About the SOAR Project
The SOAR Project is an inter-institutional collaboration on Access. It brings together the South Cluster – Institute of Technology Carlow, Munster Technological University, 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
#jobfairy IUA is recruiting an experienced National Coordinator for the Programme for Access to Higher Education (PATH). Closing date 13th August. Please find job spec here: https://t.co/woQIkF03r0
July 1st CAO closing date is fast approaching, if you want to chat with a member of our sport team or school liaison team you can book a one to one here https://t.co/gQ5u6UMaUk
Great morning @Oeiny great discussion with @LMCDART such important work thank you both for sharing your kindred creativity and culture. Can't wait to see this unit in the classroom! @trishcarlos
In Cork with the wonderful @LMCDART & @UCC SOAR Project recording a discussion piece, for inclusion of 'Why the Moon Travels' into the English curriculum 🥰
As you can tell, I'm having a hoot of a time!
Exciting morning for @SoarForAccess filming with the amazing @Oeiny @LMCDART as part of our work bringing Traveller culture & creativity to the junior cycle curriculum!! @HEAaccess @DeptofFHed @Education_Ire @NCCAie @SkeinPress @MTUCork_TravEd
Huge congratulations to @LMCDART and @Oeiny on winning two awards for their book 'Why The Moon Travels' at this years @KPMG_Ireland Children's Books Ireland Awards! The book includes twenty folk stories from the Mincéir community, accompanied by beautiful illustrations. https://t.co/O2ZFTW5u1w
Congratulations!! So well deserved @Oeiny @LMCDART @SkeinPress
Thank you all so very much - I'm delighted that old tales have found such warm new homes 🥰
It was an honour to be nominated and beyond a joy to see 'Why the Moon Travels' win two of the awards at @KPMG Children Book Ireland - Musha!
Dormant Accounts Fund - Travellers in Higher Education Fund
This fund is aimed specifically at current Traveller students in @MTU_ie with applications for financial support now being accepted.
https://t.co/eMQxtfeLwT for additional info & to apply or email Breda.Hogan@cit.ie
Delighted to attend the @corklearning Togher Learning Neighbourhood Faces of Learning Exhibition. Fantastic celebration of lifelong and life wide learning. #CorkLovesLearning
MTU Students: A single university-wide survey on student experiences of remote teaching and learning has just been launched. This survey is your chance to provide honest feedback and to help your university plan for the next academic year. https://t.co/7Izfem0rDs
Still plenty of time left to make a submission on the next National Plan for Equity of Access to Higher Education. Submissions should be emailed to email@example.com. The closing date for receipt of submissions is Friday 18 June 2021.
My opinion piece in @IrishTimes today, reflecting on the impact of #COVID19 on #educationalequality one year on. Collective action needed. Draws on expertise of @aontas members, #communityeducation, #ETBs, HE & NGOs that work towards mitigating educational disadvantage. https://t.co/jz60VAkiuc
Part time work available. See details below. Completed application form returned to firstname.lastname@example.org before 12 noon Monday 11th May
Today the chairs of @itcarlow and @waterfordit Governing Bodies, formally submitted an application to @simonharristd Minister to become a technological university (TU).
Full story here: https://t.co/ph8MQCB6Sm
will be co-hosting the 3rd Whidden Workshop It’s Kushti to Rokker for Traveller/Roma students considering further or higher education. On Friday, April 30th from 12:00 – 1:00pm. The focus for this event is on Funding and Financial Supports available to students.
Minister @SimonHarrisTD opens the 2021 National Access Forum
Today's National Access Forum is part of the Consultation Process on the next National Plan for Equity of Access to Higher Education (2022-2026) https://t.co/w5uPHEnEjj
Join us online at https://t.co/bULGPVkysx at 10am tomorrow (Friday, 23 April) as we celebrate the achievements of our science graduates from the class of 2020 #GraduWIT
We're excited to select schools for September 2021! Don't miss the last chance to apply: deadline Monday 26th at 5pm https://t.co/W0Btp7WcFv
@INTOnews @TUIunion @astiunion @MayoCoCo @WaterfordCounci @corkcitycouncil @cavancoco @Fingalcoco @itmtrav @INARIreland @EducateTogether
Delighted to announce that numerous pieces of my work, are now a part of the national collection at @IMMAIreland
More than 70 artists have been supported and over 400 works of contemporary art have been purchased by both @CrawfordArtGall & @IMMAIreland in the new acquisition.
Student Services launches peer mentor recruitment campaign. Calling all IT Carlow students! Are you interesting in helping our new first year students find their way? Full story here https://t.co/BopbNmjm5x
.@SimonHarrisTD opened the public consultation process for the next National Access Plan 2022 - 2026. Submissions are invited from all interested parties. For more information https://t.co/EaBIg6zxUg @hea_irl @DeptofFHed #HaveYourSay #NationalAccessPlan
I was 22 when I started my professional career but to have a degree from @ucddublin and a year in @itcarlow behind me was so so important. If you have the chance to do both I would highly recommend it! 🤓 📚 ⚽ https://t.co/HLPj6PRV7l
Reminder: Meet some of our mature students tomorrow evening on Zoom at 7pm to chat about returning to education. Email email@example.com for the Zoom link.
Today Minister @SimonHarrisTD launches @hea_irl national survey on sexual violence and sexual harassment for staff and students in Higher Education Institutions. More info https://t.co/LZVwpKeXPB
The closing date for @MTU_Cork Sanctuary Scholarship applications is today at 5pm.
Visit https://t.co/V9M9pPvHwp for more information & to apply or email firstname.lastname@example.org with queries
🎦On #TwoTalk2 tomorrow at 5pm we will hear from @ParalympicsIRE athlete & @Quercus_UCC student @_MaryFitzG about what Universities can do more of for students with disabilities & her all time favourite athlete @usainbolt, don't miss it!
@UCC @UCCSU @UCCSport @JimMiley
Congratulations, really looking forward to working together further! https://t.co/2028hff07l
#COVID19 has a terrible impact on students' and younger adults' lives
Not seeing friends or living your normal life is hard.
It might seem ok to just make one visit. Sadly, it isn't, and here's why.
#antiviral | #StaySafe | #HoldFirm
This video guide (Part 1 of 2) for 2021 Leaving Certificate and Leaving Certificate Applied students provides a step by step explanation of how to register on the candidate portal for Accredited Grades, written Examinations or both. Video in full on https://t.co/bBq8FCzvC3
I want to improve our student support grants. This morning we are opening the public consultation as part of this review. Check this out to see how to make your submission
Waterford and Carlow institutes of technology are developing a technological university. Have your say now at https://t.co/MdbGQZfj6M. Survey closes Friday, 12 March 2021.
"Access officers have had to reimagine the way they do their work for pre and post entry supports in an online learning environment" - @hea_irl Head of Access Policy Caitríona Ryan. #HEAaccess
Meet Christina Boland, from the Star Pupil programme supporting young Travellers, celebrating International Womens Day, read more on @THEA_Irl here https://t.co/gw50vOuMc2
#IWD2021 #ChooseToChallenge #IWDResilience 2
Thanks to all @SoarForAccess HEI and community partners for another great PATH Advisory Group Meeting today @AnneBur27018840 @OliveByrne3 @MchughAisling @itcarlow @ITCStudentServ1 @tvgcorkclg @deirdre_dore @MTU_Kerry @MTUCork_Access @waterfordit @RebekahLBrennan @HEAaccess
Wonderful to see the inspirational @LMCDART in the line up for @MTU_ie #IWD2021 event 👏
Don't miss @LMCDART journey, from inspiration received from Ms. Gubbins @LoretoFermoy to @MTU_Crawford, find out more on Mon, 8 Mar, 1pm at the #MTUEmpoweringWomen event. Register FREE: https://t.co/26Bc7zaa9i #IWD2021 #ChooseToChallenge @womensday @NorahCasey @Love1solidarity
Some excellent events @NUIGAccess today for #TravellerEthnicityDay. IUA warmly welcome the allocation of €300,000 in funding to HEIs for students from Traveller communities progressing to higher education...via @thejournal_ie👉 https://t.co/MWR3TSYvCc
@IUA_EDI @CDownesAccess https://t.co/lEA8Fs8Cgk
Please ensure you have completed your HEAR application before the deadline - 17:15 TODAY #Leavingcert #leavingcert2021 #accesscollege @UCCPLUS #universitycollegecork
We need a student grant scheme that understands the needs of students and families. I want to improve the SUSI grant scheme and will be asking for your help on this next month. Quick update here. Have a good day
On March 8th we are hosting #MTUEmpoweringWomen 2021 in celebration of our 1st International Women's Day as a new university. Register for free at https://t.co/26Bc7zaa9i 💫💃🤸♀️🎉🥳
@womensday #IWD2021 #ChooseToChallenge #MTUInnovates @MTU_ie #MTUInnovates @MTU_Cork @MTU_Kerry
A genuine partnership approach between @ACEUCC and Traveller Projects facilitated the co-creation of this culturally responsive and inclusive programme.@ucc @sotuama @AnneBur27018840 @AnnMarieRogan2 @OliveByrne3 @HEAaccess
Thanks @SoarForAccess for a superb report. We @ACEUCC are very proud of our work with the amazing Traveller women on this Diploma course. This past year has been very difficult for them but their commitment to their studies is inspiring. Can’t wait to see them graduate @UCC https://t.co/i1HVEC2zt6
The stories shared during this research still play on my mind. The women's perseverance is to be admired. We need to be cognisant of all the barriers and injustices experienced by Travellers and engage in a process of reflexivity. Wishing every success to the Pavee Beoir Leaders https://t.co/aOUsbEhKMY
Developing models of best practice that support under-represented groups access higher education is central to @SoarForAccess Pavee Beoir Leaders is an excellent example, check out the evaluation report here https://t.co/JnrpmbEd5h
Please share https://t.co/O4nlYiWZfA
Students’ Union invites us join together as a community of students and staff to remember those who we have lost during this pandemic. @ITCarlowSU invite you to their Remembrance Event tonight at 8pm.
The President’s Volunteers Award. Six students were recipients of gold awards for their volunteer work in the community. Congratulations and well done on your fantastic work. #StartYourStoryITCarlow
You can watch the full virtual ceremony here: https://t.co/FsveRJm2rT
There are over 160 eduroam hotspots across Ireland, located in Universities, Institutes of Technology, research organisations and more, providing secure & easy Wi-Fi access. You can now view a map of all live locations & find out how it works at https://t.co/zw1epXS3lR
@TheUSI Mature Students’ Seminar 2021 will take place this Friday 5 February from 10am-4pm. This virtual event aims to empower, encourage, inspire, support and motivate #maturestudents during their time in college.
Log onto https://t.co/nk4yg1cp0Z to register and for more info
👨🎓👩🎓 Planning on joining us in @UCC as a mature student this September? @TheUSI are hosting a Mature Students Seminar this Friday, February 5, from 10am to 4pm, and it's set to be a fun and informative morning!
Sign up at the link below 👇
We have stepped up to the Swiss police
@fedpolCH #JerusalemaChallenge. Gardaí across Ireland answered the call to give the public we serve a lift in these challenging times. #StayTogether #homeStaySafe
Late registrations for #HPAT-Ireland extended to 5.15pm GMT on 3 February. No further registrations will be accepted after this date!
Minister @SimonHarrisTD today reaffirmed his commitment to deliver a Technological University for the South East. More at https://t.co/nudZQci137
Recognising the difficulty applicants and schools are facing due to extended periods of school closure, temporary changes have been made to the 2021 DARE process to help students to make their applications. https://t.co/s6EDWLldNd
Take an interactive tour of WIT from the comfort of your own home and see for yourself why WIT is the Sunday Times Institute of Technology of the Year 2021 #CAO2021 #StudyatWIT
The #UCCPLUS Virtual #HEAR Clinic takes place TOMORROW, Tuesday 19th January 5–7pm. We will be available to answer your #HEAR queries. Check out our web page below for #HEAR info & link to our virtual clinic.
@UCC #LeavingCert2021 #accesscollege
Our Virtual Open Evening is this Wednesday from 5.30pm, join us! Chat with staff and students about your #CAO2021 questions. You can access the event here: https://t.co/OUeIIeaEHV
Join us for a FREE virtual information evening tomorrow, Tuesday 19th of January at 7pm for parents of Leaving Certificate students or anyone considering a college application in 2021. Register online via https://t.co/K4Dw3W9bEf
Only 3 days to go to Power of Disability, AHEAD &
The USI's free online student-focused conference (Jan 21st/22nd.) Kindly supported by Higher Education Authority. Register: https://t.co/WTUi1PQMYH
IT Carlow, Wexford Campus. Apply to our Wexford Campus today, full-time Honours Degree programmes are offered in: #Business; #DigitalMarketing; #Art; #AppliedSocialStudies; #EarlyChildhoodEdCare; #VisualComm; #Humanities #SustainableFarmManagement #StartYourStoryITCarlow #CAO2021
We are hosting a free virtual information evening on Tuesday 19th of January at 7pm for parents of Leaving Certificate students or anyone considering a college application in 2021. Register online via https://t.co/K4Dw3W9bEf
Lovely piece on @Independent_ie featuring Media and PR student Chloe on #CAO2021 and making the right decision. #StartYourStoryITCarlow
The graduates of 2020 are among those who can apply for 90% subsidised full-time @ComputingAtWIT, @GradbusWIT and #Engineering postgraduate programmes starting this January. https://t.co/jLbbWjqAIB
ATTENTION LEAVING CERT STUDENTS. IT Carlow Virtual Open Evening. Wed 20th Jan from 5.30pm to 8.00pm.
#HEAR & #DARE application timelines
We strongly recommend students to apply via https://t.co/9ge6kRQbPa as soon as possible & start gathering the required documentation.
For further information log onto https://t.co/SNajPYeFnd Email queries to email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
@CITAccess & @UCCPLUS staff are here to support students as they start online learning. Contact us on;
> Maeve Minihane email@example.com
> Elaine Dennehy firstname.lastname@example.org
> Christine Nolan email@example.com
> Louise O'Callaghan firstname.lastname@example.org
Tip for teaching online:
Keep it simple
Create a dialogue with your students and between your students (breakout rooms), learning together is far more fun.
You do not have to be talking all of the time. Give students tasks and check-in with them.
Last chance to sign up to the #HEAR Application Information Session which starts at 12.30pm today. This session provides an opportunity for students & parent(s)/ guardian(s) to meet members of the HEAR team & find out how the scheme works.
Darelle Keegan @DSSUCC delivering the #DARE Schools Presentation this morning for Leaving Cert students & their parents/guardians. This presentation will also be available on https://t.co/SNajPYeFnd in the coming days
Today's the day... The HEAR Application Information Online Presentation & Q&A Session will take place today at 12.30pm. Register at 👉https://t.co/6Xh7u98zfT
Register now for the DARE application information session taking place Saturday 9 January at 10am. Visit https://t.co/IwpRI8sPbB to find out more #StudyAtWIT
The South Cluster PATH 3 SOAR Project welcome this announcement and look forward to building on existing initiatives to further the access agenda @SoarForAccess @UCC @CITAccess @CITTravellerEd @ittralee @ITCStudentServ1 @waterfordit @itcarlow @OliveByrne3 @deirdre_dore
Great news to share with HEIs. PATH 3 funding to continue for another three years. PATH 3 is already showing impact in reaching communities and students and spreading the word about higher education @SimonHarrisTD @DeptofFHed @THEA_Irl @IUAofficial @WeAreTUDublin @hea_irl @TheUSI https://t.co/68znM92e5X
Tonight staff & friends of @CIT_ie said ‘au revoir’ to the great man who was our President for the past number of years. Dr.Barry O’Connor will be missed! He was a true supporter of @CITAccess who valued and understood the need for inclusion. Beir bua!
Congratulations @LMCDART it is beautiful!
@nolan_christine @CIT_Crawford @CITAlumni @CITAccess Thanks, Christine!! 😀
President Michael D. Higgins has recorded a special message for third level students, and first-year students in particular.
First President of Munster Technological University Announced
Don't forget Whidden Workshop for Traveller & Roma students takes place today @MEND_CC @CITTravellerEd @tvgcorkclg @UCCPLUS @ITCStudentServ1
Are you a #Traveller or #Roma student who may be considering going to #furthered or #highered next September? The second workshop in the Whidden Workshops series, ‘It’s Kushti to Rokker’ will take place via Zoom tomorrow at 11am
Increasing diversity & inclusive access to education is a key strategic priority of @CIT_ie. @CITAccess aims to widen participation, increase access & support positive educational outcomes for under- represented groups. This week we are celebrating #travellerprideweek
On International Day of Persons with Disabilities, it is important to remember that not all disabilities are visible. #IDPWD2020
Was privileged to be a panellist at @YSInow Speak Out in Cork when @Davismallow students presented this powerful project, blown away by the amazing students, what a poignant and important legacy.
National Missing Person's Day today - Introduced in Ireland 8 years ago as a result of a YSI project in Davis College- young people making a real difference in the world @noeltoconnor @CorkETB
Are you working with #Traveller or #Roma students who may be considering going to #furthered or #highered next September? The second workshop in the Whidden Workshops series, ‘It’s Kushti to Rokker’ will take place via Zoom on 9 Dec at 11am
Best of luck @LMCDART with the Traveller Graduate Network event today. Great to see this much needed Traveller-led initiative established through @SoarForAccess @CITAccess @HEAaccess
Are you a current Traveller student or graduate? If so, the Traveller Graduate Network would love for you to join us at our next public consultation on the 2nd of December. @THEA_Irl @HEAaccess @itmtrav @PaveePoint
We're delighted to reveal the full line up of speakers for our CESCA Equality Day taking place on Monday December 7th. Spaces are filling up fast so be sure to register for what is bound to be a morning filled with fascinating insight and conversations👉 https://t.co/Ka7pUGbAKB2
Great to welcome you to the Hub today @RebekahLBrennan and lovely that we were able congratulate Professor @MaireLeane & thank her for all her leadership guidance and support with @SoarForAccess, Autism Friendly Uni & all our Access UCC work! https://t.co/MoJC1Juvf7
Faculty of lifelong learning at IT Carlow wins national education award.
Word on the street is Oein's beautiful book 'Why the Moon Travels' is really gaining traction in education circles and will strengthen our ask to have Traveller history and culture embedded into the national curriculum in Ireland
'Your curriculum has a disability' great perspective from @dararyder
CEO @dararyder at @IUAofficial #IUAFutureOfIreland webinar highlighting a 220% increase in the last 10 years of students with disabilities registering for support in HE and how there has been a shift in focus from individualised support to a #UDL framework in #TeachingAndLearning
Don’t forget to join us for our lifelong learning information webinars, starting this evening, 24th November at 5:30pm https://t.co/ROs7qBTlR2
A year on from the official opening of its extension, @ArclabsWIT on WIT's West Campus is to benefit from funding announced by Tánaiste which will allow the centre to continue its hugely valuable mission to support entrepreneurship in the South East. https://t.co/Ey5KbEBZUf
And we are equally delighted to welcome you to the @SoarForAccess team @RebekahLBrennan!
Delighted to join the @SoarForAccess project at @UCCAppSoc research team, improving access to higher education for groups which have been marginalised. Looking forward to the work ahead!
Save the date- @CITDSS #DARE Online Information Sessions for prospective students & parents/guardians
📌26 November -6.30pm
📌8 December -6.30pm
Book your place now via https://t.co/o0oeXIFs4m
For information on #DARE visit https://t.co/SNajPYeFnd
CIT/MTU are hosting live online events for CAO students and their supporters during our Open Fortnight: 16th - 26th November.
View our full schedule of events featuring talks and Q&A sessions with department staff, current students and graduates at https://t.co/flmWVPl7dj
Senator Eileen Flynn @Love1solidarity has been elected Chair of the Joint Committee on Key Issues affecting the Traveller Community #seeforyourself
As part of our Lifelong Learning Prospectus there are a number of Springboard+ funded programmes including the Certificate in Cloud Services. Closing date for applications is 27th November. To discover more about Springboard+ funded programmes visit https://t.co/Smkth14DtZ.
Exciting opportunity to work with mature students in a great Acces Service @CIT_ie @CITAccess
We are looking for a new Mature Student Officer at @CIT_ie to work within @CITAccess If you, or someone you know, is interested, please check out Current Vacancies on the CIT webpage. Closing date 1pm on 26/11/20 #jobfairy #access
Looking forward to episode 2 tonight and hearing from more inspirational students #myunilife
📺#MyUniLife follows seven incredible students through their journey to access higher education. Personal challenges, societal challenges & COVID-19 - it's a year to remember! Watch episode 2 tonight 7.30pm @RTEOne & @RTEplayer
For more information visit https://t.co/IVweWFHJLO
A very welcome announcement @SimonHarrisTD @DeptofFHed to ensure Travellers succeed in higher education. #TravellersinEducation @HEAaccess @citaccess @CITTravellerEd @ITCLLL @ittralee @@UCCPLUS @tvgcorkclg
I want the new Department to be a vehicle for economic & social inclusion. That means leaving no one behind. Today I am announcing an extra €300,000 to support Travellers participating in higher education. Just one important step in advancing this agenda https://t.co/JYvfm6j2Jk
Attention Traveller students and graduates @ittralee @itcarlow @ITCLLL @waterfordit @ACEUCC @UCCPLUS @access_ucc @MU_MAP @DCUAccess @UCCSU @ITCarlowSU @CITSU @TheUSI @WITSU_ @ITTraleeSU
Are you a current Traveller student or graduate? If so, the Traveller Graduate Network would love for you to join us at our next public consultation on the 2nd of December. @THEA_Irl @HEAaccess @itmtrav @PaveePoint
Calling all Traveller students and graduates, check out and join in the Traveller Graduate Network. @PaveePoint @itmtrav @NTWFIRL @tvgcorkclg @SindyLJoyce @Love1solidarity #TravellersinEducation
Are you a current Traveller student or graduate? If so, the Traveller Graduate Network would love for you to join us at our next public consultation on the 2nd of December. @BredaHogan4 @amquilli @dmccamover @CITAccess @SoarForAccess @THEA_Irl
Another step closer to #MTU today @CIT_ie and @ittralee thanks to @SimonHarrisTD #BetterTogether
@CITDSS are hosting two #DARE online information sessions on Thurs 26 Nov & Tues 8 Dec for #leavingcert2021 students & their parents/guardians.
Book your place at https://t.co/o0oeXIFs4m
Chrisdina's journey through Higher Education was supported by our colleagues @UCCPLUS. Why not get in touch with them to find out how you might join the many others who have chosen this path to @UCC