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PATH 4 Phase 2 – Course Provision for Students with Intellectual Disabilities

Minister for Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science, Simon Harris (TD) announced in February 2024 the roll-out of higher education courses for students with intellectual disabilities. This significant initiative, spearheaded by Harris’ department and the Higher Education Authority (HEA), will be delivered across 10 higher education colleges nationwide, offering unprecedented opportunities for learners with intellectual disabilities across communities.

PATH 4 Phase 2 will operate on a three-year pilot basis and is intended to:

  • Enhance course provision for students with intellectual disabilities across HEIs currently participating in the PATH programme, including students with intellectual disabilities from disadvantaged socio-economic backgrounds and other National Access Plan priority groups.
  • To support future evidence-informed policy considerations in respect of the successful participation of students with intellectual disabilities in higher education including:
    an understanding on how engagement in higher education can support real outcomes, including employment, for students with intellectual disabilities.
    establishing an evidence base for a full and holistic cost of provision for students with intellectual disabilities encompassing fees, cost of provision for institution, day-to-day expenses, transport, student supports, mental health, preparation for interviews, etc.

Following a competitive Call for Proposals and a rigorous assessment process by an independent assessment panel of external experts, 10 proposals were recommended for funding.

On the 9 February 2024, Minister for Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science Simon Harris TD announced the successful programmes, which are due to commence in academic year 2024/2025.

Below is the list of higher education institutions who will receive funding under PATH 4 Phase 2:

Higher Education Institutions

Atlantic Technological University (ATU)
Dundalk Institute of Technology (DkIT)
Institute of Art, Design & Technology Dún Laoghaire (IADT)
Mary Immaculate College (MIC)
Munster Technological University (MTU)
South East Technological University (SETU)
Technological University (TU) Dublin
Trinity College Dublin (TCD)
University College Cork (UCC)
University of Galway

Launch Event PATH 4 Phase 2

Below are videos from the recent PATH 4 launch in the Gibson Hotel.

Please see below two video links to the event.

Funded 4-year PhD programme in the School of Education, Trinity College Dublin

The School of Education in Trinity College Dublin is offering an opportunity for a funded 4-year structured PhD programme (full time).

Under the supervision of Dr Donatella Camedda, there is a position for a structured PhD student,  funded for 4 years to work on the Inclusion of students with Intellectual Disabilities. The funding is provided by the Trinity Research Doctorate Award and it will cover €25K stipend per year + tuition fees. Full details of the award are on the Trinity School of Education Website: here.

Call for Papers issued by the British Journal of Learning Disabilities

The British Journal of Learning Disabilities has issued a Call for Papers. Our colleague Dr Donatalla Camedda is leading guest editor for the forthcoming special education edition. As this special edition of the BJLD focuses on People with intellectual (learning) disabilities working or studying in higher education institutions, it may be of particular interest to the INHEF membership and a list of topics included are as follows:

  1. People with intellectual/learning disabilities studying in higher education
  2. Opportunities and challenges of implementing HE programmes
  3. Support provision in higher education such as peer-mentoring
  4. Employment pathways linked to higher education programmes
  5. Full-time/part-time employment in higher education institutions
  6. Inclusive research involving employment of people with intellectual/learning disabilities as researchers/research assistants in higher education institutions
  7. Inclusive research on higher education-employment transitions
  8. Higher education and/or employment policy/practice developments
  9. Advocacy initiatives in higher education and/or employment

The call for papers has just gone live and the BJLD are accepting abstracts until January ’24.  See the call here:

Please note that the contributions should be academic papers with an easy-to-read/video summary.

This is a wonderful opportunity for INHEF members to disseminate some of the excellent work that is happening around the country and if anyone is interested in offering a collaborative submission on any of the topics identified, please contact Dr Orla Slattery directly who will be happy to liaise with you and co-ordinate.

Easy to read version of the call for papers.

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