Trinity College Dublin installs first disabled bicycle parking facilities

Posted in Governance and administration on June 25th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Trinity College Dublin has installed disabled bicycle parking facilities, the first college in Ireland to do so. The spaces, which allow for wider, hand-operated tricycles, as well as regular bikes, are clearly signposted, step-free and located next to a ramp. Trinity College’s director of disability services, Declan Treanor, welcomed anyone with a disability to park their bike in the spot, even if the university is not their destination …” (more)

[Ellen O’Riordan, Irish Times, 24 June]

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Minister launches new Irish Sign Language Bachelor of Education programme for deaf students

Posted in Teaching on January 24th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Minister for Education and Skills Joe McHugh TD has today formally launched a new undergraduate programme in DCU that enables deaf and hard of hearing people who use Irish Sign Language (ISL) to enter primary teaching. The programme is receiving funding from the Department of Education and Skills under the PATH 1 inclusion programme …” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 24 January]

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Universities can do more to support their disabled students

Posted in Governance and administration on January 17th, 2019 by steve

“Going to university is no longer the preserve of a privileged few. Thanks to successive reforms under this government, including a generous student finance system and the abolition of student number controls, anyone who aspires to a higher education can achieve it …” (more)

[Chris Skidmore, Guardian, 17 January]

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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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‘A PhD supervisor found out I was deaf, and cancelled the interview’

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on November 11th, 2017 by steve

“Martin McLean, 38, has two postgraduate degrees – a PGCE awarded by the University of Wales and a master’s in arts policy and management from Birkbeck. He’s an education and training policy adviser at the National Deaf Children’s Society, and has been deaf since birth …” (more)

[Guardian, 10 November]

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Row over change of NUI Galway disabled toilets to transgender ones

Posted in Governance and administration on September 1st, 2017 by steve

Ireland“A disabled campaigner has described NUI Galway’s decision to change disabled toilets to an all-gender (transgender) toilets as ‘deeply offensive’ …” (more)

[Ronan McGreevy, Irish Times, 1 September]

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Without accessible conferences, we lose the voices of disabled academics

Posted in Governance and administration on September 1st, 2017 by steve

“Academic conference season is in full swing. For early-career researchers, conferences offer opportunities to share ideas and build networks. More established academics attend to meet with colleagues, old friends and learn about the latest work in their field. But they can also be a stressful, distressing and exhausting experience, particularly for disabled academics …” (more)

[Kate Sang, Guardian, 31 August]

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UCD and Disabilities

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on March 2nd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Ireland is the only country in the European Union that has not ratified the UN Convention for the Rights of People with Disabilities (CRPD). This is in spite of having over ten years in which to do it. If Ireland has not even ratified disability rights, how do we treat Irish students with disabilities? …” (more)

[Eithne Dodd, University Observer, 2 March]

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Universities failing to support disabled academics

Posted in Governance and administration on February 6th, 2017 by steve

“Disabled lecturers and researchers are facing restricted opportunities for promotion in Scottish universities, an academic has warned. Dr Kate Sang, associate professor in management at Heriot-Watt University, in Edinburgh, said current barriers included a culture of long hours unsuitable for some disabled staff …” (more)

[Andrew Denholm, Herald Scotland, 6 February]

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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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Increased level of disabled college entrants

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on December 19th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Higher Education Authority (HEA) statistics show that 3,347, or 11%, of new full-time entrants to third-level colleges in 2014 are categorised as having a disability. This was up from 2,166 who were being assisted by a fund for students with disabilities three years earlier, and slightly above the target of 3,200 for this academic year …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 19 December]

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‘I was isolated at my graduation’: Limerick student

Posted in Governance and administration on February 29th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“A woman in her 60s who is a wheelchair user, has issued a complaint to the University of Limerick after, she claims, she was seated in the ‘back room’ of the University Concert Hall during her graduation ceremony …” (more)

[Fintan Walsh, Limerick Leader, 28 February]

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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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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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Provision of special needs supports for state exams to be reviewed

Posted in Teaching on June 25th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“The State Examinations Commission is to review its policy on the provision of supports for students with special needs after complaints this year from parents and disability campaigners …” (more)

[Joe Humphreys, Irish Times, 24 June]

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Access All Areas

Posted in Life on March 27th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Jack Kavanagh discusses the challenges of returning to Trinity as a wheelchair user. In the first week after my injury, I remember lying in a hospital bed and miming to my friends through a mouthful of tubes, asking them to contact the Pharmacy Department and let them know that I’d be a few weeks late getting back to college …” (more)

[Jack Kavanagh, University Times, 26 March]

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College lecturers accused of not doing enough to include students with disabilities

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on February 18th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Around 60% of disability staff believe that academics are not doing enough to include students with disabilities in their courses. That’s according to a new report by the Association for Higher Education Access and Disability (AHEAD) …” (more)

[, 18 February]

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Higher education websites unsuitable for special needs students, says report

Posted in Governance and administration on September 23rd, 2014 by steve

“A new study has found that poorly-designed Irish higher education websites could be contributing to significant dropouts among students with particular disabilities because they cannot access certain assignment services …” (more)

[Colm Gorey, Silicon Republic, 23 September]

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Education and support vital to those with disabilities – ESRI

Posted in Governance and administration on September 16th, 2014 by steve

“The ESRI is highlighting the importance of social supports and access to education in the lives of people with disabilities in Ireland. New research by the institute shows participation by people with disabilities in the workforce is low in Ireland when compared with other European countries …” (more)

[, 16 September]

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Getting yourself ready physically and practically for third-level life

Posted in Life on August 22nd, 2014 by steve

“So you’re off to college and you have a disability or specific learning difficulty; here’s how to get off to a good start. All the hard work has paid off: you have survived the Leaving Cert and you’re off to college …” (more)

[Brian Mooney, Irish Times, 22 August]