Access Office

The role of the Access Office is to encourage and support categories of students who traditionally have not been represented in higher education.  Access support is generally understood to refer to the facilitation of access and progression through higher education for certain groups in society, to successfully complete a higher level qualification, who otherwise might not be capable of achieving this. Typically, these groups include persons with disabilities, mature (i.e. 23 years of age or over at entry to Higher Education), and those members of society who are identified to be socio-economically disadvantaged. Student within these categories will receive support at pre-entry, upon entry as well as during their course of study.


The Access Office has three members of staff, all of whom are located in offices opposite the the library, third door down.

Acting Access Officer, Linda Mc Gloin can be contacted on 071 9137355 or

Learning Support Tutor, Andrea Rynn can be contacted on 071 9305400 or

Assistant Access Officer, Maureen Haran can be contacted on 071 930581 or

The Higher Education Access Route

The Higher Education Access Route (HEAR) is a college and university scheme that offers places on reduced points and extra college support to school leavers from socio-economically disadvantaged backgrounds who are resident in the Republic of Ireland as evidence shows that socio-economic disadvantage can have a negative effect on how well a student does at school and whether they go on to college. HEAR applicants must meet a range of financial, social and cultural indicators to be considered for a reduced points place and extra college support.  HEAR is for school leavers under the age of 23 as of 1 January in the year of application to college who are resident in the Republic of Ireland.

Students with a Disability or Medical Condition

The Access Office at Institute of Technology, Sligo is committed to ensuring that students with disabilities can successfully pursue and achieve their educational ambitions. The Access Office offers a range of diverse services to students studying at IT Sligo.

For students with disabilities these include:

  • Learning support for students with dyslexia
  • General support and assistive technology for students with disabilities or ongoing illnesses
  • Assistive Technology Room
  • Applications to the Fund for Students with Disabilities
  • Screening for students who suspect that they may have dyslexia or specific learning difficulties.

Mature Students

A mature applicant is someone who is aged 23 or older on January 1st of the calendar year of application to third level education. Mature applicants, must apply to the Central Application Office (CAO), Tower House, Eglinton Street, Galway on or before 1st February. Application forms can be obtained from the CAO or online at Applicants are subsequently interviewed by IT Sligo in April. The CAO also accepts ‘late applications’ before a May 1st closing date. A second round of interviews takes place in late summer in IT Sligo and late applicants are called for interview only if places remain unfilled on their chosen course.

 Student Assistance and Chilcare Fund

 The Student Assistance Fund aims to ensure that disadvantaged students receive financial supports to enable them to fully benefit from their studies and in particular to assist them in overcoming financial obstacles which may otherwise cause them to abandon their studies. All students attending a full-time undergraduate course of not less than one year’s duration are eligible to apply for assistance to overcome acute or unexpected hardship. Any tuition or registration fees must be paid in full before students can receive funding from the Student Assistance Fund.

The Childcare Fund is a limited fund, available to help full-time students who have childcare responsibilities. In order to be eligible to apply for funding from the Childcare fund, applicants must qualify for free or the EU rate of fees and meet the eligibility criteria for application for a maintenance grant from SUSI, their local authority or VEC.  Applicants must also have paid any outstanding tuition or registration fees before becoming eligible for support from the Childcare Fund.

2017/18 Prospectus