1916 Bursary 'Leaders and Learners' 

Eight UCD Students were awarded “1916 Leaders and Learners” Bursaries


On Thursday, 17th April 2018, Minister of State for Higher Education Mary Mitchell O’Connor awarded eight 1916 Leaders and Learners Bursaries to MIE students. Forty bursaries overall were awarded to students from UCD, IADT, MIE, NCAD and TCD. The ceremony was held in the GPO witness museum.  The bursary scheme is funded by the DES /HEA under the Programme for Access to Higher Education (PATH) Fund and is aimed at increasing diversity in Higher Education.

The “Leaders and Learners” bursaries directly recognise the strong focus on education and equality of leaders of the 1916 Rising. As such, in her address, the Minister of State for Higher Education, Mary Mitchell O’Connor, T.D., said: “These 1916 bursaries are a fitting tribute to the educational vision of those who fought for Irish independence. It is apt that they are being launched here in the GPO. The leaders of the Rising were also learners with a range of qualifications: nurses, teachers, accountants, soldiers and sculptors. Their education contributed to their involvement in the Rising and their vision of a new Ireland of equal rights and opportunities. A century on, we are still striving to make this vision a reality, and these bursaries show the commitment of our colleges to greater equity in education.”

Speaking at the ceremony, Professor Grace Mulcahy, Chair of the Consortium said, “just as it takes a village to raise a child, it takes the Higher Education Community to be truly effective in recruiting and retaining students from diverse and under-represented backgrounds; these bursaries are an essential component to ensuring that we continue to do so.”