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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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University celebrates ten years of research excellence
2012-09-06

 

Celebrating ten years of research excellence were, from the left: Eleanor van der Westhuizen, Manager: Strategic Academic Clusters; Prof. Driekie Hay; and Dr Glen Taylor, Director: Innovation and Business Development.
Photo: Stephen Collett
6 September 2012


The University of the Free State (UFS) is on course to becoming a research university that is ranked among the best in the world. That was the message that came out at the launch of the 2011 Annual Research Report where the university celebrated ten years of research excellence. Prof. Driekie Hay, Vice Rector: Academic, delivered the keynote address, highlighting many of the research successes of the last ten years. Some of the achievements outlined were the university being awarded its first three South African Research Chairs Iniatitive (SARChi) Chairs, the establishment of a Postgraduate School, the first of its kind at a residential public university in South Africa and the launch of the Strategic Academic Cluster initiative.

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