Trinity College Dublin (Ireland)

About Trinity College Dublin
Trinity College Dublin is recognised internationally as Ireland’s premier university and as one of the top universities in the world. Founded in 1592, it is the oldest university in Ireland. Today the College has a vibrant community of 16,837 students representing every county in Ireland, 122 nationalities, and a wide range of social backgrounds and age-groups. Some of
the most famous people in Irish history have been educated
at Trinity College; writers like Oscar Wilde and Samuel Beckett; scientists like William Rowan Hamilton and E.T.S. Walton, who won the Nobel Prize for his work on the atom, as well as two Irish presidents and many industry leaders. Trinity College Dublin website>>

Civic Engagement
Trinity College Dublin has a long and important tradition of outreach and community engagement. Through this type of activity Trinity remains connected with society in manifold and mutually enriching ways. Types of engagement include research and teaching partnerships, staff and student voluntary activity, and dedicated programmes to ensure access to education. Not only does this allow members of the College to give back to the community, but it also give students and staff added insight into our societal structures, issues and problems. These activities also offer student, staff and members of the wider community additional social, academic, professional and other learning opportunities.

Trinity offers an environment where the ethos of participation, social responsibility and civic engagement is not only encouraged, but thrives! Read more>>

Trinity Access Programme
Faculty throughout the university engage in targeted schools partnership and outreach programmes. Since 1993, the Trinity Access Programmes (TAP) have formed a central part of Trinity’s plan to encourage young adults, adults and ethnic minority students who come from socio-economic groups under-represented in higher education, to go to university. TAP provides a range of supports to students, families and communities enabling them to identify and fulfil their educational goals.   Programmes include school and community outreach, pre-university access programmes, a post-entry progression programme and an evaluation and research stream. Read more>>

The Trinity International Development Initiative (TIDI)
There is long-established and growing interest at Trinity College Dublin in research and teaching on issues related to international development. TIDI is a College-wide initiative, involving all three Faculties and multiple disciplines, to coordinate and promote TCD’s expanded engagement with research and education on global development. Learn more>>

Bridge21
Bridge21 is an exciting volunteer-involving initiative to bring about radical change in second level class room practice which is a partnership between Trinity College Dublin’s Centre for Research in IT in Education (CRITE) and community organisation Suas Educational Development. Its new approach to learning encourages creativity, problem solving and collaborative skills and a sense of personal responsibility for learning. “This partnership between Trinity College Dublin and Suas Educational Development shows our continued commitment to champion change and development in the Irish education system through the Bridge21 programme.” explains Provost, Dr Patrick Prendergast. Learn more>>

National Institute for Intellectual Disability
The National Institute for Intellectual Disability (NIID) has been established at Trinity College to promote the inclusion of people with intellectual disability and their families. Formally established in 1998 the Institute works to ensure that the basic human rights of people are upheld associated with access to appropriate education, employment, housing and social amenities, community participation and health services. The NIID promotes lifelong learning for people with intellectual disability through its Certificate in Contemporary Living, inclusive research practice, analysis and commentary on relevant legislation and policy, parent/family and public education as well as consultancy and partnership with service and advocacy agencies. Read more>>

Voluntary Tuition Programme
The Voluntary Tuition Programme is a partnership between Trinity students, parents and volunteers from the local communities of Pearse Street and Ringsend. Every year over 400 Trinity students, graduates and staff-members volunteer as tutors and are matched with children and teenagers studying in nearby schools.  Each pair spends usually one hour a week in one of our four centres, getting to know each other and working together on homework and other educational activities. Learn more>>

Community Liaison
The Community Liaison Officer facilitates College’s engagement with society and is committed to encouraging inclusive access to the College community, to promoting wide participation in its activities, and to developing and enhancing the diverse ways in which it engages with the wider world. Read more>>
Children’s Research Centre
The Children’s Research Centre, Trinity College Dublin, is a specialist centre, established in 1995 which undertakes multi-disciplinary policy and practice-relevant research into the lives of children and young people and the contexts in which they live their lives. The Centre is part of the School of Psychology and the School of Social Work and Social Policy. In its work the Centre strives to produce high quality research of interest to researchers, policy makers and service providers. The Centre has always had a strong focus on building capacity and skills in researching children’s lives. It works closely with statutory, voluntary and community bodies concerned with children and young people. The Centre is also committed to forging strong links with Irish and international colleagues in the field of child and youth research. Learn more>>