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Tánaiste and Minister Jan O’Sullivan launch new National Plan for Equity of Access to Higher Education

Posted on December 17, 2015 at 01:57 PM


The Minister for Education and Skills, Jan O’Sullivan and Tánaiste Joan Burton have announced additional funding of €3million for student support measures in 2016 at the launch of the new National Plan of Equity of Access to Higher Education 2015- 2019.

This plan includes speicific targets to increase participation of ‘disadvantaged’ students, students with disabilities, mature students, and members of the Travelling community in higher education,

Minister O’Sullivan provided details of how the additional €3 million would be allocated. “I am increasing the Student Assistance Fund by €1.5million in 2016. This Fund is a key support for students who experience temporary financial pressures in college. It can often be the difference between a student deciding to stay in or dropping out of college. An additional €500,000 is also being allocated for the Fund for Students with Disabilities. “We have made significant progress in recent years in ensuring that the needs of students with disabilities are accommodated within our higher education institutions. This additional funding will ensure that the necessary technology and supports are in place to ensure that we continue to make our institutions accessible to all of our students and accommodate all talents, the Minister stated. Funding of €1 million is also being provided for a range of other actions such as measures to promote enrolment in initial teacher education programmes by students from under-represented groups, and measures to promote the value of higher education by directly engaging with students, their parents and their wider community."


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