Extra scholarships announced for disadvantaged students

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Galway DAILY University graduation

Higher Education Minister Simon Harris has today announced financial supports for students seeking to access higher education.

The €2 million funding announcement includes 50 bursaries of €5,000 for the most disadvantaged students including those with a disability, mature students and lone parents.

It will also include funding to support Traveller and Roma participation in higher education, and allow those on certain existing scholarships to retain the funding for additional courses including graduate entry medicine.

Speaking today, Minister Harris said that one of my key priorities since becoming Minister is to promote access to education.

He said that the Government has placed a relentless focus on promoting inclusion – but that there remains significant cohorts not represented in higher education.

“That is why we intend to launch a new National Access Plan to ensure we change the conversation about higher education and ensure it is available to all who wish to access it,” he said.

“We also must ensure we help diversify our professions too. That is why I am particularly pleased that we are allowing certain scholarship holders to continue their bursaries for graduate entry medicine courses.”