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What is an Educational Support Worker (ESW)? Image of a pencil & pen

An Educational Support Worker (ESW) provides support to students registered with the Disability Service to help them fulfil their academic potential. The supports required are determined by the students' needs assessment as part of their registration with the Disability Service. Applying to be an ESW provides a valuable opportunity to undertake rewarding paid work that also looks good on a C.V.

ESWs typically work a few hours each week as required, and are primarily recruited internally from the Trinity postgraduate community. ESWs assisting students with disabilities agree to the Terms of Registration for the Educational Support Workers.

Job descriptions

Each of the roles listed below have been developed through the Disability Advisors Network (DAWN) and are cohesively applied across all Higher Education Institutes nationally. To view the full guide, click here.

To apply, please complete the following application form.

Rates of Pay


Rate per hour

Laptop notetaker




Academic Tutor


Library Assistant


Alternative formatting


Lab/academic assistant


Claiming Payment

To be paid you must complete the casual pay claim form and return it to the Disability Service office. Payment is made on the 30th of the following month.

The timesheet must contain the following:

  • Signature of the Educational Support Worker
  • Signature of the studnet receiving support (confirms that the work has been completed)
  • Initials of the student for whom the work has been done
  • Type of role
  • Rate of pay
  • Total hours must be tallied
  • If working with more than one student, complete the individual sheet per student and the paysheet itself.

A claim form from the Disability Service can only be used for work with this department. If you have any queries, please contact

Instructions for uploading student notes to the Disability Service Blackboard module

Follow the step-by-step guidelines here.


Please click here for ESW FAQs.


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Last updated 3 July 2017 (Email).