About the Project
The mission of Trinity Access Programmes (TAP, Bridge21 and NIID) is to widen the participation at third level of socio-economically disadvantaged individuals, to develop innovative and potentially transformative solutions to challenges in the education system, and to promote inclusion for people with intellectual disabilities through education, research and advocacy. It consists of three programmes: TAP, which focuses on low-income students, Bridge21, which leverages technology to effect educational transformation, and the National Institute for Intellectual Disability (NIID) which delivers a Certificate in Contemporary Living within Trinity for students with intellectual disabilities.
For 400 years, Trinity College Dublin was seen as an elitist, exclusive institution, but now all that has changed. In 2013, 20 percent of the student body was from under-represented groups (socio-economically disadvantaged, students with a disability and mature students). Each TAP student is from a family with little or no history of higher education and their progression has had a “ripple” effect within their own community. Trinity is an iconic educational institution in Irish society and history. The Trinity Access Programmes have transformed the perception of who belongs and who contributes in such an environment, critical in a global context of increasing polarities and inequalities.