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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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UFS applications for admissions amid the ongoing SA Post Office strike
2014-10-03

 
Mail services in Gauteng, Bloemfontein, Durban and Cape Town are hampered by the unprotected industrial action of Post Office employees.

The closing date for applications for admission in 2015 was 30 September 2014. But, due to the strike, the University of the Free State has made alternative arrangements for first-time applicants who have applied via post for admission to study in 2015.

If a first-time applicant can provide the university with proof that he/she posted an application form for admission before or on 30 September 2014, a duplicate of this application will be accepted up until 10 October 2014. Proof of postage can be sent to Applications@ufs.ac.za.

If a first-time applicant is not able to provide proof of postage, an application for admission in 2015 should be sent to the same email address by 10 October 2014. The UFS will allow applications to be received until 08:00 on Monday 13 October 2014.

For more information contact +27(0)51 401 9864/3393/3696 

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