Bridges to Higher Education resource pack is launched


L-R: Beth Fagan (Early Learning Initiative NCI), Julie Bernard (DIT Access & Civic Engagement), Edel Kearney (DIT Access & Civic Engagement), Noel O’Connor (Director of Student Services, DIT)

01 November 2013: DIT Access & Civic Engagement have officially launched a resource pack called “Bridges to Higher Education” which provides material to help in addressing some of the key factors that affect students from socio-economically disadvantaged backgrounds participating in higher education.

The resource pack was officially launched at DIT Aungier Street as part of the Enabling Educational Change in the Inner City event.

Guest speakers presented their research in this area. The speakers included Beth Fagan of the Early Learning Initiative NCI, Mark Candon, who is a PhD student at Trinity College and Principal of St Laurence O’Toole’s BNS, and Dr Julie Bernard, who presented her EdD research from the University of Sheffield.

The President of DIT, Prof Brian Norton, spoke at the event, highlighting the importance of access initiatives in higher education.

Edel Kearney of DIT Access & Civic Engagement gave a presentation on “DIT Inner City Schools Programme: Evaluation Outcomes”.


Edel Kearney (DIT Access & Civic Engagement) presenting research to the audience

Julie Bernard, Manager of DIT Access & Civic Engagement, thanked everyone for all of their hard work over a number of years to bring the resource pack to fruition and introduced the audience, many of whom are practitioners in this area, to the key features of the resource pack. Some modules of the pack are already in use and have proved very helpful.

Dr Noel O’Connor, Director of Student Services at DIT, also complimented those involved for their help and said that DIT was committed to updating the resource pack as needs be. He also said it was integral that people working in the field gave feedback on how they use the pack and any improvements that could be made.

The pack is set to become an invaluable aid for guidance counsellors, teachers and access and community education practitioners working with young people in Dublin.

For more information on the pack, contact DIT Access & Civic Engagement -


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