Students underrepresented in higher education complete first third-level course at MTU

by Gazette Reporter
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14 students from backgrounds typically underrepresented in higher education received their “Building Social Connections” single subject certificate at a conferring ceremony last week at MTU’s Bishopstown campus. The module is the first of its kind to be delivered at MTU’s Cork campuses.

The free 12-week programme was a collaboration between MTU Cork Campus Access Service and the MTU Cork Campus School of Humanities and was funded by the Higher Education Authority’s N-TUTORR National Project. 

This certificate was designed to provide students with an understanding of social connections and developing relationships as well as giving students a taste of what higher education is like. Successful applicants received loan laptops and educational supplies for the duration of the module. 

The module was aimed at groups with lower participation rates in higher education. This included those who experience socio economic disadvantage, students with disabilities, students with experiences of care, students who are carers, students who are teen/lone parents, students from the Irish Traveller Community, students from the Roma Community, mature students, students from ethnic minorities, and those with experience of the criminal justice system. 

Laura Coleman, MTU Cork Campus Access Officer, said, “The ‘Building Social Connections’ module has been hugely successful. It was fantastic to be able to offer the students the opportunity to engage in higher education. These kinds of programmes can profoundly impact lives, serving as important milestones in a student’s education journey. Ensuring higher education is accessible is important to MTU. We aim to build on the success of this programme and continue to welcome students from all backgrounds to MTU” 

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