Institute of Technology Carlow signs formal ‘Access to Higher Education’ Agreement with Bray Institute of Further Education.
Minister for Health Simon Harris, TD was at Bray Institute of Further Education (BIFE) today to witness the signing of a formal agreement with the Institute of Technology Carlow to ensure greater access to Higher Education for students of Bray Institute.
This Memorandum of Agreement will provide students in Bray Institute of Further Education with enhanced progression opportunities into Higher Education programmes at Institute of Technology Carlow. The initiative has been welcomed by Minister Harris, who described it as “a wonderful opportunity for students in County Wicklow and beyond to progress to higher education courses and the career opportunities that higher education offers”.
The agreement will enable access to Level 7 and Level 8 degree programmes in Science, Business and Humanities at Institute of Technology Carlow. The initiative reflects the National Strategy for Higher Education’s vision for improved links from Further Education to Higher Education and Institute of Technology Carlow’s own strategic commitments to providing greater access to and easing the transition to Higher Education.
Speaking at the signing, Minister Harris commented: “This week there has been much discussion about CAO points and having the required points for one’s course of choice. It’s a lot of pressure on students. However, an Access to Higher Education agreement, such as this signing between Institute of Technology Carlow and Bray Institute of Further Education, is a fantastic boost for students. Not having the necessary points doesn’t deny you your course of choice. You can still reach your destination. This initiative will be of great benefit to students throughout County Wicklow and I commend both Institute of Technology Carlow and Bray Institute of Further Education on their collaboration”.
Principal of Bray Institute of Further Education, Ray Tedders, welcomed the signing, saying: “Bray Institute of Further Education has developed a strong working relationship with the Institute of Technology Carlow in recent years. The Institute offers excellent and varied degree, masters and doctoral programmes. This Memorandum of Agreement will provide defined and enhanced opportunities for our graduates to access higher education courses and importantly, the necessary supports to assist with this transition”.
Dr. Patricia Mulcahy, President, Institute of Technology Carlow commented “Over 25% of our first-year intake this September will come from Further Education backgrounds, so this formal agreement between the Institute of Technology Carlow and Bray Institute of Further Education builds on this to ensure even greater opportunities and assistance for students in the pathway from Further Education to Higher Education, particularly in the areas of Applied Sciences, Business and Computing. Furthermore, it builds on the Institute of Technology Carlow’s strong ties to Wicklow particularly through the Wicklow County Campus”.
Established 26 years ago, Bray Institute of Further Education has more than 1,200 full-time learners studying at degree, diploma and certificate level and an extra 3,000 learners on part-time courses. It offers courses in computing, business and tourism, design, applied sciences and media, amongst others.
Since its founding in 1970, the Institute of Technology Carlow has generated more than 47,000 graduates. It currently ranks as the 4th largest of Ireland’s 14 Institutes with over 7,000 enrolments and 800 staff in its campuses in Carlow, Wicklow and Wexford.