NUI Galway appoints first full-time Traveller Education Officer

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on September 13th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“NUI Galway has appointed its first full-time Traveller Education Officer to lead the teaching and learning of students from the Traveller community. Owen Ward, a Traveller, qualified teacher and alumnus of the University, will take on the role as NUI Galway develops a model to empower the community to overcome barriers to access, progression, retention and success in higher education …” (more)

[Kenneth Fox, BreakingNews.ie, 13 September]

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Additional college places needed to match demand – Mayo TD

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on June 7th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Mayo TD Rose Conway-Walsh has called on the government to stop downplaying the scale of the increase of applicants to the CAO and to take action to make additional places available. The Sinn Féin spokesperson for Further and Higher Education, Conway-Walsh stated: ‘The Leaving Cert results being delayed until September 3 will be very stressful news for students and their families …'” (more)

[Connaught Telegraph, 6 June]

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Further and Higher Education – Access

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on May 22nd, 2021 by steve

IrelandRichard Boyd Barrett (Dún Laoghaire, People Before Profit Alliance): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills his views on whether limiting access to higher and further education is anachronistic; if he will consider establishing open access to third-level education for all; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 20 May]

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Prison university project to ‘bring third-level to those furthest away from it’

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on April 19th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“A programme to support prisoners to go to university, and ‘bring third-level education to those furthest away from it’ will be unveiled on Monday by Minister for Justice Helen McEntee and her colleague, Minister for Higher Education Simon Harris. The Mountjoy and Maynooth University (MJMU) project aims to become a template across the prison service to ‘disrupt the inevitability’ of a life in and out of the prison system for many offenders …” (more)

[Kitty Holland, Irish Times, 19 April]

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Invitation to Make a Submission on the next National Plan for Equity of Access to Higher Education (2022-2026)

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on April 16th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“The Higher Education Authority (HEA) and Department of Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science (DFHERIS) are preparing the next National Plan for Equity of Access to Higher Education (‘National Access Plan’). The current National Access Plan was published in December 2015. A Progress Review published in December 2018 extended the plan until December 2021 …” (more)

[Maura O’Shea, HEA, 16 April]

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Participation in Third and Fourth-level Education

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on March 15th, 2021 by steve

IrelandBernard Durkan (Kildare North, Fine Gael): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the extent to which he hopes to encourage participation in third and fourth-level education throughout the country regardless of socioeconomic background; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 11 March]

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Third-level should be free to access, says Higher Education Minister

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on March 9th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Student loans are unlikely to be used to bridge a chronic underfunding in the country’s third-level sector, Higher Education Minister Simon Harris has said. Speaking at the launch of a three-year plan for his department, Mr Harris said he was committed to delivering a sustainable model to allow universities and colleges be funded adequately, especially when more and more people want to attend …” (more)

[Daniel McConnell, Irish Examiner, 8 March]

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Temporary changes to the Disability Access Route to Education (DARE) makes application process easier to complete for Leaving Cert students facing extended school closures

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on January 28th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Recognising the difficulty applicants and school staff are facing due to extended periods of secondary school closure, temporary changes have been made to the 2021 DARE process to help students to make their applications. To ensure supporting documentation reaches CAO in time for the March 15th deadline, schools will now be able to electronically sign off students’ supporting documentation …” (more)

[IUA, 27 January]

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Access to Higher Education: DARE

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on January 23rd, 2021 by steve

IrelandAodhán Ó Ríordáin (Dublin Bay North, Labour): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if his attention has been drawn to delays in some schools in completing school-based attainment testing due to the Covid-19 pandemic, which have led to a concern among parents that testing will not take place in time to apply for the disability access route to education, DARE, programme; and if he will extend the DARE deadline from 1 March 2021 to prevent the exclusion of candidates who might otherwise qualify …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 21 January]

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Minister Harris announces decision to continue access supports for under-represented groups in higher education

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on December 23rd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Minister for Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science Simon Harris TD has today announced his decision to continue supports for under-represented groups seeking to access higher education. This decision will see additional funding of €7.5m over the next three year period to support access …” (more)

[gov.ie, 23 December]

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Third Level Education – Additioal Supports

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on December 17th, 2020 by steve

IrelandRose Conway-Walsh (Mayo, Sinn Fein): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the measures and supports that have been put in place for third-level students with dyslexia and other conditions that secured them supports at second level; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 15 December]

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Mountjoy prisoners gain access to third-level education during pandemic

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Teaching on October 30th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Prisoners at Mountjoy Prison have been granted online access to college lectures and tutorials during the coronavirus pandemic and this could be instrumental in establishing third-level education in Irish prisons in the longer term, a review of a new project involving the Dublin jail and Maynooth University has concluded …” (more)

[Conor Lally, Irish Times, 29 October]

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Ireland Must Commit to Increased Third-Level Funding And Equal Access for All

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on October 8th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Starting college in 2020 will be an experience like none that has gone before it. The moves to more online learning, the lack of opportunities to socialise and social distancing measures will mean that students and staff have to adapt to a whole new and challenging environment …” (more)

[Laura Harmon, University Times, 7 October]

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Third Level Institutions – Financial Package

Posted in Governance and administration on July 16th, 2020 by steve

IrelandDonnchadh Ó Laoghaire (Cork South Central, Sinn Fein): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if further consideration has been given to or the status of a financial package for the third-level institutions; and if so, if it will include increased SUSI, HEAR, DARE and Access funding to ensure expansion of access to third-level education …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 14 July]

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Third Level Admissions – Travellers

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on July 16th, 2020 by steve

IrelandPatrick Costello (Dublin South Central, Green Party): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the steps she will take to improve access to higher education for members of the Traveller community …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 14 July]

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Government Releases Strategy for Increasing Traveller Participation in Higher Education

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on July 9th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“On the 4th of July, the Irish Government published their National Action Plan (NAP) for Increasing Traveller Participation in Higher Education. The plan was originally launched last November by TD Mary Mitchell O’Connor in TU Dublin, on World Access to Higher Education Day …” (more)

[Ann Jaffray, College Tribune, 9 July]

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What Third-Level Can Expect from Ireland’s Next Government

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on June 16th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Almost four months after the general election, Fianna Fáil, Fine Gael and the Green Party have drawn up a programme for government, which will now be put to their members for a vote …” (more)

[Aoife Kearins and Emer Moreau, University Times, 15 June]

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DCU launches Covid-19 emergency fund as university sees 183% increase in students seeking financial help

Posted in Governance and administration on May 20th, 2020 by steve

“DCU has said it has seen a 183% increase in students looking for help from its Student Assistance Fund since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic. The Dublin university has today launched the Covid-19 Student Emergency Fund in response to the challenges and financial hardship facing students due to the Covid-19 global pandemic …” (more)

[Irish Examiner, 20 May]

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Leaving Cert Inequality Doesn’t Start and End With Predictive Grades

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Teaching on May 14th, 2020 by steve

“When you grow up as a working-class kid, you learn somehow that poverty is somehow your fault, or the fault of your family. You never have enough money because you don’t budget properly, not because our welfare payments don’t meet a minimum essential standard of living …” (more)

[Gary Gannon, University Times, 13 May]

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Minister Mitchell O’Connor highlights range of supports available to groups at risk of educational disadvantage in further and higher education during Covid-19

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on April 27th, 2020 by steve

“Minister welcomes continuation of funding for students as well as increased access to laptops and desktops. Minister of State for Higher Education Mary Mitchell O’Connor has highlighted the range of supports available to students in higher education, particularly from groups traditionally under-represented in higher level education, during Covid-19 …” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 27 April]

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