Mature students and early school leavers wondering whether or not to take the plunge into higher education, now of all times, can get some additional insight into what that might entail with Live Online Q&A sessions on becoming an Access Student at NUIG this week.
The NUIG Access Centre is focused on bringing people into higher education who are considered “non-traditional” students by the Higher Education Authority.
The centre offers courses delivered at the main NUIG campus, as well through three outreach locations at St. Angela’s College, Sligo; An Cheathrú Rúa; and Ballinasloe.
These information sessions are designed particularly for early School Leavers aged 22 or under, and Mature Students aged 23 or over, who never had the opportunity to study at third level and could never reached their full academic potential for a wide range of reasons.
The Q&A session for prospective mature students will take place on Tuesday, April 28, while school leavers can tune in on Thursday, April 30. Both sessions will run in the afternoon from 3pm – 4pm.
This event is aimed primarily at people on a low income, and/or those with a long-term disability, who may have believed that going to university was out of their reach.
The NUI Galway Access Courses aim to support students build confidence in themselves, in their academic ability and also to support them all to reach their full potential.
The Q&A sessions will feature representatives from the Access Centre and Coordinators from each of the programmes who will be able to answer questions about the courses on offer and support services in the programme.
One former Access Student, now and NUIG alum, said that their Access Course “laid solid foundations for me and allowed me to develop academic skills.
“I left school at 15 and now as a Mature Access Student realise that I am not a failure where learning is concerned”