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Posts in the "Mature Students" category

Budget 2012 – what does it hold for adult learners?

Posted on December 06, 2011

Ruairi Quinn - Minister for Education and Skills Ruairi Quinn
Minister for Education and Skills Ruairi Quinn

Following weeks of speculation, yesterday the coalition government revealed a range of public spending cuts, which will affect a wide range of groups in society. As everyone tries to come to terms with the impact of the cuts, here are some thoughts on how the budget will affect adult learners or people thinking of returning to education.

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How we can build local adult learner voices- the ALFI meeting October 26th

Posted on October 11, 2011

ALFI 2010 2 - Learners at the ALFI meeting in Athlone in November 2010
Learners at the ALFI meeting in Athlone in November 2010

At last year's Adult Learners' Forum of Ireland (ALFI) meeting, one of the main areas of discussion was how to develop a sustainable national platform for Adult Learners. Participants at the inaugural ALFI meeting not only wanted to see a strong national voice, they realised that if it was to grow and develop, it needed to be built on solid foundations.Learners at the ALFI in 2010

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Returning to education brings new beginnings

Posted on October 04, 2011

Karen - Karen Shields, Postgraduate student in Adult and Community Education at NUI Maynooth
Karen Shields, Postgraduate student in Adult and Community Education at NUI Maynooth

In this blog entry, mature student Karen Shields writes about the experience of returning to university.

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Words of advice for adult learners

Posted on August 30, 2011

whatnext2011September is traditionally the time of year when lots of people think of taking up some learning. While it's often associated with children heading back to school, lots of adults are also considering taking up an evening course over the winter, or are about to enter third level as a mature student on a full or part time basis.
Last weekend AONTAS hosted an information stand at Which Course, an annual exhibition featuring various course providers. We were there to give out copies of our new Information Booklet. Called 'What Next' the booklet answers a lot of the basic questions that adults ask us - how to find a course, what the qualification means, what kinds of financial supports are available. We also provided copies of the latest course brochure from CD VEC, and promoted a freephone number which they have in place until September 9th. The freephone number 1800 20 40 80 is staffed by qualified Counsellors from the Adult Education Guidance Initiative who are there to help adults

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Ten things mature students need to know about student grants

Posted on July 06, 2011

Some important changes have been taking place in how student grants are being administered. In previous years there were four different grant schemes, whereas this year there is only one scheme. The new student grant scheme was launched on June 27th this year. The website Studentfinance is an excellent source of information on grants and finance for all third level students. Here are ten things you need to know if you're applying for a grant.

Apply early: September may seem like a long time away, but the Department of Education and Skills advises all students to apply early to avoid delays in having your grant processed.

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