Outreach: Explore and Experience Third-Level Options at UCD

A prospective student attending an outreach event

UCD is committed to engage and facilitate participation of underrepresented groups in higher education in the Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council and South County Dublin County Council areas including:

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

In line with the HEA National Plan for Equity of Access to Higher Education 2015-2019 and UCD’s (2015-2020) strategy, Access and Lifelong Learning’s approach to engage and increase participation in higher education includes developing collaborative ‘regional and community partnerships’ with a particular focus on mentoring’ (HEA, 2015). ALL continues to build and sustain relationships with students and their families, community leaders and stakeholders gaining their input to provide tailored activities to learn more about life in college and flexible entry routes.

UCD works with underrepresented groups including:

  • People with disabilities
  • Students who attend DEIS (Delivering Equality of Opportunity in Schools) band schools
  • Individuals from low-income households or a community with low progression to further or higher education
  • First-time mature students
  • Part-time and flexible learners
  • Individuals who have completed QQI-FET (FETAC) & PLC courses
  • Lone parents
  • Irish Travellers
  • Ethnic minorities
  • Refugees and asylum seekers
  • Ex-offenders

Our Community Partners

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

Community Outreach Partners