ACCESS OPPORTUNITIES FOR ALL 

These scholarships are intended to facilitate access to a university education, introducing supports and policies to ensure that those who have the most barriers to overcome are helped in accessing and completing their education. The scholarships support the existing Higher Education Access Route (HEAR) and the Disability Access Route to Education (DARE) admissions schemes. HEAR and DARE were set up by a number of higher education institutions in response to evidence demonstrating that socio-economical disadvantages and/or having a disability can have a negative impact on a student’s education and whether or not they go on to college. 

PLACING STUDENT NEEDS AT THE HEART OF UCD'S STRATEGY 

UCD has, since its foundation, had a commitment to offering education to those who are traditionally excluded, a historic and institutional commitment reaffirmed in its most recent Strategic Plan. The Access & Lifelong Learning strategy places the needs of the student at the centre of UCD’s planning, and through a set of focused initiatives, will ensure that UCD continues to play its role in widening participation in higher education and to supporting learning through the life course.  

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