Students and staff gather to celebrate inaugural 1916 Bursary Fund Awardees

On Monday 21st May, 25 students from ITB, DIT and ITT gathered in Grangegorman to celebrate receiving the 1916 Bursary Fund with their family, colleagues and Lecturers at a Technological University for Dublin event (TU4D), hosted by DIT.

Each student was personally congratulated by the President of their respective Institutes – ITB, DIT and ITT.

Welcoming the students, Professor Brian Norton, President of DIT said that “all three institutes work hard to encourage greater participation of those in society who are not traditionally represented in Higher Education and that the 1916 Bursary Fund was a powerful addition to the range of supports offered by DIT, ITB and ITT to access students”.

Also, speaking at the event was Dr Louise Callinan, Access Policy Officer in the Higher Education Authority who discussed the organisation’s National Access Plan which is designed to ensure that the student body in Ireland’s higher education sector reflects the diversity and social mix of Ireland’s population.

The 1916 Bursary Fund was announced by the Minister for Education and Skills in December in 2017 to encourage participation and success by students from sections of society that are significantly under-represented in higher education. Over the next three academic years, the 1916 Bursary Fund will be awarded to 25 first-year ITB, DIT and ITT students, with each receiving a bursary in the amount of 5,000 euros for each year of their undergraduate programme of study. The fund is open to full-time and part-time students from under-represented socio-economic groups who meet at least one of the following criteria:

First -time, mature student entrants;
Students with a disability;
Irish Travellers;
Further education award holders;
Lone parents;
Ethnic minorities (including programme refugees);
Students who are or were in the care of the State.

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