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Enhancing Mobility for Access Students Ireland 

The IUA is currently undertaking a national project entitled ‘Enhancing Mobility for Access Students Ireland (EMASI) funded by the European Commission as part of Key Action 3. Throughout 2017/18, the project aims to develop a practical toolkit for universities and institutes of technology to develop and implement effective strategies to widen participation in the mobility programmes among students from under-represented groups and disadvantaged backgrounds. The project will be delivered by the Irish Universities Association (IUA), working under the auspices of the Department of Education and Skills (DES), with the support of the Higher Education Authority (HEA). The project will work directly with two HEIs in a coherent regional setting , namely University of Limerick and Limerick Institute of technology.

The project sets out to support EHEA in achieving, by 2020, a target of 20% of graduates having experienced a period abroad. It will focus on effective best practice at an institutional level that encourages mobility and creates strategies to overcome obstacles to mobility.

The project team includes: 

  • Sinead Lucey, International Education Manager
  • Rosemarie Fuller, International Project Officer
  • Lewis Purser, Director of Academic Affairs
  • Lia O’Sullivan, IUA Communications Manager

The project in Ireland will be complemented by a paralleled project from the UK National Authority, Universities UK. The collaboration allows for synergy and adds an international dimension to our work, which will also assist with illustrating the transferability of our case studies and recommendations for the wider higher education audience, brought about by our joint research.

Key milestones of the project:

Final Report                Jan 2018        – click here for summary report

Online Toolkit            Dec 2017        – see

Dissemination Events   Dec 2017- June 2018