Minister Mitchell O’Connor launches new Action Plan to promote Traveller participation in higher education

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on November 26th, 2019 by steve

Ireland"“Minister of State for Higher Education Mary Mitchell O’Connor TD. today, on World Access to Higher Education Day, launched the Action Plan to Promote Traveller Participation in Higher Education. The Minister was joined at the launch, held in TU Dublin, by several third level students and recent graduates from the Traveller community, who told their own stories of studying in universities and colleges around Ireland, and gave insights into the supports that are most useful to students …” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 26 November]

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‘Why are you here?’: CIT graduate says mentorship is key to Traveller students

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on November 2nd, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Mentorship is key to helping Traveller students progress to third level, according to a member of the Travelling community who has become the first woman in her family to graduate. ‘Why are you here?’: CIT graduate says mentorship is key to Traveller students. Breda Hogan was among the students conferred at Cork Institute of Technology (CIT) yesterday where she received her level eight degree in business administration …” (more)

[Jess Casey, Irish Examiner, 1 November]

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Just 61 Travellers in Third-Level in 2017, Finds Report

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on October 31st, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Just 61 students in higher education in 2017 were members of the Travelling community, a new report from the Department of Education has found. The report examines a wide range of areas across primary, post-primary and third-level education in Ireland …” (more)

[Emer Moreau, University Times, 31 October]

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Dearth of Travellers at Third-Level is an Indictment of Universities

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on July 15th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“When Trinity PhD student Patrick McDonagh, a member of the Travelling community, called this week for the creation of a seat for Travellers in the Seanad, he made an important point. McDonagh argued that implementing a route to political representation for Travellers would ‘mark the beginning of what would still be a long journey to giving Travellers a role in the State, in proportion to our place and population within it’ …” (more)

[University Times, 14 July]

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Sindy Joyce is first Traveller to graduate with a PhD in Ireland

Posted in Governance and administration on January 16th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“A Co Limerick woman who has become the first Traveller in Ireland to graduate with a PhD, said she has ‘mixed emotions’ about the accolade, as it reminded her of the Traveller community’s long struggle in accessing education …” (more)

[David Raleigh, Irish Times, 15 January]

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More Travellers Should Be at Third-Level. But Let’s Not Deify a University Degree

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on December 24th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“It’s hard to be sanguine about access to third-level education in Ireland, particularly given the news this week that only 1% of Travellers progress to higher education. Among the wider population, the figure is 55%. In real terms, there were 41 Travellers in third-level education last year, out of around 250,000 students in third-level education in general …” (more)

[University Times, 23 December]

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Just 1% of Traveller children go on to higher education

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on December 22nd, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Just 1% of Traveller children progress to third-level education compared with more than half of the wider community, latest figures show. The finding is contained in a review of the Government’s plan to boost numbers of marginalised groups in the higher-education system …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 21 December]

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Travellers need ‘ring-fenced funding for third-level’

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on October 12th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Greater communication between colleges and Traveller support groups and the ring-fencing of special funding would help increase the number of Travellers in third-level education, a seminar has been told …” (more)

[Barry Roche, Irish Times, 11 October]

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‘I left primary school and was adamant I’d never go back – now I’m in college’

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on December 23rd, 2009 by steve

“Melissa McDonagh is one of a small but growing number of Irish Travellers going to college. The 20-year-old is among 60 Traveller students who have enrolled for third-level education in the past two years, according to official statistics …” (more)

[John Walshe, Independent, 23 December]