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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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Bloemfontein Campus gets ready for Kleinsêr
2013-07-30

11 July 2013

Kleinsêr poster (pdf)

Excitement is mounting on the Bloemfontein Campus, with residences getting ready to battle it out in this year’s Kleinsêr competition. The finals of the Bloemfontein-McDonald’s Kovsie Kleinsêr take place on 3 August 2013, with campus and city residences showcasing their singing, dancing and acting talent.

Leading up to the finals of the competition, Kleinsêr rotations will take place on 31 July and 1 August 2013. As with Stagedoor earlier this year, rotations will take place in the Student Life Colleges format, with new residences, House ConLaurês and House Outeniqua, joining the festivities.

Female residences kick their Kleinsêr campaign off first, with their rotations on 31 July. Rotations for male residences take place the following day.

The top male and female residence will represent the university at the national finals at the North-West University’s Potchefstroom Campus on 31 August 2013.

Tickets on sale at Offices 46 and 48, Thakaneng Bridge

Kovsie Church: R30
Scaena: R50
Odeion: R80

For more information, please contact Tonderai Chiyindiko at +27(0)51 401 9876 or Chiyindikot@ufs.ac.za.

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