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Trinity College has a long and valued tradition community engagement and outreach, arising from a variety of academic partnerships, student voluntary activity and, in particular, dedicated programmes to ensure access to education. This section includes some brief information on some of the ongoing activities in this area.

The Trinity Access Programmes

Trinity College is strongly committed to ensuring a significant increase in participation at third level of those who for social, economic and educational reasons have not yet realised their full educational potential. The Trinity Access Programmes (TAP) has, since 1993, developed a continuum of educational projects to engage greater numbers of students from under-represented socio-economic groups in third level education. The Trinity Access Programmes (TAP) was established in 1993 and its mission is to work in partnership across the education sector and with students, teachers, families, communities and businesses to widen access and participation at third level of under-represented socio-economic groups, ethnic minorities and Travellers. Read more about TAP...

Voluntary Tuition Programme

The Voluntary Tuition Programme (VTP)is a partnership between Trinity students, parents and volunteers from the local communities of Pearse Street and Ringsend. Every year over 400 Trinity students, graduates and staff-members act as tutors to children and teenagers studying in nearby schools. Each mentor and student spend one hour a week in one of four tuition centres, getting to know each other and working together on homework and other educational activities. VTP also runs a number of smaller educational programs, as well as other educational clubs and language Classes. Read more about VTP

St Vincent De Paul

The Society of St. Vincent de Paul is the largest, voluntary, charitable organisation in Ireland. It works for social justice and the creation of a more just, caring nation. The VDP in Trinity is the student Conference of the national organisation. It runs over 20 activities every week including homework clubs, youth clubs, soup runs, flat decorating, visiting the elderly and much more. Read more about VDP...


Bridge21 is an education programme based in Trinity College Dublin. We offer a new model of learning, that can be adapted for use in Irish secondary schools.

Designed to support an innovative 21st Century learning environment within schools, we have developed a learning model for second level education that is:

  • Team-based
  • Technology mediated
  • Project based
  • Cross- curricular

Bridge21 has three core strands:

  • A schools programme to scale and adapt our learning model for use in Irish secondary schools nationwide.
  • The Bridge21 Transition Year programme, based in Oriel House – a team-based experience for young people to explore learning through technology.
  • A learning and research centre in Oriel House, Trinity College Dublin, to innovate, evaluate and refine 21st century learning methodologies.

We have seen the power of our model in action. We know it can change how students learn and engage with education.

Now we want to help spread what works and transform the way we teach and learn. We know it is powerful. Read more about Bridge21


The Suas student society in Trinity is part of the wider Suas Educational Development network in Ireland which works to to promote high quality education for all in the developing world and to foster global citizenship and its responsibilities in Ireland. Activities in Trinity include homework clubs and activities such as language mentoring and social football with refugees in collaboration with the Jesuit Refugee Service. Read more about Suas...

Last updated 25 September 2015 Civic Engagement (Email).