Access Office

Your Access Office

College Connect is a programme that has been developed to support future students into and through College. College Connect is a collaboration of four different College’s AIT, DCU, DkIT and MU. Each College has an Access (or what it is called in DCU a Student Support and Development) service. This service is there to support future and present students, along their journey through College. Below is a bit more information about the services provided in each of the colleges and who you can contact in the colleges.

The AIT Access Office supports students from socio-economic and disadvantaged groups such as mature students, people with disabilities, migrants, Travellers and grant assisted students in coming to third level. This office works towards the goals of the AIT access plan which reflects and documents AIT’s continued commitment to widening participation at third level and to providing a supportive, equal opportunity learning environment for all of our students.

The service provides pre-entry and post entry supports:

  • The Access Course (Special Purpose Level 6): This course has been available in the institute since 1994. It was formerly called the Foundation Certificate. This course is intended for adult learners who wish to study after a break in their formal educational experience and who may not have benefited fully from, or have access to, previous educational experiences. Scroll to Downloads for the application form.
  • Saturday Maths Programme: The Institute works with 24 schools in the midland region providing a leaving certificate pass maths programme. The programme runs from January to March. 80 students attend this programme each year.
  • Student Assistance Fund: the Access Office administers the Student Assistance Fund (SAF) which provides financial assistance to qualifying fulltime students of the college. SAF forms can be downloaded from the Your Finances section of this website. Applications and supporting documentation should be returned to the Access Office at the commencement of term.
  • The access office facilitates visits of individuals and groups to the Institute to explore third level education. The access officer visits groups to provide information in relation to accessing third level education. Please contact the office for further information.

Click the link for further information on the AIT Access Programme, or contact us:

Theresa Ryan: Access Officer

Tel: +353 (0)90646 8123


Student Support & Development (SS&D) offers a range of opportunities and supports to help students make the most of their university experience, irrespective of the students starting point or prior educational experience. Your journey through university should be one of new learning, skills development, personal fulfilment and new opportunities, and the diversity of the services SS&D offer reflects the complexity of this journey.

For more information and for a full range of supports available from Student Support & Development in DCU follow this link or contact:

Phone: 00 353 1 700 7165


DkIT’s Access Office, whose mission is to create an accessible, inclusive, sustainable learning environment and to promote access to higher education for traditionally under-represented groups including mature students, students from a background of socio-economic disadvantage and those from the Traveller community.

DkIT’s Access Mission is to develop, maintain and support a comprehensive access policy predicated on a respect for the values of equality, inclusion and diversity.

Click the link for further information on the AIT Access Programme, or contact us:

Eileen Lynch: Access Officer

Tel: +353-0429370236


The Maynooth University Access Programme (MAP) encourages under-represented groups to enter third level and provides these groups with support through their time at Maynooth. These groups include under-represented school leavers, mature students, students with disabilities and members of the Irish Traveller community.

MAP is founded on 4 pillars; outreach into the community, promoting pathways into University, easing the transition for incoming students to Maynooth and supporting our current students. MAP’s supports are personal, academic and financial in nature and are designed to promote confidence and independence.

Maynooth University is a national leader in both attracting and retaining school leavers from socio-economic disadvantaged backgrounds, mature students and students with disabilities. From a national perspective, MAP has taken a leadership role in developing national policy in the area of widening participation. From an institutional perspective, MAP has developed a number of models of academic support that support transition to higher education of under-represented groups and are acknowledged as innovative models of outstanding good practice.

Click here for further information on the Maynooth University Access Programme, or contact us:

Tel: +353-1-708-6025