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.
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 email@example.com.
The Laptop Library
You can borrow a laptop for up to three days at no charge. For more information, contact Elaine Reynolds (firstname.lastname@example.org 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).
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.
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:
- TAP Student Assistance Fund (ESF/SAF)
- TAP Student Scholarship Fund - for incoming Junior Fresh students only
- 1916 Bursary - Only incoming Junior Fresh students will be eligible in 20/21.
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)
Third Level Access is co-funded by the Department of Education and Skills and the European Social Fund as part of the ESF Programme for Employability, Inclusion and Learning 2014-2020.
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|
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 09th October. For more information please contact the main TAP office. Click here to apply.
Students who are successful in their scholarship application will be required to commit to the following:
- 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.
- Students who discontinue their course of study are obliged to notify the scholarship co-ordinator immediately.
- 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.
- 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 ‘Leaders and Learners’ Bursary 2020 – 2021
Funded by the Department of Education and Skills 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); and University College Dublin (UCD).
The bursary aims to provide support for economically disadvantaged students from groups traditionally underrepresented in higher education.
Eligible students must show socio-economically disadvantaged by demonstrating that one of the following applies:
1. They would be eligible for Special Rate level of SUSI grant (€24,000)
and / or
2. They would be in receipt of a Means tested payment from the Department of Employment Affairs and Social protection.
And must be from at least one of the following groups:
- Socio-economic groups that have low participation in higher education (Students would demonstrate this by either of the income options above)
- 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 and blind/visually impaired students. (applicants must provide documentation to evidence disability and/or agree to register with the TCD disability service when entering college if applying under this category)
- Irish Travellers
- Entering on the basis of a further education award
- Lone parents with a DSP means tested Social Welfare payment
- Ethnic minorities (including programme refugees and persons from other ethnic minority groups lawfully present in the State who meet the definition of student in section 14 of the Student Support Act 2011 and regulation 5 of the Student Support Regulations 2017. S.I. No. 126 of 2017).
In 2020–2021, 40 bursaries of €5,000 per annum for the duration of a student’s undergraduate degree are available across the cluster. (8 per institution). Only incoming Junior Fresh will be eligible in 20/21.
All applications must be completed online. Applications must be received no later than Friday 31st July 2020 by 5pm for mature candidates and Friday 18th September 2020 at 5 pm for all others.. Please send all supporting documentation to email@example.com. Incomplete or late applications will not be accepted.
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)||
firstname.lastname@example.org / 01 896 3812
|Sarah Grimson||Monday email@example.com / 01 896 3472|
Tuesday 2pm-3pm, Friday 12pm-1pm
|firstname.lastname@example.org / 01 896 3696|
|Emilie Keegan||Monday email@example.com / 01 896 1397|
|Philip Byrne||Wednesday 2pm-4pm (Oriel House)||firstname.lastname@example.org / 01 896 3812|
|Grainne McInerney||Monday 3pm -email@example.com / 01 896 3346|
|Diane McSweeney||Wednesday firstname.lastname@example.org / 01 896 1397|
|Kathleen O'Toole||Tuesday email@example.com / 01 896 3590|
|David Reilly||Monday firstname.lastname@example.org / 01 896 1397|
|Ronan Smith||Tuesday email@example.com / 01 896 1397|
|Aibhin Bray||Wednesday 2pm-4pm (Lloyd Institute)||firstname.lastname@example.org / 01 896 3812|
|Grace Lawlor||Monday 10am-12pm (Oriel House)||email@example.com / 087 796 2552|
|Jane O'Hara||Tuesday 2pm-4pm (Oriel House)||firstname.lastname@example.org / 01 896 4099|
|Kevin Sullivan||By Arrangement via email (Oriel House)||email@example.com / 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 (firstname.lastname@example.org 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 (email@example.com). Here's the link once again to comeplete to become a TAP Ambassador.
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.