ALL works with communities with low progression rates within the catchment of UCD in the Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council and South County Dublin County Council areas, including:

  • Ballyfermot
  • Bray
  • Balally
  • Ballybrack
  • Crumlin
  • Clondalkin
  • Cabinteely
  • Dun Laoghaire
  • Greenhills
  • Loughlinstown
  • West Tallaght
  • Sallynoggin


The outreach approach aims to:

  • Create awareness of the third level opportunities and in particular UCD
  • Create awareness and actively promote all progression opportunities to UCD
  • Build confidence and develop knowledge about college going
  • Work collaboratively with colleagues within and outside UCD
  • Develop effective community relationships (Focusing on geographical communities with low progression rates and organisational/interest communities within the catchment of UCD)
  • Develop measures to effectively measure the impact of the outreach approach

Outreach Principles

The principles of the outreach approach will include:

  • Community Focus
  • Building on the Future You Mentoring model
  • Building a sustained relationship with students and their families
  • Developing links with community organisations & community leaders
  • Collaborating and co-creating content and activities
  • Utilising all outreach opportunities to promote UCD’s Alternative entry pathway

Target groups and communities

In line with the HEA National Plan for Equity of Access to Higher Education 2015-2019 and the UCD’s strategy, Access & Lifelong Learning’s outreach approach will target the under-represented groups and low progression communities by developing ‘regional and community partnerships’ strategies for increasing access to higher Education with a particular focus on mentoring ‘(HEA, 2015), within the catchment of UCD.

The target groups will include and be measured through support UCD’s alternative entry pathways:

  • First time mature students
  • Students with a disability and in particular students with a physical or sensory disability
  • Students from socio- economic groups that have low participation rates in higher education.
  • Part-time and flexible learners
  • Further education award holders
  • Irish Travellers
  • Students who have attended DEIS Schools
  • Ex-offenders 

Our Community Partners

Access & Lifelong Learning works collaboratively with the following community partners:

  • Families
  • DEIS schools
  • College of Further Education
  • Adult Guidance Centres
  • National Learning Network
  • Disability Organisations and Community partnerships
  • STAG (Southside Traveller Action group)


Alternative Pathways