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The DARE HEAR Facts and Figures Report 2017-2018

The Facts and Figures Report 2017-18 is the second annual report on the Disability Access Route to Education (DARE) and Higher Education Access Route (HEAR) by the Irish Universities Association (IUA). This year’s document provides an overview of data from both supplementary access routes to the Irish higher education system highlighting key trends. Under advisement for content from participating Higher Education Institutes, this document will produce and illustrate figures, interpretations, and trends across datasets from 2015-2017 with reference to earlier datasets. The data analysis and dissemination of results achieved over the past two years has provided participating HEIs and the IUA with the accurate, current and valuable data required to make evidence-based and strategic decisions regarding the future direction of the schemes. Especially given that participation in DARE and/ or HEAR by HEIs in the Republic of Ireland has increased to include nearly all state-funded HEIs, data analysis must remain a priority in advancing the national access strategy and in making higher education accessible for all.

The DARE HEAR Facts and Figures 2017-2018 – Summary Report

This document provides a summary of the key observations which emerged from the report.

DARE HEAR Facts and Figures 2017-2018 Summary Report

 

The DARE HEAR Facts and Figures Report 2017

The backdrop for this research is An Evaluation of the HEAR and DARE Supplementary Admissions Routes to Higher Education (Byrne, Doris, Sweetman, Casey and Raffe, 2013), which resulted in significant changes to the operation of HEAR and DARE. In the context of these changes, in addition to broader national and sectoral
developments, and increases in application rates and admissions through DARE HEAR, participating HEIs deemed it an appropriate time to conduct longitudinal research and present facts and figures to inform the future developments in access and widening participation in HE. The DARE HEAR Facts and Figures Report 2017 was prepared by Dr. Siobhán Nic Fhlannchadha, DARE HEAR Research and Operations Officer based in the Irish Universities Association, on behalf of the DARE HEAR participating HEIs.

The aim of this report was to generate and present facts, figures, observations, and patterns across 2016 and 2015 predominantly. Longitudinal reporting was limited due to the significant changes in the application processes over time, as well as how data were collected. It was hoped that by presenting data in this way, it will be a valuable tool to identify emerging areas for policy priority and support HEIs to map the future policy direction of the schemes.

The DARE HEAR Facts and Figures Report 2017 – Summary

This document provides a summary of the key observations which emerged from the report.

DARE HEAR Facts and Figures Report 2017 – Summary