DIT Access and Civic Engagement Office

DIT has a long tradition of engaging with society through civic engagement, public engagement and business engagement. DIT is committed to contributing to social, cultural, technological and economic progress through engagement with and within our community and has contributed to widening access to education as a core part of its mission.

Through its civic engagement activities DIT:

• Builds mutually beneficial partnerships with civil society, communities and other education sectors to create and exchange knowledge

• Provides transformative learning opportunities for a diverse range of students and widening participation in higher education. DIT recognises that widening participation provides benefits for individuals, under-represented communities, society and for staff and students in DIT. The approach is based on the principle of education for all.

• Impacts positively on Irish society through engagement programmes addressing key societal issues, providing a gateway to positions of influence in Irish society through widening access to HE, and co-creating knowledge for better policy and practice

• Enhances the quality of DIT’s education experience and prepares life and career-ready graduates through providing student transition and support programmes, high-quality learning experiences with communities and leadership skills programmes

The role of the DIT Access and Civic Engagement Office is to co-ordinate, deliver and promote DIT’s access and civic engagement programmes and activities through building and working in partnership with DIT staff, students and community and education partners.

The activities co-ordinated by the DIT Access and Civic Engagement Office include:

• Community-based research and learning

• Access entry routes

• Engagement outreach – Preparation for Higher Education, Pathways Return to learning and Lifelong Learning programmes and longer-term widening participation outreach programmes

• Local engagement programmes in Grangegorman area

• Research and policy and practice-impact activities


Browse the DIT Access and Civic Engagement Office Collections:

Books/Book Chapters


Programme Reports


Staff Articles and Research Papers

Students Learning with Communities: All of these projects were undertaken in collaboration with community partners and supervised by academic staff members