About the SOAR Project
The SOAR Project is an inter-institutional collaboration on Access. It brings together the South Cluster – Cork Institute of Technology, Institute of Technology Carlow, Institute of Technology Tralee, University College Cork and Waterford Institute of Technology together with community partners to collaborate on devising and delivering strategies to increase access to higher education for under-represented groups. The Project is funded by the Programme for Access to Higher Education (PATH) Strand 3.
Scaffold aspirations, achievement and access through socially-inclusive learning environments and community embedded mentoring.
The SOAR Project have identified five high-level transformational goals. These ambitious long term goals are interrelated and interdependent, they involve culture, practice, service, and methodology and create the optimal environment to significantly widen participation and increase access to higher education for under-represented groups. The SOAR Project in design, development, implementation, and evaluation will endeavor to further these goals as they influence and determine project work streams, objectives and actions.
SOCIALLY INCLUSIVE LEARNING ENVIRONMENTS
COMMUNITY EMBEDDED MENTORING
ENHANCED ACCESS KNOWLEDGE & SERVICE
CROSS-CLUSTER & COMMUNITY COLLABORATION
Soar PROJECT Updates
Welcome to the SOAR Project website, great to have you visit! We hope you find it useful in learning about us and our work. Please do check in regularly for updates on project developments and delivery.READ MORE
Times of great uncertainty can often bring the greatest clarity. Useful insight from @AnnPayne6 - we choose our response.
A few thoughts. We are all prone to oscillate on the spectrum . But r can choose - once we recognise it 💚
The HSE has confirmed that Mincéirs/Travellers and Roma have been included as priority groups for COVID-19 testing.
Mincéirs/Travellers or Roma who have symptoms (fever AND either a cough or shortness of breath) should call their GP and advise them that they are a priority group
919 deaths in Italy today... they all don’t have underlying symptoms.. keep to your self and just your family if you want to stay in the game..
Today we say goodbye to our President Oliver Murphy who has announced his retirement.
The #AHEAD2020 online Conference starts tomorrow @ 15:30p GMT – Neil McDermott of @HEAaccess will open the event -Register @ https://t.co/9JpS9HxxcZ for more information
Get up, get moving but most important get your work/study station ready to maximise production & comfort. Here Sports Rehab intern Laura Finlay talks desk set up to make sure you get the most from your day @SportITCarlow @itcarlow @healthcore_itc @ITC_SSR #studyfromhome #COVID19
Thought carefully about sharing this. It’s pretty blunt but it’s blunt, honest communication we need. Please watch & retweet. We, all of us, not anyone else, will decide through our actions what happens next. Please do this. Please save lives #coronavirus
DAY 6 of beating the Corona Virus boredom complete ✅😂🤣❤️ @nbrez that all right for ya ?? 🙌🏻
Next challenge please 👊🏻
#OnlyTookUs5Hours #TheKerryOffenders #createdontcontaminate #stayathomechallenge
On #WorldDownSyndromeDay, celebrate the people in our communities who often are the victims of exclusion as they deserve equal treatment and opportunities too.
RT to show support for the great contribution they make to our society.
Blood Transfusion Service is urgently looking for blood donations. They cannot run clinics as normal due to social distancing but people can travel to their centre at St Finnbarrs hospital in Cork, where their blood will be taken and processed. Thank you. Please RT @EoinBearla
Today on her anniversary, we remember a wonderful woman who stood tall in the face of adversity. She dedicated herself to protecting the lives of others & remains such a massive inspiration as we all face a national challenge together. @laura_jbrennan we miss you & we thank you
Culinary Arts at IT Tralee are helping you plan your nutrition during the #COVID19 crisis with some great recipes. Make sure to follow them on Facebook for more!3
1/4 We remember with love our daughter and sister Laura, on this the first anniversary of her passing from us.
The last twelve months has seen the HPV uptake rate nationally increase from the initial drop of 51% to 80%. While in County Clare the increase has been 90%.
WIT is looking to reward five CAO applicants with scholarships worth up to €12,000 each. Do you have what it takes? Apply now at https://t.co/RdbbDcd6SI #CAO2020 #StudyatWIT
Minister McHugh announcing the cancellation of Leaving Cert and Junior Cycle Oral and Practical tests: “It is the fairest response we could take in the circumstances. It guarantees that no student will score less than they would have if schools had been operating as normal."
We have reimagined the cancelled @aheadireland #AHEAD2020 conference into an online event taking place over 10 weeks. It starts next Thursday and Friday with keynote sessions from @FFovet and @WengerTrayner and will be followed by weekly sessions.
With all the current uncertainty with #Covid19, it’s important to mind your mental health!!
Some great tips from Sarah Crosby (@themindgeek on @instagram) #ourheadsmatter
We keep on emphasising the importance of washing your hands to help beat this virus. Here’s why! Watch and retweet #coronavirus #COVID19
The Presidents of our 7 unis along with Presidents of IOTs and other HEIs write to students to stress the importance of social distancing. Read it here: https://t.co/T75cuWxikN
@tcddublin @DCU @nuigalway @UCC @ucddublin @UL @MaynoothUni @THEA_Irl
Students - we are still here and available to support you whilst the college is closed! We will be emailing students on Monday to let you all know how to get in touch with us all in @CITDSS #CITDSS
While children off school for the next few weeks here is a great primary school resource from the Yellow Flag Programme to learn about diversity and inclusion
With colleges around Ireland temporarily closed at present, many students will find themselves studying at home. Here are some top tips on maximising your study time at home without going stir-crazy!🤪 https://t.co/76zULjIXx8 @CIT_ie @CITSU
Delighted to share practice, challenges and learning to date from @SoarForAccess at the national @Education_Ire @HEAaccess PATH 3 consultation yesterday. @OliveByrne3 @CITAccess @ITCStudentServ1 @waterfordit @ittralee @LMCDART @CITDSS @CITDSS2
As a pandemic has now been declared on #coronavirus, we have just been told through university communication that the Deputy President and Registrar will issue a communication tomorrow morning on measures regarding delivery of teaching and learning online for our students. @UCC
Happiest of birthdays @LMCDART
A big Happy 30th Birthday to our @CITTravellerEd Coordinator Leanne @LMCDART Enjoy the celebrations! 🥳🎂
WIT is looking to reward five inspiring students with scholarships of up to €12,000. Do you have what it takes? Apply before 1 April 2020 #CAO2020 #StudyatWIT
Meet @LMCDART a young Traveller woman joining us at #VitalVoicesDublin who is empowering children from within the community - based #CIT she helps other young Travellers realise their potential encouraging them to follow in her footsteps into third level education #iwd2020
Thanks so much to @eleanormmannion @AgEisteacht and @rtenews for their help in showcasing our school https://t.co/RwTZVGxE72: Cork school goes the extra mile to help homeless pupils.
Congratulations to all the students -fantastic work, so important to celebrate and sustain indigenous craft, culture and heritage. Well done @MchughAisling @RosieFlynn15 @itcarlow @HEAaccess
Showing Their ‘Metal’ Bunclody Students Display Tinsmithing Talents at Institute of Technology Carlow.
Institute of Technology Carlow played host to 14 students from Bunclody Vocational College last week. https://t.co/qt36xaPdMN
Just over 30 mins to complete your HEAR and DARE application 2020. Two great schemes to access higher education.
Last day to submit! Complete your online application for #HEAR and #DARE by 17.15 today, Sunday 1 March.
#accesscollege #HEAR20 #DARE20
Liam O’Neill, opening our Conference at @CentreLaois challenges us to think about inclusion. Is being part of a team enough? What does it feel like to be always on the sideline? Have we asked the child how they feel? #LaoisInclusion
Legends indeed! Delighted to support these amazing @ACEUCC Leadership in the Community students. Grandmothers, mothers, daughters, sisters, aunts, friends = leaders, advocates, activists, changemakers
@HEAaccess @cliodhnacal @sotuama @LMCDART @normaderoiste @OliveByrne3
Great to host so many Women Traveller Activists at Leinster House today. Legends all fighting everyday for Traveller rights. By next visit hope @Taoiseach will have appointed Traveller to Seanad Eireann @itmtrav
While @ITCarlowGAA may have lost Fitzgibbon Cup Final, @EndaRowland2 has definitely won on this occasion!!What a lovely email to receive after the heartache of defeat on Wed night. Another reason why @HigherEdGAA must keep its place in the @officialgaa calendar.Maith Thú Enda 👏🏻
Today we had a great teacher and student discussion in @LoretoFermoy on progression routes to #highereducation and steps students can take to reach their full potential.
Queries? Email firstname.lastname@example.org
#equality #equity #travellered #progressionroutes #CITAccess
At the stunning Wexford campus of CarlowIT today. Not sure if this is the norm but I always bring snacks for participants but maybe should have healthier options @SoarForAccess
Barriers to accessing higher education can only be truly understood and addressed by listening to those who face them.
Qualitative fieldwork can be such a humbling experience. I am extremely grateful to all who shared their experiences and trusted me with their stories #soarforaccess
Assistive Technology knowledge-sharing workshop for the Enabling Transitions work stream today. @DSSUCC @CITAccess @ITCStudentServ1 @waterfordit @ittralee #collaboration
The most powerful thing any State can provide for its citizens is education. I wholeheartedly believe it is the tide that lifts every boat. Offering it free to all, at all levels, should be the benchmark for any civilised country. #TommyTiernanShow
Well done @LMCDART great to have this network in place as part of @SoarForAccess Travellers in Education key actions. #seeittobeit @CITAccess @UCC @ITCStudentServ1 @ittralee @HEAaccess
We were delighted to launch the Traveller Graduate Network (TGN) last Thursday 16 January in @CIT_ie with President Dr Barry O’Connor. (1/2) 4
Amongst the books, journals and periodicals some library searches lead to love! Just in case you needed another reason to drop by @UCCLibrary #loveinthelibrary
Massive Congratulations to Amy Coleman and Stephen Robinson who met for the first time on Q+3 Boole Library and who just got married. Wishing them both the very best in their life together... #loveinthelibrary #librarylife #newchapter https://t.co/Kqaei3kVql
Be sure to pop into @itcarlow this evening to hear about courses on offer and check out the great campus.
Our Open Evening is an ideal opportunity to find out more about the courses on offer at @itcarlow and view its first-class campus facilities. Academic Staff will be on hand to answer any questions regarding courses and career opportunities. https://t.co/RkkN9bjBDS
Choose a course in WIT this September and you will be studying in a college with exceptional employer links, a strong reputation for research and an excellent staff:student ratio #CAO2020 #StudyatWIT
Congratulations to Dr Tom Kavanagh, well deserved recognition of his tireless commitment to supporting local communities. A great champion of access to higher education. #CPOTY2019
Dr Tom Cavanagh, our 2019 ‘Hall of Fame’ inductee at the Cork Person of the Year Awards #CPOTY2019 #Cork
The Disability Support Service is running an Introduction to Sign Language class. This is a 10-week class starting Wednesday 15th January.
Location: ORB 156
You can book and pay for your place here: https://t.co/cwT3eUUHsd
Great answer! @deirdre_dore was the session at work or at home??😀
First of our two Fifth Year Study Skills sessions today and I’m delivering an interactive session called ‘Why Study?’. I ask students to tell me why they need to study. Best answer today was ‘So my Mam won’t kill me!’ #mothersinfluence #studyskills 2
We are working closely with Hamza and his family at this difficult time. His family is our family. Those who seek to learn here belong here. https://t.co/MOLZvGyY4p
Be sure to drop in to your local clinic today!
#DAREHEAR Application Information Days take place tomorrow Saturday 11 January. The #HigherEducation #Access & #Disability staff would be delighted to meet prospective students and their parent(s)/guardian(s). #equity #diversity #inclusion https://t.co/Ygi4y1WqVg
Education is a powerful key - the most potent in fact - but its not the only one - while being a deeply sacred key, its not the lock, nor the door, nor the hinges in which it swings from, nor the pathway towards it, or the handle that allows it to be opened. #AccessibilityMatters
Congratulations @MichelleHealy_1 for delivering a fantastic new student /staff space @UCC for generations to come.
That's a wrap! It feels amazing to have been part of this. Here's to more accessible sustainable diverse inclusive change-making buildings of joy! @ChangingPlacesI @CopeFoundation @UCCLGBT @UCCEquality @CorkEnvForum @UCC @ucddublin @UL @CorkCoS @CIT_ie @nuigalway @DublinCityUni https://t.co/3SRKc1bO2p
Today we had a very special visitor, a past pupil, come back to us for one day only.. and no its not Tommy 🤪.
Roy Keane popped by to wish all our staff and students a Happy Christmas ☺️
Dr Barry O’Connor formally opens @CIT_ie Equality Diversity and Inclusion Week. First event is a staff training session on Traveller Cultural Awareness Training. #EDICIT2
All set for #Christmas Cracker fund raiser @itcarlow this morning 🌲🌲🌲
Building on existing partnerships between @an_cosan and @itcarlow @ITCStudentServ1 supporting socially inclusive learning environments and enabling transitions
Delighted to work with @an_cosan on Enabling Transitions Programme. Looking forward to the follow up. @itcarlow @CollegeAware @SoarForAccess #positiveenergy #opentotraining #studentsbenefit https://t.co/foJppwLY0N
Wonderful collaboration with
tjhogan123 @CITAccess @UCCPLUS @LMCDART @BredaHogan4 building socially and culturally inclusive learning environments
Fantastic day today at the Story Telling session in Midelton library, the kids really had a great time learning about education and a different culture. Its great to see them all come togethor and have some fun! 🎄🎄 @LMCDART @EastCorkTP @tjhogan123 @CITAccess @CIT_ie @UCCPLUS 4
Great to see this @SoarForAccess Initiative taking off with @LMCDART @CITAccess. If you can offer work experience opportunities to young Travellers, please support.
If you can’t see it you can’t be it... help me and @LMCDART create a database of companies willing to open their doors to young Travellers for work experience or even job shadowing -with 84% unemployment young Travellers need hope for a new future #joinus
@LMCDART & @BredaHogan4 on @rtenews this evening speaking at the launch of the Action Plan to Promote Traveller Participation in Higher Ed. Lack of supports & role models as well as difficulties sourcing work placement often turn Traveller students away from education #WAHED20193
Well done @MEND_CC on this valuable piece of work looking forward to reviewing the findings.
You can access the community needs analysis with pathways centre for prisoners and former prisoners pilot study in the website https://t.co/22DPBZm79U #collegeconnectlaunch #itcanbeyou
Great to hear from past pupils on their🎓day.Kayley O'Connor graduated with BIS Hons degree&Clare Coveney graduated with an Hons accounting degree.Congrats to @OConnorAmy11 past pupil who is a graduate of the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland. #collegeawarenessweek@UCC @CIT_ie2
A great morning was had by all for the @ACEUCC @UCC Sanctuary Scholars Welcome Day. A very warm welcome to our sanctuary scholars as they embark on our part-time adult education courses. 📚
Many thanks to our several speakers who offered help and guidance to those starting.
Delighted to attend the @ACEUCC Welcome Day for Sanctuary Scholars. @sotuama opens by welcoming students to the UCC neighbourhood. @cliodhnacal
📢It's #CAW19, so we want to show you some of the great benefits of university education!
Back in April we spoke with @diondav4 for the launch of our #IrishUnisImpact report about how universities support social mobility & access to higher education.
What an eventful day, thanks to @Corks96FM for letting me share my educational story! #travellereducation @CITAccess
Institute of Technology Carlow and @tusla today launched a new partnership programme - the Certificate in Prevention, Partnership and Family Support– which is the first module of its kind in the country.
Ready to rock for @CIT_ie Open Day 2019. Drop by our @CITAccess @CITDSS #HEAR and #DARE stands for information on how to apply, deadlines, supports available, student fees & finance and general information on CIT Access including @CITScience4Life & #TravellerEd #CITOpenDay
A busy morning in @CIT_ie for the PATH Advisory Group, great project progress, discussion and collaboration @waterfordit @CITAccess @ITCStudentServ1 @itcarlow @UCC @AnnieMCummins @OliveByrne3 @MchughAisling @deirdre_dore @HEAaccess #partnershipforaccess
Great to hear progress on Enabling Transitions projects @DSSUCC @ITCStudentServ1 @waterfordit @ittralee @CITDSS with valuable insights from community partners.
The Equality, Diversity & Inclusion (EDI) Unit are running focus groups this week on equality issues in UCC to help develop an Equality Action Plan. Everyone is welcome, but they particularly want to hear from students from minority/underrepresented backgrounds. Link to sign up⬇️
There is so much happening today for #ScienceWeek in @itcarlow. Check out the Titan II Stem Truck.
Full details https://t.co/ndP1j05Ctk https://t.co/8MlEnVFVZd
Great initiative to support students and parents
Every Day Counts is a great initiative supporting school attendance. Well done to everyone involved @tusla @cork_cesc @NAPD_IE @SSEinspectorate https://t.co/7XgYlmN3vM
Delighted to be invited to present my PhD research at the Dept of Sociology and Criminology Seminar Series next week https://t.co/BG3gPrTIWq
We are turning our attention to planning Spring 2020 in St. Colman's night school. If you have any suggestions on courses you would like us to run please comment below.
Something I've worked on for the last few months launched today. Exploring Direct Provision (@ExploringDP) making available 2000+ pages of Govt discussion and discourse 1997-2018, obtained under the Freedom of Information Act on #directprovision. https://t.co/CV8FsucRcQ
@SindyLJoyce @magslamo https://t.co/PNxiyNEwwu. Positive Role models and mentors also very important, as identified by Breda Hogan. @CITAccess
Our very own student Temera OBrien, a very proud Irish Traveller & a future teacher of tomorrow, is about to talk at the student success symposium. here she is meeting @mitchelloconnor who cares, and who wants to listen to student experience! @HEAaccess @MU_MAP @MaynoothUni @
Minister @mitchelloconnor reminds us to keep the student at the centre of HigherEd, and indeed all education. @ForumTL @INDExSurvey @TheUSI #studentsuccess
Had a great evening at our first ever CookIT session. First up...’Brilliant Breakfasts’- porridge with stewed fruits, granola & yogurt pots, scrambled eggs, and fresh warm scones.... wholesome, delicious food made on a student budget 🙌🏼 #CookIT #CITaccess4
To celebrate International Week of the Deaf (23-29th October), the @DSSUCC @UCC is hosting a lunchtime Deaf Awareness session. Deaf Awareness aims to promote understanding of Deafness and Deaf Culture.
Date: Thursday 24th October
Location: BHSC 104
ITT will host its annual Information Evening for parents and guardians of students intending to progress to Third Level in September 2020. IT Tralee will be joined by guest speaker Stella O’Malley To book your place please call 066 7191704 or email email@example.com
The IT Tralee Open Day takes place this Friday! Take a look at the brochure right now and start to plan your day now!4
HEA publishes report on socio-economic profile of students in Higher Education
We're very proud to have won the Trend Micro award for excellence in education at the IT@Cork awards.
Mtr Hurley and Mr Begley receiving the award on behalf of the school
@TrendISKF_IE @itcork #Techleaders19
The other evening I sat down for a coffee with my friend, an economist before chatting about Brexit with a surgeon. We were joined by a solicitor, teacher, student and former Forensic Engineer. I was in a #Directprovision centre. What assets they will be to our wonderful country.
On Thursday 24th October at 7pm IT Tralee will host its annual information session for parents and guardians of students considering college in 2020.
For more information see: https://t.co/uAGuZgKX07
TUSEI consortium (@itcarlow and @waterfordit) warmly welcomes the announcement from @mitchelloconnor and @McHughJoeTD @Education_Ire of €2m funding which is an essential part of our journey towards a technological university for the south east. @THEA_Irl https://t.co/oD16ihdEXR
We welcomed a special guest to the @ittralee morning graduation ceremony. Thanks to Dr. Barry O'Connor, President of @CIT_ie for being our guest. #BetterTogether @MTU_ie
Congratulations to all the graduates and well done @ittralee on what looks to be a great event.
Tomorrow marks a huge occasion for IT Tralee as we hold our first graduation ceremony on the North Campus at the brand new Kerry Sports Academy - congrats to all our graduates, we hope your day is truly special.
So important to build culturally inclusive learning environments that reflect and celebrate Traveller culture #TravellerEd
On Wednesday Seanad Éireann has a historic opportunity to recognise #Traveller history and culture. We’re calling on all Senators to support the Traveller Culture & History in Education Bill. Will you support the milestone #TravellerEdBill? #TravellerHistoryOurHistory
Thanks to Breda and Mags TCAT Cork for the very informative and engaging Traveller Cultural Awareness Training for @UCCPLUS @DSSUCC @UCC_MSO @ACEUCC staff @UCC this morning. #travellerpride2
Great collaboration and partnership @CentreLaois @ITCStudentServ1 in embedding inclusive learning environments and transition readiness for students
Delighted to work with such a diverse range of schools on the Enabling Transitions-Assistive Technology Programme. A very enjoyable session. Looking forward to Session 2 on October 21st where the focus will be on Freeware. @SoarForAccess @CentreLaois #GreatGroup #OpenToLearning https://t.co/nFziAVBlyW
Calling all creative students @UCCPLUS @UCC_MSO @DSSUCC @CITAccess @CITDSS @ittralee @itcarlow @waterfordit
Have what it takes to design the official PATH (Programme for Access to Higher Education) logo? The winning entry will be used across a wide range of print and online materials. More info at https://t.co/S4V8D0aqwH.
📣Prize: €400 One4All voucher
📣Deadline: 25 October 2019
This is a great opportunity for HEIs and #studentswithdisabilities to feedback on their #InclusiveMobility needs @MU_MAP @UCDforALL @TCDAbility @UCCPLUS https://t.co/2oYp0iTmDo
Congratulations @AnnieMCummins @AminsharifiT
Delighted to receive my copy this week. Looking forward to reading this cover to cover https://t.co/3CYGkLUaj8
WIT is proud to announce that we are supporting to the first-ever National Women In Sport initiative in Third Level Colleges and Universities. @StudentSportIrl @sport_wit #SSI20X20 #CantSeeCantBe #20X20 #ShowYourStripes https://t.co/XG5HknG6KM
Great to see lots of familiar faces at the table all committed to improving access to third level through collaboration #partnershipforaccess
Consultation with our Guidance Counsellors and Principals from @CITAccess #LinkedSchools is key to facilitating progression from second level to Higher Ed. Great meeting this morning with our stakeholders. #Access
Faculty of Lifelong Learning launches Higher Diploma in Applied Social Studies in Professional Social Care for Peter McVerry staff #LifelongLearning https://t.co/UyPXELwFg6
Today we have called on our staff and students to stand together on Friday 20 September, in solidarity with #GlobalClimateStrike
"UCC supports the voices from a generation, that will be most impacted by climate change" @johbees
The Quad: 11.30 am : 20th September
The SOAR Project is delighted to introduce the recently appointed Post-Doctoral Researcher Dr. Annie Cummins to the team! #SoarForAccess #SOARProject
Enabling Transitions work stream meeting @CIT_ie yesterday, fantastic energy and initiatives to support students with disabilities to access higher education @CITAccess @ITCStudentServ1 @ittralee @DSSUCC @CITDSS @waterfordit @HEAaccess
The @IrishTimes Higher Options takes place this Wednesday, Thursday and Friday at @TheRDS. Stop by stand 3 to learn about courses, college life and everything WIT #HigherOptions2019 #CAO2020 #WIT50 #StudyatWIT