About us

The EMASI (Enhancing Mobility Access Students Ireland) project was funded by the European Commission under Key Action 3, Support for Policy Reform.

The project was delivered by the Irish Universities Association (IUA), working under the auspices of the Department of Education and Skills (DES), with the support of the Higher Education Authority (HEA).

The research included institutional analysis at the University of Limerick and the Limerick Institute of Technology, focus groups and interviews with students from disadvantaged/minority backgrounds as well as interviews with key practitioners and associations in the area of access to higher education and outward mobility. The research identified trends relating to mobility participation, issues relating to access and gaps in data as well as best practice and case studies to increase participation in outward mobility programmes.

Mobilitytoolkit.ie has been designed from the perspective of higher education institutions who are engaged in widening participation in mobility programmes, especially for students from disadvantaged or minority backgrounds.

We are still accepting submissions from HEIs on best practices in the area of widening participation. If you would like to feature in this online toolkit, you can contact the team for information on how to submit your contributions.


The IUA would like to thank all of the participants in this project, members of the steering group, EHEA experts, the University of Limerick and Limerick Institute of Technology, the Department of Education, the Higher Education Authority. We would also like to thank the representative organisations who provided valuable advice and insights to the development of the Toolkit. These organisations include AHEAD, Irish Wheelchair Association, Aontas and Students Union of Ireland.

The IUA would like to thank the European Commission, especially the staff who supported us in implementing the project.
Finally the IUA would like to extend a special thanks to the students who participated in the focus groups and interviews. Without your participation the student voice would not have been captured and this was an essential and significant component of the research.

Download the EMASI Report here: 

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