Access & Disability Officer: Maura Moore
Location: G01 (by Main Reception)
Call Maura: 061-204927/061-204510
The following supports are offered by the Access/Disability Office. It is important to note that the list is not exhaustive and other services and supports will be considered on an individual basis.
Pre-Entry: Advice and information on Access routes for prospective students. Students are encouraged to contact the Access/Disability Officer prior to entry to become familiar with the supports available.
Daily drop in support: information, advice and advocacy assistance, liaising with the academic and administrative departments in addition to other student support services.
Needs Assessments: Evaluation of students needs for the purpose of disability funding applications and supports.
Disability Supports: Specialised computing facilities, Assistive Technology, Technological Aids and various Educational Supports.
Special Accommodation for Exams: A request for accommodations for exams such as time allowances, smaller venue, etc. must be made to the Access Officer at least two weeks prior to the commencement of exams. Request forms are available from the Access Officer. Please note that all requests will need to be supported by the relevant documentation.
Prospective students from under-represented groups in third level, including socioeconomically disadvantaged students, students with a disability, mature students, minority groups, are encouraged to contact the Access/Disability Officer to become familiar with the supports available.
The Student Welfare Fund (SWF)
The Access/Disability Office administers the Student Welfare Fund which is an emergency discretionary fund is used to assist students at Mary Immaculate College. The fund originates directly from MISU and resources are targeted at those students most in need, on a once-off basis each year, subject to the availability of funding. Students who apply to the fund are assessed on an individual and confidential basis.
Students are advised to meet with the Access/Disability Officer in the first instance. She will discuss the student’s need for financial assistance in the strictest of confidence. This may involve making a referral to other services within the College or linking with external agencies, as appropriate. She may also outline the application procedure and assist students in completing the SWF application form.
Students are required to return their completed application form directly to the Access/Disability Officer and must provide supporting documentation along with their application to verify their financial situation and requirements. Examples of other supporting documentation that may be required include the following:
Receipts for expenditure incurred (e.g. medical emergencies)
Proof of Income e.g. confirmation of student grant, social welfare statements, pay slips/P.60 (if applicable)
Proof of Income for Parents/Spouse (if applicable).
Recent Bank Statement (which includes transactions for two calendar months).
When to Apply
This depends on a student’s individual circumstances if they feel they are in a crisis or emergency situation at any time during the academic year.
Categories of Funding
Funding is available under the following category;
Circumstances that may require emergency funding e.g. changes in circumstances or unforeseen difficulties during the academic year.