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Educational Support Workers (ESWs)

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What is an Educational Support Worker?

Educational Support Workers (ESWs) provide support to students that have applied for Reasonable Accommodations with the Disability Service to help them fulfil their academic potential. The supports required are determined by the students' Disability Officer as part of the needs assessment process. Working as an ESW is an excellent opportunity to undertake rewarding paid work that will look good on any 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 will be Garda Vetted and must agree to the Disability Service Terms and Conditions of Employment.

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.

Click on the ESW role title below to view the relevant job description.

Rates of Pay


Rate per hour

Classroom Notetaker


Academic Tutor


Library Assistant


Alternative Formatting


Lab/Academic Assistant


How Can I Apply?

Complete the Trinity Disability Service Educational Support Worker Application form below to apply for an ESW role.

A panel of Educational Support Workers is formed each year in advance of the start of term. Positions are filled from this panel as they arise. Appointment to the ESW panel is not a guarantee of ESW hours/work.

Please note that due to COVID-19 that online learning will be of particular importance during the 2020-21 academic year. ESWs will need to be comfortable working with students in an online environment and be familiar with online platforms like MS Teams, Blackboard Learn, Zoom, etc.

For general information on the duties, roles and responsibilities of an Education Support Worker please see the Educational Support Worker Handbook developed by DAWN.


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