The Unlocking Potential toolkit for HEIs
We know from international research that overbroad convictions' policies deter talented students with convictions from applying as they fear rejection at the first hurdle. Moreover, blanket questions about applicants’ criminal records may fall foul of data protection laws. Inspired by similar projects in the US and UK, the Unlocking Potential Fair Admissions Toolkit aims to support HEIs in Ireland to develop a fair and inclusive admissions policy for people with convictions. Working with colleagues in other HEIs, our aim is to unlock the potential of students with convictions and ensure the transformative power of education is accessible to all.
If you would like to learn more about how HEIs can reform their admissions process and remove barriers to education for people with convictions you may find this toolkit useful. The toolkit includes a template fair admissions policy and set of principles for fair admissions which can help to structure HEI approaches to this area. Finally, the toolkit provides some information on collecting criminal records data for HEI admissions in Ireland.