AIT Access Graduate Awarded Uversity Scholarship to Pursue Higher Education

Scholarship recipients must demonstrate academic potential and a clear motivation and ambition for returning to education

A graduate of AIT's Access programme has been awarded a Uversity scholarship to pursue a bachelor’s degree in engineering at Athlone Institute of Technology.

Mature student Darren Muldoon is one of 41 recipients of the higher education scholarship, awarded to adult learners by registered charity Uversity.

Darren, who returned to education in 2015 to complete the AIT Access programme, will commence his programme of study in September 2021.

The AIT Access pathway is specifically designed to equip early learners with the necessary skills, knowledge, and confidence to return to education and obtain employment. 

Now, with the support of a Uversity scholarship, Darren will continue his study, after which he intends to complete a master’s degree and then secure his dream job as an engineering manager. 

Uversity scholarships are intended to remove financial barriers so that adult learners can unlock their potential and realise their ambitions.

Scholarships can be in any subject area and are tailored to recipients’ financial circumstances to cover the costs associated with higher education.

Successful candidates must be able to demonstrate academic potential, a clear motivation and ambition for returning to education, a drive to succeed, strong work ethic and financial need.

Congratulating this year's scholarship recipients, Brian O’Sullivan, Uversity's interim chair, said, “We’re really delighted in this difficult year to have found 41 individuals with the drive and the ambition to take the courageous step to change course and attend university having not had that opportunity at an earlier stage."

“Uversity’s scholarship programme is continuously evolving and adapting. This year, we received close to 650 applications and are astounded by the ambition and determination of the candidates to pursue their degrees despite the challenges posed by COVID,” the charity’s CEO, Colleen Dube, explained. 

Since its inception, more than 700 students have benefited from AIT's Access programme, with many going on to complete master's degrees and even PhDs

For more information on AIT Access and student supports, visit the AIT Access Office webpage. 

Athlone Institute of Technology is a research-led third-level institute with an applied, industry-focussed offering, world-class research and development capabilities, and state-of-the-art facilities. Winner of The Sunday Times Institute of the Year 2020 and 2018, AIT is Ireland’s top-ranked institute and is on track to open its doors as the country’s next technological university in September 2021. AIT tops Ireland’s official league table for research and was listed in U-Multirank’s Top 25 Performing Universities in the World for Interdisciplinary Research in 2018 and 2019. For information relating to the institute’s undergraduate and postgraduate programmes, visit 

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