Support Services in Griffith College

There are several support services available in Griffith College which offer you support, advice and guidance to help you face any challenges you may encounter during your time as a student.

The Griffith College campus is like a busy “Global Village”. Plenty to learn, new people to meet and always something going on.

Our Students’ Union organises a wide range of student events throughout the year. These are a great way to get acquainted with College life and get to know other students. A large selection of clubs and societies are currently active on campus including soccer, basketball, volleyball, music, film, Griffiti (Magazine) and much more.

Griffith College campus includes 7,000 students and in a way, the size of the student population means you will have a better chance to get to know everyone. The best way to do this is by joining the clubs and societies on offer, going to the parties and going on the trips. With 6 trips a year there are plenty to get involved in. We have one of the best Student Union’s in Dublin!

Everything on offer in the SU building is free – all you need is a student card. They offer pool, snooker, darts, table tennis, xBox and PlayStation. We also have Ireland’s only Beer Pong society!

The Student Union in Griffith is unique. It’s run differently to almost every other SU in Ireland. The team in the SU interact more with students and their sole purpose is to enhance your college experience. They are focused on making sure you enjoy yourself when not studying.

Take a look at some of the videos and see some of the parties, trips and other outings they’ve organised. You can also access their Facebook pageand keep up with all the activities happening now and coming up during the next few months.

For more information visit the Griffith College Student Union website. You can also contact their team at su.manager@gcd.ie

A professional counsellor is available to any student experiencing personal difficulties. The service is completely confidential and free of charge.

How do I get in touch with the counsellor?

Students who wish to meet with a counsellor can make an appointment by:

  • Emailing counselling@griffith.ie
  • Text or call 085 1521511
  • Visit the Student’s Union and arrange an appointment via the Student Services Manager

This service operates from 9:30am to 9:00pm Monday to Friday throughout the semester. Students will receive an automatic reply confirming receipt of their communication and our aim is to set up an appointment within 24 hours.

Outside the above hours, there is an emergency contact number (086 818 2370) for students, that require urgent attention.

Griffith College is committed to maintaining a supportive environment whereby students are encouraged and facilitated, enabling them to maximise their potential, both educationally and socially.

Disclosure and Confidentiality

In order to be in a position to assist learners who may have particular requirements, the College requests students to formally disclose any disability or requirement they have to the College.  In the case of new applicants this disclosure may be made directly to the Admissions Manager and detailed by means of a separate attachment to the admissions form.  Current students with particular disabilities or changes in their circumstances are asked to discuss their needs and requirements with their Programme Director.

Once formally disclosed to the College, the learner’s particular circumstances and requirements can be considered in detail allowing the College to provide a range of additional supports where appropriate.  Formal consideration by the College may also be guided by supporting documentation, and discussions with external professionals with more detailed knowledge of the learner’s particular capabilities and requirements.

Specific disabilities include:

  • Sensory (Blind / Vision Impaired, Deaf and Hard of Hearing)
  • Mental Health Difficulties
  • Physical Difficulties
  • Significant Ongoing Illness
  • Specific Learning Difficulties (such as dyslexia, etc.)

All disclosures by the learner to the College are treated in strict professional confidence, and relayed only to the extent necessary to provide whatever supports are agreed.

Supports Available:

While the College continues to extend its range of facilities for learners with particular needs, it recognises that there may be learners for whom its existing services will be insufficient.  For this reason, it is important that all learners who have particular requirements engage formally with the College in advance of commencing their programme.  In this way the College can consider its ability to meet their particular needs, and allow learners the opportunity to make fully informed decisions about the College’s suitability for their needs.

Current examination supports include:

  • Provision of a reader or other suitable person appointed by the Examinations Office to read the examination paper to the learner
  • Extra time to allow for different reading and writing speeds and to allow time for editing.
  • Allowances / waiver for spelling and punctuation and / or handwriting
  • Use of a dictionary or other spelling aid
  • Use of a laptop
  • Use of a scribe
  • Use of a tape recorder / dictation machine
  • Use of a private room
  • Provision of examination papers in an alternative format

Ongoing Academic Supports include:

  • Lecture notes and PowerPoint slides in an alternative format
  • Assistance in photocopying peer notes

All learners, regardless of their needs are offered continuous and ongoing academic support through the College’s structure of Programme Directors, Year Head Tutors, Lecturers, Librarians and Administrators, with their participation in social and personal development activities facilitated by an active students’ union and College societies.

Physical Access to Buildings

Due to the historical nature of some of the College’s buildings in Dublin, Cork and Limerick certain buildings or sections of buildings offer limited access to students with physical disabilities.  As significant access has been provided where permitted, and all new buildings are fully accessible, the College is able to meet the needs of some learners with physical disabilities.

The College would be delighted to meet any candidate in advance of course commencement to arrange a detailed tour of the College to assist them in determining the College’s suitability for their needs.

Student Welfare Officer

Phone: 0858626999

Email: su.president@griffith.ie

 

Student Counselling Service

Phone: 085 1521511

Email: counselling@griffith.ie