Fourteen Travellers take their first steps towards higher education

A group of 14 Irish Travellers have been recognised at a special ceremony after completing NUI Galway Access Centre’s first Educational Transition Project (ETP ).

Professor Pól Ó Dochartaigh, deputy president and registrar of NUI Galway, presented the students with their certificates of completion at a ceremony at the university.

“This programme builds on NUI Galway’s values of ambition, creativity, impact, collaboration, and integrity through a supportive student-centred approach that connected with students at a community level. It is wonderful to see these 14 students now taking their first steps towards third level education,” Professor Ó Dochartaigh said.

“These students are inspirational role models,” said Owen Ward, programme co-ordinator, NUI Galway Access Centre. “Despite the additional obstacles they faced as a result of the pandemic, they remained committed to completing the programme. The Access Centre will continue to support these students as they progress in education. This initiative further demonstrates NUI Galway’s commitment to widening the participation of Irish Travellers in third level education.”

The ceremony was organised in line with the current university and HSE Covid-19 guidelines.


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