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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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Start your postgraduate journey: Open Day 2016
2016-06-13

Postgraduate Open Day
Programme

You find yourself in the final year of your studies and are keen to step out into the real world, or you are already earning a salary and want to advance yourself in the corporate world. However, the truth is that, if you want to stand out and be heard in a very noisy employment landscape, you have to improve your competitive advantage.

Postgraduate studies give you the edge, and open up a greater chance of opportunities, such as:

Quick fact:
Your B degree is no longer enough
to enable you to climb the corporate
ladder to success. The answer to
your dilemma is Postgraduate
Studies
.

•    Improving your employability
•    Earning a higher income
•    Developing your communication, critical-thinking
      and problem-solving skills
•    Inspiring change in your community
•    Networking with people of all ages and backgrounds

One of the major investments to enhance postgraduate studies at the University of the Free State (UFS), is the Postgraduate School. As an intellectual space, designed specifically with postgraduate students in mind, its main purpose is to make your life easier and the postgraduate road less bumpy by supporting and guiding you through:

•    Supervision
•    Writing skills training
•    Multiple seminars, conferences, webinars, and workshops on research and scholarship
•    Assistance to access funding opportunities

In order to assist you in selecting a postgraduate path, the UFS is hosting a Postgraduate Open Day.

Date: 22 June 2016
Time: Centenary Complex, UFS Bloemfontein Campus (Consult the map for directions)
Venue: 08:30-12:00
Contact details
Postgraduate Prospectus 2017

Join us to get the inside track on reshaping your future.

 

 

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