Colleges may face funding cuts over access targets

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on August 20th, 2014 by steve

“Third-level colleges could have funding cut if they do not meet new targets to improve access for disadvantaged, disabled and mature students. Despite progress in the last five years, many Higher Education Authority targets for participation by under-represented groups have not been met …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 20 August]

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Donegal, Laois have lowest level of higher education participation

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

“Donegal and Laois are the counties with the lowest level of participation in higher education but are still well ahead of underprivileged parts of Dublin, according to new estimates published today …” (more)

[Joe Humphreys, Irish Times, 20 August]

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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 fear for special needs pupils

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on November 21st, 2013 by steve

“Students with special educational needs are not getting enough support to help them go to college, according to new research …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 21 November]

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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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Disabled Students ‘Need Help’ As They Are Failed By Universities

Posted in Governance and administration on October 3rd, 2013 by steve

“Universities are failing disabled students, with only half having lecture theatres and libraries which can be accessed by wheelchairs, a damning report has revealed …” (more)

[Lucy Sherriff, Huffington Post, 3 October]

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Smart technology is smart learning

Posted in Teaching on August 21st, 2013 by steve

“If the education system in 21st-century Ireland is to be fit for purpose, it must address how technology can support the education of all children and young people, including the one in 10 children with dyslexia …” (more)

[Donald Ewing, Irish Times, 21 August]

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Report on the participation rates of students with disabilities in third level launched by AHEAD

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on January 29th, 2013 by steve

“A new report released today by the Association for Higher Education Access & Disability (AHEAD) on the Participation Rates of Students with Disabilities in Higher Education for the Academic Year 2011/12 reveals that while the overall numbers of students with disabilities participating has risen 15% year on year since 2010/11 …” (more)

[Association for Higher Education Access & Disability, 28 January]

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College earns top honours for disabled sports

Posted in Governance and administration on December 3rd, 2012 by steve

“An Irish third-level institution has been recognised by the United Nations organisation for Education, Science and Culture as a centre of excellence in providing access to sport for people with disabilities …” (more)

[Independent, 3 December]

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The education system fails our citizens with disabilities

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on November 27th, 2012 by steve

“… Research by the Association for Higher Education Access Disability shows that school-leavers with disabilities are four times less likely to progress to higher education. This correlates with the CSO figures, which indicate that disabled people are three times more likely to leave school before they are 15 and that disabled adults are twice as likely to be unemployed as nondisabled adults …” (more)

[Anne Heelan, Irish Times, 27 November]

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Access is more than a ramp

Posted in Teaching on March 7th, 2012 by steve

“Luke Kelly Melia is 13 years old and in primary school in Cavan. Well he was in school until he got an assistance dog and the school refused to allow him bring it to school. I first read about Luke in January and had not heard anything since and thought the matter had been sorted. However I was informed today that he is still not allowed to bring the dog to school …” (more)

[Maman Poulet, 6 March]

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