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Inclusive National Higher Education Forum

Supporting the sustainability and development of existing and future inclusive education initiatives for students with intellectual disabilities within Irish Higher Education Providers.

Inclusive National Higher Education Forum

The Inclusive National Higher Education Forum [INHEF] is a national interest group comprised of representatives of higher education providers and other professionals interested in supporting access routes and inclusive education initiatives to learners with intellectual disabilities in Ireland.

Mission Statement


The mission of INHEF is to provide a collaborative space for consultation between higher education providers with a view to driving strategic developments; informing policy debates, and building capacity within higher education institutions to establish and deliver initiatives for students who are deemed to have an intellectual disability. 

INHEF Vision


The vision of INHEF is to embed inclusive education initiatives and alternative access routes into the higher education landscape in the Republic of Ireland so that students with intellectual disabilities have meaningful post secondary opportunities available to them.

Strategic Plan


We are very excited to announce the launch of the INHEF Strategic Plan 2022 ‘Inclusive Higher Education – The Challenges and Opportunities for Transformative Policy Development ‘.
The goals of the Strategic Plan are across four key areas:


Read or download the plan below.

INHEF Values Statement


INHEF has been established by a handful of dedicated stakeholders who want to develop real and meaningful higher education opportunities for students with intellectual disabilities across the Republic of Ireland. At the heart of this group of enthusiastic change-makers are the INHEF core values.

Latest News & Resources

INHEF Chair 2023

INHEF Chair 2023

Passing the Torch: Des Aston (TCD) Hands Over INHEF Chairpersonship to Dr. Órla Slattery (MIC) In a significant moment for inclusive education in Ireland, Des Aston, is stepping down from his role as Chairperson of the Inclusive National Higher Education Forum...

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PATH 4 Phase 2 Call for Proposals Information Session

PATH 4 Phase 2 Call for Proposals Information Session

Minister for Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science Simon Harris launched a €9 million fund for higher education institutions to improve access to higher education for students with an intellectual disability.Higher Education Institutions...

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Research Assistant in Digital Inclusion

Research Assistant in Digital Inclusion

Digi-ID PLUS are seeking a Research Assistant in digital inclusion to join theIR team. Interested applicants in digital inclusion; universal design; & inclusive education are advised to check out the link below.

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