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Talented Athlete Entry SchemePerformance Sports

General Scheme Information for Academic Year 2018 – 19

The Talented Athlete Entry Scheme is designed to assist talented young sports performers in gaining access to a quality education at Ulster University whilst attaining success at the highest levels within their chosen sport.

The Scheme recognises the sacrifice in time, effort and crucially – in examination performance – which may result from taking part in sport at the highest level. Under the Talented Athlete Entry Scheme, Ulster University allows a reduction in the grades required for entry to full-time undergraduate courses.

For the academic year 2018-19 successful applicants to the Talented Athlete Entry Scheme will be offered a two grade reduction in entrance requirements or the equivalent in other accepted entrance qualifications.

 

Scheme Eligibility

To be considered eligible to make application to the Talented Athlete Entry Scheme, applicants must:

  • Participate in a sport recognised by Student Sport Ireland (SSI) and / or British Universities & Colleges Sport (BUCS) through which opportunities exist for students to compete at Intervarsity level for Ulster University. A list detailing these sports is provided in the menu bar.
  • Have been selected within the last 18 months to compete as a minimum at age group international, age group interprovincial or age group county level or above in line with the competitive structure of their chosen sport.
  • Be entering Ulster University to study on a full time undergraduate course from school leaver level.
  • Agree to represent Ulster University in their chosen sport throughout their undergraduate studies, subject to fitness and selection.

 

Conditions of Entry to Ulster University via the Scheme

  • In order for successful applicants to the Scheme to be able to take advantage of being awarded Talented Athlete Entry Scheme status; Applicants must satisfy the general and specific course requirements stipulated for admission (see online prospectus for details) and obtain an offer for a full-time undergraduate course at Ulster University.
  • Applicants to BSc Hons Dietetics, BSc Hons Occupational Therapy, BSc Hons Physiotherapy, BSc Hons Podiatry, BSc Hons Diagnostic Radiography and Imaging, BSc Hons Radiotherapy and Oncology, BSc Hons Speech & Language Therapy must, in addition to applying through UCAS in the normal way, register for HPAT–Ulster and take the test on Saturday 27 January 2018. More information on the HPAT can be found at http://www.hpat-ulster.acer.edu.au. Having a successful application to the Talented Athlete Entry Scheme will have no bearing on this basic course entry requirement.

 

N.B. New for 2018 entry

  • Only those students that have identified their ‘Firm’ course choice at Ulster University through the UCAS system and have their signed Athlete Agreement returned by 11 May 2018 will have their Talented Athlete Entry Scheme status and associated grade reduction activated.
  • The offer of reduced grade entry through the Talented Athlete Entry Scheme must be taken up in the year in which it is awarded and cannot be deferred. A re-application may be made but it is not guaranteed to be successful on the basis of a previous application.

 

Ulster University Requirements of Talented Athletes

  • Successful applicants to the Talented Athlete Entry Scheme must have exemplary class attendance and maintain satisfactory academic and sporting progress to retain access to the allocated support services.
  • It is expected that students entering Ulster through the Talented Athlete Entry Scheme will play a full part in sport at the University and represent the University in Intervarsity competitions and championships, compatible with their training, competition and academic programmes.
  • Scheme participants are required to display the highest standards of sporting behaviour at all times as expected in sport generally and by Ulster University.

 

Supplementary Scheme Supervision and Support

In addition to the two grade reduction in course entry requirements, successful applicants to the Talented Athlete Entry Scheme will also be able to benefit from the following;

  • A Talent Squad Sport Scholarship offering access to performance sport support services valued at over £500 including musculo skeletal screening, physiotherapy, strength & conditioning programmes, testing & supervision, performance skills workshops, merchandise and free membership of one Sports Union Club.
  •  Mentor support through Sports Development staff.
  • The opportunity to apply to the Ulster University Approved Absence and Independent Study Programme.

 

Ulster University Requirements of Talented Athletes

  • Successful applicants to the Talented Athlete Entry Scheme must have exemplary class attendance and maintain satisfactory academic and sporting progress throughout the academic year.
  • It is expected that students entering Ulster through the Talented Athlete Entry Scheme will play a full part in sport at the University and represent the University in Intervarsity competitions and championships, compatible with their training, competition and academic programmes.
  • Scheme participants are required to display the highest standards of sporting commitment, attitude and conduct at all times.

 

Those failing to adhere to the conditions of the Scheme may have access to support services withdrawn.

 

General Information for Applicants

  • Applications should be submitted via the online Application Form at http://uususport.org/taes-2018/ before the closing date of 15 January 2018.
  • Applicants will be notified in writing whether or not their application has been successful. Unsuccessful candidates will have the opportunity to make a formal appeal in writing in accordance with appeal procedures that will be made available to them at the time of this notification.
  • The online Application Form plays a vital role in the assessment process of the Talented Athlete Entry Scheme. It is therefore of paramount importance that it is completed as fully and clearly as possible.
  • Confirmation of information, advice and/or opinion may be sought from governing bodies of sport and may be used as part of the assessment process. Applicants should ensure they provide details for an appropriate individual where requested in the Application Form.
  • The Assessment Panel will not consider applications received after the closing date of 15 January 2018. An appeal against this decision may be submitted to the Head of Sports Services who may refer it to the Appeals Panel, should he decide there is a substantive case for an appeal against the application of the closing date.
  • It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure that their online Application Form is submitted by the closing date of 15 January 2018.
  • If you have any questions or require any further information in relation to the Talented Athlete Entry Scheme please contact the Scheme Administrator by email on schemeadministrator@ulster.ac.uk.

 

 

N.B. All applications will be considered on merit. Ulster University is committed to promoting equality of opportunity as enshrined in its Equality Scheme. Equality principles permeate all decisions, working practices and relationships.