Why Did it Take a Pandemic to Reasonably Accommodate Everyone?

Posted in Governance and administration, Teaching on April 10th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Trinity adapted quickly in March 2020 when coronavirus restrictions closed the university. As classes moved online, so did annual examinations. Mitigating measures were introduced, including the option to defer assessments – without explanation – before or after sitting them, or resit modules students had passed alongside greater latitude in marking of assignments and assessments …” (more)

[Declan Treanor, University Times, 9 April]

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Mayo PhD student won’t lose disability allowance over scholarship

Posted in Governance and administration on March 10th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“The Minister for Social Protection has confirmed to RTÉ News that Mayo student Catherine Gallagher will not lose her disability allowance as a result of winning a PhD scholarship …” (more)

[Teresa Mannion, RTÉ News, 9 March]

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€5.4m to be Spent on Initiatives for Students with Disabilities

Posted in Governance and administration on January 22nd, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Some €5.4 million is to be spent on initiatives to help third-level students with disabilities, Minister for Higher Education Simon Harris announced today. The initiatives are designed to improve college campuses and will also assist staff with training and development …” (more)

[Sárán Fogarty, University Times, 22 January]

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Greater numbers of Higher Education places accepted by students with disabilities and students facing socioeconomic disadvantage in 2020

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on December 11th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Disability Access Route to Education (DARE) and Higher Education Access Route (HEAR) Annual Report 2020 published today shows a 22% increase in places acceptance by students with disabilities and 15% increase by those experiencing socioeconomic disadvantage …” (more)

[HEA, 11 December]

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Minister Harris marks International Day of Persons with Disabilities with series of meetings on access to education

Posted in Governance and administration on December 4th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Minister for Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science Simon Harris TD will today mark International Day of Persons with Disabilities with a series of meetings on how to improve access to third level education …” (more)

[gov.ie, 3 December]

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Third Level Education – Learning Difficulties

Posted in Teaching on September 11th, 2020 by steve

IrelandRose Conway-Walsh (Mayo, Sinn Fein): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the provisions in place for those with learning difficulties if all third level education is to be online; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 8 September]

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Face Coverings May Pose Difficulties For Disabled Students

Posted in Governance and administration on August 21st, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Face coverings will be mandatory for students attending in-person classes in University College Dublin (UCD) this Autumn Trimester. Students in all levels of education in UCD will have to wear face coverings in class; especially where social distancing of 2 metres cannot be maintained …” (more)

[Ann Jaffray, College Tribune, 20 August]

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Third Level Admissions – DARE and HEAR

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on July 23rd, 2020 by steve

IrelandGary Gannon (Dublin Central, Social Democrats): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the details of students who were successful in their applications to the national alternative entry schemes for students with disabilities and students from low socio-economic backgrounds, DARE and HEAR, for the past two years in tabular form …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 21 July]

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‘The University does not care about their students’ – UCD Student with Disabilities

Posted in Governance and administration on July 19th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Concern over how University College Dublin (UCD) will be able to safely bring students back onto campus is growing among the student population, particularly amongst students with disabilities or serious illnesses. When updating students about how teaching will commence on campus during the summer semester, the only reference to these students is that the university is exploring options to protect vulnerable students …” (more)

[Stephen Kisbey-Green, College Tribune, 19 July]

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New Student Group Seeks Mandatory Accessibility Classes for Lecturers

Posted in Teaching on June 12th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Trinity students, alongside the Disability Service, have launched a new co-operative with the aim of introducing mandatory accessibility classes for lecturers and promoting awareness of students with disabilities on campus …” (more)

[Cormac Watson, University Times, 11 June]

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Students with Disabilities Have Long Sought Online Learning. It Must Continue and Improve

Posted in Governance and administration, Teaching on June 5th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Over the past few weeks, the Disability Service has been conducting surveys and collecting information about the student experience with online learning. In a recent survey amongst 90 students with different disabilities, it was reported that 49.5% indicated that their experience of online learning was positive, 29% said it was negative, 18% had a mixed experience …” (more)

[Niamh Ní Hoireabhaird, University Times, 4 June]

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Third level can be a real option for people with intellectual disabilities

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on January 3rd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“We must do much better for our young people with intellectual disabilities in terms of access to third level education if we genuinely want an inclusive society. A recent report by the Inclusive National Higher Education Forum (INHEF) concluded …” (more)

[Hugo MacNeil, Irish Times, 3 February]

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Student Support Schemes – Students with Disabilities

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on December 20th, 2019 by steve

IrelandJohn Brassil (Kerry, Fianna Fail): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the policies being developed to ensure that students with disabilities can complete their university education without incurring fees for deferring some of their coursework; if a plan will be supported that allocates funds to allow additional time for students with visual and hearing impairments and students who use wheelchairs to complete their university degree; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 18 December]

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Extra time could make huge difference for students with disabilities

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on December 9th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Third-level students with certain disabilities say they should not have to suffer financial penalties if they need extra time to complete a college course, and have called on the Government to facilitate them. Currently students who do not complete 60 credits each year are deemed part-time and lose the SUSI grant covering the €3,000 annual registration fee and other maintenance …” (more)

[Carole Coleman, RTÉ News, 8 December]

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Student Support Schemes – Students With Disabilities

Posted in Governance and administration on November 28th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“John Brassil (Kerry, Fianna Fail): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the policies being developed to ensure that students with disabilities can complete their university education without incurring fees for deferring some of their coursework; and if a plan that would allocate funds to allow additional time for students with visual and hearing impairments and who use wheelchairs to complete their university degree will be supported …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 26 November]

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Higher Education Institution – Students With Disabilities

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on November 23rd, 2019 by steve

IrelandJohn Brassil (Kerry, Fianna Fail): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if the timeframe in which students with disabilities that are wheelchair users, visually impaired and hearing impaired could complete their degree course will be extended by at least one extra year without incurring extra costs or fees; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 21 November]

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In Third-Level, Number of Students With Disabilities Rises by 17%

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on November 18th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“There was a 17% increase in the number of students with disabilities attending higher education from 2017 to 2018, new research has found. Some 14,720 students with disabilities enrolled in third-level courses for the 2017/2018 academic year, representing 6.2% of the total student population, according to research conducted by the Association for Higher Education Access and Disability (AHEAD) …” (more)

[Danielle Varley, University Times, 18 November]

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Trinity College Dublin installs first disabled bicycle parking facilities

Posted in Governance and administration on June 25th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Trinity College Dublin has installed disabled bicycle parking facilities, the first college in Ireland to do so. The spaces, which allow for wider, hand-operated tricycles, as well as regular bikes, are clearly signposted, step-free and located next to a ramp. Trinity College’s director of disability services, Declan Treanor, welcomed anyone with a disability to park their bike in the spot, even if the university is not their destination …” (more)

[Ellen O’Riordan, Irish Times, 24 June]

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Minister launches new Irish Sign Language Bachelor of Education programme for deaf students

Posted in Teaching on January 24th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Minister for Education and Skills Joe McHugh TD has today formally launched a new undergraduate programme in DCU that enables deaf and hard of hearing people who use Irish Sign Language (ISL) to enter primary teaching. The programme is receiving funding from the Department of Education and Skills under the PATH 1 inclusion programme …” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 24 January]

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Universities can do more to support their disabled students

Posted in Governance and administration on January 17th, 2019 by steve

“Going to university is no longer the preserve of a privileged few. Thanks to successive reforms under this government, including a generous student finance system and the abolition of student number controls, anyone who aspires to a higher education can achieve it …” (more)

[Chris Skidmore, Guardian, 17 January]

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