Sometimes when we are so focused on getting a complete and accurate HEAR application in (and on time!), we can forget what the scheme is really about. HEAR is about making college more accessible and the goal of higher education more reachable for determined and hard-working young people who have some extra challenges, due to being from a socially or culturally disadvantaged background.

On this page, you can get all the details you need about the events we run to connect with people making an application to HEAR. These events are run by the colleges participating in HEAR and are a great opportunity to get support in making your application, get more information about the schemes or just to meet the people working in the colleges you might one day attend.

On this page, you can also read Student Stories from people who were successful in the HEAR process and who went on to attend and complete higher education. These people may be from the same place as you, or may be studying a subject you are interested in, or maybe are attending a college you would like to attend. Read their stories and learn from their experience, and maybe one day your student story will be published and will inspire the next generation of students.

Join the conversation! See the Facebook feed for up-to-date information about what is going on in the world of HEAR and DARE, or click on the Facebook link and view the whole page. Though don’t get distracted by videos of goats in pyjamas; come back to the site when you are ready to make your application.

Student Stories

Would you like to see you HEAR story here too?

Read the Student Stories below to know more about what it is like to go to college using the HEAR route. These stories were written by young people who are now in college or who have finished their degrees. You might find out more about what to expect when you go to college, or maybe even some inspiration for you as you think about what to do next.

Then, later down the line, if you decide to go to a college participating in the HEAR scheme and get in through the HEAR route, you could pass on your HEAR Student Story to inspire future students to follow in your footsteps!




Maynooth University
Business and Management
Advice & Information Event

HEAR Application Information Session 2022

The 2022 HEAR Application Information Session took place from 1pm – 3pm on Saturday 8th January. Welcomed by Minister Simon Harris, this session includes a general presentation on HEAR and how to apply to it, as well as a Questions and Answers session on how to make a successful application. You can watch the recording below now.

Remember, if you have a more pressing query, you can get in touch with one of our participating colleges here.

General Presentation on HEAR and How to Apply

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HEAR Q+A Panel


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