Third Level Access addresses the need to ensure attainment of skills at higher education level for students from disadvantaged backgrounds and students with disabilities through the Student Assistance Fund and the Fund for Students with Disabilities. Supports include financial assistance to those facing economic barriers to participation and the provision of tailored accommodation and services.
“Through the support of the ESF, I have been given the opportunity to experience third-level education in a way that equals that of my peers. I have access to a PA who helps me with my studies; she attends my classes with me and assists with note-taking so that I receive the same standard of education as my classmates. She also tends to my general care needs throughout the day so that I can experience college with as few obstacles as possible. Because of this assistance and support, I am proud to say that I have achieved some of the highest grades in my degree class.
My college life is also enhanced by my access to transport cover. This means I do not have to worry about my commute to and from college, which makes my life much easier. I know that I will arrive at college safely and comfortably every day, without having to depend on the availability of the wheelchair access space on the bus or make my own alternative transport arrangements.
I received a Certificate of Merit for my contribution to the University through my work with the Radio Society and I was very honoured and humbled to accept this. This award means the world to me because it is a recognition of my success in doing something I love; it means that I have achieved above and beyond what is expected of a first-year student and I am so grateful for the support of the ESF which allowed me to reach my full potential in third-level education.”