Why Choose IADT
Welcome to the IADT Access Office
The Access service is part of the Office of Academic and Student Affairs, which is under the control of the Registrar. We work to promote and support the participation of students from a variety of different backgrounds providing opportunities and encouraging applications in a number of ways.
What we do:
The Access Office is primarily concerned with:
- Making the Institute more accessible and promoting equality of access to higher education for people with disabilities, mature students who previously had not the opportunity to access higher education, those facing social and economic barriers and minority groups including the Traveller community.
- Improving retention rates of students within IADT by helping them to complete their studies in a range of ways.
- Raising awareness of the rights and needs of all students.
- Integrating the students into all areas of life in IADT.
Who we work with:
The Access office team works with students, staff, local designated schools and community groups to help facilitate access to higher education. The work of the Access Office can be categorized into three areas: pre-entry activities, post-entry supports and outreach work in the community.
- Student Support team, academic staff and administrative personnel
- Other educational providers, primary schools, secondary schools, VEC’s and other
- Institutes and Universities.
- External Voluntary, Statutory and Community groups.
What service do we provide?
The Access Office provides a range of financial, academic and personal support for students attending IADT.
- Access Office staff are available to meet with any student who has individual difficulties.
- The service aims to provide both advice and practical support.
- Access Office provides a confidential and free service to all registered students
- Access Office provides guidance to potential students.
Who can register with the Access Office?
Any full time registered IADT student who requires extra support including financial, academic and personal supports in particular during their first months of study.
What kind of support is available from the Access Office?
The Access Office will provide relevant up to date information on a wide variety of issues including grants and funding matters, disability issues and supports, learning support, assistive technology, exam accommodations etc.
First year Post-entry Supports:
The Access Office has benefitted from the Dormant Accounts initiatives through funding, with the focus on the transition to higher education of first year and direct entry students. These include students with physical and hidden disabilities, specific learning difficulties, those facing social and economic barriers and minority groups.
- Designated student advisor offering personal support to new entrants who may be at risk of non-completion of first year.
- Learning Support is available see Dyslexia and Learning Support (WRSS)
- Assistive technology supports are provided see Assistive Technology
- Student Counselling is available through Student Counsellor
- Nurse and GP service is available through Student Health Centre
- Exam accommodations are available as appropriate and assessed through Writing and Research Support Service and Access Office. Applications must be approved by relevant Head of Department.
- Limited extra tuition may be available dependant on funding available from year to year through Access Office
- Seminars and topics relevant to all students on essay planning, research methods, note taking, time management, reading techniques etc. See Dyslexia and Learning support (WRSS)
How to contact the Access Office
If you would like further information please do not hesitate to contact us. We look forward to hearing from you.
Access Officer: Patricia Byrne, Student Services, Carraiglea, IADT
Phone: 01 239 4628
Office Hours: Monday -Friday 9-5pm
Projects Co-Ordinator (Schools and Outreach Programmes): Joan Broderick, Room
C002, Carriglea Building, IADT
Phone: 01 239 4971
Office Hours: Monday – Friday 9-5pm
Assistive Technology: Colm Olwill, Student Service Area, Carriglea Building, IADT.
Phone: 01 239 XXXX
Office Hours: Tues & Wed 9-5pm
Dyslexia and Learning Support (WRSS)
Phone: 01 2394790
Office Hours: Monday-Friday
- Grant, Top-up-Grants: check with local County Council or VEC
- Back to Education Allowance: www.welfare.ie
- Money Advice & Budgeting Service Ltd: www.mabs.ie
- Association for Higher Education Access & Disability: www.ahead.ie
- National Disability Authority: www.nda.ie
- Disability Act 2005: www.oireachtas.ie
- Association of Adult Education: www.aontas.com
- Dun Laoghaire Adult Education Guidance Service (Discover Guidance): discover guidance
- ICOS (Irish Council for International Students) www.icosirl.ie
Other Information Links
- National Access Office, Higher Education Authority: www.hea.ie
- Central Applications Office: www.cao.ie
- Citizens Information Service: www.citizensinformation.ie
- National Adult Literacy Agency: www.nala.ie
- Pavee Point Travellers Centre: paveepoint.ie
- Dun Laoghaire Youth Information Centre: www.youthquest.ie