Deadline for Applications:  1st May 2018

Uversity is now accepting applications for its new HIGHER EDUCATION SCHOLARSHIPS FOR ADULT LEARNERS that are intended to remove financial barriers so that adult learners can unlock their potential and realise their academic ambitions. 

Uniquely, Uversity’s scholarships will provide full financial support, if required, for the entire period of recipients’ study.  They will provide meaningful, multi-annual financial support for recipients to pursue a Bachelor’s Degree for the first time in participating third level institutions in the Republic of Ireland or Northern Ireland.  Scholarships can be any subject area and will be tailored to recipients’ financial circumstances to cover some or all of the direct and indirect costs associated with higher education.  

Eligible applicants must:

  • be 23 years and older by 1st January in the year of enrolment
  • be a citizen of an EEA member state or Switzerland resident in Ireland or Northern Ireland for 3 years or more by 1st January prior to the year of enrolment
  • be returning to higher education in the 2018/19 or 2019/20 academic year after a break from education of 3 years or more or have completed a higher education progression / preparation course in the last 2 years.  PLEASE NOTE that applicants currently enrolled on a Bachelor’s Programme are not eligible.
  • apply to a participating institution(s)on the island of Ireland as per the institutions’ application processes and be offered a place on a Bachelor’s Programme for the 2018/19 or 2019/20 academic year. PLEASE NOTE that applicants DO NOT need to have an offer at time of application but if selected for a scholarship they must have received an offer and registered in their chosen programme to receive their first instalment of the scholarship.
  • be able to demonstrate:
    • socio-economic disadvantage and financial need (e.g. in receipt of government benefit)
    • a clear and stated motivation for returning to education and an ambition for their educational journey
    • a drive to succeed and strong work ethic
    • an ability to be transformed and transform others as a result of this scholarship and educational experience
  • submit an application via Uversity's online system by 1st May 2018 with the following information:
    •      biographical / contact details
    •      details of education and employment to date
    •      details of financial circumstances and need
    •      a motivation statement of maximum 500 words
    •      details of two referees

Successful candidates will be notified in July 2018.

Further information on the programme and application process can be found here

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The Class of 2015

An Analysis of the First Destination of University Graduates

A report by the Higher Education Authority - February 2017

This year’s report, What Do Graduates Do? The Class of 2015. An Analysis of the First Destination of University
Graduates, has illustrated the first destination of 2015 university graduates, nine months after graduation.
More than 18,500, or 73%, of level 8-10 graduates responded to the survey.

The findings of this report highlight many positive employment outcomes for the 2015 graduate cohort, who
were seeking employment at the end of 2015 and early 2016. 62% of Honours Bachelor Degree graduates found
employment in 2015 (compared to 58% in 2014) and the majority of which are staying in Ireland (53%) for work.
Likewise, employment grew for Higher and Postgraduate Diploma graduates – from 76% in 2014 to 78% in 2015.
The proportion of such graduates going overseas for employment has reduced (from 8% in 2014 to 3% in 2015).
Masters and Doctorate graduates also experience relatively high levels of employment, at 80% – an improvement
of two percentage points on the previous year. In addition to percentage increases, it is also interesting to note
that the number of respondents in each of these levels also increased this year. Overall, employment levels and
employment in Ireland in particular, has improved from last year.

The survey asks graduates to indicate how relevant his/her education is to his/her current area of employment.
As expected, there is a relationship between education level and relevance – as education levels increase,
reported relevance tends to increase, with highest relevance levels reported by Higher and Postgraduate
Diploma graduates. Another notable finding is in terms of salary. As expected, as education levels rise so too
does salary. 47% of Honours Bachelor Degree graduates earn under €25,000 but this drops to 15% of Doctorate
graduates. Furthermore, 31% of Doctorate graduates reported earning over €45,000.

Similar to last year’s report, Dublin is still the region with the most employment opportunities for graduates,
followed by the South-West region. The report also highlights that the most common sector of employment for
Honours Bachelor Degree graduates (employed both in Ireland and overseas) was the Non-Market Services sector.
Lastly, this report examined the first destination of international graduates. Interestingly, of those employed –
across all levels – larger proportions of such graduates are choosing to stay in Ireland rather than move overseas,
nine months after graduation. By retaining international graduates, the evidence suggests that Ireland continues
to be a popular destination of employment.

In line with growing recognition of the importance of measuring the quality and output of higher education,
the forthcoming changes to the First Destination Survey will ensure a more holistic view of graduate outcomes.
By tracking the same cohort over time in a longitudinal study, the data will allow for a longer-term and outcomeorientated
assessment of the value and experience of higher education.

Click here to view the full report


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