Almost one fifth (19%) of students come from an ‘affluent’ household, according to a wide-ranging study of the socio-economic make-up of almost every publicly funded Irish higher education institution. Published by the Higher Education Authority (HEA) today, the study uses students’ home addresses and Census small area deprivation index scores to create a profile of higher education. It found:University College Cork (UCC), University College Dublin (UCD), and the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI) have the lowest proportion of students from disadvantaged backgrounds, at 5%. At Letterkenny Institute of Technology , which has the highest proportion of disadvantaged students (24%), enrolments primarily come from Co Donegal. She said:We know that our higher education institutions are committed to increasing equity of access to higher education and have made significant progress over time.
Source: Irish Examiner October 20, 2019 23:15 UTC