DIT Access Service

1916 Bursary Path 2- Open 10th September until 12th of October 

The 1916 Bursary Fund will award a €5,000 bursary per year of study to 12 first year students from DIT, 7 from IT Tallaght, and 6 from ITB. The programme is open for applications from all first year students who meet the following criteria:

All recipients will have to be from under-represented socio-economic groups and must fall in to one or more of the following categories:

• First time, mature student entrants

• Students with a disability

• Irish Travellers

• Further education award holders

• Lone parents

• Ethnic minorities (including programme refugees)

 

How to Apply

1. Read this full Frequently Asked Questions document to ensure you are eligible to apply. Then read through theGuidelines on Completing you Application in advance of filling out the application form. It may take some time to collect the required documentation so you are advised to start your application as early as possible.

2. Fill out the application form and return your completed form to your Institution (contact details at end of the application form) by Friday October 12th, together with all required supporting documentation (see Appendix A)

If you have any questions please email the contact person for your Institution, listed at the end of the application form.

 

To download an application form click here: 1916 Application form 1819

 

 

To download guidelines on how to complete the application successfully click here : 1916 Guidelines 201819

 

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS – 1916 BURSARIES – DIT/ITT/ITB

 

Who are the 1916 Bursaries targeted at?

The Bursaries are targeted at students who are from socio economically disadvantaged backgrounds (this is compulsory). However, the fund will be prioritised for those who are from both a socio economically disadvantaged background and from one or more of the following: 

  • First time, mature student entrants;
  • Students with a disability - particularly students with a physical/mobility impairment, students who are deaf/hard of hearing and students who are blind or have a visual impairment;
  • Irish Travellers;
  • Enter college on the basis of a Further education award;
  • Lone parents in receipt of a means tested social welfare payment (at least 20% of the bursaries will be targeted at lone parents);
  • Ethnic minorities (including programme refugees);
  • Students who are or were in the Care of the State.

 

What is the value of a 1916 Bursary?

Each student who is awarded the 1916 Bursary will receive a bursary in the amount of €5,000 for each year of their undergraduate programme of study.  

The bursary will be paid each year of the programme up to a maximum of four years for full time students and six years for part time students as long as the recipient complies with the bursary guidelines and progresses annually to the next academic year of their course.

For example: Mary is a mature student from an area of socio-economic disadvantage and a lone parent. She is in first year engineering and receiving the Back to education allowance and other state support. Mary is eligible for to apply for the 1916 Bursary Fund and if she is successful she will receive €5,000 each year of her 4 year programme (total of €20,000)

Who can apply for a 1916 Bursary?

  • Students who are socio-economically disadvantaged and who are from one of the socio economic groups that have low participation in higher education listed above;
  • Student's household / family income must be less than €23,500.  Applicants must be able to provide evidence of socio-economic disadvantage (i.e. membership of one or more of the categories listed below is not enough in itself).
  • Students must be in year 1 of their (undergraduate) programme.
  • Students must be attending a full-time or part-time course undergraduate course that:
    • takes not less than two years to complete;
    • on the successful completion of which a student is awarded a major higher education and training award at level 6 or above on the National Framework of Qualifications.
    • Part-time students must be undertaking not less than 30 credits for the 18/19 academic year.

 

 

Who cannot apply for a 1916 Bursary?

  • Students who meet the criteria but are in receipt of any other bursary, scholarship or award of similar description. Note: students in receipt of a SUSI grant can apply.
  • Students in 2nd, 3rd or 4th year cannot apply. This bursary is for current First Year students only
  • Postgraduate students
  • Students who have already received a qualification at the same level at which they are currently studying.
  • Students on a full-time or part-time undergraduate course in a publicly funded institution that takes less than two years to complete or on the successful completion of which a student is awarded a major higher education and training award at level 5 or below on the National Framework of Qualifications.
  • Students whose income is assessed as over the maximum income limit, currently €23,500 gross for the family in 2017.
  • Students paying non-EU fees

Can part-time students apply?

Part-time students may apply provided the student is registered on an undergraduate programme of not less than 2 years (undertaking not less than 30 credits for the 18/19 academic year)

How will applications be prioritised?

As it is expected that the number of applicants who meet the eligibility criteria will exceed the number of bursaries available, priority will be given to those applicants who can provide evidence of membership of more than one of the categories listed, the significance and impact of the socio economic disadvantage and the barriers experienced. Please see Appendix B for details of the assessment criteria and scoring system.

 

 

How will the decision be made?

A panel of staff members for DIT, ITT and ITB will be established to review applications.

The decision on the final recipients of the bursaries will be made by the panel and decisions will be reviewed by an external reviewer.

Can I appeal the decision of the panel?

Unsuccessful applicants may appeal the decision of the panel on one or more of the following grounds:

1)    You believe an administrative error was made in the assessment of your application – e.g. one or more documents you submitted were not taken into account during the assessment process.

2)    You believe that there was a third party error in the content of your documentation - e.g. P21, Social Welfare Statement, etc.

3)    You believe that the published assessment criteria and/or scoring system was not applied or terms and conditions were not adhered to.

If I receive the 1916 Bursary, will it affect my SUSI Grant?

No. Students will be entitled to hold the 1916 Bursary and the student grant simultaneously, where they meet the eligibility conditions of the student grant scheme. The 1916 Bursary will not be included in the calculation of 'reckonable income' in the student grant scheme.

How will the data in my application, successful or otherwise be shared?

For the purposes of processing the application and administering the bursary payments, your personal data will be available to the appropriate staff processing the payments which maybe a staff member of DIT, IT Tallaght, IT Blanchardstown, Technological University, Dublin and our appointed external reviewer. All collected data will be subject to appropriate data protection considerations, in keeping with the General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR).

 

What is the Application Deadline?

Closing Date for Applications will be Friday October 12 at midnight. Late applications will not be accepted under any circumstances.

All required documentation must be submitted with your application by the closing date. Late documentation cannot be accepted.

How do I make an Application?

Application forms and the Guidelines for Completing the Application Form can be downloaded online at this page. Completed application forms and supporting documentation should be returned to the DIT Access Service, Rathdown House, Lower Grangegorman Road, Dublin 7 by the deadline of Friday October 12.

Who can I contact if I have questions about the Bursary?

You can contact us by email at access@dit.ie. Alternatively you can call Tara Lee Brennan in the Access Service at 01 402 7628

  • You would be expected to keep within the rules and regulations of your institution.
  • You would be expected to agree to any assessment set out by your institution for your course.
  • You would be expected to written confirmation annually to the department managing the 1916 Bursary confirming that you have passed each year of your course.
  • You may be asked to attend or be part of events organised by the institution to increase awareness of the 1916 Bursary.
  • You will be required to provide feedback on the 1916 Bursary.
  • You will be invited to take up a mentoring role in relation to the bursary, which we would encourage you to accept, but this is not a requirement.

 

Appendix A: List of typical supporting documents required

 

Category Indicated on the 
application form

Documentation

One Parent Family [Lone Parent]

Proof of your one parent family payment (means tested social welfare payment)/tax credits for 2017

Member of the Irish 
Travelling Community

Letter from a Traveller Advocacy Group 
confirming status i.e. Pavee Point.

In the Care of the State/TUSLA

Letter from Social/Aftercare Worker on TUSLA headed paper.

Person with a disability

If you are eligible for DARE please include a copy of your eligibility correspondence otherwise please provide supporting documentation to verify disability.  See www.accesscollege.ie/dare

Ethnic Minority

A copy of your passport or GNIB card.

Mature Applicant

A photo identification stating your date of birth for proof of age. (Must be over  23 years of age on the first of January 2018 )

Under-Represented Socio-economic group

if  you are an under 23 applicant please complete page 6.

If you are a mature student please complete page 7.

Income Threshold below 22,500 Euro in 2017.

P21 for 2017 for both parents/guardian if under 23.

Your own P21 and your spouse/civil partner/
co-habitant (If applicable) if you are a mature student.

Susi letter confirming in receipt of Special Rate of maintenance grant in 2018/19.

Statement from your local social welfare office, including (see below).

Means tested Social Welfare Payment 
(Mature Applicant)

Means tested Social Welfare Payment
(Under 23 years Applicant)

Statement of payments from your local social welfare office covering 2017 including your spouse/civil partner/ co-habitant (If applicable)

Statement of payments from your local social welfare office covering 2017 for your parent/guardian.

A valid medical/GP visit card for you or your parent/guardian in 2017

A copy of the valid medical/GP visit card.

 

 

 

 

 

Appendix B: Assessment Criteria & Scoring System

 

Assessment Criteria

Weighting

Criteria

15 points (per target group met)

Member of one of the listed target groups

  • Socio economic groups that have low participation in higher education
  • First time, mature student entrants
  • Students with a disability – particularly students with a physical/mobility impairment, students are who deaf/hard of hearing and students who are blind or have a visual impairment
  • Irish Travellers
  • Further education award holders who entered college through the QQI/FETAC entry route
  • Lone parents in receipt of a means tested social welfare payment (at least 20% of the bursaries must be targeted at lone parents)
  • Ethnic minorities (including programme refugees)
  • Care of State / TUSLA
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Weighting

Criteria

10 points per criteria met

Social and Cultural Indicators

  • Medical Card
  • Means-tested Social Welfare Payment
  • Attended a DEIS School (Young Adult only)
  • From an area of designated disadvantage
  • From an under-represented SEG
 
 
 
 

Weighting

Criteria

0 or  4 points awarded per criteria

Personal Statement Assessment

Family circumstances (adverse family circumstances affecting participation in Education)

Skill loss due to Life History (i.e. addiction)

Spent time in a state institution (i.e. Prison)

Early School Leaver

Suffering from an illness that affected their ability to attend school

First person in family to access higher education

Disability

Family – be a role model or support family and provide a better future

0, 2 or 4 points awarded per criteria

Personal goal and self- development

Career goal: desire to work in a chosen field, evidence of a career plan

Evidence that the bursary would make a significant impact on the applicants ability to complete college

Evidence of clear, targeted plan for use of bursary: Including purchasing college materials, engaging with wider college experience, travel, childcare, reducing the requirement to work etc

Evidence of ability to address challenges effectively

Evidence of engagement with and commitment to studies

Other information relevant to application

 

 

Access Foundation Programme Shadowing Day 2017

The Access Foundation Programme held its annual Shadowing Day for prospective students in Mountjoy Square on April 4th.  The event was well attended with over 50 prospective students attending. Participants were 'buddied' with current students on the programe and attended information sessions, student panel discussions and lectures. 

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4th April 2017 - Access Foundation Programme Shadowing Day

The programme is running a Shadowing Day for prospective students on April 4th. Participants will have an opportunity to attend lectures, meet students and learn more about the programme and applying. 

To book a place please click on the link below by Wednesday March 29th.

 http://www.surveygizmo.com/s3/3422298/cc623b729cac

March 2017

The Access Foundation Programme Application forms for entry 2017 are now available.  Please click Application Process to download application forms and further information.

February 2017

The DIT Additional Entry Routes 2017 Application Forms for Access DIT, QQI Access DIT and Eligibility Carry Forward forms are now available.  Please click here to download application forms and further information.

April 2016

The Access and Civic Engagement Office held its Annual Volunteering Awards Ceremony on Tuesday 19th April last.  It was held in the beautiful St. Laurence’s Church on the Grangegorman Campus.  The night was a great success and celebrated volunteerism among Access Students, Disability Support Service Students and Access Foundation Programme Students. 

 

Over 50 DIT ACE students were honoured for their remarkable commitment to supporting ACE work over the past academic year. Students volunteered their time on a number of initiatives and events which included: Access Student Leadership Launchpad; Access Student Forum, Access Peer Mentoring; College Awareness Week; Better Options; Thursday Club and Yearly Tea Party for Local Pensioners; Access Foundation Programme Graduation Ceremony; Enterprise Ireland celebration of donation activity and Access Foundation Shadowing day. The success of these events and activities would not be possible without the commitment of our student volunteers.

 

Special awards were made to three outstanding Access students on the night.

 

Rachael Kavanagh completed her Certificate in DT360 and progressed onto Year 3 of DT365/3 and is the Chairperson of the DIT Access Student Forum for 2015/16.  Rachael has chaired the Student Forum, and has organised and held committee meetings, provided helpful feedback to the ACE Staff, and planned and delivered major events.  In 2014-15 Rachael completed the DIT ACE Leadership Launchpad programme, serving as a Peer Mentor for new first year students and leading on several projects.  The Access team were thanked Rachael for all the time and work she put in as Chairperson of the Student Forum 2015/16.

 

Pierre Yimbog is a second year student in Law in DIT Aungier Street. This past year, Pierre served as the Secretary of the DIT Access Student Forum.  Pierre also has served as a member of the Student Leadership Launchpad 2015/16, and was very flexible and full of helpful ideas. He has given the ACE Office a huge amount of time this past year and we are very grateful.  The Access team were thanked Pierre and wished him well as he embarks on his new role as DITSU College Officer.

 

Shannon Middleton is in third year of the Honours Degree in Accounting and Finance.  Shannon served as a member of the DIT ACE Leadership Launchpad during the 2014-15 academic year doing so very ably.  At the end of that year, Shannon was shortlisted for interview and was recruited as the Coordinator of the 2015-16 DIT ACE Leadership Launchpad.  This role has required hundreds of hours of planning and leadership on Shannon's part, which included leading a student team of Access Leaders, ensuring that projects were delivered to deadlines, leading on communications between the ACE office staff and the Student Leader team, partnering with the DIT Foundation and external partners such as Enterprise-Rent-A-Car, and countless other tasks.  She successfully organised the first overnight training session for Access Student Leaders in January 2016.  Her organisation skills were absolutely brilliant and it has been a privilege to see her communication skills develop and grow.  The Access team thanked Shannon, we know she will be an asset to any organisation in the future!

 

The event was attended by Professor Brian Norton, President of DIT, who described the awards ceremony as “excellent” and really capturing the significance of Access and Civic Engagement work.  Directors and Deans and representatives of all four Colleges in DIT also attended and described the event as “wonderful”. Students were presented with their awards by their College Director. Also in attendance were Dr Julie Bernard, Manager of Access and Civic Engagement Office, Ms Grainne Burke, Access Officer, who acted as Master of Ceremonies and Dr Noel O’Connor who closed the ceremony.     

 

The Access and Civic Engagement office were delighted to acknowledge the extent of volunteerism of the students.  Their commitment to volunteerism and giving back is an indication of the kinds of leaders these students will be in the future.

 

Access Foundation Programme Students

  

College of Engineering and Built Environment Students

 

Shannon Middleton

 

Professor Brian Norton and Rachael Kavanagh

 

Professor Brian Norton and Pierre Yimbog

 

 

January 2016

HEAR and DARE Advice Clinics 2016

The HEAR and DARE Clinics will take place on Saturday 16th January from 10am - 2pm.

Applicants, parents, guardians, teachers and guidance counsellors are welcome to drop in to the sessions anytime between 10am and 2pm for information on the HEAR and DARE Schemes.  The advice clinic will include:

  • Information videos about the HEAR and DARE application process
  • An opportunity to talk to HEAR and DARE advisors about your application

The Dublin drop in HEAR and DARE Advice Clinic will take place on:

Date:     Saturday 16th January 2016

Time:     10am - 2pm

Venue:   DIT Aungier Street, Courtyard Cafe, Dublin 2

  Further information about the HEAR DARE Advice Clinic can be found at: www.accesscollege.ie

 

2016 Advice Clinic Poster

 

 

July 2014

DIT Access Fund – Powering Participation at DIT

Access are delighted to announce the launch of DIT Foundation’s DIT Access Fund Appeal which encourages the support of alumni, staff and friends to ensure that we can continue to open our doors to all at DIT. 

The DIT Access Fund is to support the work of the DIT Access Programme, which provides a broad range of supports to students from communities and backgrounds where there is little or no, tradition of attending third-level education.  At Access we connect with local communities and schools, with disadvantaged and marginalised groups. Students on the programme are given the help they need to succeed – a personal mentor, vital financial assistance, advice and personal support.  We also run a Peer Mentor Programme, where older students act as guides and advisors for new access students.

“After getting such great help from my mentor, I wanted to give something back. Now I am in the 2nd year of my degree and work closely with first year access students, giving them the same help I got when I came here first.”

Josh Martin, B.Sc. Food Innovation

Read this news article in full or find out more about the DIT Foundation.

 

 

 

January 2014

There are HEAR application advice clinics taking place nationwide on January 11th 2014 . The Dublin Clinic will be held in DIT Aungier Street. For more information please click here‌ or visit the access college website.

 

For information on applying though the HEAR Scheme for 2014 please click here‌.