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TAP offers a range of supports for foundation course and HEAR students in Trinity. In addition, you can access all the other student support services that Trinity College provides.

Academic Supports

Extra Tuition

Students sometimes face challenges with the academic demands of third-level. TAP can offer some support in the area of extra tuition. For more information, contact your TAP advisor or

The Laptop Library

You can borrow a laptop for up to three days at no charge. For more information, contact Elaine Reynolds ( or 01 896 3598). You can collect the laptop from the main TAP office Monday to Thursday from 9am – 1pm and 2pm –3pm. (The office is closed 1pm – 2pm).

The Studio

This is a learning centre for foundation course and HEAR students. It is located in Goldsmith Hall and has access to networked computers and printers. The Studio is a good place to work either on your own or with a group. It is open from 8am – 10pm Monday to Friday and 8am – 12 noon on Saturdays during term time. Outside of term time the Studio is open from 8am – 6pm.

The Writing Resource Centre

You can get advice on researching, drafting and developing your college assignments and laboratory reports at the Writing Resource Centre. Opening hours are: Wednesday 2-6pm, Thursday 2-6pm and Friday 10-2pm in Room 1.08 Oriel House (at the top of Westland Row).
Contact Maggie for an appointment: / 086 173 6581

The Maths Help Room

If you need help with maths, you can go to the Maths Help Room for friendly, informal help from Trinity students. The Maths Help Room is located in The Maths Seminar Room, 2nd Floor, 18 Westland Row and is open on Monday - Friday, from 1-2pm.

Financial Supports

TAP gratefully acknowledges the invaluable financial support received for this initiative from the European Social Fund and a range of individual and corporate donors.

There are three separate types of financial assistance which TAP students may be eligible for:

  1. TAP Student Assistance Fund (ESF/SAF)
  2. TAP Student Scholarship Fund - for incoming Junior Fresh students only
  3. 1916 Bursary - The current cycle is closed. Only incoming Junior Fresh students will be eligible in 18/19.

TAP students are those students who are currently enrolled in undergraduate courses and who have entered Trinity College through one of the following alternative admissions routes:

  • Foundation Course for Higher Education (Young Adults and Mature Students)
  • University Access Course in Liberal Arts CDETB and TAP – Pearse, Plunket, Liberties and Rathmines Colleges of Further Education
  • Higher Education Access Route (HEAR)

TAP Student Assistance Fund (ESF/SAF)

The Student Assistance Fund (SAF) is funded by the Irish Government and part funded by the European Social Fund under the Human Capital Investment Operational Programme 2014-2020. It is intended to provide financial support to disadvantaged students to enable them to benefit fully from their third level studies.

The following are examples of situations for which students can apply for assistance:

Books/ Class Materials Medical Expenses Rent
Heating/ Lighting Bills Family breakdown Food
Essential Travel Bereavement Childcare costs

The following services are NOT eligible for assistance from this fund:

Tuition Fees Registration Fees Loans

For further information on SAF please consult the SAF Guidelines for TAP Students (PDF 607kb) and the SAF Guidelines/HEA (PDF 762kb).

If you have any questions about Student Assistance fund please contact Annemarie Lambe at / 01 896 2751, your TAP Advisor or Kathleen O’Toole-Brennan at / 01 896 3590.

TAP Student Scholarship Fund

The Trinity Access Programmes (TAP) receives valuable financial support from a range of private and corporate supporters of Trinity College. This funding enables us to provide a number of corporate scholarships for TAP students who meet specific criteria as detailed in the scholarship guidelines. Scholarships amount to approximately 1,000 euro per annum, subject to the terms and conditions listed below. 

Students who are successful in their scholarship application will be required to commit to the following:

  1. Providing an annual 300 word essay/ personal statement which outlines their course of study, extra-curricular activities, and the impact which the scholarship is making.
  2. Students who discontinue their course of study are obliged to notify the scholarship co-ordinator immediately.
  3. Students may be required to attend brief meetings with the corporate and private donors, to discuss their experience on the course and the impact of the scholarship.
  4. The scholarship award will be reviewed annually. Payment of the scholarship is contingent on the student fulfilling the above requirements and is also subject to the funding being made available from the donors.

A brief description of the scholarships available from alumni, private donors and corporate funds is available within the online application. Further information on financial support available to those attending higher education is available on

1916 Bursary

1916 ‘Leaders and Learners’ Bursary 2017 – 2018

funded by the Department of Education and Skills for eligible students in the following Higher Education Institutions – Institute of Art, Design and Technology, Dun Laoghaire (IADT); National College of Art and Design (NCAD); Marino Institute of Education (MIE); Trinity College Dublin (TCD); and University College Dublin (UCD).

The bursary aims to provide support for economically disadvantaged students from groups traditionally underrepresented in higher education, including:

  • Students from socio-economically disadvantaged backgrounds
  • First time Mature Students
  • Students with a disability
  • Irish Travellers
  • Students entering through alternative pathways
  • Lone parents
  • Asylum seekers, refugees and those living in direct provision


In 2017 – 2018, 40 bursaries of €5,000 per annum for the duration of a student’s undergraduate degree are available across the cluster- 8 per institution. In Trinity College, the current cycle is closed. Only incoming Junior Fresh will be eligible in 18/19. 

Applications for 17/18 are now closed.

Apply here

All applications must be completed online. For reference only Sample Application Form

For further information please consult the FAQ's and the Scholarship Terms and Conditions


TAP Advisors

WIn addition to college supports, each HEAR and Foundation Course students has a ‘TAP Advisor’. Your advisor will meet with you and offer advice, guidance and support. If you get financial support from TAP, your advisor will assist you with the forms you need to fill in. Your advisor may also refer you to other college services.

Hear are the office hours and contact information for TAP advisors:

Name Office hours Contact
Natalie Cullen Monday 3-5pm / 01 896 4036
Sarah Grimson Thursday 10.30-12.30pm / 01 896 4398
Lisa Keane

Tuesday 2-3pm, Friday 12-1pm / 01 896 3696
Emilie Keegan Monday 3-5pm / 01 896 1397
Megan Kuster Tuesday 11am-1pm/td> / 01 896 4398
Grainne McInerney Monday 3-5pm / 01 896 4398
Diane McSweeney Monday 3-5pm / 01 896 1397
Kathleen O'Toole Tuesday 11-1pm / 01 896 3590
David Reilly Monday 3-5pm / 01 896 1397
Ronan Smith Tuesday 11-1pm / 01 896 2754

TAP Text Alerts

We sometimes invite TAP students to social, cultural and sporting activities during their time in Trinity. The easiest way for us to keep in touch with you is through text message alerts. If your number changes, please tell Elaine Reynolds ( or 01 896 3598).

TAP Ambassadors and Volunteering Opportunities

If you are looking for a challenge and are interested in making a difference to the lives of others, why not volunteer as a TAP ambassador? The TAP ambassadors programme recruits, trains and rewards students for giving time to help run over 20 different TAP activities each year. For more information, contact us at

There are lots of opportunities for students to engage in volunteering. This is a great way to both help develop your skills and contribute back to society. There are opportunities to work with TAP schools or mentor on the Bridge21 programme. To volunteer to work with TAP linked schools please contact Diane Sweeney ( and to mentor with Bridge21 please contact Kevin Sullivan (