IT Carlow & Longford Women’s Link Partnership

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IT Carlow & Longford Women’s Link Partnership

Institute of Technology Carlow has partnered with Longford Women’s Link (LWL) to facilitate the pathway to higher education for women exposed to inequality and disadvantage. The Minister for Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science Simon Harris TD described the initiative as “an example of the importance of transition pathways between further and higher education”.

IT Carlow & Longford Women’s Link Partnership

Under the agreement, IT Carlow will consider graduates of Longford Women’s Link programmes for admission to designated IT Carlow courses.  The offer is open to LWL graduates who satisfy the criteria; specifically those who have successfully completed a full QQI FET award (level 5 or 6) at Longford Women’s Link.

Minister for Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science Simon Harris TD welcomed the initiative. “This is a really exciting partnership and an example of the importance of transition pathways between further and higher education”, said the Minister.

“Since my appointment, I have met with the women in Longford Women’s Link and have been overwhelmed by their commitment and dedication to their education. Education breaks down the barriers of disadvantage and inequality and offers opportunities. This exciting initiative by IT Carlow offers the women of Longford Women’s Link exciting new possibilities and I really want to praise all involved”, added Minister Harris.

Offers will be made through the CAO in advance of Round 1, or through Institute of Technology Carlow’s advanced entry process. The agreement will remain in place until September 2024.

IT Carlow & Longford Women’s Link Partnership

David Denieffe, Vice-President for Academic Affairs, Institute of Technology Carlow commented, “We are delighted to welcome this formal agreement between Institute of Technology Carlow and Longford Women’s Link as it builds on our existing relationship to ensure even greater opportunities and assistance for students in the pathway from further education to higher education – in particular, the area of community education”.

Tara Farrell, CEO, Longford Women’s Link said, “LWL welcomes this formal agreement between Longford Women’s Link and Institute of Technology Carlow. It is an excellent collaborative model which supports progression pathways for all our learners, from community education to higher education, and represents meaningful opportunities for Longford and the surrounding areas”

Longford Women’s Link Ltd (LWL) was founded by three members of the Longford ICA to provide back-to-education and training opportunities for women. LWL’s objective is to link women with resources to help improve and change their lives, and the lives of their families, thus providing a knock-on transformative effect on the local community. It offers level 5 and level 6 programmes of study in areas such as childcare, counselling, domestic violence and women’s groups.

IT Carlow

Longford Women’s Link

Institute of Technology Carlow, IT Carlow, is one of the major third-level education providers in the South East of Ireland.

Institute of Technology Carlow runs undergraduate and postgraduate courses in Carlow. IT Carlow provides courses to over 7,000 students. The Institute also runs courses in Wexford Town, Rathnew in Wicklow, The Curragh in Kildare and Tallaght in Dublin

IT Carlow offers undergraduate courses in Business; Humanities; Sport Media & Marketing; Science & Health; Computing & Networking; Aerospace, Mechanical & Electronic Engineering Built Environment & Extended Campus.


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