DIT launches Access Fund – Powering Participation at DIT

DIT Access Fund – Powering Participation at DIT

DIT Foundation are delighted to announce the launch of the 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.  DIT’s Access Programme connects 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.  The team also runs 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

Download our DIT Access Fund Brochure

Keeping the doors of the new campus open to all

As we move to our new home in Grangegorman we are strengthening our commitment to ensuring that everyone has access to higher education. In our new community we will continue to work with local schools and underrepresented groups to build on our vital Access Programme providing an innovative and caring learning environment for all.

“My Mam is amazed how much confidence I got in college and how far I have come.  When I showed her around the college the pride she had for me nearly brought me to tears.”

Mags Hayes, B.Sc. Retail & Services Management

Increasing Demand & stretched resources

Demand for the Access Programme is increasing all the time and this is forecast to continue into the future. But in recent years our Access funding has decreased by 50%. With additional resources we can assist more students who need our life changing support. 

“Access gave me the opportunity to go to college. I had no other options. They gave me the ability to go back on track and let me do what I wanted to do with my life.”

Ololade Sabajo, B.Sc. Business & Management

Support future generations

Graduates, staff and friends of DIT understand the value of education and its power to transform lives and livelihoods.

Many of our Access students have been the first of their extended family to go to college. But they seldom are the last. Their brothers and sisters often follow in their footsteps.

Make a Donation

Every penny raised will do directly to support DIT Access students. A small donation can make a huge difference to the many students on the DIT Access Programme. Find out how you can support the DIT Access Fund and meet 5 of our Access students.

DIT Foundation is a registered charity (CHY14226) signed up to the Statement of Guiding Principles for Fundraising and we are committed to our ensuring all donations are used to maximum impact. Read our donor charter.

Find out more about DIT Access & Civic Engagement.

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