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Open Days 2022-2024
New partnership between daa and the Trinity Centre for People with Intellectual Disabilities
Visit of President Emmanuel Macron to Trinity College Dublin
Certificate in Arts, Science and Inclusive Applied Practice Graduation August 2021
New partnership between Go-Ahead Ireland and the Trinity Centre for People with Intellectual Disabilities
Thank you to the Rory McDonagh Trust
The Trinity Centre for People with Intellectual Disabilities annuonces a new partnership with Applegreen
TCPID graduate Niamh Biddulph secures permanent contract with An Post
TCPID Meeting with Government Ministers
The TCPID announce a new partnership with RSA Insurance and
TCPID Graduate Tomás Murphy at the UN CRPD Committee
2021 Open Days
New Report Published by the TCPID and the School of Education
TCPID at Zero Project Conference 2021
TCPID Graduate Guest Lectures to School of Education Masters Students
Inclusion Dialogue Podcast featuring interview with Professor Michael Shevlin
The Trinity Centre for People with Intellectual Disabilities announce a new partnership with Squarespace
We are Hiring
TCPID School of Education Research Seminar
TCPID Awarded Innovative Practice/Policy of the Zero Project 2021
TCPID Statement to Oireachtas Joint Committee on Disability Matters
INHEF and CareersPortal Partner To Celebrate World Access To Higher Education Day 2020
The TCPID announce a new partnership with Phoenix Recruitment
The TCPID Awarded Growth Fund Investment from Rethink Ireland
Inclusion podcast: Siobhan Kelly and Marie Devitt
First Ever Recipient of Margaret McLoughlin Scholarship
Improving the university library experience of students with intellectual disabilities: a case study from an Irish institution
The Rory McDonagh Trust: Supporting Students with Intellectual Disabilities in Trinity College
My experience as a student in Trinity College Dublin and my role in An Post by TCPID Graduate Niamh Biddulph
My experience of lockdown during Covid 19 by TCPID Graduate Tomas Murphy
Margaret McLoughlin TCPID Student Scholarship Programme
Celebrating 3 Years of SciFest@TCPID
Adapting to life with Covid 19 by TCPID Graduate Margaret Turley
My tips for coping with COVID 19 by TCPID Graduate Eavan Daly
TCPID Graduate Dairine O Rourke on Trinity College, Fidelity Investments and COVID 19
Me and COVID 19 by TCPID Graduate Marian O Rourke
TCPID Graduate Luke Campion now a permanent employee of EY
My strategies for coping with self-isolation during the COVID-19 Pandemic
Applications for Certificate in Arts, Science and Inclusive Applied Practice 2020-2022
TCPID Open Days March 2020
EY Win Award for Diversity and Inclusion for partnership with TCPID
Ryan Tubridy Interview with Mei Lin Yap and Hugo MacNeill
Certificate in Arts, Science and Inclusive Applied Practice Graduation
New partnership between Dynamic and the Trinity Centre for People with Intellectual Disabilities
We Are Hiring!
TCPID Graduate Stephen Ryan: My Story!
Annual TCPID Business Partners Meeting
Smurfit Kappa forms partnership with Trinity College Dublin to support people with intellectual disabilities
INHEF Launch Event - October 10th 2019
TCPID Graduate Mark Hogan - Permanent Contract with EY
New Partnership between Novartis Global Services Center and the Trinity Centre for People with Intellectual Disabilities
Third Annual SciFest@TCPID Student Exhibition
New Partnership between Key Capital and the Trinity Centre for People with Intellectual Disablities
UDG Healthcare partners with the Trinity Centre for People with Intellectual Disabilities
New Partnership between KPMG Ireland and the TCPID
Video of The Ireland Funds Flagship Grant Awarded to the TCPID
New Partnership between Fidelity Investments Ireland and the TCPID
Certificate in Arts Science and Inclusive Applied Practice Graduation
2019 Open Days
Relaunch of the Irish Disability Studies Association - IDSA
Arthur Cox partners with the Trinity Centre for People with Intellectual Disabilities
Annual TCPID Business Partners Meeting
New Partnership between the National Treasury Management Agency and the TCPID
Intel partners with the Trinity Centre for People with Intellectual Disabilities
New Partnership with McCann FitzGerald
TCPID Graduate Brian O Byrne Celebrates 10 years in
First Ever TCPID Summer School
New Partnership with Mason Hayes & Curran
Second Annual SciFest@TCPID student exhibition, May 31st 2018
New Partnership between Janssen Sciences Ireland and the Trinity Centre for People with Intellectual Disabilities
TCPID Summer School

Trinity Week Poster Exhibition
March Research Seminar
2018 Open Days
Music Workshop with Dave McPhillips of The Coronas
My Work Placement in Chartered Accountants Ireland: By Eavan Daly
SMBC Aviation Capital: Annual Santa Flight
My Experience Working in Avolon: By Emma McPhillips
Student trip to GECAS Shannon Facility
TCPID Video for Social Innovation Fund Ireland Education Fund Award
TCPID Awarded Funding from Social Innovation Fund Ireland
TCPID Annual Business Partners Meeting
Permanent TSB - New TCPID Business Partner
TCPID Graduate Paula Conradie: First Week in SMBC Aviation Capital
2017-2018 Student orientation
SMBC Aviation Capital partners with the Trinity Centre for People with Intellectual Disabilities
TCPID Graduate Mei Lin Yap: Now a Permanent Employee in Cpl Resources
TCPID Graduate Eavan Daly: Presentation in Chartered Accountants Ireland
TCPID Graduate Margaret Turley: My Experience Working in EY
TCPID Awarded Grant from The Ireland Funds
Avolon – New TCPID Business Patron Trinity College Showcases Top Science Stars with Intellectual Disabilities.
Today FM: Students with Intellectual Disabilities Showcase Science Projects
Joint Staff and Student Research Publication
Margaret McLoughlin Expressive Arts Memorial Plaque
TCPID Graduate Mei Lin Yap on Diversity and Inclusion
Bank of Ireland Inclusion and Diversity Event
TCPID Open Evening
GECAS Winner of Education Champion at Citizenship Awards
TCPID Student Trip to Facebook Ireland HQ
February Research Seminars
New Chapter Publication from Dr. John Kubiak
Open Evening 2017
Student Presentation to CEO of GE Capital Aviation Services
RTE Radio One on the Increasing Diversity of Students at Third Level.
TCPID Student Trip to Google HQ
Laptops donated to TCPID by GE Capital Aviation Services
Certificate in Contemporary Living Graduation 2016
Business Partners Work Placement Programme
Business Partners Programme Launched
New Student Orientation
New Level 5 Certificate in Arts, Science and Inclusive Applied Practice
New Publication from Dr John Kubiak
Arts, Science and Inclusive Applied Practice Applications Now Open
Open Evening 2016-2018 22nd April 2016


Going to College: Barriers and supports to participating in college life8th March 2016

This past Michaelmas term was the first time in the history of TCD that students with intellectual disabilities registered with Disability Service and accessed some of the supports available to students with disabilities. Although this is an important first step towards ensuring equality and inclusivity of students with intellectual disabilities, current policies and procedures must be re-evaluated to ensure they are appropriately meeting the needs of students with intellectual disabilities to participate in university life. The first step to this examination of perspectives and practice is to ask students with intellectual disabilities to reflect on their university experience and have them identify barriers and supports to attending college and participating in college life. The students from the Trinity Centre for People with Intellectual Disabilities have been engaging in a participatory action research project where they have been examining the barriers and supports to participating in college life with a disability. Students have been key players in the data collection and analysis process of the research project and will be disseminating their research findings at this event. This event will showcase the work of students and inform the extended college community on how best to support the inclusion of students with disabilities in university through policy and practice.

Trinity Equality Fund Award 2015/201611th Feb 2016

The Trinity Centre for People with Intellectual Disabilities has been selected as one of the recipients of the 2015/16 Trinity Equality Fund Awards. The awards provide funds to staff and students on a competitive basis for a variety of equality initiatives and aim to raise awareness on equality issues and promote diversity in Trinity. The award will be used to aid the staff and students of the Centre to undertake a videography project to showcase the inclusive learning that takes place at Trinity College.

Congratulations to our Sports Scholarships award winners!27th Nov 2015

Congratulations to our sports scholars from Trinity Centre for People with Intellectual Disabilities, Maeve Phillips and Fiacra Costello.

Maeve & Fiacra received their awards from Mr. Hugo MacNeill who funded the scholarships for students from Trinity Centre for People with Intellectual Disabilities at the annual Trinity Sports Scholarships Awards 2015/16.

Click here for more information about the Sports scholarship award can be found here.

Dr John Kubiak has a new publication out in the International Journal of Learner Diversity and Identities24th Nov 2015

This paper reports on an inclusive research project which was conducted in one Irish higher education institution where a postsecondary educational (PSE) program is offered for students with intellectual disabilities (ID). A definition of inclusive research is presented and the current research project is placed within this framework with the roles of both participants (six co-researchers with ID) and sample (eighteen students with ID) outlined.

This paper focuses on the processes of this collaboration and the benefits and challenges encountered. While the input and expertise of co-researchers were vital in providing guidance to the design and presentation of information on the research to their peers with ID, the participation of these students also involved risks. These included the identity shift that came with the role of co-researcher that was on occasions, problematic for co-researchers to navigate, and the inherent difficulties with the unequal power relationships between this current author and co-researchers. Despite these challenges however, it is concluded that the participation of these co-researchers with ID goes some way in addressing preconceived notions that come with the label of ID, and that the research field stands to benefit significantly from their involvement.

Launch of The Centre for Inclusion & Intellectual Disability19th May 2015

To celebrate the move of the National Institute for Intellectual Disability (NIID) to the School of Education following ten productive years as part of the School of Social Work and Social Policy, the School of Education is delighted to announce the formal launch of the newly re-designed Centre for Inclusion and Intellectual Disability, or 'The Centre' as it will be more commonly known. This celebratory event took place in The Paccar Theatre, Science Gallery, TCD, at 5 pm on Tuesday, 19th May. We are delighted that the Provost officially launched 'The Centre' in the company of students, graduates and family members, as well as staff from across college and representatives of business partnerships, whose consistent support is essential to promote pathways to employment for our graduates. A number of long term supporters of the NIID and colleagues from support services also attended the event including members of the former management committee.

Congratulations to our CCL Student's with their sporting achievements15th April 2015

Trinity's Swim scholar Maeve Phillips won bronze in the backstroke 50m and gold in the butterfly 25m at The European Down Syndrome Swimming Championships 2015 in Southampton. Maeve also claimed the European record, knocking 3 seconds off the previous record. Fiachra Costello, Gaelic Football scholar also received a trophy for sportsperson of the year from his coach. Brilliant achievements all around!

Intake 2015 - 2016 Announcement1st April 2015

We are pleased to announce that with the successful transition of the National Institute for Intellectual Disability to the School of Education, Trinity College Dublin, the Certificate in Contemporary Living Programme will be redeveloped over the next twelve months with the intention of situating the course on the National Framework of Qualifications.

We look forward to introducing the newly conceptualised programme in September 2016, however, this means that we will not take on a new cohort of students in September 2015. Further updates regarding our next Open Day in 2016 will be added to our website news page.

New Book 'Inclusive Education for Students with Intellectual Disabilities26th March 2015

A chapter entitled 'Experiences of Learning: Students With Intellectual Disabilities in Higher Education in Ireland' by John Kubiak and Michael Shevlin, has been included in the book Inclusive Education for Students with Intellectual Disabilities, A volume in International Advances in Education: Global Initiatives for Equity and Social Justice, (Series Editors: Elinor L. Brown, Rhonda G. Craven, and George F. McLean).

CCL Students visit the Mansion House to meet the Lord Mayor of Dublin26th March 2015

The Certificate in Contemporary Living students had a recent trip to the Mansion House to meet the Lord Mayor of Dublin. The CCL Students thoroughly enjoyed this outing.

The trip was planned and organised by the St. Vincent de Paul club who run a social group with CCL students every Wednesday at lunchtime.

CCL Student Maeve Philips launches the Water Polo Intervarsity's competition4th March 2015

Our swimming scholar Maeve Philips launched the Water Polo Intervarsities Competition held in Trinity Sports Centre on Friday 30th January.
As it's a combined swim/water polo club, Maeve and her family were invited to attend with Maeve throwing in the ball for the first game to start the tournament.
Also in attendance were members of the club committee along with Trinity's water polo sports scholar, Kevin Johnston, and some representatives from various governing bodies.
Trinity went on to do the double at the Water Polo Intervarsities winning both men's & ladies finals. Well done to all involved.

CCL Students Fiachra Costello and Maeve Philips awarded Sports Scholarship4th Dec 2014

Two outstanding athletes from the National Institute for Intellectual Disability (NIID) were presented with the Trinity College Sports Scholarships at a ceremony last night in the Pavilion Bar. Fiachra Costello and Maeve Philips, who are both first year students on the Certificate in Contemporary Living (CCL), were awarded the first ever sport scholarships for students on the CCL programme.

Fiachra and Maeve were presented with their award by Trinity's Head of Sport and Recreation Michelle Tanner as well as former Irish rugby international Hugo MacNeill who has been a champion of the NIID for many years.

Fiachra was awarded his award for Gaelic Football and is currently training and playing on the college Fresher's team. Maeve is a keen swimmer and a Special Olympian. Maeve is hoping to qualify for next year's World Games in Los Angeles. Watch this space!

Congratulations to both recipients of this year's inaugural NIID Sports Scholarships awardees who are the first CCL students to have the honour of representing the University. We hope they will aspire to even greater successes in their retrospective sporting ambitions.

Congratulations CCL Graduates 2014!26th Nov 2014

Students of the Certificate in Contemporary Living (CCL) - a course for people with intellectual disability - graduated at a ceremony in the Public Theatre on Friday, November 14th. The sixteen students who were awarded their certificates are now the seventh cohort to graduate from this pioneering and innovative Trinity programme.

The CCL allows people with an intellectual disability an opportunity to experience tertiary education and the richness of life as a college student. There are three aspects to the CCL programme - academic learning, personal growth and career development. The programme provides support through taught sessions, careers advice, work placements and personal planning to enable individuals to gain in independence and receive recognition for their achievements. The certificate course has been recognised nationally and is beginning to gain international recognition for its innovative commitment to inclusion.

Commenting on the significance of the achievement of CCL graduates, course co-ordinator Dr John Kubiak said: 'Since 2008, over one hundred students have graduated from the course. A number of them are in employment while others are pursuing education or training opportunities. Every one of them is a role model and an ambassador for the CCL and their experiences and achievements will inspire future students.'
CCL Graduate Clare Knox was the recipient of the annual Margaret McLoughlin Student Prize. The prize was established in the National Institute for Intellectual Disability (NIID) by a generous gift from the McLoughlin family and friends and was presented to Clare by Joan McLoughlin at a reception in the NIID after the graduation ceremony.

Welcome first year Certificate in Contemporary Living Students 2014 - 2015!28th Oct 2014

The NIID welcomed a group of new first year students who officially began their CCL journey in Trinity College on September 23rd. Students were delighted to discover all of what Trinity has to offer, including tours of the campus, library and sports centre. One of the highlights including the collection of the coveted Trinity student card!

Paula, a first year student, reflected on her first week in Trinity as she starts her next chapter in college:

'I met so many new friends on my first week in Trinity College. I felt so excited on my first week in Trinity College. I enjoyed my first week in Trinity College.
I went to the library on the Trinity campus. I enjoyed it. I felt so happy going home on my last day. I was tired. My highlight was going to the Trinity College campus for my lunch and to get my student card. I feel so happy to be a student in Trinity College now. My wish has come true.' Paula

For all of our students reflections on their new and exciting next phase, please see below or read more on what the CCL Students had to say about their experience of starting in Trinity.