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Trinity College wants to triple admissions from NI and here’s how they’ll do it

The university said the number of students coming from the North has dropped recently – partly due to the fact that only one in eight take four A-Levels.

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TRINITY COLLEGE HAS launched a new initiative aimed at tripling the number of student admissions from Northern Ireland.

The university said there has been a recent drop in numbers coming from the North, in part caused by the fact that only one in eight students there take four A-Levels. It will now be introducing a new feasibility study to find a new way of admitting A-Level applicants from across the EU, which will first be tested with applicants from Northern Ireland.

This will mean some students from Northern Ireland will be admitted purely based on their best 3 A-Levels. All courses are included but a maximum of three students per course will be admitted this way.

Trinity College said it hopes to reach its target of having 8% of the student body from Northern Ireland.

Recently, the provost of Trinity, Dr Patrick Prendergast said that it has always been “an all-island university and that must be maintained”.

“Unfortunately in the last few years our numbers from Northern Ireland have been in decline, and this has been a source of deep regret to our alumni, our students, our staff, and to me personally,” he commented. “With this feasibility study Trinity has acted to restore and re-establish a relationship that has done so much to build close links on this island between people from all backgrounds and traditions.”

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