New Avenues to Teaching (NAT)

Applications open 20th September 2021

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UCC's Project under the HEA's Programme for Access to Higher Education (PATH)

This three-year funding initiative (2021-2024) has been extended for the coming academic year 2021/22. The aim of the project is 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

 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.

For the academis year 2021/22, New Avenues to Teaching application will run in tandem with the Student Assistance Fund, run through one centralised application process. Students wishing to make an application for NAT funding will have to apply for the Student Assistance Fund in the first instance to be considered for New Avenues to Teaching. 

Applications for the Student Assistance Fund will open at 12 midday on the 20th September 2021. Closing date for the applications for the New Avenues to teaching is the 30th October 2021. Applications received from students on eligble courses for NAT after the closing date of 30th of October will not be considered for NAT funding, but will still be considered for Student Assistance Fund support.


For more information on the New Avenues to Teaching (Nat) project, please refer to 

Making an application

To make an application please click here

Student Financial Supports and Advice