New Avenues to Teaching Bursaries on offer at University College Cork
University College Cork is delighted to launch the New Avenues to Teaching project where several bursaries are now on offer to support students from under-represented backgrounds on their journey to becoming post-primary school teachers.
Commenting on the launch of the project, Professor Caroline Fennell, Senior Vice President Academic and Registrar, reiterated UCC’s commitment to widening access and promoting inclusion. The New Avenues to Teaching project based in the School of Education and funded through the HEA’s Programme for Access to Higher Education (PATH), delivers on this commitment by making €250,000 available to widen access to teacher education. The New Avenues to Teaching project is aligned with the National Plan for Equity of Access to Higher Education 2015–2019. Bursaries of between €250 and €6000 will now be on offer in order to assist students from target groups to gain access to teacher education. It is hoped that students from under-represented socio-economic groups, various ethnic minorities, most especially the Irish Traveller community, students with disabilities, mature students and lone parents, will benefit from the funding and supports on offer. In 2018, the School of Education will also be offering further supports for students as well as developing outreach activities in post-primary schools to encourage the pursuit of teaching as a career for students from the aforementioned target groups.
UCC’s School of Education offers postgraduate teaching qualifications through the Professional Master of Education programme as well as undergraduate degree qualifications through the BSc in Science Education and the BEd in Sports Studies and Physical Education. The school is proud of the inroads it has already made in this regard with many students from these target groups already enrolled on these programmes. Nevertheless, this new and exciting initiative will create further vital opportunities to diversify the teaching profession. The New Avenues to Teaching project is important to us here in the university and it aligns with the work of our new Equality, Diversity and Inclusion unit. We believe that the diversity of humanity should be nurtured through widening access to the teaching profession. The bursary scheme is now open for applications from current students and new entrants interested in registering for the 2018/19 academic year.
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