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Latest News on Recognition of Prior Learning

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Latest News on Recognition of Prior Learning


The National Recognition of Prior Learning Project has reached a number of significant milestones over the past number of months. We are delighted to take this opportunity to share a number of positive developments and outcomes with our community.

These achievements help to highlight all of the impactful ways that RPL has in terms of providing pathways to higher education, helping to bridge experience with access to formal education, and also its broader impact on enterprise and institutions.

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RPL in the Media

Sean Nixon, general manager of Spanish natural stone company Cosentino’s Irish warehouse pictured with Grace Edge, Director of the National RPL Project. Pic. Emily Quinn

RPL in the Irish Times: 'How the university of life can lead to serious academic credentials.'

Featuring the inspiring journey of Sean Nixon, who used RPL to gain entry into a Master's program at Technological University Dublin. 
Sean's story exemplifies how RPL can validate and recognise the informal and non-formal learning we all acquire throughout our lives.
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Major Milestone in RPL Learner Data
Just recently and for the first time, comprehensive RPL learner data has been successfully gathered across our 14 partner higher education institutions in Ireland.

In March 2024, with the dedicated efforts of project leads and partner institutions, a baseline of learner data, essential for making informed decisions, tracking trends, and supporting ongoing and future RPL initiatives.

Key highlights: 3,544 learners used the RPL process in the 2021/2022 academic year.
Over 3,800 students utilised RPL in 2022/2023.
Find out more..

RPL Learner Stories

RPL has opened up new learning opportunities for thousands of people across the country. Our RPL Stories section gives you an insight into the transformative impact RPL has had and how it helps learners achieve their potential. See more learner stories..

See the impact that RPL has had on Susann Sullivan who gained advanced entry to a programme at Dundalk Institute of Technology via the RPL process.

RPL Project Network at the 5th VPL Biennale

The National Recognition of Prior Learning in Higher Education Network showcased its expertise and practices at the 5th VPL Biennale held in Kilkenny. This international conference is jointly hosted by Canada, the United States, and Ireland with over 350 delegates from 31 countries marking a significant milestone in advancing RPL across various sectors. With 16 dedicated individuals presenting insightful findings and developments across 11 sessions, our network demonstrated expertise and approaches to implementing RPL. Read more..

New: Downloadable RPL Guide for Enterprise

RPL recognises that learning is not just limited to lecture halls and labs, but takes many forms including the ‘on-the-job’ learning gained through the world of work. Learn more about how RPL can benefit enterprise by downloading this free resource.
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