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Access Office

The Role of the Access Service


  • Socio-economically disadvantaged learners
  • Mature/Adult learners
  • Learners with a disability
  • Learners who do not have the usual Leaving Certificate qualifications but who can meet entry requirements in other ways
  • Learners from the travelling community

Our Access Service co-ordinates the below programmes:



The 1916 Bursary is funded by the Department of Education and Skills for eligible students in TU Dublin. In 2019/20 there are 25 bursaries of €5,000 per annum for the duration of a student’s undergraduate studies available to TU Dublin students, up to four years for full time students and six years for part time students.

The bursary aims to provide support to students from a socio economically disadvantage background who are also from a group(s) underrepresented in higher education, including:

  • First time – new entrant Mature Students
  • Students with a Disability, particularly students with a physical /mobility impairment or students with a sensory disability, students who are Deaf / Hard of Hearing, students who are blind or visually impaired
  • Irish Travellers (10% of the bursaries reserved for this category)
  • Entering TU Dublin on the basis of a further education award
  • Lone parents (20% of the bursaries reserved for this category)
  • Ethnic Minorities
  • Currently or previously in the Care of the State / Tusla
  • Socio economic groups underrepresented in Higher education

Division of Bursaries

  • 50% of the bursaries will be reserved for those who have submitted an individual application form. Please click here for the Student Application form.
  • 50% of the bursaries will be reserved for those who have submitted an individual application form and also been nominated by a TU Dublin Community Partner. Please click here for the Community Partner Nomination form.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Applicants must be able to provide evidence of socio-economic disadvantage.
  • Applicants must be new entrants to higher education and in year 1 of their undergraduate programme.
  • Applicants must be attending a full-time or part-time undergraduate course that: - takes not less than two years to complete; - on the successful completion of which a student is awarded a major higher education and training award at level 6 or above on the National Framework of Qualifications. - Part-time students must be undertaking not less than 30 credits for the 19/20 academic year.
  • Applicants need to meet the residency and current immigration status or have permission to remain in the State.
  • Students must have been resident in the Irish State for three of the past five years on the date on which a year of study commences.

How to apply:
Applications are now closed. Deadline for application completion was Friday, 31st May 2019 at 5pm.

Application Process

There will be three phases to the application

  1. Online Application form (closing date 31/5/19)
  2. Accepting a TU Dublin course via the CAO (CAO offer season ends 25/9/19)
  3. TU Dublin will contact you in relation to providing evidence / supporting documentation to verify the information provided in the online application (documentation to be submitted by 11/10/19 – late documentation will not be accepted)

Frequently Asked Questions

For further information please click here for frequently asked questions (FAQ’s)

For queries contact: Bob O' Mhurcu, Academic Administration & Student Affairs Manager. Tel: 01 885 1022  email:





  1. TASTER Programme

The TASTER (Taste And See That Education Rewards) programme targets transition and 5th year students. The programme is designed to give the students an experience of attending a third level institute and expose them to the opportunities available.



The YWIT project is an initiative that reflects the global push to boost the appeal of science, technology, engineering and maths amongst young women. Over the three days of the project, the girls attended Computing and Engineering workshops and take part in industry visits to our partners - PayPal, Google, Intel, IBM, Ericsson and OpenNet.   Each year over 100 female students (from second and primary level) take part in the project.

Supports for Students with a Disability

The Access Service has a specific remit to promote opportunities at third level for learners with a disability.   Specific supports have been put in place for students with a disability.  Post-entry supports are provided through the Student Services Office.


Special Needs Applicants

In designing our campus, we paid particular attention to access and how best to accommodate students with special needs. We encourage applications from students with special needs, regardless of any physical or sensory disability.

Every attempt is made to facilitate students with special needs and to provide special equipment and supports where budgets allow. The supports available include provision of, and training in, assistive technology, access to the Assistive Technology Centre in the library, mentoring programme and academic support. A dyslexia support specialist is currently available to students.

Special arrangements can be made for students with special needs at examination time, provided sufficient notice is given. These arrangements can include the provision of a separate room to take examinations, the availability of an individual to read examination questions, the provision of additional time in which to complete your examinations, the provision of a scribe, taping your examinations etc.

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