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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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Enter your own Facebook safety video
2014-08-21

Safety is a priority at Kovsies… is it a priority for you?

Stand a chance to win an iPad (*Ts & Cs apply), a KovsieGear hamper and feature in our next Safety Campaign video.

All you need to do, is make your own creative video message portraying one of our top safety tips:

1. Do not walk around on campus wearing headset (earphones) – especially at night
2. Always have Security Services’ contact details with you in case of emergency
3. Don’t text while driving
4. When it is getting dark, start walking in groups
5. Don’t leave your car unlocked, it’s not safe

Remember – it is very important that your video must be in MP4 or WMV format and less than one minute long ...

Email your video to lotterS@ufs.ac.za  along with your student number and contact details before 5 September 2014. The winner will be announced on 12 September.

(*The iPad wil only be included in the prizes if the UFS receive at least 15 entries for this video competition ...)

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