Enabling, Empowering, Inspiring
Wiktor Bolek, DIT Access student leader 2016
2014 statistics from the Higher Educational Authority indicate that more than 90% of Irish children from affluent backgrounds attend third-level education. For the children of parents in manual labour jobs, the rate of participation in higher education is less than 25%.
There are currently over 950 Access students studying at undergraduate level at DIT many of whom have engaged with DIT’s pre-college activities in our 35 link DEIS (Delivering Equality of Opportunity in Schools) schools. DIT’s link schools are in Dublin 1, 2, 4, 7 and 8 and Counties Louth, Meath, Cavan, Longford and Roscommon.
The Access Programme is a unique undergraduate offering specifically designed to meet the needs of students from communities and backgrounds where there is little tradition of participation in higher education. The support offered by the ACE (Access and Civic Engagement) staff combines academic, financial, personal and social elements. Activities and supports organised include an orientation programme, social events, financial support, a peer mentoring programme and extra tuition.
Less than 25% of students attending DEIS secondary schools progress to higher education.
The Access Students at DIT are the exceptions, not the rule.
With your support and their leadership we can change the future for these students and the generation coming behind them.
Students from socio-economically disadvantaged backgrounds find the transition into third level education a challenge. They are frequently the first in their families to attend third-level and simply do not have same level of social capital as other students. As a result, students from these areas often report lower levels of confidence and greater isolation. Research shows that, when well supported, students from this cohort often perform better than their peers.
Meet our Access Student who you are enabling, empowering and inspriring by making a doantion to DIT Foundation today.
How can you help?
- A gift of €35 could help a student to meet their weekly travel costs.
- A gift of €75 could support a student with books and class materials.
- A gift of €100 could help a student with monthly food bills.
- A gift of €250 could help a student to take part in class trips and extracurricular activities, enriching their experience.
- A gift of €500 could cover the cost of a lap top for an Access student.
Please make a donation today and join with DIT in ensuring that students from disadvantaged communities can reach their full potential at DIT.
Please Donate today, thank you.