DIT Access Service

Dr Catherine Bates is currently Access and Civic Engagement Office Manager.

Dr Catherine Bates has been the co-ordinator of DIT’s Programme for Students Learning With Communities (www.dit.ie/ace/studentslearningwithcommunities) since 2008. She studied design for her degree and master’s, and did her PhD in sociology. She lectured in design theory and history for ten years. In 2006 she moved to the community sector, where she ran a second-chance education programme for women drug users in rehabilitation, before taking up her current post in DIT. She has presented nationally and internationally, as well as published, on design, sociology, and her work in DIT (the latter is available at http://arrow.dit.ie/comlinkart/ and http://arrow.dit.ie/comlinkcon/). 


Email:  catherine.bates@dit.ie 

Telephone:  4027601




Gráinne Burke

Access Officer

Gráinne is the Manager of the DIT Access Service.

Gráinne has worked in DIT since January 2005, starting in the Registrations Dept in the College of Business. In February 2006 Gráinne was promoted to the role of Administator in the Access Service. In July 2007, Gráinne was promoted to the role of Post Entry Project Officer in the Access Service. June 2015, Gráinne was promoted to the role of Access Officer, Manager of the Access Service.

Gráinne qualified with a Joint BA Honours Degree in Arts: Geography and Sociology from NUI Maynooth and a Masters qualification: MA in Child, Family and Community Studies from DIT.

Email: Grainne.burke@dit.ie

Tel: 01 402 7606

Mobile: 087 7931277

Sinéad McEntee 

Student Support Officer

Sinéad supports students studying on full time undergraduate programmes in the campuses based on the Southside of Dublin City. 

Sinéad previously held roles in the Access Service including Access Service Administrator and Pre Entry Project Officer.

 Sinéad completed the MA in Child, Family and Community Studies in DIT.

Email: Sinead.Mcentee@dit.ie

Phone: 01 402 4269

Mobile: 087 744 9839

Helen Shine

Student Support Officer-Northside Campus (covering career break)

Helen has worked in DIT since 2005. She has worked in a number of roles in Registrations, International Office and Admissions. She joined the ACE office in 2015 and worked in a number of positions before taking up the the role of Student Support Officer. 

Helen completed a joint BA in German and Music from NUI Maynooth and an MA in Intercultural Studies from DCU. 

Tel: 01 402 7622

Mobile: 087 229 7882

Email: Helen.shine@dit.ie

Bobby Maher

Bobby co-ordinates the Access Foundation Programme for mature students and young adults in DIT.

Bobby has been working in DIT since November 2010, starting as a Project Officer on the Mature student Access Programme. In October 2013 Bobby was promoted to the role of Access Foundation Programme Co-ordinator.  

Bobby qualified with a Joint BA Honours Degree in Arts: History and Politics from UCD and a Masters MA in Early Modern History at UCD.

Email: bobby.maher@dit.ie

Tel: 01 402 7611 (Grangegorman) 01 402 4222 (Mountjoy Square)

Mobile: 087 2904609

Dolores Hill

Pre-Entry Project Officer

Dolores has over 30 years administration experience working in DIT in a variety of areas, including School Administrator, the Admissions Office and Assistant to a College Manager

Dolores returned to education as a Mature student and completed a Batchelor of Arts Degree in Community Studies and Master of Arts Degree in Education, Equality and Social Activism from the National University of Ireland, Maynooth. 

Dolores is passionate about access to education for under-represented groups in Higher Education.

Email: Dolores.hill@dit.ie;

Office: 402 7625

Mobile: 087 7983194

John Delap   ‌

John Delap is on Career Break from Dublin Institute of Technology from August 2016 - August 2017.

John has been with the DIT Access & Civic Engagement Office since 2007 working with current full time undergraduate students who meet the indicators of an entry route tailored for young people from backgrounds of socio-economic disadvantage.  

John holds a BA in American Culture from Vassar College in New York and an M.Phil in International Peace Studies at Trinity College, Dublin.  

John led on the development of the DIT Access & Civic Engagement Student Leadership Launchpad over a 6-year period.  The Leadership Launchpad is now a student-led experiential learning module open to young people from backgrounds of socio-economic disadvantage, aiming to build leadership development, social networking and nuanced life skills.

Dr. Julie Bernard (Currently on Leave until March 2018)

Access and Civic Engagement Manager

Dr Julie Bernard is the manager of the DIT Access and Civic Engagement. In this position she has responsibility for the integration of access and civic engagement with teaching and learning and research and management of a wide range of DIT civic engagement activities, including community-based learning and research; engagement outreach partnerships and activities with education,community and public organisations; access entry routes to promote wider participation in higher education and the management of student support for access students and students with disabilities in DIT. Her research interests include widening participation in higher education, civic engagement and the relationship between research, policy and practice.

Before joining DIT in 2003, Julie was the manager of an adult guidance and employment service in Dublin and has previously worked in education in Germany, Japan and Scotland. Julie has a doctorate in higher education from the University of Sheffield, a postgraduate diploma in career guidance and a BA in English and German from Trinity College, Dublin.




Edel Kearney (Edel is currently working with the Careers Service until November 2017)

Edel joined the DIT Access Service as a pre-entry project officer in 2006. Edel has been responsible for the co-ordination, development and delivery of secondary school entry routes outreach programmes, including the Dublin Inner City Schools Programme and the DIT Access to College Programme, both of which were designed to support young adults in local schools who required high support in making choices about and accessing higher education. 

Qualifications: Edel completed a B.A. in Accounting and Human Resource Management in NCI, followed by a Higher Diploma in Education in UCD. In 2009 she completed a post graduate module in Higher Education Access Equality in Practice (UCD). In 2014 Edel graduated from Trinity College Dublin with a Masters in Education (Guidance and Counselling). Her thesis‌ investigated the provision of guidance to young adults who did not successfully navigate their post school ambitions.

Edel continues to work on the delivery of secondary school entry routes outreach programmes, as well as providing career and educational guidance to young adults and mature students on the DIT Access Foundation Programme and DIT Pre-Access Programme.

Email: Edel.kearney@dit.ie

Tel: 01 402 7605

Mobile: 087 213 2843


 Shauna Fitzgerald -Administrator 

Shauna has recently started in the ACE office in July 2017 as the administrator and looks after any queries on social media, through email and through telephone. She also provides the necessary documents for each meeting/event and is planning on doing her own studies at D.I.T in the near future. Shauna is also passionate about access to education for all. 

Email           Shauna.Fitzgerald@dit.ie

 Telpehone    01-4027604