Cork Access Network

This is a new initiative established to co-ordinate efforts to tackle Educational Disadvantage in Cork City as an outcome of the  Leave No-One Behind  webinar held on December 15th 2020. 

Cork Access Network is working to enable and enhance access to learning opportunities in Cork city. We are opening up the discussion about access in Cork, to name the issues and begin working on solutions at a local level.  The group involves representatives of Cork City Council,

as a partner in Cork Learning City with Cork Education and Training Board, Munster Technological University and University College Cork.

We intend to involve a range of individuals and organisations chaired by the former president of CIT Dr. Barry O'Connor . We are working at every level across the city, with the goal of creating a positive change to engagement with Access in Cork for the benefit of all learners. 

Recent Events

ACCESS through the Workplace, Networking & Breakfast Event at Munster Technological University’s Hospitality suite

This event showcased a series of effective and inspirational access approaches developed locally, in which Cork based companies, trade unions and education partners through working together have successfully reduced and removed barriers to education and employment.

‘CAN believes in leaving no-one behind and as our motto says ‘Is féidir leat’ - Yes you can’. We heard from organisations including Cork Chamber, the COPE Foundation, Johnson and Johnson, the Fórsa Trade Union, Boston Scientific, DELL, and Apple on their partnerships with MTU, UCC, Cork ETB and Cork City Council.  Each example was a powerful demonstration of what can be achieved though collaborations and by working together to reduce access challenges. 

President Maggie Cusack of MTU, opening the event said “We were delighted to bring so many employers and educationalists together to highlight some innovative exemplars of practice in relation to Access to and within the workplace.  We are all committed to working together on this initiative.”

Leave No One Behind 2022 Webinar

This virtual CAN event, featured a number of high-profile speakers from education, industry and community, including Mr Jim Breslin, Secretary General of the Dept. of Further & Higher Education, Research, Innovation & Science and Mr Bob Savage, VP DELL Technologies, discussing the challenges and opportunities to enhance access and reduce barriers to educational success for all learners with local leaders including: Ann Doherty Cork City Council. Denis Leamy Cork ETB, Prof John O’Halloran UCC, Prof. Maggie Cusack MTU, Paula Cogan Cork Chamber, and Siobhan O’Dowd, Ballyphehane Togher CDP and CESCA. The Session was chaired by Dr Barry O'Connor , Chair of Cork Access Network.

This event recognised the success of Cork as a learning city sustained by active cross-sectoral/whole-of-City partnerships, will acknowledge the challenges, including the impact of COVID 19, and furthered the conversation and commitment to action to reduce educational disadvantage in the Cork region.

Previous Events

Included a FREE Webinar and presentation by Cormac Russell presented via CETB on behalf of CAN (Cork Access Network)

‘A Strengths Based Approach to tackling Educational Disadvantage’

Asset Based Community Development builds on the assets that are found in the community and mobilises individuals, associations, and institutions to come together to realize and develop their strengths and a Focus Group on Access Through The Workplaceon 24th June 2021 . 


CAN Cork Access Network have also made a submission to the National Access Plan Consultation Process and you can view the submission HERE

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