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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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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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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Celebrate exam achievement, but remember those for whom the way is not so easy

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on August 14th, 2013 by steve

“… It is important to celebrate such great achievements. But we might also consider those youngsters awaiting results who have encountered many difficulties along the way to sitting their Leaving Cert, having come from backgrounds where no one has gone to university before, yet who hope to advance to third level against the odds …” (more)

[Mairead Heaaly, Irish Times, 14 August]

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Trinity to consider written applications from students and schools

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

“Trinity College Dublin is to consider written applications from students and the schools they have attended, in addition to Leaving Cert results, when choosing entrants to its degrees …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 21 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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Higher Education Grants – HEAR

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on January 25th, 2012 by steve

Deputy Seán Crowe asked the Minister for Education and Skills if his attention has been drawn to the fact that a number of leaving certificate students who have applied for the higher education access route, HEAR, grant from as far back as August 2011, are still waiting for medical cards to be issued and that one of the criteria for applying for HEAR is that the family hold a medical card in 2011; and if he will ensure that disadvantaged students are not excluded from receiving the HEAR grant due to the long delays in issuing medical cards …” (more)

[Dáil Éireann, 24 January]

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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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Improving college access

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on August 25th, 2010 by steve

“Madam, – We would like to respond to Ross Higgins’s contention that the widening participation policy approach in Ireland over the last 15 years consists of ‘tinkering around the edges’ through ‘mentoring, supports and guidance’ (Opinion, August 21st). Mr Higgins’s opinion piece shows a disappointing lack of reference to any of the varied and imaginative responses to this issue that have developed …” (more)

[Cliona Hannon and others, Irish Times, 25 August]

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Third Level Access Scheme extends to all secondary schools

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on September 8th, 2009 by steve

Ireland“The Higher Education Access Route (HEAR) is being extended by the seven universities, DIT and the seven colleges of education from 305 to all 730 secondary schools in Ireland. The scheme will broaden access opportunities to third level education for school leavers from disadvantaged socio-economic backgrounds across the country. This expansion of the scheme, which was primarily reserved for students from DEIS schools, recognises that educational disadvantage affects a cross section of all communities and is not confined to clearly identifiable areas or regions …” (more)

[UCC Media and Communications, 8 September]

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