4. Geographic Profile
This chapter explores the geographical element to socio-economic backgrounds, such as:
- County breakdowns
- Electoral Division breakdowns
- Travel Time
Overall, the average DIS for Undergraduate students is 1.7.
Students with a home address in Dublin (DIS = 5.7) are the most affluent. This is followed by Kildare (DIS = 4.6) and Cork (DIS = 3.9).
Donegal students are the most disadvantaged (DIS = -5.8), followed by students from Longford (DIS = -4.8), and Wexford (DIS = -3.7).
Amongst Postgraduate students, the average DIS is 3.8.
Similar to Undergraduate students, Dublin (DIS = 8.4), Kildare (DIS = 5.7) and Cork (DIS = 5.3) students are the most affluent.
Donegal and Longford students are most disadvantaged, with a DIS of -4.1.
More than one in four students with a home address in Donegal are Disadvantaged (27%). A further 53% are from Marginally Below Average areas. This means that only 21% of Donegal students come from Marginally Above Average or Affluent areas. Note that the average DIS for Donegal higher education students in Ireland is -5.5. For the total Irish population, this is -6.4 (Haase & Pratschke, 2017).
Longford has the highest proportion of students from Marginally Below Average areas (60%).
Students with a home address in Dublin are most affluent (DIS = 6.3). Two in five are from Affluent areas (42%), while more than one-third are from Marginally Above Average areas (35%). This means that more than 3 in 4 students from Dublin are either from Affluent or Marginally Above Average areas (77%). On average, for all students, this is 62%.
Meath has the highest proportion of students from Marginally Above Average areas (57%).
Of all the counties, students with a home address in Dublin have the shortest travel time (median of 21 minutes) from their home address to their chosen Institute. Note that refers to their original family home, not term-time accommodation.
Leitrim students have the longest travel time, at 120 minutes. This is followed by Sligo, at 119 minutes.
Students in TU Dublin have the shortest median travel time from original home address to campus, at 26 minutes. This is followed by IADT, at 27 minutes.
Students in St. Angela’s College have the longest median travel time, at 113 minutes.