If you have special learning needs, a disability or any circumstances which might need individual consideration, our Access Office is here to help. The Access Office co-ordinates a wide variety of learning supports, financial supports and the HEAR and DARE programmes.


Our dedicated learning-support tutors support students who have dyslexia or other specific learning difficulties. Students have access to the latest assistive technology and can engage with the learning support tutor on a one-to-one or group basis. Reasonable accommodation at exams and liaising with relevant staff are other ways our learning-support tutors can help.


Our disability-support service provides an individual support plan tailored to the specific needs of the student. Engagement with other relevant staff ensures appropriate plans are in place. This plan combined with ongoing advice, assistive technology and support allows students to reach their full potential.


A range of comprehensive and extremely modern assistive-technology supports are available at IT Sligo. It is central to our facilitation of students with disabilities or learning difficulties. Supports here include an assessment matching the student to technology which maximises productivity and independence, training in how to use the technology and full access to our dedicated assistive-technology suite. Some of the technologies include text-scanning pens, Echo Smart Pens, magnifying technologies, Mind Genius and Read and Write Gold.


The Access Office also deals with financial supports such as The Student Assistance Fund and The 1916 Bursary Fund. The Student Assistance Fund fund aims to ensure that disadvantaged students receive financial supports to enable them to fully benefit from their studies and to assist them in overcoming financial obstacles which may otherwise cause them to abandon their studies. The 1916 Bursary Fund is to encourage participation and success by students from sections of society that are significantly under-represented in higher education.


ATU Sligo is part of the Higher Education Access Route (HEAR). This is a college scheme which offers places on reduced points and provides extra college support to school leavers from socio-economically disadvantaged backgrounds who are resident in the Republic of Ireland. For more information please click on this link HEAR Programme or email access.sligo@nullatu.ie.


ATU Sligo is part of the Disability Access Route to Education (DARE). This is a third level admissions scheme which offers places on reduced points to applicants with disabilities. For more information please click on this link DARE Programme or email access.sligo@nullatu.ie.


For more information on all of the above supports please visit our dedicated Access Office page by clicking this link ATU Sligo Access Office or email access.sligo@nullatu.ie.

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