK; Prof. Driekie Hay, Vice-Rector: Academic, UFS; Mr Cliff Wragg, ACU Benchmarking Programme Manager; Prof. Ellen Hazelkorn, assessor from Dublin Institute of Technology in Ireland; and Mr Mike Gallagher, Executive Director of Go8 in Australia.
Photo: Johan Roux
10 September 2012

The ACU University Management Benchmarking Programme presented a workshop on the Bloemfontein Campus of the University of the Free State (UFS) from 27 to 29 August 2012.

The programme offers a unique and cost-effective opportunity for participating universities to compare their key management processes with those in a range of other universities. This helps to identify areas for change and assists in setting targets for improvement and identifying techniques for managing change. The outcomes of the programme provide models of good practice. It creates the opportunity for networking and a workshop, guided by internationally acknowledged subject experts. This year representatives from universities in among others Australia, the South Pacific, Canada, the United Kingdom (UK) and South Africa attended the workshop. The topics discussed were financial management, managing league tables and ranking and managing graduate outcomes.
 

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