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Access to Higher Education

Dáil Éireann Debate, Wednesday - 24 February 2021

Wednesday, 24 February 2021

Ceisteanna (681)

Cormac Devlin

Ceist:

681. Deputy Cormac Devlin asked the Minister for Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science if his attention has been drawn to the case of a person (details supplied); if the higher education access route application process will be reviewed to ensure applicants are given every opportunity to correct minor errors; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [10021/21]

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Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Further and Higher Education)

The HEAR scheme is operated by the Irish Universities Association (IUA) who set the policy criteria for the scheme. Admissions under the 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.

As such, the Department of Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science has no role in the policy criteria or administration of the scheme.

According to the HEAR handbook of 2021, HEAR uses a review and appeals process to make sure that all HEAR applicants are treated fairly and the assessment procedures have been applied consistently. Further information on the review and appeals process is available at www.accesscollege.ie/hear/making-an-application/hear-review-and-appeals/

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