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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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Five universities gather together for National Serenades
2012-08-29

Date: Saturday 1 September 2012

Time: 18:00 – 19:00 (winners will be announced at 23:00)

Place:

  • Centenary Complex - 1st Performance
  • Callie Human Centre - 2nd Performance
  • Kovsie Church – 3rd Performance
    - Winners will be announced in the Callie Human Centre

This year, five universities will once again showcase their song and entertainment talent on the stage.

The serenade competition is an annual event between the University of Stellenbosch, University of Pretoria, North-West University, University of Johannesburg and the University of the Free State since 1997.

Each university has a men’s and ladies’ group taking part and each group consists of 10 to 20 members.

Participants only have 17 minutes to show what they are made of.

The serenade competition is the most popular cultural activity on each campus and more than 100 residences compete for a place in the final rounds.

The media are invited to attend the event.

Please confirm attendance with Amanda Tongha at tonghaa@ufs.ac.za

  • The final concerts will be streamed live via our website on Saturday 1 September 2012 from 18:30.
    Please click on the following link for the broadcast: www.ufs.ac.za/ufslivestreaming  
     
  • Twitter hashtag:  #UFSNationals
     

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