Twenty-five students from DIT, ITB and ITT, along with their families, friends and lecturers, gathered in Grangegorman to celebrate receiving the 1916 Bursary Fund. Each student was personally congratulated by the President of their Institute - DIT, ITB and ITT.
Welcoming the students, Professor Brian Norton, President of DIT said that all three institutes work hard to encourage greater participation of those in society who are not traditionally represented in Higher Education and that the 1916 Bursary Fund was a powerful addition to the range of supports offered by DIT, ITB and ITT to access students. Also, speaking at the event was Dr Louise Callinan, Access Policy Officer in the Higher Education Authority who discussed the organisation's National Access Plan which is designed to ensure that the student body in Ireland's higher education sector reflects the diversity and social mix of Ireland’s population.
The 1916 Bursary Fund was announced by the Minister for Education and Skills in December in 2017 to encourage participation and success by students from sections of society that are significantly under-represented in higher education. Over the next three academic years, the 1916 Bursary Fund will be awarded to 25 first-year DIT, ITB and ITT students with each receiving a bursary in the amount of €5,000 for each year of their undergraduate programme of study. The fund is open to full-time and part-time students from under-represented socio-economic groups who meet at least one of the following criteria:
- First-time mature student entrants
- Students with a disablity
- Further education award holders
- Lone parents
- Ethnic minorities (including programme refugees), and
- Students who are or were in the care of the State
The 1916 Bursary Fund for those commencing first-year in academic year 2018/2019 will open for applications during the summer. Further information is available on the DIT Access & Civil Engagement website here.