New Avenues to Teaching (NAT)

New Avenues to Teaching (NAT) 2021/2022

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

This three-year funding initiative (2017-2020) 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.

Applications are expected to be accepted in September 2021. For more information on the New Avenues to Teaching (Nat) project, pleaserefer to 

Student Financial Supports and Advice