In 2009, the then Minister for Education and Science, Mr Batt O’Keeffe, T.D. announced the establishment of a high level strategy group under the Chairmanship of Dr Colin Hunt, Managing Director of Macquarie Capital (Europe) Advisers, to develop a strategy for higher education in Ireland. That strategy was formally launched by Tánaiste and Minister for Education and Skills, Ms.
Equal Access Data Collection
Achieving full equality of access to higher education is a national priority, for people with disabilities, mature students who previously had not the opportunity to access higher education, those facing social or economic barriers, and minority groups, including the Traveller community.
WHAT IS SPRINGBOARD?
In 2010 an audit took place to assess how robust the HEA Equal Access Survey is as a means of judging the diversity of participation in higher education and allocating funding to support and incentivise access initiatives by higher education institutions for students with disabilities, mature students and those from socio-economically disadvantaged backgrounds.
This autumn a new curriculum unit encouraging second level students to explore options in further and higher education is being launched nationally.
The unit has been developed through a joint initiative by the HEA and NCCA, with advice from a working group of teachers, guidance counsellors and access officers.
Materials and further information are available here via the National Access Office, HEA, and the NCCA.