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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 receives apparatus for research in bio analysis
2006-08-31

The Department of Chemistry at the University of the Free State (UFS) and FARMOVS-PAREXEL received three mass spectrometers valued at  R6 000 000 from Applied-Biosystems (Canada), one of the biggest suppliers of mass spectrometers in the world.  
 
The apparatus will be used in the department's research projects on bio analytical and bio prospecting in the search of new drugs for indigenous biodiversity.  The UFS Department of Chemistry and FARMOVS-PAREXEL have been working together closely for the past two years to develop new bio analytical methods to analyse drugs in blood.

Standing next to one of the mass spectrometers are from the left:  Prof Herman van Schalkwyk (Dean: Faculty of Natural and Agricultural Sciences), Dr Irene Kamara (senior lecturer at the UFS Department of Chemistry), Dr Kenneth Swart (senior director and head of the bioanalytical section of FARMOVS-PAREXEL), Mr Uwe Völlkopf (Business Development Manager of Applied Biosystems (Canada)) and Prof Jan van der Westhuizen (head of the organic chemistry division at the UFS Department of Chemistry).

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