DIT Access Service

Applications are now being accepted for DIT ACE Leadership Launchpad Coordinator and DIT Access Student Leaders 2018-19


So what's it all about?!  Find out more how this brilliant programme for DIT Access Students works here: WHAT IS LEADERSHIP LAUNCHPAD?

So, you're interested in applying for the DIT Access & Civic Engagement Office's 2018-19 STUDENT LEADERSHIP LAUNCHPAD Programme?

Well, that's great. 


 There are TWO roles for which you might be interested in applying:

1) We are looking to recruit roughly 35 ACCESS STUDENT LEADERS.  BEFORE APPLYING, READ the Job Description here:  Student Leader Description 2018-19

2) We are looking to also recruit ONE Student Leadership Launchpad/Orientation Coordinator.  BEFORE APPLYING, READ the ‌job description here: Student Coordinator Role 2018-19 

(ONLY Access Students who have served as a Student Leader in any year in the past can apply for this role).

BOTH ROLES ARE FOR 12-MONTHS, STARTING IN APRIL 2018!!!  Access Students on ALL courses are welcome to apply. 


SECOND, after you've decided how you want to participate APPLY using the correct application below

 To APPLY for STUDENT LEADER, click here. https://www.surveygizmo.com/s3/4245002/DIT-ACE-Leadership-Launchpad-Application-Student-Leaders-2018-19

 To APPLY  for STUDENT LEADERSHIP LAUNCHPAD COORDINATOR, click here: https://www.surveygizmo.com/s3/4245012/DIT-ACE-Leadership-Launchpad-COORDINATOR-Application-2018-19

DEADLINE for both roles above: Friday 30 March 2018 5.15pm



The Access and Civic Engagement Office will hold its Annual Volunteering Awards Ceremony on Wednesday 18th April 2018. 


It will be held in the beautiful St. Laurence’s Church on the Grangegorman Campus.  Invitations are now being sent so check your email.  If you have volunteered with the Access and Civic Engagement Office during the 2017/2018 academic year and do not receive an invitation, please email shauna.fitzgerald@dit.ie with the details of when you volunteered and we will be in contact with you.


I916 Bursary Fund

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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 the full Frequently Asked Questions document to ensure you are eligible

2. Fill out the application form and email your completed form to your Institution (contact details at end of the application form) by Sunday 4 March.

3. Shortlisting – candidates may be invited to an informal meeting to discuss their application, depending on the volume of applications.

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


To dowload an application form click here: Path 2 - 1916 Bursary Fund Final




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 are who deaf/hard of hearing and students who are blind or have a visual impairment;
  • Irish Travellers;
  • Further education award holders;
  • 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 course 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 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 €45,790.  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 40 credits for the 17/18 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
  • 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
  • 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 €45,790 gross for the family in 2016.
  • 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 40 credits for the 17/18 academic year)

How will applications be prioritised?

As it is expected that the number of applications 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.

How will the decision be made?

A panel of 3 staff members for DIT, ITT and ITB will be established to review applications. Depending on the number of submissions the applicants may be invited to an informal meeting with Institute staff to discuss their application further.

The decision on the final recipients of the bursaries will be made by panel.

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?

Data sharing arrangements will be in place between the IT Tallaght, IT Blanchardstown and DIT subject to data protection considerations.

What is the Application Deadline?

Closing Date for Applications will be Sunday 4th March at midnight.

How do I make an Application?

Applicants can collect forms from their local contact point – see details at end of application form. Completed application forms should be returned to the local contact point, in hard copy or by email, by the deadline of Sunday 4th March (please note local offices will not be open on Sunday so you should submit paper forms before then). If your application is successful, you will need to provide proof as per the supporting documentation.

What is expected of me if I am awarded a 1916 Bursary? 

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 agree 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.




Student Leadership Launchpad 2017 - 23rd May 2017

Our First Training Day with our New Leaders - Welcome Leaders, looking forward to a super Orientation Programme 2017.





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. 


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.


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.