Access and Participation in Irish Higher Education

  • Ted Fleming
  • Andrew Loxley
  • Fergal Finnegan

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Ted Fleming, Andrew Loxley, Fergal Finnegan
    Pages 1-20
  3. Introduction: Trends, Policies, Processes and Practices of Access

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 21-22
    2. Ted Fleming, Andrew Loxley, Fergal Finnegan
      Pages 23-44
    3. Andrew Loxley, Fergal Finnegan, Ted Fleming
      Pages 45-85
    4. Andrew Loxley, Fergal Finnegan, Ted Fleming
      Pages 87-106
    5. Fergal Finnegan, Ted Fleming, Andrew Loxley
      Pages 107-130
  4. Research and Policy on Access Students: Experiences, Intersections and Gaps

  5. Introduction: Teaching, Learning and Retention

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 235-237
    2. Andrew Loxley, Ted Fleming, Fergal Finnegan
      Pages 239-259
    3. Ted Fleming, Fergal Finnegan, Andrew Loxley
      Pages 261-273
    4. Ted Fleming, Fergal Finnegan, Andrew Loxley
      Pages 275-280
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 281-326

About this book


This book explores the access and participation issues present within Higher Education in Ireland. It examines policy, pedagogy and practices in relation to widening participation and documents the progress and challenges encountered in furthering the ‘access agenda’ over the past two decades. Access has become an integral part of how Higher Education understands itself and how it explains the value of what it does for society as a whole. Improving access to education strengthens social cohesion, lessens inequality, guarantees the future vitality of tertiary institutions and ensures economic competitiveness and flexibility in the era of the “Knowledge Based Economy”. Offering a coherent, critical account of recent developments in Irish Higher Education and the implications for Irish society as a whole, this book is essential for those involved both in researching the field and in Higher Education itself. 


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Authors and affiliations

  • Ted Fleming
    • 1
  • Andrew Loxley
    • 2
  • Fergal Finnegan
    • 3
  1. 1.Teachers CollegeColumbia UniversityNew YorkUSA
  2. 2.The Centre for Cultures, Academic Values in EducationSchool of Education, Trinity CollegeDublinIreland
  3. 3.Department of Adult and Community EducationMaynooth University, National University of IrelandMaynoothIreland

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2017
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, London
  • eBook Packages Education
  • Print ISBN 978-1-137-56973-8
  • Online ISBN 978-1-137-56974-5
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