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Access & Civic Engagement

DIT has a long tradition of engaging with society through civic engagement, public engagement and business engagement. DIT is committed to contributing to social, cultural, technological and economic progress, through engagement with and within our community and has contributed to widening access to education as a core part of its mission. DIT also aims to ensure high quality student development and graduate success through innovative use of community-based learning in its programmes.

Through its civic engagement activities DIT:

  • Builds mutually beneficial partnerships with civil society, communities and other education sectors to create and exchange knowledge and develop pathways to learning
  • Provides transformative learning opportunities for a diverse range of students and widening participation in higher education
  • Impacts positively on Irish society, through engagement programmes addressing key societal issues and co-creating knowledge for better policy and practice
  • Enhances the quality of DIT's education experience, supports student development and prepares life and career-ready graduates

Role of DIT Access and Civic Engagement Office

The role of DIT Access and Civic Engagement Office is to co-ordinate DIT's access and civic engagement programmes and activities. The office is based in DIT Student Services and works in close partnership with other DIT student development services, academic staff, DIT students and a wide variety of community and education partners.

DIT Access and Civic Engagement Activities

The activities co-ordinated by the DIT Access and Civic Engagement Office include:

  • Engagement outreach programmes with primary schools, 2nd level schools and community organisations
  • HE-Community engagement programmes in the Grangegorman area
  • Community-based research and learning (DIT Students Learning with Communities)
  • Access entry routes for school leavers and adults from socio-economically disadvantaged backgrounds and for people with disabilities. Please visit the Disabilities Support Service Website for more information.
  • Access Student transition and support
  • Student development programmes
  • Research, policy and practice-impact activities

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