Meet the Team

Deirdre FitzPatrick

Project Manager, based in Maynooth University

Deirdre has a strong educational background and over 15 years of experience in the field, she began her career as a Mathematics Teacher, instilling a passion for learning in her students. Later, she transitioned into the role of a Guidance Counsellor, recognising the importance of holistic support for students’ academic and personal development.

Deirdre’s commitment to expanding access to higher education began during her time as guidance counsellor in a DEIS secondary school. This led to her three-year tenure at Trinity Access Programmes, where she coordinated nationwide programmes aimed at addressing underrepresentation in higher education. Her academic qualifications include a Teacher Qualification from Liverpool Hope University and a Postgraduate Diploma in School Guidance and Counselling from Maynooth University. Deirdre’s strong belief in the transformative power of education and her dedication to widening participation make her the right fit for College Connect.

Contact Information: Deirdre.fitzpatrick@mu.ie