* The term parent, son and daughter is used on this webpage for simplicity. We appreciate that many of you may be carers, legal guardians or step-parents. This information is aimed at anyone who fulfils a parenting role for a student coming to DkIT.
Dundalk Institute of Technology has a variety of support and liaison services available to your child. These include study skills support,disability, health, counselling, financial, spiritual and career services. The Student Union takes a great interest in supporting our students at DkIT and offers pastoral, housing and liaison services. In addition, we provide on-campus banking, photocopying, printing and various catering outlets.
The Transition to third level education
Dundalk Institute of Technology is commited to making your child's experience here the best it could possibly be. We have a range of initiatives to assist your son or daughter in their transition to the new academic and social demands of college.
One of the best ways for your child to integrate into the DkIT community is to attend the Induction Programme specifically designed to help ease students into the academic and social life at DkIT. The Induction programme begins at 9.30am on Monday 7th September, all new students are expected to attend.
The Student Learning & Development Centre and the DkIT Library provide study skills tutorials throughout the academic year to support and enhance the academic skills of all our students. During the first weeks of the semester they will be offering a range of tutorials specifically aimed at helping first year students with the transition to meeting the academic demands of studying at DkIT. The topics of the tutorials are targeted to reflect the skills that your child will require in the first weeks of attending lectures. We recognise that attending college is one of the first chances that your son or daughter will have to take full responsibility for their own learning, therefore, attendance to these tutorials is voluntary but highly recommended. Click here for a schedule of planned tutorials.
Due to legal constraints we are not allowed to discuss the welfare, attendance or performance of our students with third parties, including parents. At this time when your child may be making big lifestyle adjustments and trying to find a balance between their new-found social and academic freedom, It is important that you communicate regularly. If you notice signs of over-indulgence, sleep or food deprivation you should encourage your child to see support from the DkIT Counselling Service.
You should be aware that students who have experienced family crises of any nature prior to leaving home may demonstrate an emotional response to it once they have left the home environment. If you are concerned about your child in this respect you should encourage them to seek the support of the Counselling Service. Online support can be found at http://ie.reachout.com/
The attached PDF gives a monthly breakdown of issues or concerns that your child may face during his/her first year in college.
Common Issues Your Son/Daughter/Partner May Face During The First Year at DkIT
It suggests ways that you can help to support your child through these.