AccessEd is delighted to present the Scholars Ireland 2019-20 impact report! 

"I liked my Scholars Ireland course so much that I actually ended up choosing chemistry for my leaving cert! I had built up an idea in my head that college was this daunting place standing in between me and the rest of my life! Scholars Ireland showed me that college was totally achievable."

During our third and largest programme year so far, we scaled up the programme to include two cohorts with a total of 343 students across 31 placements. Our Autumn Core programme supported 279 Second, Fourth, Fifth and Transition Year students from 19 Dublin-area schools linked with Trinity Access Programmes (TAP). For our Spring Pilot Extension programme, we increased the reach of Scholars Ireland to include six schools in and outside of Dublin. Our Spring Pilot saw six PhD students placed with 64 Fourth, Fifth and Transition Year students.

Read the full 2019-20 Scholars Ireland impact report here!

Programme evaluation snapshot:

This year we were faced with the unprecedented challenge of the COVID-19 outbreak that meant postponing our joint graduation ceremony for our Autumn Core and Spring Pilot programme at Queen’s University Belfast, as part of the first Ireland cross-border programme initiative of its kind.

We saw PhD tutors, schools and pupils alike successfully rise to the challenge of finishing the Spring Pilot Extension programme virtually, with brilliant results. We are now looking forward to a digital graduation ceremony to celebrate the successes of this year’s programme Scholars in Autumn 2020 term!