Third Level Participation

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on February 17th, 2017 by steve

IrelandSeán Crowe (Dublin South West, Sinn Fein): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills to outline the action being taken to support schools in which less than 65% of students continue education to third level, to ensure more of these students can continue to third level …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 14 February]

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Inequalities in higher education

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on February 8th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – Further to ‘New figures expose class divide in higher education’ (February 7th), if institutes of technology have a higher proportion of their students qualifying for grants, surely this should be celebrated as evidence that the institutes of technology have opened up opportunities to less-favoured regions and social groups. Instead we have the complaint that the universities are relatively elitist …” (more)

[John Sheehan, Irish Times, 8 February]

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Government ‘must do more’ to improve higher education access

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on January 31st, 2017 by steve

Ireland“More than two-thirds of people believe the Government should do more to assist people seeking access to higher education, according to a new survey. The report, by Careers Unlimited, asked 1,500 people about their attitudes and experiences of pursuing courses in higher education …” (more)

[Sean Duffy, Independent, 31 January]

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Institutes of Technology: Promoting Access and Protecting Third-Level Education

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on January 11th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“As the question surrounding the future of higher education is debated in the national media, the difficulties faced by institutes of technology can often be forgotten. Higher education and the purpose it fulfils changes depending on who you ask …” (more)

[Dominic McGrath, University Times, 11 January]

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Increase in disadvantaged students at third level despite funding cut, says HEA

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on December 21st, 2016 by steve

Ireland“According to a report from the Higher Education Authority (HEA), there has been an increase in the percentage of students from underprivileged backgrounds and those with disabilities attending third level institutions despite a cut in funding since 2008. The HEA has been ‘acutely concerned’ about the negative impacts of this cut in funding and has carried out a number of reports to evaluate different aspects of higher education …” (more)

[Aleksandra Kosjakova, Trinity News, 20 December]

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Action Plan on Education lacks ambition – Byrne

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on September 15th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“‘The three year education strategy released today by Minister Bruton lacks the determination, resources and leadership that is required to achieve its goals’, said Fianna Fáil’s Education Spokesperson, Thomas Byrne TD …” (more)

[Fianna Fáil, 15 September]

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Proximity to college raises chances of disadvantaged going

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on April 25th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Students in relatively disadvantaged areas of the capital are more likely to go on to third-level if they live close to a college, new figures suggest. A breakdown of student grant data shows higher participation rates in the Blanchardstown and Tallaght areas, which have institutes of technology …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 25 April]

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How Far Ahead the Trinity Access Programme Is, and How Far We Need to Go

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on April 25th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“On Wednesday, a constituent college of Oxford announced that it is to try to replicate the Trinity Access Programme (TAP) by launching a pilot access scheme that offers a ‘foundation year’ to students from under-represented backgrounds …” (more)

[University Times, 24 April]

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Oxford models TCD’s access programme to recruit disadvantaged students

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on April 21st, 2016 by steve

Ireland“An Oxford University college is piloting a scheme to recruit students from disadvantaged backgrounds based on an access programmed developed by Trinity College Dublin …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 21 April]

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Access programmes and universities

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on April 20th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – Prof Matthew A Harmey is of course right that financial considerations are a major issue for young people from families with limited means who wish to access third-level education (April 18th). Whether it is the major factor is open to debate …” (more)

[Brian Fleming, Irish Times, 20 April]

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Oxford Seeks to Replicate Trinity Access Programme with New Scheme

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on April 20th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Lady Margaret Hall, a constituent college of the University of Oxford, is to launch a pilot access scheme offering a ‘foundation year’ to students from under-represented backgrounds in a new programme modelled on the Trinity Access Programme (TAP) …” (more)

[Róisín Power, University Times, 20 April]

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Access programmes and universities

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on April 18th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – As one who organised and ran a university access course for over 12 years, I believe that the greatest problem for students who suffer disadvantage in education is finance …” (more)

[Letters, Irish Times, 18 April]

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Access to third-level education

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on April 14th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“A chara, – You report that the Higher Education Authority (HEA) aims to ‘narrow the participation gap’ at third level by increasing the number of students from ‘disadvantaged’ backgrounds using bafflingly worded strategies such as ‘mainstreaming the delivery of equity of access’ …” (more)

[Gareth Keeley, Irish Times, 14 April]

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The psychological effects of hardship are a barrier to higher education

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on April 12th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Opinion: Poverty can lead to a cutting-off of stimulating experiences for children and to mental-health problems for parents, with all its knock-on effects. It is nearly 50 years since Fianna Fáil minister for education Donogh O’Malley announced plans for free second-level education for every child up to intermediate level …” (more)

[Richard Layte, Irish Times, 12 April]

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Mind the gap: the stark class divide in access to third level

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on April 12th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Students from disadvantaged areas are still much less likely to progress to higher education. The challenges have been identified, but how do we go about bridging the social divide? …” (more)

[Peter McGuire, Irish Times, 12 April]

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Trinity students take ‘privilege walk’ to highlight access issues

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on April 6th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“What do a woman from Tallaght who dropped out of school when she was 15 because she was pregnant, an Irish citizen who was born in Nigeria and has come up from his home in Cork to study in the capital, and a former pupil of Omagh Grammar School and proud Traveller who qualified for Trinity College Dublin with good A-Levels have in common? Why privilege, of course …” (more)

[Anthea McTeirnan, Irish Times, 5 April]

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Tánaiste and Minister O’Sullivan launch new National Plan for Equity of Access to Higher Education

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on December 16th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“The National Access Plan for 2015-19 contains 5 key goals and more than 30 actions that are intended to assist under-represented groups to participate in third level education. It contains a number of targets for specific categories of students, including ‘disadvantaged’ students, students with disabilities, mature students, and members of the Travelling community …” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 16 December]

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Talking points: Getting poorer students to university

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on August 4th, 2015 by steve

Scotland“One of the failures of almost every higher education system over recent years has been the inability to increase significantly the number of students from what one might describe as poor backgrounds entering university …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 4 August]

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Tory victory means an end to wider participation in higher education

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on June 1st, 2015 by steve

UK“The general election result will mean a wider gulf between ‘top’ universities and the rest, and an end to widening participation. The trouble with the Conservative victory in the election is not only that we are stuck with a system of funding higher education that will burden graduates with debt …” (more)

[Peter Scott, Guardian, 1 June]

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Is the accessible university an unwelcoming one?

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on May 12th, 2015 by steve

Scotland“Ever since higher education ceased to be the classroom of the elite, questions have been raised from time to time about how accommodating universities are to those from disadvantaged backgrounds …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 12 May]

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