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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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Outcomes of the CHE National Review of the LLB degree
2017-04-18

The Faculty of Law at the University of the Free State (UFS) participated in the 2016 national curriculum review of the LLB degree in 2016. This review was conducted under the auspices of the Council on Higher Education (CHE) and had, as its purpose, the evaluation of the extent to which the four-year LLB degree meets its objectives.

The draft report that was issued to the UFS Faculty of Law indicated that, although the degree largely meets most of the standards for the qualification, the primary concern of the CHE regarding the programme is the number of credits students are required to complete for the degree.

Based on CHE credit limits for programmes, the LLB degree programme is too overloaded for a four-year programme. The CHE thus requires the faculty to address its concerns.

As the faculty had already indicated that the current LLB curriculum be replaced with a new one before the CHE review, it has already started with a recurriculation process and will be able to supply the CHE with a strategy and implementation plan to address its concerns by mid-October 2017, as requested.

 

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