Welcome to ATU Sligo...
Congratulations on becoming a student at Atlantic Technological University (ATU), one of the largest multi-campus universities in Ireland. We are delighted that you have chosen ATU Sligo (formerly IT Sligo) for your online learning journey and we will support you to get the most from your time with us, every step of the way. At ATU Sligo, we have a welcoming and supportive environment for all our students, and we have created a comprehensive Online & Flexible Learning Induction programme to help you settle in and get prepared for your online studies.
In early January, our full Online Learning Induction programme will take place for new students from Monday 16th to Friday 20th of January 2023. In the meantime, we have created a Pre-Induction programme where you will have access to a variety of resources and materials available online to help you prepare for your online learning journey at ATU Sligo. Please feel free to browse our Pre-Induction resources and materials at a time that suits you.
Our full Online Learning Induction programme will provide you with all the information and resources needed to commence your Online studies at ATU Sligo. You will also have a chance to ask any questions you may have in our Live Q&As and to virtually meet your Course Coordinator to talk about your timetable, examinations, an introduction to your course and to meet your fellow classmates. Please note, our full Online Learning Induction programme is only available to those who have fully registered as a student at ATU Sligo.
Getting started as an Online & Flexible Learner...
For part-time online or blended learning, it is recommended that you should try to allow for 5-6 hours per week per 5 credit module to your studies. Our online courses have about 2-3 hours of live lectures per week (but this can vary per programme). The rest of your study time consists of independent learning, communicating with your lecturers and classmates and carrying out assignments.
Live lectures normally take place between 6pm and 10pm, Monday to Thursday but this may vary depending on the availability of specific lecturers. If the Live Classroom scheduled times for the live online lectures do not suit you, recordings will be made available through Moodle so you can watch back at a time that suits you.
Many of our course webpages detail the general study hours needed for that course and if time is needed for workshops, assessments, examinations etc.
Find out more about ‘how online learning works’ here.
During our full Induction programmes in early September, you will get a chance to virtually meet your Course Coordinator and they will be able to give you further information on your timetable then.
As an Online Learner at ATU Sligo, you will gain access to a host of applications tools and people that will support you as a student. You will access most of your learning resources and supports in Moodle, our virtual learning environment.
In Moodle, you will find your programme support page containing details of your Course Coordinator, any news and important announcements about your programme as well as your timetable, links to relevant reading materials and details of assessment methods. You will also find your module pages in Moodle. Once teaching begins you will be able to access your live classroom from your Moodle module page. Live online classes are definitely worth attending as it gives the opportunity to engage with your lecturers and peers. We do understand that some students cannot attend a live class, so everything is recorded and made available to watch back on Moodle at a time that suits you.
As part of our Pre-Induction programme, we have created a mock Moodle page for you to familiarise yourself with how Moodle works and the resources available to you (please select ‘Enter as Guest’ to gain access) – click here to view our mock Moodle page.
To explore all the technologies used for Online Learning at ATU Sligo, watch Jennifer Gilligan, Instructional Designer at ATU Sligo detail each of the technologies used. Watch now.
From the Yeats Library team, we look forward to welcoming you to ATU Sligo in person and virtually. You can browse our online content and become familiar with how we can support you through the academic year.
Have a look at the range of guides about Yeats Library services and resources.
There are also subject guides for each programme and recorded tutorials for independent learners.
Once you are registered you will be able to explore course resources including ebooks and online journals through the library website.
During term you can request an online assignment support session for your class or a one-to-one appointment with a School Liaison Librarian.
For online access to the Yeats Library go to this link: https://www.atu.ie/library Then click on ATU Sligo.
Student ID cards are a useful source of identification and can prove your status to avail of student discounts. When you are a registered student, you will be sent instructions on how to upload your photograph to an online services site which will enable us to produce your I.D. card.
It is important for students to regularly check their student email account as lecturers and almost all of ATU Sligo correspondence is communicated with students via their student email account. Before your course begins with ATU Sligo, you will receive instructions on how to access your student email account
If you need to report any login problems, please use our IT Services Helpdesk.
Once approved for your course, you will be required to pay a non-refundable deposit of €250 to secure your place. Your deposit will be credited against the course fees once registered as a student.
Payments options include payment per semester, in-full or by instalment. For specific fees for each online programme, please visit the programme website page.
Payment deadlines for fees are listed below:
September Intake – 30th September- Semester 1 Tuition Fees / 31st January – Semester 2 Tuition Fees
January Intake – 28th February – Semester 1 Tuition Fees
To help make payments more manageable for students who are self-funding, the programme fees can be paid in two equal payments per semester.
- September intake: 30th September / 16th December / 31st January / 14th April
- January Intake: 28th February / 14th April
For further information on Instalment plans and to down an instalment form, please click here.
If your employer is partly or fully-funding your course, Admissions will send you an Invoice Request Form, which you must complete promptly and return to ensure that your employer is invoiced.
Springboard Funded Students
If you are a Springboard+ funded student completing a Level 6 programme, it is fully funded by the HEA, and you are not required to make any payment towards your tuition fees. If you are completing a Level 7 – 9 programme it is 90% funded and you are required to pay the remaining 10% tuition fee due.
The HEA require you to confirm your registration status on the Springboard+ platform at specific times during the academic year to ensure your tuition fees are released to ATU Sligo. The Springboard+ Co-ordinator will send you an email when you are due to complete these registration steps.
As ATU Sligo is listed by the Irish revenue as an ‘APPROVED INSTITUTION’ students are eligible to claim tax relief at the standard rate for tuition fees. In order to determine your own eligibility and if the course you have applied for qualifies for a tax refund, please read the information on the revenue website: https://www.revenue.ie/en/personal-tax-credits-reliefs-and-exemptions
For detailed information and guidance about Fees and Funding for students studying on online and part-time courses is available here. This includes information about:
- Payment Deadlines
- Payment Methods
- How to make a Payment via Self-Service Banner
- Instalment Plans
- Late Fee Payment Penalties
- Request a Receipt
For queries on fees and payments, please contact email@example.com or +353 (0)71 93 18510
The Academic Writing Centre offers free advice and support on all aspects of academic writing to all students of ATU Sligo, whether you are studying online or on campus. The centre also offers advice and support to staff who are writing for publication, writing reports or writing dissertations.
How can we help?
- Getting started with an assignment: planning, outline & structure
- The writing process: generating ideas, drafting, revising & editing
- Critical reading and effective note-taking
- Developing an argument: critical reading, thinking and writing
- Reflective writing, report writing & writing for a literature review
- Writing for a dissertation
- Successful writing in exams
- Avoiding plagiarism
- Grammar, punctuation and spelling
Booking an Appointment:
In order to accommodate our on-campus online, part-time and international students, we offer a range of 40 minutes appointment times from Monday-Friday, to registered students.
If you have questions around academic writing, you will find supports and resources on Academic Writing on Moodle, once you are logged in as a registered student.
In the meantime, you may find it helpful to take our free foundation course which includes academic writing, at your own pace and in your own time.
At ATU Sligo, we offer support in all mathematical aspects of your studies.
How we can help:
During term time, you can avail of our full range of services, at the Maths Support Centre which you will find on Moodle.
One to one appointments can also be made with a member of the support team and we operate a drop-in and online support service during the academic year.
As an Online Learner at ATU Sligo, you will receive help and support from our dedicated team of Online Student Advisors who will be there to assist you throughout your studies. They will be your first point of contact for any non-academic queries or questions you may have and can provide you with any further information, support or guidance you might require throughout your application process and studies at ATU.
Find out more about what student supports are available to you here.
To help you prepare for the first few weeks of college, and the transition to flexible learning, the Student Success Toolbox is a suite of digital tools to help you get ready for academic study.
Specific Learning Needs and Disability Services
If you have a particular learning need or a disability, please check out the following services available from the Access Office and our staff will be able to assist you.
Student Support Services
The aim of Student Support Services at ATU Sligo is to provide a comprehensive and caring service, to help our students to achieve their full academic and personal potential. The Student Support Services Officer is available to see students about any personal, general or welfare issues.
As a Springboard+ funded Online Learner at ATU Sligo, you can reach out for assistance and support from ATU Sligo’s dedicated Springboard and Online Programme Co-ordinator, Catherine O’ Reilly. She can answer any Springboard+ related queries you have and can provide information, support and guidance to you for the duration of your Springboard+ studies with us.
Answers to our more frequently asked questions can be found at this link Frequently Asked Questions – Online Learning – Atlantic Technological University Sligo (itsligo.ie) and by clicking on the ‘About Springboard+’ heading.
You can view a copy of our Springboard+ Quick Guide at this link: ATU-Springboard-Prospectus-2022.pdf (itsligo.ie)
To contact Catherine, email firstname.lastname@example.org or email our dedicated Springboard+ Admissions Team at email@example.com.
T: 353 (0) 71 931 8511