DIT Access Service

The DIT Access Service provides a broad range of supports to ensure that students from communities and backgrounds where there is little tradition of participation in higher education succeed in accessing and graduating from higher education.

The Access Service works directly with 29 secondary schools in the Dublin inner city, Louth, Cavan, Roscommon, Longford and Meath, with 32 primary schools and through the Higher Education Access Route, a collaborative access entry route, indirectly with secondary schools nationwide. '

The Access Service currently supports over 1,000 students from socio-economically disadvantaged backgrounds and worked with over 10,000 students through its school and community initiatives.

Access students have achieved considerable academic and other success during their time in DIT and upon graduation. Retention rates of access students are higher than retention rates amongst the general student body and increasing numbers of access students are achieving distinctions in final exams.

Access is embedded in DIT at every level and the success of Access rests on collaboration between external partners, the DIT Access Service and services and colleges in DIT.

The development of Access in DIT is outlined in the DIT Widening Participation Strategy.