HEA Chief Executive Says Colleges Need to Keep Focus on Targeting Disadvantage

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on November 20th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The Chief Executive of the Higher Education Authority, Dr Graham Love, has stated that higher education institutions need to continue to be active both in engaging with disadvantaged communities and in attracting students from disadvantaged backgrounds …” (more)

[Malcolm Byrne, Higher Education Authority, 20 November]

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New figures expose class divide in higher education

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on February 7th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Up to three-quarters of students in some of the State’s colleges are reliant on grant support, according to new figures that highlight the scale of the class divide in Irish higher education. School-leavers from more affluent backgrounds are much more likely to have places in universities offering high-points degrees …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 7 February]

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Social divide shows up in grants across higher education

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on February 7th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“For students whose family income falls below a certain limit, the State helps them attend further and higher education through financial supports. But the distribution of these financial supports among institutions is very revealing …” (more)

[Brian Mooney, Irish Times, 7 February]

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Proportion of Disadvantaged Entrants to Trinity Largely Unchanged Over the Last Five Years

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on November 28th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“The proportion of students entering Trinity from the lowest socioeconomic groups has remained unchanged since 2011, a new report has found, despite significant efforts by College to improve access in recent years …” (more)

[Niamh Egleston, University Times, 27 November]

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Education action plan aims at radical improvements

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

Ireland“A plan to make improvements in the education system and counter the effects of disadvantage will be launched today by Minister for Education Richard Bruton. The aim of the Action Plan for Education is to make the Irish education and training system the best in Europe by 2026 …” (more)

[Stephen Collins, Irish Times, 15 September]

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Access to Higher Education

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on June 10th, 2016 by steve

IrelandCarol Nolan (Offaly, Sinn Fein): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the schemes he is running to promote access to third level education by lower socioeconomic groups, disabled students and mature students; the funding his Department has allocated to each in each of the years 2011 to 2016 to date; if any of the schemes are on a statutory footing or if they are initiatives by a body or institution of his Department; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 8 June]

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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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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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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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Plan to increase access to third level for disadvantaged students

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

Ireland“A Government plan to be published on Wednesday aims to increase the number of students from disadvantaged backgrounds at third level. At present more than 90% of students from affluent parts of the capital such as Dublin 6 and Dublin 4 graduate to third level, compared to about 15% in disadvantaged areas …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 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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Graduation at UL for ‘gifted’ primary school kids

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on December 17th, 2014 by steve

Ireland“Gifted children from disadvantaged areas have graduated from courses at the University of Limerick. The primary school children, between the ages of 10 and 12, from areas with traditionally low college attendance rates, celebrated their graduation from the Centre of Academic Achievement (CAA) at UL last week …” (more)

[Anne O’Donoghue, Limerick Leader, 17 December]

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Third Level Data – Disadvantaged Students

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on October 10th, 2014 by steve

IrelandDeputy Finian McGrath asked the Minister for Education and Skills the numbers or percentage of students from disadvantaged areas attending third level colleges in 2014 …” (more)

[Dáil Éireann Written Answers, 7 October]

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LIT backs ministers ambition for broader access to third level

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on September 4th, 2014 by steve

“The president of Limerick Institute of Technology has welcomed Minister for Education Jan O’Sullivan’s stated ambition to see more third level places allocated to students from disadvantaged backgrounds …” (more)

[Mike Dwane, Limerick Leader, 4 September]

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Education Apartheid

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on August 25th, 2014 by steve

“There’s something about Dublin 6. Don’t you think? For years, I couldn’t quite put my finger on it. It was a strange sensation. What was it? Was it the solid redbricks, the good taste, the drop-in Pilates classes, the sensitively old Volvos, or maybe the Gonzaga waiting list? …” (more)

[David McWilliams, 25 August]

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Jan O’Sullivan: ‘Early years are crucial to tackle gap’

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on August 21st, 2014 by steve

“Following a report by the Higher Education Authority showing a big gap in students from different backgrounds accessing third-level education, Education Minister Jan O’Sullivan said her main objective as minister is to open up higher education to students from disadvantaged backgrounds …” (more)

[Jimmy Woulfe, Irish Examiner, 21 August]

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O’Brien calls for radical overhaul of education system

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

“Speaking following the publication of figures by the Higher Education Authority regarding the progression of young people from disadvantaged areas to higher education, Sinn Féin Spokesperson on Education Jonathan O’Brien TD said …” (more)

[Sinn Féin, 20 August]

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Post codes to help track areas where fewer students progress to third-level

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

“The introduction of post codes in Ireland next year could help track the worst geographical areas for students progressing to third-level. And identifying such areas will allow better information campaigns on higher education to be directed at certain schools …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 20 August]

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‘To get this far given where I’m from feels like a big deal’

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on June 6th, 2014 by steve

“The route from Jobstown in west Dublin to the Royal College of Surgeons in Dublin’s city centre is a flat 10km or so. But for Hope Kudryashova, it is a journey that has involved crossing some of the deepest ravines of the social divide …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 6 June]

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Forget honours maths, primary schools need changes that will really add up for pupils

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on April 23rd, 2014 by steve

“If Ruairi Quinn wants to improve educational outcomes at primary level, he needs to tackle disadvantage, not tinker around with an honours maths requirement for teachers …” (more)

[Colette Brown, Independent, 23 April]

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