Higher education strategy documents

Date published: 21 May 2019

The Department launched its first higher education strategy for Northern Ireland, 'Graduating to Success' in May 2012. It was closely followed by the launch  of 'Access to Success', the strategy for widening participation in higher education. 


  • Higher education strategy for Northern Ireland - Graduating to Success - published April 2012. It provides a long term vision for the higher education sector in Northern Ireland and sets out in detail the direction for higher education policy up to 2020.
  • Widening participation in higher education strategy - Access to Success - published September 2012, complementing “Graduating to Success”. It supports the aim that any eligible individual in Northern Ireland should be able to gain access to the Higher Education that is right for them, irrespective of their personal or social background.
  • The Higher Education strategy e-zine is designed to keep key stakeholders and interested parties up-to-date in relation to the implementation of ‘Graduating to Success’, the Higher Education Strategy for Northern Ireland, and ‘Access to Success’, the integrated regional strategy for widening participation in higher education.


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