TU Dublin : PATH 3 Invitation to Tender - Revised Version

TU Dublin  & PATH 3

Revised Version

Invitation to tender.

This tender is for a review of approaches and models of partnership working, with a focus on interagency working, particularly partnerships between: Higher Education Institutions, other statutory education providers and community organisations. The work will include a review of consortium and other partnership models, processes, governance & structures that support effective partnership working as well as a review of factors impacting the sustainability of community-higher education partnerships. The aim of the work is to systematically review and capture learning on partnership processes to inform current and future partnership work, as part of the TU Dublin PATH 3 programme.


The Programme for Access to Higher Education, Strand 3 (PATH 3) is a fund established by the Department of Education and Skills, now the Department of Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science, in 2017 as a commitment to support the National Plan for Equity of Access to Higher Education 2022-2028.

The focus of strand 3 is to support ‘the development of regional and community partnership strategies to increase access to higher education by underrepresented groups. It is intended that higher education institutions will form effective partnerships within their clusters and engage with local DEIS schools, further education providers, community and voluntary groups and other relevant stakeholders’. https://hea.ie/policy/access-policy/path/


The TU Dublin PATH 3 project is a programme of work across TU Dublin and with the three communities adjacent to each of the TU Dublin campuses. The aim is to work collaboratively with local community partners including local DEIS schools, community groups and other statutory education partners to devise and implement activities to support engagement and progression to Higher Education among disadvantaged communities.


The aim of the project which we invite you to tender for is to complete a review of models, structures, processes and existing best practices that support the development and sustainability of partnerships and interagency working between Community organisations and Higher Education Institutions (HEIs). In the context of the review, community organisations refer to:

  • Early Childhood Organisations.
  • Primary schools and 2nd level schools.
  • Further Education and training sector organisations.
  • Adult Education Organisations.
  • Community groups including social enterprises, NGO’s, and community and voluntary sector organisations.
  • Other public sector agencies (including LCDC, Local Authority, Local Development Partnerships).

The outcomes of the review will contribute to a series of seminars exploring partnership working and will support PATH 3 and other community-higher education partnerships.

Please see full tender document attached below.

All queries in relation to this tender must be submitted in writing to path3@tudublin.ie no later than February 9th 2023.


The deadline for receipt of submissions is 17th February 2023. Tenders received after this date will not be considered. Proposals should be emailed to path3@tudublin.ie using the subject ‘PATH 3 Tender: Application attached’. Shortlisted candidates may be called for interview.

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General Info

Date Entered/Updated
23rd Jan, 2023
Expiry Date
17th Feb, 2023