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1916 ‘Leaders and Learners’ Bursary 2017 – 2018

Minister Mitchell O’Connor Awards “1916 Leaders and Learners” Bursaries to MIE Students

On Thursday, 17th April 2018, Minister of State for Higher Education Mary Mitchell O’Connor awarded eight 1916 Leaders and Learners Bursaries to MIE students. Forty bursaries overall were awarded to students from MIE, TCD, UCD, NCAD and IADT. The ceremony was held in the GPO witness museum.  The bursary scheme is funded by the DES /HEA under the Programme for Access to Higher Education (PATH) Fund and is aimed at increasing diversity in Higher Education.

The “Leaders and Learners” bursaries directly recognise the strong focus on education and equality of leaders of the 1916 Rising. As such, in her address, the Minister of State for Higher Education, Mary Mitchell O’Connor, T.D., said: “These 1916 bursaries are a fitting tribute to the educational vision of those who fought for Irish independence. It is apt that they are being launched here in the GPO. The leaders of the Rising were also learners with a range of qualifications: nurses, teachers, accountants, soldiers and sculptors. Their education contributed to their involvement in the Rising and their vision of a new Ireland of equal rights and opportunities. A century on, we are still striving to make this vision a reality, and these bursaries show the commitment of our colleges to greater equity in education.”

Speaking at the ceremony, Professor Grace Mulcahy, Chair of the Consortium said, “just as it takes a village to raise a child, it takes the Higher Education Community to be truly effective in recruiting and retaining students from diverse and under-represented backgrounds; these bursaries are an essential component to ensuring that we continue to do so.”

President of MIE, Professor Anne O’Gara highlighted the positive impact the bursaries would have. “I would like to commend and congratulate this year’s recipients of the 1916 bursaries. Inclusion, equality and diversity are core tenets of MIE’s vision and guiding principles, and I welcome the PATH programme’s aims of broadening access and increasing diversity in Higher Education. The DES and the HEA are both deserving of gratitude for introducing and funding this programme. These bursaries will support the recipients to fully engage with and commit to their educational journeys. Education has a unique and cherished role in our society as a means of personal development, social mobility and academic attainment. I wish the recipients every success as they progress with their studies.”

bursary awards 2018

Pictured with the eight bursary recipients at the awarding ceremony were (l) Dr Deirdre McGillicuddy, 1916 Learners and Leaders Coordinator at MIE, and Professor Anne O'Gara, President, MIE (r).