Award Underscores Long Term Commitment to Student Access

A new access programme that provides tailored support and mentorship for students at UCD has been recognised by Social Innovation Fund Ireland at the 2019 Children and Youth Funds awards.

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UCD Sutherland Opportunity supported by Mason Hayes & Curran is a new initiative that aims to increase participation by under-represented groups, and uses ‘wrap-around’ supports that extend from targeted outreach, routes to study, provision of scholarships, personal and academic support, internships, and mentoring.

Included in the initiative are a set of measures and supports for students, who experience barriers to education to gain access to UCD School of Law, and also to ensure that, while there, they receive all the necessary guidance to retain their place and participate fully in college life that will transform their education, career and life outcome.

The award recognises the generosity and vision of our founding donor, Mason Hayes & Curran, together with the many alumni of UCD School of Law who support and engage with this flagship student support initiative.