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- 29th October 2010
The last few years have been particularly rewarding at National College of Ireland (NCI) as we’ve seen a big increase the number of students with disabilities studying with us. This hasn’t happened overnight or by accident. Through progressive policies, proactive support services and participation at a national level, we’ve worked hard to create an environment where students with disabilities can thrive and succeed. The census from 2006 indicates that almost 10% of the population have a disability and yet recent research suggests that only 4% of students with disabilities are going on to college. NCI is bucking this trend and I’m delighted to say that as of this September over 7% of our full-time student body are students with disabilities.
We’re not resting on our laurels and we know we’ve more work to do to create an inclusive college community where all students are afforded the same opportunities to learn, socialise, participate and progress. That’s why we’re particularly excited about the launch of the NCI Affinity Scheme. Through the Affinity Scheme O2 will donate up to 5% of a customer’s monthly spend to our Disability Support Service.
The success of the Affinity Scheme is dependent on the number of O2 customers who sign-up to it. Signing-up couldn’t be easier and it doesn’t cost you a cent. All you have to do is free text NCI to 50308 and 5% of your monthly bill will go to our Disability Support Service. We need you to tell everyone you know – your mothers, fathers, brothers, sisters, husbands, wives, partners, uncles, aunts, grannies and granddads – literally everyone you know, so that we can raise the funds to continue the great work we’re doing.
The Student Support team at NCI have set-up a new blog http://ncistudentsupport.blogspot.com/ and now we’re on twitter, at http://twitter.com/NCIRLsupport. Keep an eye on new initiatives and developments at NCI, research we’re engaged in, our thoughts on the student experience and the changing profile of students in higher education…
Author – Stephen Kennedy, Student Support Officer, NCI