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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 tapadmin@tcd.ie.

The Laptop Library

You can borrow a laptop for up to three days at no charge. For more information, contact Elaine Reynolds (reynole@tcd.ie 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. For more information please contact the main TAP office.

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 - for incoming Junior Fresh students

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)

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The Student Assistance Fund is managed by the Higher Education Authority on behalf of the Department of Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science.


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 and the HEA- Money Worries and Education Flyer.

The Application Deadline Is 22nd October 2021.

If you have any questions about Student Assistance fund or would like the application link please contact Annemarie Lambe at lambean@tcd.ie / 01 896 2751, your TAP Advisor or Kathleen O’Toole-Brennan at kotoole@tcd.ie / 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.  Deadline is 08th October 2021. For more information please contact Annemarie at lambean@tcd.ie.


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 upon request. Further information on financial support available to those attending higher education is available on www.studentfinance.ie.

1916 Bursary

Leinster Pillar I Cluster 1916 Bursary 2021-2022

Applications for the 1916 Bursary Fund 2021-2022 will open on 13 September until Friday 15 October 2021, 5pm. Late applications will not be considered


The 1916 Bursary is funded by the Department of Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science (DFHERIS). The purpose of this bursary is to encourage participation and success by students who are most socio-economically disadvantaged and who are from groups most under-represented in higher educations.


Bursaries are awarded 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); the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI); and University College Dublin (UCD). There is a central online application process for the Leinster Pillar I Cluster which is administered by UCD on behalf of the other five institutions. That means that there is one application for all six HEIs.

What’s the value of the 1916 Bursary?

The following are the proposed allocation and conditions of the 1916 Bursary Awards for Academic Year 2021/22 in Leinster Pillar I. There are three different types of bursaries available:

Tier 1:  €5,000 per year.
Tier 2:  €2,000 per year.
Tier 3:  Awardees will receive a once-off bursary of €1,500 for the academic year 2021-22 only (number TBC). This applies to both full and part-time students. 

Tier 1 and Tier 2 bursaries will also be payable to students as they progress into postgraduate studies. This means that students already in receipt of the 1916 Bursary who are completing their undergraduate studies in 2020/21 will be entitled to continue to receive a bursary for postgraduate study.


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Eligibility Criteria


Applicants must be:

  • A new entrant pursuing an undergraduate course for the first time in the 2021-2022 academic year.
  • Eligible for the Special Rate of SUSI grant (Family income of €24,500) and/or
  • In receipt of a Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection means-tested payment
  • Have been a resident in the Irish State for three of the past five years
  • Be studying an approved full-time or part-time undergraduate course in one of the HEIs from the Leinster Pillar I cluster.

And be from one of the under-represented groups at higher education, including: 

  • Socio-economic groups that have low participation in higher education (i.e. either eligible for the highest level of SUSI or in receipt of a Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection (DEASP) means-tested social welfare payment)
  • First-time mature students (23 or older on 1 January of their year of entry to higher education)
  • Students with a disability, particularly students with a physical/mobility impairment or students with a sensory disability, students who are Deaf/Hard of Hearing, students who are blind or visually impaired
  • Irish Travellers
  • Entering on the basis of a further education award
  • Lone parents with a DEASP means-tested Social Welfare payment (20% of the bursaries reserved for this category)
  • Ethnic Minorities
  • Refugees

Information for 1916 Bursary Awardees progressing to Postgraduate study in 2021/22.

  • For those who are 1916 Bursary awardees and who have successfully completed their undergraduate programme they will be entitled to apply to have their bursary renewed for postgraduate study in 2021/22.
  • The programme has to be an approved postgraduate programme that takes no less than one year to complete and is provided by a higher education institution part of the Cluster.
  • I wish to pursue a postgraduate programme in the same college where I completed my undergraduate programme, what will I do?
  • A 1916 Bursary recipient wishing to progress to postgraduate level will be expected to formally notify the HEI of their intention to progress to postgraduate in order to renew their bursary.
  • What is the value of the Bursary for 1916 awardees progressing to Postgraduate study?
  • A postgraduate bursary will be in the amount of €5,000 per year (Tier 1) and €2,000 per year (Tier 2) for both full-time and part-time students.

How to apply
There is one central application process for Leinster Pillar I cluster Higher Education Institutes (IADT, NCAD, MIE, TCD, RCSI and UCD). To apply for this scholarship, you need to submit an online application form through Microsoft forms. Please check the applicant guide as you may need to submit supporting documentation. Applications for 2021/2022 will open at 1pm on 13 September 2021.


-Student Finance Information workshops will take place 15th-17th September during Orientation.
-Click here to see the applicants guide.

Where do I send my supporting documentation?


There is a central online application process for the Leinster Pillar I Cluster which is administered by UCD on behalf of the other five institutions. All supporting documentation must be sent to ucd1916bursary@ucd.ie by 15 October 2021, 5 pm. Incomplete or late documentation will not be accepted and will render applications ineligible.

Application Timeline

Application opening date:                       13 September 2021
Application closing date:                         15th October 2021 by 5:00 pm
Conditional Offers Issued                       TBC

Appeals


Would you like to appeal the outcome decision?
The Leinster Pillar I cluster is committed to ensuring all applications are assessed fairly, accurately and according to the published guidelines. Appeals can be made by emailing ucd1916bursary@ucd.ie. Appeals will be independently reviewed on the grounds that the information provided was considered, assessed and scored correctly. The information submitted in the online application and the supporting documentation received will be used in consideration of the appeal. It will not be possible to submit further documentation at the appeal stage.


The closing date for appeals will be announced after the 15 of October 2021.

Frequently Asked Questions


What is this Bursary?
A. The 1916 Bursary is funded by the Department of Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science (DFHERIS) through the Leinster Pillar I cluster of 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); the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI) and University College Dublin (UCD).


What does a central online application process mean?
All the Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) that are part of the Leinster Pillar I cluster have jointly developed a pilot common application system for the 1916 Bursary 1916, for the 2021/22.That means that all the Bursary applications for all the above HEIs will be administered by UCD. The Bursary will be awarded by the HEI you applied.


How many Bursaries will be awarded in the Leinster Pillar I cluster?

 
Tier 1 Bursaries (€5,000 per year): 43
Tier 2 Bursaries (€2,000 per year): 20
Tier 3 Bursaries: To be Confirmed.
Each HEI will have a number of bursaries (TBC)


If I am successful, for how many years will I be eligible to receive the Bursary?
The 1916 Bursary will be paid each year of the course up to a maximum of four years for full-time undergraduate students and six years for part-time undergraduate students as long as the recipient complies with the bursary guidelines and progresses to the next academic year of their course.


How do I apply?
There is one central application process for Leinster Pillar I cluster higher educations (IADT, NCAD, MIE, TCD, RCSI and UCD). To apply for this scholarship, you need to submit an online application form through Microsoft forms. Please check the applicant guide as you may need to submit supporting documentation. Applications for 2021/2022 will open on 13 September 2021.


If I am awarded the 1916 Bursary, how will I be paid? 
You will be paid by electronic payment to your bank account. 

Can I get the 1916 Bursary and any other Scholarship or Gant? 
No. You can get the 1916 Bursary with your SUSI, social welfare and you can apply for the Student Assistance Fund but not any other grant. 


Who can apply for this Bursary?
The 1916 Bursary is for students who can demonstrate that are socio-economic disadvantaged and be from at least one of the following equity groups:

  • Socio-Economic groups that have low participation in higher education. (I.e., either eligible for the highest level of SUSI or be in receipt of DSP means-tested Social Welfare payment)
  • First-time mature students
  • Students with a disability, particularly students with a physical/mobility impairment or students with a sensory disability, students who are deaf/hard of hearing, who are blind or visually impaired
  • Irish Travellers
  • Entering on the basis of a further education award
  • Lone parents with a DEASP means-tested Social Welfare payment (20% of the bursaries reserved for this category)
  • Ethnic Minorities
  • Refugees

Students need to meet the residency and current immigration status or have leave to remain.


Students must be entering higher education in 2021. Programmes must be greater than two years in duration and to be complete in one of the Leinster Pillar I cluster Higher Education Institutions (HEIs)


I am a postgraduate student who was not awarded the 1916 Bursary Fund previously. Can I apply for this Bursary? 
No. The 1916 Bursary Fund is only open for the first time, new entrants pursuing an undergraduate course and progressing to higher education for the first time in the 2021-2022 academic year. 


I am a continuing student who meets the criteria for the 1916 Bursary Fund. Can I apply? 
A. No. The 1916 Bursary Fund is only open for the first time, new entrants pursuing an undergraduate course and progressing to higher education for the first time in the 2021-2022 academic year. 


Will the 1916 Bursary Fund affect my SUSI Grant? 
No, students will be entitled to hold the 1916 Bursary and the student grant simultaneously, where they meet the eligibility conditions of the student grant scheme.

Will the 1916 Bursary affect my Social Welfare payment? 
No. The 1916 Bursary Fund does not affect your means-tested or other payments from the Department of Social Protection.

 
I applied, but I was not eligible for the Bursary. Are there any other financial supports available? 
Yes. Each institution has funds to support students experiencing financial hardship. Please contact the Access Service of the college you applied to find out about financial supports available. Click here to find information about some of the various support schemes available for registered TCD Students.


How will applications be assessed?
Your application will be assessed based on the information provided on the application form and the provided supporting documentation. The applications will be assessed by the 1916 assessment panel, which is made up of nominees from the Leinster Pillar 1 HEIS


When will I be told the outcome of my application?
Applicants will be informed of the outcome six to seven weeks after the online application closing date. 


When will my bursary be awarded?
Successful applicants will receive a conditional offer. The offer of a bursary is conditional and is subject to the following terms and conditions being met:

  • That you secure a place on a course in your chosen HEI and achieve the required academic standard to maintain your place. In the event that you are no longer undertaking a course in one of the above HEIs, our bursary will be withdrawn.
  • That you confirm your socio-economic eligibility by providing either:
    • Consent for UCD to verify with SUSI that you are in receipt of the Special Rate OR 
    • Written confirmation of a current means-tested payment from the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection.
    • Leinster Pillar 1 reserves the right to obtain updated documentation from you through the term of the bursary and should your financial circumstances change the Leinster Pillar 1 reserves the right to withdraw the bursary.
    • The 1916 bursaries for all the above institutions will be awarded at a ceremony.


Who can I contact with any queries?
Please contact us by email at ucd1916bursary@ucd.ie  if the query is in relation to the bursary. Please contact the HEI you applied if your question is regarding any other matter.


The PATH 2 1916 Implementation Guidelines 2021/2022 are available here 
Privacy Statement click here

 

Trinity Laptop Loan Scheme

Trinity Laptop Loan Scheme

Trinity College have received over 700 laptops to support students from under represted groups in their studies.

Please apply if you are student who is:

  • Students disadvantaged by socio-economic barriers
  • First-time mature students
  • Students with disabilities
  • Part-time/flexible learning students
  • Students who hold further education qualifications
  • Students who are members of the Traveller and Roma communities, or members of ethnic minorities
  • Students who are lone Parents

How will my application be assessed

Eligibility will be on a need basis, prioritised as appropriate by Trinity. Students will need to demonstrate a need for such a device e.g. they or their family do not have the means to purchase such a device themselves. Devices will not be allocated to persons who are not registered students of Trinity College. 

Erasmus, study abroad and non-Eu fee paying students are not eligible to apply.

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Will supporting documentation be required?

Yes, Trinity College needs to satisfy themselves that students have demonstrated a verifiable need for a device. Students will need to demonstrate that they are from one of the National Access Plan target groups. Supporting documentation related to SUSI Special Grant Rate, Back to Education, or a relevant Social Welfare payment may also be required.

Who owns the devices?

Devices remain the property of Trinity College. Students will be asked to sign a loan agreement with the college.

What is the spec of the device?

  • Inteli5-10210U processor,
  • 8GB RAM,
  • 256 GB SSD,
  • 1366x768 screen resolution,
  • 5 Years Next Business Day Support, 
  • Windows 10 Home

How can I apply?

Please apply through this link

All applications must be completed online. Applications must be received no later than Wednesday 22nd September by 5pm. Incomplete or late applications will not be accepted.

The outcome of application and the distribution of laptops will take place on campus on the 29th September.

 

 

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 (Goldsmith Hall unless otherwise stated) Contact
Ciaran Bauer Wednesday 2pm-4pm (Oriel House)

ciaran@bridge21.ie / 01 896 3812

Sarah Grimson Monday 2pm-4pm grimsos@tcd.ie / 01 896 3472
Lisa Keane

Tuesday 2pm-3pm, Friday 12pm-1pm

lisa.keane@tcd.ie / 01 896 3696
Emilie Keegan Monday 3pm-5pm keegane2@tcd.ie / 01 896 1397
Philip Byrne Wednesday 2pm-4pm (Oriel House) philip@ta21.ie / 01 896 3812
Grainne McInerney Monday 3pm -5pm grainne.mcinerney@tcd.ie / 01 896 3346
Diane McSweeney Wednesday 2pm-5pm diane@ta21.ie / 01 896 1397
Kathleen O'Toole Tuesday 11am-1pm kotoole@tcd.ie / 01 896 3590
David Reilly Monday 3pm-5pm david@ta21.ie / 01 896 1397
Ronan Smith Tuesday 11am-1pm smithro@tcd.ie / 01 896 1397
Aibhin Bray Wednesday 2pm-4pm (Lloyd Institute) brayai@tcd.ie / 01 896 3812
Grace Lawlor Monday 10am-12pm (Oriel House) grace@bridge21.ie / 087 796 2552
Jane O'Hara Tuesday 2pm-4pm (Oriel House) oharaj6@tcd.ie / 01 896 4099
Kevin Sullivan By Arrangement via email (Oriel House) kevin@bridge21.ie / 085 631 6043

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 (reynole@tcd.ie or 01 896 3598).

Asylum Seeker Access Provision (ASAP) Scholarship

Trinity College Dublin is offering four Asylum Seeker Access Provision (ASAP) scholarships for students in direct provision who have studied in the Irish second-level school system, have or intend to have taken the Leaving Certificate or further education qualifications and are offered a place in Trinity through the CAO in 2020. For full details, click here.

TAP Ambassadors and Volunteering Opportunities

If you want to give back, get more involved in TAP or address education inequality during your time in college fill in this short form to become a TAP Ambassador. Deadline to sign up as a TAP Ambassador for 2018/19 is Thursday, 13th September 2018, but don't wait just do it now!

The TAP ambassadors programme recruits, trains and rewards students for giving time to help run over 20 different TAP activities each year. Below is some frequently asked questions you might have about the ambassador programmes, for any other questions feel free to contact Diane McSweeney (diane@ta21.ie). Here's the link once again to comeplete to become a TAP Ambassador.

If you are interested in volunteering with Bridge21 programme please contact Kevin Sullivan (kevin@bridge21.ie)

Is being a TAP Ambassador paid work? 
Although we would like to, we can't pay our ambassadors for all they do throughout the year. However whenever we can often pay ambassadors for programmes such as Summer School and Pre-Uni. These paid opportunities will be allocated to the ambassadors who have helped us the most throughout the year.

If I don't get paid, what do I get?
Eh a warm fuzzy feeling in your tummy... what else do you want?! But really for those that get involved we'll be able to provide you with a glowing reference, opportunities to meet like-minded people, be part of a team actively tackling inequality in a hands-on way and improve your public speaking and communication studies. TAP will also be working this year to provide career and networking opportunities for our ambassadors. You will also get gratitude from the schools and students we work with. Although we joked about the warm fuzzy feeling it is a genuine experience most if not all our ambassadors get and the real reason to get involved! 

How much time is required to be a TAP Ambassador?
It honestly shouldn't take too much time! We know how hard you worked to get to Trinity and we don't want to negatively influence that. We're looking for at least a commitment of 3 campus tours (which take about an hour and will run over the Reading Weeks) or taking part in a full day event - such as mentoring but you can of course get more involved than this. Many ambassadors find that working with us and our students further their drive as they study. 

I'm a bit worried I won't be good at it... should I still apply? 
We got you boo! You should definitely still apply, it's a learning-curve for all! We'll provide general training and then specific training for any big programmes such as Pre-Uni. For most of the programmes and activities a TAP staff member will be there and if that's not the case we'll pair you with a more experienced TAP ambassador. 

What schools do you work with? 
You can check them all out here: https://www.tcd.ie/trinityaccess/teachers/schools/

The secondary school I went to isn't one of the schools you work with, why?

Don't get it twisted, we have plans of world domination but we're just not there yet. We simply can't work with every school. What we will say is that all our linked schools could have the same needs that your school did. Once you're all trained up and ready to go, there's no reason why you couldn't reach out to your old school and go back with the info! P.S. it's also cool if you never plan on going back to your secondary school ever again. We never went back to ours and we turned out fine. kinda.