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National Access Plan 2008-2013

The National Plan for Equity of Access to Higher Education 2008-2013 was launched in 2008 by the Higher Education Authority. It was developed by the National Access Office and in consultation with a wide range of stakeholders. The programme for the 2008-2013 period aimed to build on the progress achieved under the 2005-2007 Action Plan. The plan ran concurrently with the National Development Plan 2007-2013 and set out the rationale, policy and context for widening participation in Irish higher education, including an evaluation of progress. It includes a number of objectives and related action points to achieve equity of access to higher education. The relevant objectives include:

  • Investment in widening participation in higher education
  • Institution-wide approaches to access
  • Modernisation of student supports
  • Enhancing access through lifelong learning
  • Widening participation in higher education for people with disabilities

Each objective was accompanied with associated actions to achieve the objectives and the plan highlighted ongoing and new areas of action, including work with institutions on the development of an access plan as an integral element of the overall strategic planning process, and work with the Department of Education and Science (after 2010 the Department of Education and Skills) on the modernisation of student supports. The National Access Plan set challenging but realistic targets for the 2008-2013 period, with interim targets for 2010. A mid-term review was published in late 2010.

National Plan for Equity of Access to Higher Education

National Plan for Equity of Access to Higher Education

Mid-Term Review of National Plan for Equity of Access to Higher Education

Mid-Term Review of National Plan for Equity of Access to Higher Education

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