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Declan Reilly - Disability Officer

Biography: Declan has been working in Trinity College since 2005. He has particular responsibility for phase 2 of the Student Journey: Building and maintaining a University career. The focus during phase 2 is on providing evidence based supports for students as they settle into Trinity and advance their skills of independent learning and self-determination. In 2012, Declan produced a Guide for Students with Disabilities on Placement as part of an overall strategy within the Disability Service to support students with disabilities on their journey into professional courses, through placement, and on to employment. Declan regularly presents at conferences and seminars on the work and impact of the Disability Service. He has published a number of articles on outcomes for students with disabilities, most recently in the Ahead Journal

Declan has a BA in Psychoanalytic Studies and an MA in Psychotherapy. He completed the Post Graduate Diploma in Education (Disability Needs Assessment) at Trinity College in 2008 and the Certificate of Competence in Educational Testing (BPS) in 2010. In 2017, Declan completed a PhD in the School of Education, Are we levelling the playing field? exploring if reasonable accommodations provided to 3rd level students with disabilities succeed in removing barriers and impact on the student experience.