Launch of Bridges to Higher Education resource pack this Thursday


22 October 2013: DIT Access & Civic Engagement will officially launch a resource pack called “Bridges to Higher Education” during its Enabling Educational Change in the Inner City event this Thursday (24 October).

The event, which takes place from 1.30pm at the Courtyard, DIT Aungier Street, will begin with research presented by three different speakers.

Beth Fagan of the Early Learning Initiative NCI will present research from the scheme which supports parents, communities and schools in the education of children.

Mark Candon, a PhD student at Trinity College Dublin and Principal of St Laurence O’Toole’s BNS in Dublin 1, will present, “10 years of initiative for disadvantaged schools: making a difference and having an impact on children’s lives?”

Dr Julie Bernard will present her EdD research from the University of Sheffield. Her talk is on “Working class experiences, school transitions, identities, networks and diversity: a socio-cultural understanding of factors enabling application to and participation in HE for a minority of young adults from socio-economically disadvantaged backgrounds in the inner city.”

The President of DIT, Professor Brian Norton, will officially launch the “Bridges to Higher Education” resource pack that has been developed by DIT Access & Civic Engagement, with financial support from The Dormant Accounts Fund.

Dr Julie Bernard, in her role as Manager of DIT Access & Civic Engagement, will give an overview of the resource pack.

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

Edel Kearney of the Access & Civic Engagement Office said, “The material in this resource pack will help practitioners in helping to address some of the key factors that affect the participation in higher education of students from socio-economically disadvantaged backgrounds, particularly from areas and schools with low levels of participation in higher education.

“It provides a range of modules and workshops containing material which explore issues such as identity, confidence, transition and decision making, culture and family education experience. This resource pack will enhance the work of all practitioners working with young people to explore higher education and will provide an engaging and empowering experience for participants.”

The event begins with registration at 1.30pm and will conclude at 4pm.

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