Student Health Centre
DIT has worked hard to ensure that students can see a doctor or nurse in the Student Health Centre at no cost. The service is available Monday to Friday, in the Student Health Centres in Bolton Street and Aungier Street. All students pursuing full-time and apprenticeship courses are eligible to use the service, which takes a holistic approach to all aspects of student health - physical, psychological and social. The Health Centre also engages in health promotion initiatives. Specialist Clinics provide Physiotherapy, Sexual Health Screenings and Travel Vaccinations.
DIT runs a number of programmes through its Sports and Recreation Service, Green Campus Committee, and Student Health Centre to encourage healthy lifestyles among the student population. Initiatives include the very popular Operation Transformation; Colour Run; and Cycle to College Day. The DIT Grangegorman campus has also been designed as a Health Promoting Campus – a car-free campus with jog trails, a gym, all-weather pitches and tennis courts. A decision was also taken not to sell tobacco products on the new campus, in preparation for the move to a smoke-free campus.
The DIT Student Counselling Service provides students with a safe space to talk about personal concerns or academic issues. The service is free and confidential and is easily accessible at five DIT campus locations. DIT is currently recruiting additional Counselling staff to ensure students can access support as soon as possible.
Pastoral Care and Chaplaincy Service
The Pastoral Care and Chaplaincy team provides a prompt response to all types of issues that may arise in the life of a student, and assist the student in accessing the relevant supports. The team also coordinates the Peer Mentoring Programme, a range of student volunteering projects and events for international students.
The Disability Service supports over 1200 students in DIT, making it one of the largest in the country. The Service is committed to mainstreaming services so that students can achieve their academic goals, despite any physical, sensory or learning disabilities or medical or mental health condition that may interfere with their learning. One interesting initiative is the development of a very successful Thursday Night Club to assist students on the autism spectrum in integrating socially and negotiating college life. The Service also aims to promote awareness within the college community and to provide information on the rights and values of students with a disability.
Student Assistance Fund
The Student Assistance Fund is there to assist students who are in financial difficulty. Depending on circumstances, funds can be provided for rent, general living expenses, childcare and medical expenses. In cases where students have a short-term financial difficulty, a small Contingency and Emergency Fund can provide immediate assistance.
Travel Assistance Fund
As the majority of DIT programmes include a work placement or a semester/year abroad to enhance the employability of graduates, the Student Assistance Fund can provide support to students who must travel as part of their programme.