At Charter Launch, IUA Calls on Government to ‘Step Up’

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on September 17th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The Irish Universities Association (IUA) today called on the government to ‘step up to the challenge and match the ambition’ of Irish universities, at the launch of a charter designed to make Ireland’s education system the best in Europe by 2026. University autonomy was at the core of the charter, as well as student accessibility …” (more)

[Aisling Marren, University Times, 17 September]

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People with disability now more likely to go to college

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on August 7th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“There has been significant growth in the number of students with disabilities, including those with a mental health condition or autism, going to third-level education. In 2016/17, 10% (4,482) of new entrants to college had a disability, compared with 6% in 2012/13 and 4% in 2007/08. The data has been collated by the Higher Education Authority for the mid-term review of the National Access Strategy 2015-19 …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 7 August]

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Third Level Admissions Reform: HEAR and DARE

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on September 19th, 2017 by steve

IrelandClare Daly (Dublin Fingal, Independent): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if his attention has been drawn to the fact that some colleges are operating a system of a fixed number of places for mature students, HEAR and DARE applicants collectively (details supplied); his plans to change the system; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 11 September]

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Applications rise for college disability route

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on April 26th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“There has been a 20% jump in the number of CAO applicants seeking to enter college on reduced points. It follows changes in the rules for a scheme for students with a significant ongoing illness, a mental health issue or a physical disability …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 26 April]

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Reform of CAO process for disabled students

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on November 2nd, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Students from families who can afford to pay up to €700 for a psychologist’s report to support their case for entry to college on lower CAO points are set the lose the massive advantage they enjoy …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 2 November]

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Strong supports at third level for students with disabilities

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on January 20th, 2014 by steve

“People with disabilities may feel that considering studying at third level would be impossible, given the limitations of their circumstance. They may also feel they might be more successful in securing a college place if they hid their disability totally from the institutions they are hoping to secure a place in. On both counts they would be totally wrong …” (more)

[Brian Mooney, Irish Times, 20 January]

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College support urged for students with disabilities

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on November 11th, 2013 by steve

“Students with special needs should be given better supports on moving to college, but particularly on the transition to further education, researchers have recommended …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 11 November]

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DARE to Prioritise Applicants with Physical or Sensory Disabilities

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on October 28th, 2013 by steve

“Trinity has decided to give preference to students with physical/sensory disabilities in its DARE (Disability Access Route to Education) entry programme from 2014 …” (more)

[Emer Gerrard, University Times, 27 October]

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How to make the most of college if you have a diagnosed disability or learning difficulty?

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Teaching on August 23rd, 2013 by steve

“One of the great success stories of the Irish third-level education system has been the supports developed over the past 25 years by Ahead for students with a wide range of disabilities and learning difficulties …” (more)

[Brian Mooney, Irish Times, 23 August]

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Third Level Access Schemes, DARE & HEAR, Win Taoiseach’s Public Service Excellence Award

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on June 21st, 2012 by steve

“At a ceremony in Dublin Castle on June 21st last An Taoiseach, Enda Kenny presented a Public Service Excellence Award to two college admission schemes the Disability Access Route to Education (DARE) and the Higher Education Access Route (HEAR) …” (more)

[Trinity College Communications Office, 21 June]

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TUI dismayed at new barrier for marginalised students

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on March 26th, 2012 by steve

“The Teachers’ Union of Ireland (TUI) has criticised a new requirement for those with certain disabilities applying for third level places to produce extensive recent reports based on formal psychological tests. Not only are these reports expensive, but the bulk of private educational psychologists are booked out for such assessments up to the CAO cut-off date of April 1st …” (more)

[Teachers’ Union of Ireland, 26 March]

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Disabled and disadvantaged students offered 1,650 college places

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on September 1st, 2010 by steve

“Students with disabilities and from disadvantaged backgrounds have been offered more than 1,650 places in colleges under an expanded scheme to widen third-level access …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 1 September]

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