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By Ted Fleming, Andrew Loxley, Fergal Finnegan

This ebook explores the entry and participation concerns current inside greater schooling in eire. It examines coverage, pedagogy and practices when it comes to widening participation and files the growth and demanding situations encountered in furthering the ‘access schedule’ during the last twenty years. entry has turn into an essential component of the way larger schooling is aware itself and the way it explains the worth of what it does for society as an entire. bettering entry to schooling strengthens social harmony, lessens inequality, promises the long run energy of tertiary associations and guarantees financial competitiveness and adaptability within the period of the “Knowledge established Economy”. providing a coherent, severe account of contemporary advancements in Irish greater schooling and the results for Irish society as a complete, this e-book is key for these concerned either in getting to know the sphere and in larger schooling itself.

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However, only Ireland and the UK have 30 T. FLEMING ET AL. established a system where funding is deliberately used as an incentive to HE institutions to widen participation (EC 2014, p. 24). The European Union has set a target that “the share of 30–34-year-olds with tertiary educational attainment or equivalent should be at least 40 percent by 2020” (EC 2014, p. 29). The European Commission (EC 2014) highlights the patchwork nature of collecting data across Europe and the “hit or miss” nature of linking funding with set targets that may or may not be met in most countries.

Tuition fees were abolished in 1996 (HEA 2015b, p. 13) but there are “registration fees” that in all respects function as tuition fees. At present, each student pays €3,000 apart from the 50 per cent who qualify for grants. The state is withdrawing from funding HE in favour of fees, foreign recruitment of students (especially from China), philanthropy and research contracts. The number of foreign students is expected to increase from 7 to 13 per cent by 2016 (HEA 2015b, p. 15). Universities had 80 per cent of their costs paid by the state in 2008 and this decreased to 65 per cent in 2014 (HEA 2015a, p.

Semi-skilled G. Unskilled H. Own account workers I. Farmers J. 0 Source: Clancy (1982, 1988) Clancy and Wall (2000), O’Connell et al. (2006). groups who had traditionally “availed of the facilities”, rather than a widening; that is, drawing in of those who had not (HEA 2006; McCoy and Smyth 2011; McCoy et al. 2010; Loxley and Kearns 2012). However, the problematic “who” in this context was mostly framed by policy makers in terms of the “equity groups”. NAMING AND PARTS: WHAT IS ACCESS EXACTLY HOW WIDE IS IT?

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