NUS-USI President Adrianne Peltz has said the Widening Participation strategy, launched today by Employment and Learning Minister Stephen Farry is good news for all future students and for our education system. She said the strategy would help ensure that there is increased identification of, and support for, people in most need to ensure participation is broadened and people are given the chance to reach their potential.
Adrianne Peltz said: “This is an important and very welcome strategy. This positive progress is a real boost for students and provides recognition of the massive importance of widening access.
“Widening participation and greater identification of, and support for, people who need assistance will not only benefit those involved, but will also help us further grow our economy by helping more people reach their potential.
“It’s very positive that there are sanctions within the document to ensure that universities and colleges live up to their responsibilities, and it is very pleasing that the department has the teeth to take action to encourage universities to up their game if necessary.
“If everything that is contained in this strategy is progressed and implemented, government should be able to ensure that everyone has a fairer chance of going to university. Making ends meet still remains a very significant barrier to third level education for a considerable number of people and we will continue to work to improve the whole spectrum of financial support available for students; however, this strategy is good news for students and it is a positive day for the higher education sector.”