Pathways to the Professions

The Pathways to the Professions initiative is a key component of UCD’s commitment to become a ‘University for All’

UCD Access & Lifelong Learning and UCD School of Law, will formally collaborate to address diversity in the professions. The objective of the project is to use the legal profession, as a test bed for the development of a model of good practice. It is intended that the learning from this phase will transfer to other professions, including architecture, medicine, veterinary medicine etc.

This initiative is aimed at increased participation by under-represented groups, such as those from low-income households, students with disabilities, mature students, ethnic minorities, lone parents.

The Pathways to the Professions initiative uses ‘wrap-around’ supports that extend from targeted outreach, routes to study, provision of scholarships, personal and academic support, internships, and mentoring. Participants also have the opportunity to experience a moot court. Through this suite of supports, it is intended that students will have the opportunity to participate and experience academic and professional success. Alongside the student-facing components, a series of development opportunities are offered to academic and professional staff to address diversity and inclusions issues in the learning and working environment.

This project is funded through Sutherland Opportunity, supported by Mason Hayes & Curran and the Social Innovation Fund.

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