Written answers

Tuesday, 21 July 2020

Department of Education and Skills

Third Level Admissions

Photo of Gary GannonGary Gannon (Dublin Central, Social Democrats)
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408. To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the details of students who were successful in their applications to the national alternative entry schemes for students with disabilities and students from low socio-economic backgrounds, DARE and HEAR, for the past two years in tabular form. [17021/20]

Norma Foley (Kerry, Fianna Fail)
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The HEAR and DARE schemes are operated by the Irish Universities Association (IUA) and regulated by the higher education institutions themselves. As such, the Department of Education and Skills has no role in the policy criteria of the scheme.

Admissions under the HEAR and DARE schemes are regulated by the higher education institutions themselves. Each institution determines its own admissions policy in relation to the schemes, the number of places they reserve and the allocation of those places.

Applications to both schemes are submitted to the Central Applications Office (CAO) who coordinate the scheme for participating institutions.

However, my colleagues have made contact with the IUA and the information you requested is available in the attached table.

Number of DARE and HEAR Successful candidates
Number of Successful Candidates 2019
Number of Successful Candidates 2018
DARE
4073
3646
HEAR
3947
3369

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