About New Avenues to Teaching

What is New Avenues to Teaching (NAT)?

This three-year funding initiative (2017-2020) aims to improve Equity of Access to students who have been traditionally under-represented in teaching.

 These students include:

  • Students with a disability
  • Students from the Irish Traveller community 
  • Students from other ethnic minorities
  • Students from target socio-economic groups
  • Mature students (undergraduate only)
  • Students who are lone parents

How will the project achieve its aims?

At UCC we aim to increase participation of these students in our initial teacher education courses in three ways:

  1. Funding: The provision of scholarships and bursaries to aid students in financial need
  2. A Junior Teacher Programme: Which will focus on both recruiting students from target groups into teaching and supporting them academically in this journey
  3. Personal support: There will be a dedicated NAT project officer within the school of education whose job it will be to guide and support these students while they are studying education at UCC.

Who is involved in New Avenues to Teaching?

New Avenues to Teaching is a School of Education initiative directed by a steering committee and managed by a project officer. 

Project Officer

The project officer is the main contact point for the project and will act as a student support person within the School of Education.


Roisin Kelly-Laubscher

Email: RoisinKelly@ucc.ie

Tel: +353 21 4902259


Steering Committee

Chairperson: Fiona Chambers, School of Education

Angela Desmond, School of Education

Olive Byrne, UCC Plus

Linda Doran, Disability Support Services

Kevin Cahill, School of Education

Karl Kitching, Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Unit

Siobhan Dowling, School of Education


Where is New Avenues to Teaching?

School of Education

Scoil an Oideachais

Leeholme, O' Donovan's Road, Cork, Ireland