Published Friday, 04 July 2014
Trinity College will be accepting NI candidates with three A-Levels next year. (© Getty)
The historic university's entrance criteria limits applications to students who have four A-levels.
This has meant admissions from Northern Ireland have declined in recent years but the institution has now set itself a target of having 8% of its student body from north of the border.
It will undertake a feasibility study to find a new way of admitting applicants from across the EU, which is to be tested firstly with NI candidates.
For admissions in September next year, the university will admit a number of students from Northern Ireland who have three A-levels.
All courses, apart from medicine, are included in the pilot scheme but only three students per course will be admitted. Prospects will need to have achieved minimum grades of A, B, B.
Provost of Trinity Dr Patrick Prendergast explained: "Trinity has historically been a university for the whole island, attracting students with ability and potential from every county," he said.
"Unfortunately in the last few years our numbers from Northern Ireland have been in decline, and this has been a source of deep regret to our alumni, our students, our staff, and to me personally.
"With this feasibility study Trinity has acted to restore and re-establish a relationship that has done so much to build close links on this island between people from all backgrounds and traditions."
Welcoming the move, Education Minister John O'Dowd said: "I am pleased that the necessity for applicants from the north to have four A-levels is being relaxed, as this has been one of the main barriers in the past.
"I look forward to similar approaches being taken by the other universities in the south."
Employment and Learning Minister Stephen Farry added: "Cross-border co-operation and undergraduate mobility between institutions in Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland are important from an economic, social and cultural perspective.
"I welcome this announcement by Trinity College Dublin which supports greater cross-border student mobility."
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