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Irish universities move welcomed

6 February, 2014 - by Bronwyn McGahan

Sinn Féin MLA Bronwyn McGahan has welcomed the announcement that two of the leading universities in the South are to review the criteria for entrance for students from the North.

 Ms. McGahan stated,

 “The news that both Trinity College and University College Dublin are to review their entrance criteria for students from the North is a welcome step in bringing equality of access to all students on the island of Ireland.

“At present most pupils in the North sit three A-Levels and a top grade in these subjects are awarded 150 points. However the most popular and prestigious courses require a minimum of 500 points making it impossible for the majority of students from the North to gain entry to Southern universities.

“Sinn Féin have longed called for a review of the clearing systems that will allow students from the North to access universities in the South on an equal basis as their southern counterparts and vice versa so that students from the South can access universities in the North.

 “The announcement today is a welcome move in bringing about a more equitable system that will allow students across the island to access the courses they need to pursue their chosen careers.”

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