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
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@ReginaDo @UCC It's fantastic well done to all and to @tvgcorkclg who designed the course and supported the women 💜, I do believe the only way for our community now is up we have broken true many barriers hopefully things can only get better 💞
Congratulations to these 19 graduates. A story which inspires, warms the heart & demands we build on this & do more to create a truly inclusive education system with opportunities for all. Wishing these 19 women every happiness & success. Thanks to @UCC & all involved https://t.co/yxRIknT8rr
#WATCH 21 women who are all members of the travelling community graduated from UCC today with diplomas in Leadership in the Community
Southern Correspondent @PaulByrne_1 was at the ceremony ⤵️
#VMNews | @UCC
How it started and how it's going. Congratulations to these amazing Traveller women, true Leaders in the Community graduating today @UCC @tvgcorkclg @ACEUCC @AnneBur27018840 @SindyLJoyce @normaderoiste @l_elamoud @TNC71035 @HEAaccess @SimonHarrisTD2
So proud of all these inspiring women - what an achievement! Hopefully this is only the beginning for them. As I said at the ceremony @UCC earlier, I really do hope that they go onto change the world! via @RTENews https://t.co/NBnUKdSaYl
@tvgcorkclg @ACEUCC @SoarForAccess @UCC @MTUCork_Access This is the best news ive seen in a long time. Shows how much potentially we have in this country if we get rid of the barriers.
Well done ladies you are an inspiration to us all
Some major positive news 19 Traveller women graduate in Community Leadership UCC. Like anyone when given equitable opportunities we can be high achievers.
Such a memorable occasion @UCC with @tvgcorkclg @TNC71035 @ACEUCC @SindyLJoyce @AnneBur27018840 @OliveByrne3
Such a heartwarming & wonderful occasion @ucc as 21 women from the Travelling Community are conferred with diplomas in leadership. As the head of @ACEUCC said “May you go out & change the world”. @rtenews
Such a heartwarming & wonderful occasion @ucc as 21 women from the Travelling Community are conferred with diplomas in leadership. As the head of @ACEUCC said “May you go out & change the world”. @rtenews
What a day, heartfelt congratulations to these inspiring women! @SoarForAccess is proud to have supported this partnership with @tvgcorkclg @ACEUCC
To say we are proud, thrilled and inspired is an UNDERSTATEMENT. Huge congratulations to the graduates and the whole team involved in this "life-changing" course!! @ACEUCC @SoarForAccess @UCC @MTUCork_Access https://t.co/qbp8OuT2Lw
A huge congratulations to the group of Traveller women who were today the first ever graduates of the Leadership in the Community course, specially developed and supported by @access_ucc, the Southern Traveller Health Network, @ACEUCC and @SoarForAccess.
Wanted: research topics from community groups to be undertaken by UCC students this coming academic year 2022/2023. Any questions/issues welcome. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more info @UCC_civic
@irishredcross @echolivecork @irishexaminer @NascIreland @IrishRefugeeCo @UkraineIreland @corklearning @learning_fest @PennyDinnersCor @yaycork @CorksRedFM @Corks96FM @corkindo @C103Cork @CorkChamber Please share as we want to try accommodate as many students as possible
📢 ICYMI, our virtual SUSI Information Event is taking place on Saturday 23 April.
If you have any questions on applying for a grant for the 2022/23 academic year, join us online at 11:00 to chat to our team. 📱💻
To register, email email@example.com 📧 #SUSIVirtualEvent22
We are delighted to launch a course @UCC for displaced students aged 18+ from Ukraine & other territories. We want to give you a taste of student life in Ireland. Course is free of charge & supports will be provided. Register at https://t.co/6nO3dP1jX3
Traveller children + families fear "being hurt & discriminated against in education" and many exit education early
We are proud to work alongside Breda + Leanne, delivering interventions supporting Travellers to ensure #AccessForAll @BredaHogan4 @LMCDART
Yesterday we finally launched the 'Traveller Graduate Network' its been a long time coming. Our community need the support to thrive like the 4 of us know they can and we aim to ensure they get it.
If you are looking to become a member of the TGN contact me.
So proud of our fantastic @MTUCork_DSS team & @MTUCareersCork colleagues on their @EDUAwardsIRL win this evening for their ‘Ready, Steady, Work’ programme in partnership with @DellTechIreland. Congratulations!!🥳 https://t.co/plZCtmeTVB
Great launch of the Pavee Beoir Leaders Traveller Women in Education yesterday in @UCC with @SoarForAccess @ACEUCC @tvgcorkclg @StephenUCCPharm @AnnieMCummins @AnneBur27018840 @OliveByrne3 @sotuama4
Just Powerful! 👏👏👏 https://t.co/H7tIIWXhIg
Such an important milestone for the Traveller Graduate Network. Well done to all. @SoarForAccess is proud to support the TGN and excited to see the change it will bring for Travellers @BredaHogan4 @LMCDART @MTUCork_TravEd @HEAaccess
@MTUCork_Access is delighted to support the Traveller Graduate Network and delighted to host the launch in MTU today. Super proud of our colleagues @BredaHogan4 and @LMCDART who are founding members of the Network. @SoarForAccess
Thanks Sara & Aoife from ASPECT for talking to @MTU_ie staff for our 2nd event for MTU Autism Awareness Week. Thanks to our colleagues who attended & contributed to productive conversations during the session! Special thanks to @clifford_emily7 for all her help! #MTUAutismAware
What an honour it was for us in @ACEUCC to work with these amazing and inspirational women. We can’t wait to see you graduate @UCC next week 👩🏻🎓 https://t.co/v0vWo8zSls
An emotional and celebratory event yesterday at UCC promoting a bespoke course that will see 24 Traveller women gradate from UCC next week. The course report offers excellent recommendations for Traveller education. Next up: implementation! @Love1solidarity https://t.co/7dlogMZmD9
It has been a privilege to support these amazing women, true leaders in and for their community.
Words can't express how delighted we are with the Leadership in The Community diploma course with @ACEUCC @SoarForAccess. Our first group of Traveller women graduates will be celebrating next week. Thanks to all who worked on this programme 4
@tvgcorkclg @amquilli @ACEUCC @SoarForAccess Congratulations to a group of truly inspiring women!!❤️ I stand and applaud you all not just for your success but for the doors you open for other women 🤗 Ann Burke you are a living, breathing heroine. Enjoy your
Some of the ways the @SoarForAccess funded @UCC Level 7 Leadership in the Community course supported Traveller women through their studies @AnnieMCummins
Delighted to attend the launch of the Pavee Beoir Leaders report by @SoarForAccess … Congrats to the Southern Travellers Health Network, Sheila McGovern, @AnnieMCummins @MaireLeane @OliveByrne3 on this fantastic initiative2
At today’s launch of the Pavee Beoir Leaders report, Anne Burke from @tvgcorkclg articulates so clearly and profoundly the transformational opportunities of education for Travellers if systemic barriers are addressed #inclusivehighereducation @UCC @SoarForAccess @AnnieMCummins
The Traveller Graduate Network is the first alumni network of its kind in Ireland, set up by, and run for, Irish Travellers. Myself @LMCDART @amquilli & Gavin Hennessy are very excited about this launch..
Really looking forward to this launch this morning. Let’s see how we can be more inclusive in everyday practice. #MTUAutismAware
The first 2 speakers for the Prepare Pre- entry Guide Launch event taking place online on the 4th of April are @RebekahLBrennan & @laura_coleman80 who took part in making the project a success. Book your place & Register on this link https://t.co/62UnX2SQfL
We are very excited to announce a new job vacancy at our @UCCSchoolofEd
Lectureship in Education (Student Placement Coordinator BEd Gaeilge & BSc Science Education)
Please see here for details: https://t.co/WpXUW4NXpk
There was a great atmosphere on MTU Kerry Campus for our International/Multicultural Day to celebrate the diversity across our University. It was great to see students putting so much effort into the event and sharing their culture with other students and staff. 4
We are delighted to announce our Postgraduate Research Conference is returning on the 6th of May! This event with @waterfordit and @itcarlow
will mark the start of the South East Technological University. Submit your abstracts via the link below!
ONLY 3 DAYS LEFT TO APPLY FOR A UVERSITY SCHOLARSHIP - DON'T MISS OUT !!!! #UVERSITY #SCHOLARSHIPS #ADULTLEARNERS #MATURESTUDENT
Join us at @MTUCork_DSS on Monday 4th of April at 11.30am for the Prepare Entry Guide launch - supporting students with autism transition to higher education @SoarForAccess . Also online: https://t.co/tVSJPQdmKP. For lecturers; practitioners; parents & families
Hugely proud of Julie O'Donovan and DSS staff & Access Practitioners at MTU Cork who worked so hard to create "the Prepare Entry Guide", presented by Julie and @RebekahLBrennan of the SOAR Project this afternoon
A fantastic talk from Julie O'Donovan and @RebekahLBrennan of @MTU_ie and @UCC on the Prepare Entry Guide for students with autism. It's important not to pre-empt students needs. The starting point should always be consultation with students directly #AHEAD2022 @SoarForAccess https://t.co/LxrPOhRJXF
"We Are Here, Hear" is more than an art exhibition. It is living & breathing, intended to keep the conversation alive & lift up marginalised voices.
Dr Sarah Meaney-Satori, creator of the "We Are Here, Hear" exhibition, explains the impetus behind the @MEND_CC project.
It's the final countdown!!!!
Only 5 days left to apply for a Uversity Scholarship.
#uversity #scholarships #maturestudents #adultlearners
Hello lovely Twitter folk; I have had to change the direction of my final year project pretty late in the day (😩😩😩) I am now looking for anybody over 18 to complete a very short survey; so if you would like to take part please DM me for the link and feel free to share it on
I have just signed regulations to increase students grants for the new academic year including:
▶️ €200 increase in maintenance grants
▶️ €1000 income threshold increase
▶️ Distance for non-adjacent grant reduced to 30km
More here: https://t.co/l6Noka0579
Expressions of interest are now being sought from all staff and students for membership of the Equity, Diversity & Inclusion Committee of the Governing Body, submission deadline COB March 16th. Details circulated via email, for further information contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Well deserved @MTUCork_Access #TravellerAlly2022 The @SoarForAccess Project is proud to support this work.
The @MTUCork_Access Team are delighted to be recipients of the first Traveller Ally Awards from Cork Traveller Women’s Network & Cork Traveller Visibility Group. The team are proud to be allies, to challenge racism & build equality in Ireland. #TravellerAlly2022 #TravellerRights
Happy #TravellerEthnicityDay2022 @BredaHogan4!
Today is Irish Traveller Ethnicity Day & I'm sharing 2 pictures with you, the camp my mother spent her childhood in & the piece I did based on it. Today I'm proudly celebrating my culture, its the 5th anniversary of Travellers gaining ethnic status.
Proud to see @UCC recognised #TravellerAlly2022 and committed to ongoing partnership with the Traveller Community to realise such ambition.
#TravellerAlly2022: @UCC for their ambition to increase the number of Traveller graduates at the university and improve Traveller education outcomes and their continued support over the years https://t.co/oyzXDmNKxC
Today marks 5 years since the Irish state recognised Traveller ethnicity, a "symbolic gesture". To celebrate Traveller identity and heritage today Cork Traveller Women's Network and TVG have created the Traveller Ally Awards. Winners will be announced throughout the day here.
Wondering how SUSI assesses income for a Dependent, Mature Dependent or Independent student ❓
Take a look at the ‘How your Income is assessed’ information video: https://t.co/QJjHQpl7qw.
IT Carlow’s Faculty of Lifelong Learning launches course in intercultural understanding with Laois Education Centre.
Full story here https://t.co/gEcyK1ZDLE
Student survey 2022 launches here in @ITCarlow today! @StudentSurveyIE is a national survey that asks students about their experiences of higher ed. If you are a first, final and postgrad students you can take the survey now https://t.co/vPmO0MGcf8. Fantastic prizes to be won.
The Success, it’s in your nature initiative @UCC is a collaborative project created by ourselves, @GreenCampusUCC, Applied Psychology, and the @UCCSU. This project showcases all the ways students and staff can engage with nature on our fab campus https://t.co/wryFUcM8Gp.🌿☘️🌳
Wow. Our @MTU_ie colleague Karen Weekes has just completed rowing solo across the Atlantic. Congratulations @shecando2021 !! https://t.co/ggYv9cpN8J
Very proud of taking part in the "Success, it’s in your nature" initiative at @UCC. 🌳🌿🌺🌸
We are gifted with beautiful nature at our @UCC campus! Watch the video here: https://t.co/KLreEkvpOd
@GreenCampusUCC @UCCGrAttributes #BeginBelongBecome
Just last week we in @ACEUCC were working on an #ErasmusPlus proposal with colleagues in Ukrainian HE around #lifelonglearning We now stand in solidarity with our Ukrainian colleagues on this darkest of days, praying for their safety & peace in their country #StandWithUkraine
The @dssucc has launched a free online training course where you can learn about Technology to Make Learning Easier. It focusses on free and built-in solutions to make reading, writing and studying easier. https://t.co/nZZP8QG1a2
Full course at: https://t.co/dfdRZ78MSq
A big thank you to Elaine Dennehy, @DrSharonLawton (@MTUCork_Access) and @FintanOLeary (@MTUCork_Sports) for their help with todays food parcels. A special mention to @clifford_emily7 for all her work in coordinating the deliveries to date. #MTUGrubHub
An exhibition of all entries received will take place in the first week of April, with the winner announced on the final day. Details on how to submit to follow.. Any questions or queries are welcome- email@example.com or 'mtu_maturestudents' on Instagram. (2/2)
It’s finally here!! Refugee Week 2022 is NEXT WEEK 📣
We are proud to present our Monday - Wednesday Lineup with more events to be announced tomorrow 👀
We have so many amazing events lined up you really won’t want to miss it! 💫
All MTU campus libraries are open again this morning.
Please continue to take care if you are travelling to any of our campuses. @MTU_ie @MTUCork_MSO @MTU_CorkSU @MTUSU_Kerry @MTUSU_Kerry
@uversity now open for mature student scholarship applications ⬇️@SDC_Partnership @DeansrathCC @stkevinscc1 @CollinstownPark
What would you consider a really traditional Irish dessert?
@Ainemaireni student teacher in @MarinoInstitute sharing her teaching resource on how to include Traveller examples in the classroom and that there are no excuses re not including this treasure trove of activities and lesson plans
In the news: Derek O’Byrne, Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT) registrar and vice-president for academic affairs, says students need to make decisions primarily based on their own interests and abilities. #CAO2022 https://t.co/u1IYA2xe4j
Access UCC PLUS team took part in an excellent Traveller Cultural Awareness session with @tvgcorkclg Really engaging, insightful content that will develop understanding and help the Outreach and Support teams better serve Traveller students in education
Important #HEAR22 dates coming up. 1st March (17:00)Closing date for final completion of the online HEAR application form. #LeavingCert2022 #Leavingcertificate #UCC #UniversityCollegeCork #UCCPLUS #AccessUCC #PLUSProgramme #HearScheme #CAO
It's a long way from auld Tirboy, that I'd ever of in my wildest of dreams, of thought the minister of Education would be promoting my book & gifting nearly 2k of them to others. Thank you all - making a wee subleens kuldrum'ith come true!
@KidsBooksIrel & @SkeinPress xxx https://t.co/FeOo6iVlFv
Taking place this morning @ 10:30 - answering your #HEAR Questions
#Leavingcert22 #UCC #AccessUCC #UCCPLUS #PLUSProgramme https://t.co/8NVsh5dSTY
2 days to go! @itcarlow Postgraduate Fair is on this Thursday from 12:30pm.
Full details: https://t.co/mFivRuqTlB
Applications are open from 1st February, 2022 - 25th March 2022. #MatureStudents #adultlearners #scholarships #uversity @uversity
Full house in @itcarlow tonight!!
What amazing support the @ITCarlowGAA Hurlers received. Thank you to everyone who came along and contributed to an amazing atmosphere. Photo by Pat Ahern 👌
Traveller and Roma students join the Whidden Workshop this Friday to hear about college pathways and supports with @MEND_CC and @MTUCork_TravEd #travellered
Register now for the next Whidden Workshop which takes place this coming Friday at 12pm. Find out about going to college and what supports are available to Traveller and Roma students ➡️ https://t.co/gCTVMU0BOU #travellered #accessforall
I can confirm that all fees for the 2022 Leaving Certificate and Junior Cycle examinations will be waived by the State Examinations Commission.
Nice piece about the work of Universities of Sanctuary on @rtenews today. Well done @Avril_Hutch and colleagues in @UCC. More details about Sanctuary work in @IUAofficial universities can be found on our website at https://t.co/sW6UysfGXb https://t.co/42uyGhFqu5
When your mentor becomes your colleague!!! Well done @LMCDART @BredaHogan4. Great interview Breda. Well done @MTUCork_Access @SoarForAccess https://t.co/ehtLFxx24i
"If you have a destination of where you are going, it'll motivate you to stay." A great interview with @BredaHogan4 discussing Traveller Student access to education & supports, work placements, employment & mentorships.
@SoarForAccess @AccessCork @MTUCork_Access @MTUCork_TravEd https://t.co/8p5RNQlOKC
2 fully funded PhD scholarships (with stipend) exploring the rights and experiences of people with intellectual disabilities available at UCC https://t.co/LjINU1xQGk. Please retweet.
Great interview with @BredaHogan4 about her education journey and her @SoarForAccess role in @MTUCork_Access supporting other Travellers. Work placement opportunities are critical in supporting Travellers access the labour market. https://t.co/BEQ7QkqRcJ
Fantastic workshop with some @SoarForAccess Community Mentors from @corklearning Learning Neighbourhoods and @CorkMigrant. Thanks @treesandpaint for capturing the conversation. @MTUCork_Access @UCC_MSO @UCCPLUS @DSSUCC @MTUCork_DSS @AccessCork2
The exquisite depiction of Saint Brigid in the Honan Chapel, UCC- by Harry Clarke. Happy feast of Saint Brigid.
Many have paid tribute to the late Ronnie Fay whose death was announced this morning. Pavee Point has lost a co-director. The late Ms. Fay was also chair of Community Work Ireland (which supplied these images). Full PP & CWI tributes here - https://t.co/tvGUaP3xYD
Great to hear both @johbees @UCC and @Maggie_Cusack @MTU_ie reference work of @SoarForAccess in supporting access to education. Partnership with communities and learners is key. @AccessCork #CorkCAN #leavenoonebehind @HEAaccess
Well done Julie @MTUCork_DSS https://t.co/0e2CX4kzxa
Come work with us. We are hiring! The HEA is looking for a Senior Executive Officer (Finance). Closing date for applications is February 17, 2022. For more details, see
If you are a Traveller who wants to go to college please just send the access person in a college a call or email. They will call you back. Do not miss out on being a teacher because no one gave you the same time and information as the settled person.
Thanks AnneMarie - absolutely get in touch with with us; we will help in anyway we can, Email; firstname.lastname@example.org; Twitter; @UCCPLUS @UCC_MSO @DSSUCC @access_ucc https://t.co/NZMaYTMxyw
@MTUCork_DSS were delighted to meet with staff in @sjf_charleville today to talk to them about our exciting Enabling Transitions Programme work as part of @SoarForAccess - great foundations for future work together hopefully! #transition #enablingtransition #PATH
Did you know that children in care can apply for college places via the HEAR & DARE access routes? @UCC, where I work,welcomes care-experienced students who will find lots of supports from @UCCPLUS @OliveByrne3 @SoarForAccess @DSSUCC @UCCSU @UccSkills @BystanderUcc etc #CareDay22
The team from ACCESS+ and @UCCPLUS are online now and LIVE 📡 until 11am to support all of our linked Secondary school students, teachers and parents with any queries relating to the HEAR Scheme
Join the chat here: https://t.co/X3VP7FA1w2
We aim to ensure widened enrolment in MTU from under-represented groups. The Access Service aims to lead the way in high quality, professional and responsive access provision. #EducationDay #AccessforAll #LeaveNooneBehind
Happy International Day of Education 2022! 📚📚
Let's work towards a future where all children and young people feel welcome, seen and valued in their place of education.
@itmtrav #InclusiveEducation #EducationDay
In order to apply to #DARE22 or #HEAR22 you must first have applied to https://t.co/5CybGpFFB8. There's just one week to go. Apply now. For more information visit https://t.co/2V5Jk2KvCe
Did you miss our CAO 2022 open evening? We recorded the information session with Shauna Whyte, Head of Academic Administration and Student Affairs IT Carlow who give some great information on applying to college and the CAO process. Listen here
Part 1: https://t.co/eALc807Dil
Congratulations to last years 3rd year students who received their JCSP Student Profile of Achievement on Friday. Well done everyone @tmswineycclib 👏👏👏👏4
Education has the power to transform individuals, families & communities. This is why we welcome people of all backgrounds & offer supports like #EarlyYears provision, IT & financial support, 1-1 mentoring & counselling > https://t.co/Ft8VWhSz4z
MTU Libraries are committed to providing equal & equitable access to high-quality services & facilities for all users. We offer a range of supports for users with learning differences. Visit our revised Services & Supports webpage at https://t.co/cdIPHIPjlw @MTU_ie @MTUCork_DSS
This Thurs Jan 27th 3pm we will be joined on our FB page by Megan Berry.Megan works as a Traveller outreach officer for NUI Maynooth Access Programme&also with Pavee Point Violence Against Women programme. @Megan_Berry___ was part of ‘50 People To Watch in 2022’ in Irish Times.
The @MTU_ie Cork Campus Student Assistance Fund (SAF) & Government Laptop Loan Scheme are now open for semester 2 applications. Log onto https://t.co/KjDCAtOYO8 for additional information or email queries to email@example.com