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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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Electing new student leaders


 23 August 2013


Voting for the 2013/14 Student Representative Council (SRC) of the Bloemfontein Campus is taking place on 26 and 27 August 2013. Students are allowed to vote from 07:00 until 21:00 on these days.

Students may vote at any of the following voting stations:

The Red Square
Heath Sciences Cafeteria
Stabilus Building
Sasol Library
Student Centre
Flippie Groenewoud Building
Agriculture Building
Taxi Rank
George du Toit Administration Building
All residences

Please note that all students must present their valid student cards at the voting station in order to vote.

The new SRC members will be announced at a mass meeting on Friday 30 August 2013.

Voting for the Qwaqwa Campus took place on Friday 23 August 2013 and its new SRC members will be announced on Tuesday 27 August 2013.

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