As a student of DIT there are many services provided for you to make use of. These services are facilitated on behalf of DIT by DIT Campus Life, the SSRS office and DIT Students’ Union. Many of these services are serviced from the student capitation fee and as such carry no initial fees for students to take them up.
A brief description of the services available to students is listed below. If you wish to discuss any of these services you can always drop into your local Union office for a confidential chat with your Student Support Advisor.
Student Support & Advice
Each Students’ Union office has a dedicated Student Support Advisor (SSA). Your SSA is always on-hand to provide you with information about any aspect of your student life. If they don’t have the answer you need- they will know the person that does. In some cases they will let you know more about the services listed below and help you set up an initial meeting. There will never be any charge for meeting with an SSA.
The Careers service provides a wide range of careers resources and information for all students. These include useful handouts on topics covering all aspects of good career decision making; ranging from self awareness tool and inventories to occupational research; from job hunting to choosing a postgraduate course as well CVs and interviews.
The Chaplaincy Service aims to provide support and care for the personal, social and spiritual lives of students and staff and to contribute to a sense of community throughout the Institute. The Chaplaincy is a professional one and offers a confidential service where there is a chaplain available on almost all DIT sites/centres.
The DIT counselling service is a free confidential service available to all DIT students. It is staffed by five counselling psychologists with an office in four of the main DIT colleges. Counselling offers an opportunity to talk in confidence about problems or issues that may concern you. Most difficulties also assume a less frightening or overwhelming dimension once they are aired.
Depending on the nature of your disability and the effect it may have on your studies, the DIT Disability Service can offer a range of valuable learning resources to help you get the most from your time here at DIT. Just contact a Support Officer for more information.
Student Health Service
The DIT Health Service provides a holistic approach to health, providing on campus health care to those students pursuing full time & apprenticeship courses. Their service incorporates physical, psychological and social aspects of student health and health promotion. Absolute confidentiality is maintained. The Health Service is administered from two centres; one on the north side and one on the south side of the city.
Mature Student Support
This service provides help and advice specific to mature students on academic and financial matters, and also organises events through the Mature Students Society. They also provide lunch-time study skills sessions and provide valuable on-line resources for students.
Societies are a great way to engage your interest in a particular area and also meet people and have fun while doing so. Any DIT student can join (or indeed seek to establish) a society. With over 80 societies to choose from, you are bound to find something you like. Students can also set up a society to cater for tastes not already covered.
Sports & Recreation Service
As DIT is committed to the pursuit of excellence in all aspects of its work, the Sports and Recreation Service facilitates this vision through the provision of quality sports services and programmes and excellent sporting opportunities for our student members. Whether your sport is indoor or outdoor, team based or individual, competitive or fun, there is a sports activity for you at DIT.
The Accommodation Service provides information and assistance to all students relating to student accommodation. DIT has block booked suitable student accommodation with external providers for 2011/2012. Booking this accommodation particularly helps students coming to Dublin for the first time and settles the student quicker into College life and becoming familiar with Dublin city.
Personal Accident Insurance Scheme
All DIT whole-time students are covered by a Personal Accident Insurance Scheme. Cover is world-wide and operates 24 hours per day, 52 weeks of the year, irrespective of whether the accident occurs on campus or elsewhere. Substantial benefits are payable under the scheme in respect of bodily injury arising from an accident.
Student (Financial) Assistance Service
DIT has a number of avenues for financial support, such as the Student Assistance Fund, Rent Assistance and Materials Schemes. Please read more in our Finance section, or check out the DIT website.
The Child Care Support Fund (financed by the Higher Education Authority and the EU) is a scheme which may provide a subsidy towards the cost of child care during the academic year to a limited number of whole-time students who are parents. As these students are usually entitled to some state benefits and allowances, this scheme is means-tested.