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Enhancing Mobility for Access Students Ireland
Start date: 15 Jun 2016, End date: 14 Jun 2018 PROJECT  FINISHED 

This project aims to improve the knowledge base and develop a practical toolkit for Universities and Institutes of Technology to develop and implement effective strategies to widen participation in mobility programmes amongst students from disadvantaged and under-represented backgrounds (da/ur). While this project focusses on target students, it will also have benefits for student mobility in general. It directly responds to the Yerevan priorities:-- Fostering the employability of graduates throughout their working lives – by helping HEIs to widen participation in outward mobility so that the proven employability benefits impact upon the working lives of students from all backgrounds, including da/ur groups;- Making our systems more inclusive – by enhancing understanding of the problems facing students from da/ur backgrounds when considering mobility opportunities, and helping HEIs to adapt their support services to overcome those problems.The objective is to identify and share effective practice in widening participation of da/ur students from disadvantaged backgrounds in outward student mobility. The project will:-- analyse existing Irish data to gain an insight into patterns of outward student mobility;- identify gaps in the data to inform data collection practice for all institutions;- identify effective institutional practices in 2 HEIs in widening participation in outward mobility;- identify barriers to student mobility in these HEIs; - identify enablers to overcome these barriers;- build on existing research on student engagement and graduate outcomes to identify the benefits to students of participation in mobility programmes;- develop an internationally transferable toolkit to widen participation in outward mobility- use the outcomes of the project to inform policy making in the area of outward mobility.The project sets out to support EHEA in achieving, by 2020, a target of 20% of graduates having experienced a period abroad.
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