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NEW AVENUES TO TEACHING (NAT) UCC’s Project under the HEA’s Programme for Access to Higher Education (PATH)

4 Oct 2021





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What is PATH?

The Programme for Access to Higher Education (PATH) fund Strand One aims to improve Equity of Access to Initial Teacher Education. The PATH programme is aimed at:

·         Students with a disability

·         Students from the Irish Traveller community

·         Students from ethnic minorities

·         Students from target socio-economic groups

·         Mature students (students who are progressing into postgraduate study from the Mature student access pathway)

·         Students who are lone parents


Here in the School of Education, University College Cork, we are interested in supporting students through their initial teacher education programme. As one element of our New Avenues to Teaching Programme, the School of Education is delighted to announce bursaries to qualifying applicants from the above areas.


A number of bursaries are available for students currently on our Initial Teacher Education programmes. These bursaries could include:

  • Fee or partial-fee bursaries
  • Support towards costs of placement (e.g. travel costs)
  • Assistive technology support
  • Additional supports


Next Steps for those who qualify under one or more of the Eligibility Categories

  • Complete the SAF application form here:  When completing this form, you will be automatically brought through the NAT application process if you fall under one of the applicable teacher training programmes above.
  • Attach supporting evidence for your target grouping as indicated on the NAT support guide
  • All sections of the form must be completed. 

You may also be required to attend for interview as part of the assessment process.


Further Queries

The Student Assistance Fund website ( provides further information on eligibility and the application process. Please read the information contained therein as it should answer most queries that potential applicants may have.

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