There’s a path to higher education for everyone no matter what their background. That’s according to UCD Access and Lifelong Learning ahead of their ‘University for All Week’ which takes place from 26th to 29th November.
Speaking today, Dr Anna Kelly, Director, UCD Access & Lifelong Learning, said: “We believe that students entering higher education should reflect the diversity of the population. Each year, our Access and Lifelong Learning Centre welcome students from every county in Ireland, including Longford.
“We know that for a lot of people, they feel university or higher education simply isn’t an option for them. For any Longford people who may not have had a chance to enrol in college following school, for whatever reason, or for those who are considering returning to education, our University for All week is highlighting the various paths to higher education and the supports our UCD Access and Lifelong Learning Centre provides.”
“Yet access isn’t just about getting students in the door to the University, it’s about ensuring they have the same opportunities to succeed when they get here. That’s why access and inclusion need to be at the heart of the University. Our goal is for every student – no matter what their background – is that they feel welcomed, that they belong, and that they are valued.”
With 70 years’ experience improving access and participation, UCD is leading the way in moving inclusion from the margins to the mainstream. Participation rates for undergraduate students from non-traditional backgrounds is nearly 30 per cent with aim to increase this to 33% by 2020.
University for All Week
The first annual University for All Week is a four-day programme bringing together students, educators, and policy makers to reflect on inclusive practices across the higher education sector.
As well as the publication of the Toolkit, highlights from University for All Week include:
The publication of a new Toolkit for Inclusive Higher Education Institution.
The launch of student support video created by a group of mature students.
An address by former access student Dr Paula Williams. Dr Williams is currently a process engineer at Intel and will share her experience of higher education.
The launch of the inaugural UCD See One Be One Awards.
An exhibition showcasing the range of research, teaching, engagement happening throughout the University.
An address by Simon O’Connor, Director, Museum of Literature Ireland on widening access to cultural institutions.
The full programme is available at www.ucd.ie/all/about/ ucduniversityforallweek.