Sarah is the Student Resource Centre Manager and is herself a graduate of Design Communications at AIT. She went on to study a BA in Psychology from UCD and an MA in Occupational Psychology from UCC. ‘I understand from personal experience that education and career don’t always follow a predictable or linear path and I bring that empathy to my interactions with students.’ Sarah has worked in recruitment, training and consulting in the private sector in the USA and the UK before returning to Ireland where she worked in the National College of Ireland, and UCD. Sarah returned to AIT in 2006 as Manager of the Student Resource Centre. Like all the staff of the Student Resource Centre, Sarah is friendly and approachable. ‘Working day to day with AIT students is a dream job for me. I am very lucky to work with a great team of highly qualified and dedicated colleagues in our professional services team. I strive to help build resilience, confidence and passion in our students and look forward to helping them in every way I can.’
Maura joined the Student Services Resource Department in 2003, having previously worked in examinations and main finance. Current role: responsibility for financial budgets/payments, covering SAF payments, clubs/societies, service providers/other payments, student insurance claims and other projects within the department.
Laura graduated as a registered general nurse from N.U.I.G. in 2000 and has continued her professional development since then extending her qualifications list, academic achievements and range of nurse experience. Laura joined the Student Resource Centre team in 2012 and is former President of the Irish Student Health Association. Laura was awarded ‘Practice Nurse of the year 2017” at the Irish Healthcare Awards. Here at Athlone Institute of Technology, Laura is responsible for the effective and efficient running of the Student Health Centre and provides nursing care as well as campus emergency response to our registered students. Laura provides nursing consultations, care and treatment to students in a non-judgmental, supportive environment, ensuring confidentiality is maintained. “Working with the student population is so energizing! I enjoy helping students understand the healthier choices that can be made and the difference this will make to the rest of their lives, seeing students flourish and succeed is very rewarding.
Audrey Joined the Student Resource team in September 2016. She greets students at the Health Centre reception desk and schedules medical and counselling appointments for them. She also provides administration support for the Student Resource Centre, Health Centre and Counselling Service.
Lisa Hanlon is the coordinator for Healthy Campus in AIT. The Healthy Campus initiative as part of the Student Resource Centre and in partnership with the HSE, was launched in 2001. Lisa organises promotions and events for students & staff relating to mental health, physical health, sexual health, drug and alcohol awareness and healthy eating.
Dr Ian Marais
Dr Ian Marais was born and raised in Northern South Africa. He attended school and then university in Pretoria and graduated with an MBChB degree in 1996. In 1997 he completed an intern year in King Edward VIII Hospital in Durban, South Africa, before moving to the UK in 1998. There he worked predominantly as a Psychiatrist in various hospitals until 2004 when he undertook GP Vocational training in South West London. In 2008 he moved to Ireland and has worked as a GP in Athlone since early 2009. He has special interests in Dementia, Geriatrics, Psychiatry and Substance Misuse.
Dr. Sarah G. Cuffe M.B. Bch. B.A.O. D.ch. Dobs. M.R.C.G.P.
In addition to providing G.P. services at Clonbrusk Primary Care Centre in Athlone, Dr. Sarah Cuffe has provided on campus GP service at Athlone Institute of Technology for over 25 years. Special interests are in family medicine, young people’s health and women’s health, Dr. Cuffe also provides valuable input into the operation of the student health service on campus as well as recommendations on policy and procedures.
Treasa is a psychologist and is Head of AIT Student Counselling Service. In addition to providing psychological counselling to students, Treasa oversees the day to day operations of the service as well as the strategic and developmental planning for the service. Treasa holds an MSc in Counselling Psychology from TCD, and in 1995 was appointed as student counsellor in AIT. The service has since developed from a single counsellor service to the dynamic service of today, with 2 full-time staff, sessional counsellors, pre-accredited interns and trainees. Treasa’s areas of specialist interest are youth mental health, anxiety, trauma and personality and her work is primarily influenced by Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Schema Therapy and Dialectical Behaviour Therapy.
Helen is a counselling psychotherapist. She qualified with a BSc (Hons.) in Counselling & Psychotherapy from Middlesex University in 2010 and is an accredited member of the Irish Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy. Whilst doing her training she was offered a placement within the Athlone Institute of Technology Student Counselling Service. Upon graduation she became a Sessional Counsellor with that service and finally a full time member of the Counselling Team in November 2013. In addition to providing psychological counselling to students Helen facilitates mindfulness classes through the academic year. Having undertaken a Professional Certificate in advanced Cognitive Behavioural Therapy her work is primarily influenced by that tradition.
Disability and Learning Support:
Bernie joined AIT as a Learning Support Tutor in 2005 and has been in her current role as Disability Officer since 2014. Prior to this she worked with early school leavers in various settings in Offaly and Athlone. She originally qualified with a BEd from St Angela’s College Sligo in 1996. Since then she has undertaken a BSc (Hons) in Psychology, an Advanced Diploma in Education in Language and Literacy and an MEd in Equality and Diversity, all through the Open University. “The Disability and Learning Support Service have a team approach to supporting all students who register with us to ensure that their learning needs are met in a timely way.”
Róisín is a Learning and Assistive Technology Support Tutor with the Disability & Learning Support Service. She has worked in Athlone Institute of Technology since 2006 and in her current role since 2012. She completed her Masters in Professionals Studies in Special Education Needs in 2016. Róisín supports students with Specific Learning Difficulties in their transition to third level and guides them in developing academic skills required to access and progress through their studies. Róisín promotes the use of Assistive Technology and together with the Disability and Learning Support Service team, she facilitates Assistive Technology training for students with disabilities, academic staff and secondary school teachers.
Aoife is an Assistive Technology Tutor and PASS Coordinator. She completed her Honours Degree in Applied Social Studies while working full time as a note-taker for students with disabilities at AIT. She went on to study an MA in Management in Education through Waterford Institute of Technology. ‘I believe that all students can benefit from additional technological support and/or peer support to attain their educational goals and reach their full potential.’ Aoife was as an Educational Support Worker for nine years before progressing to her current roles. She now works with students from across the college population; academic staff; and primary and secondary school students and teachers. Like all the staff of the Student Resource Centre, Aoife is positive and professional. ‘I’m lucky to work daily alongside students, and to witness their determination, persistence, tenacity and often bravery as they evolve into the Leaders of the future’.
Elaine Kelly is an Alternative Formatting / Assistive Technology Tutor with the Disability & Learning Support Service. Elaine has worked in Athlone Institute of Technology since 2008 and is in her current role since 2011. Elaine’s primary role is to provide visually impaired students with course material in an accessible format. In her role as an Assistive Technology tutor she trains students with Specific Learning Difficulties in the use of literacy support software’s, and together with the Disability and Learning Support Service team facilitates Assistive Technology training to academic staff and secondary school teachers. Elaine has recently joined the Academic Writing Centre as a Formatting Tutor. Elaine is currently undertaking a BA in Disability Equality studies in St. Angela’s College Sligo.
Denise is focused on helping you reach your full potential through personal development, academic progression and preparing for your next steps once you graduate. The Careers officer offers the following: Career advice and coaching, help with compiling CVs and cover letters, Interview techniques and ‘mock’ interviews. Advice for students thinking of leaving their course, Employer recruitment programmes, Career Bootcamp series and the Annual Careers & Further Study Fair, Postgraduate and further study opportunities, Summer work & information on working abroad.
Lorraine joined the Student Resource Department back in 2007, having previously worked in other departments within the Institute. As the Careers office administrator, Lorraine organises all appointments for the Careers Officer. She is responsible for dealing with all employers in booking them in for company presentations and advertising Job Vacancies and events. Lorraine is also involved in the first year Induction Programme and our Annual AIT Careers and further study Fair.
Access Office and Mature Students:
Theresa joined AIT in 2003 after 15 years in Research and Development in the pharmaceutical industry, working as an analytical chemist, supervisor and project planner. Theresa is a past student of AIT, completing a BSc. in Analytical Chemistry having first obtained a Diploma with Waterford RTC. She has since obtained a BA in Psychology, an MA and a Post Graduate Diploma in Adult Guidance and Counselling. Theresa’s current role with the Student Resource Centre is Access Officer, this involves working with lone parents, lower socioeconomic groups, mature students, migrants and travellers to encourage and support their progress into and through higher education.
Mary joined AIT in 2003 and has gained valuable experience working in various departments within the Institute Her current role as Access Office Administrator sees Mary involved in all aspect of this busy office within Student Resource Centre
Joe is the Maths/IT tutor here in AIT since 2012 and provides assistance in a relaxed atmosphere to students from all faculties within the college. Joe received a Bachelor of Engineering in Civil Engineering from Athlone IT in 2008 and a Masters of Science in Environmental Engineering from Queens University Belfast in 2009, obtaining First Class Honours in both. In 2009 he joined the Department of Civil and Structural Engineering at Dublin Institute of Technology to conduct his PhD research into statistical computer modelling of the dynamic interaction of pedestrians and flexible footbridges. Joe was a guest speaker at an IstructE graduate evening in Trinity College Dublin in 2011 and was awarded 2nd Prize at YEAR 2012 (Young European Arena of Research) at the TRA Conference in Athens 2012. To date, Joe has presented at 5 international and his research has resulted in ten publications. Joe has previously worked as a site Engineer with Bacoro Developments, and as Project Engineer with Breslin Carr Associates and Quaine Architectural Design. While carrying out his research in DIT Joe worked as a Part Time Lecturer and it was here he realised his love of teaching. “I really enjoy making complicated material seem easy” Tutorials are available (and free) to all registered students within AIT. The tutorials can be given on a one to one basis or to groups and can be arranged by emailing Joe at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 09064 42567.
Iain is the Science Tutor, appointed to the Student Resource Centre to support students through the challenging modules on science based courses. Iain graduated top of his class with first class honours in BSc (Hons) Toxicology. He engaged in EPA funded postgraduate research in AIT, and has published his Ecotoxicology research in a number of peer reviewed international journals. He also presents regularly at conferences and was awarded the Iona Pratt Medal for Excellence in Toxicology from the Irish Society of Toxicology in 2016. “I use my passion for teaching and empathy to help every student reach their own individual potential and maximise their learning.” The tutor service is available to all registered science students by the Student Resource Centre, all year round, confidentially and free of charge. Tutorials can be individual or in groups and are student led. To book a Science Tutorial with Iain, email: email@example.com.
Emer Connolly joined the Academic Writing Centre in 2018. Emer holds a BA in Irish and Sociological and Political Science, a Higher Diploma in Applied Communications and an MA in Journalism all from NUI Galway and a Postgraduate Diploma in Learning, Teaching and Assessment from AIT. Prior to joining AIT, Emer worked as a lecturer in Journalism and New Media at University of Limerick (2010 – 2015) and NUI Galway (2015 – 2018). At UL, she was the Course Director of the MA in Journalism and the BA in Journalism and New Media.
She has worked as a Journalist for several years in the print, online and broadcast media, on a regional and national level and has regularly appeared on national television and radio. She is the author of two books, ‘Lying Eyes and the Hitman for Hire’ (Gill and Macmillan, 2008) and ‘Out On Bail: The crimes of Ireland’s bail breakers’ (Gill and Macmillan, 2011). She has presented papers at several international conferences and has had research papers published in a range of academic collections. She received three Justice Media Awards from the Law Society of Ireland for her reporting on crime and legal affairs.
Emer is happy to assist with any writing queries through one-to-one sessions or group seminars, workshops and lectures. To book an appointment, email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Jackie Farrell has worked in Athlone Institute of Technology since 2006 in various management roles. She completed her undergraduate degree in English and Geography and post-graduate qualification in Education in NUI Maynooth in 1989.
She went on to teach and tutor for both Co. Offaly and Co Longford Education and Training Boards until 2005. She holds an M.Sc. in Counselling and Psychotherapy from TCD since 2005. Jackie has written in a freelance capacity for the Sunday Times Supplement section. She has also privately tutored postgraduate students from IT Sligo with their research and thesis completion. Jackie completed the three-year taught portion of the Doctorate in Applied Social studies at UCC in 2013 (D.Soc. Sci). Her research project was ‘Quality Assurance and Neo-liberal Managerialism in Higher Education’.
Jackie is an avid reader and follows Irish and international current affairs and political trends with great interest. Jackie enjoys assisting students with all their academic writing queries and looks forward to meeting students in general, but feels she can assist in particular with English writing in general, Psychology/Social Care/Counselling Skills and Research Methods.
Jackie can be contacted on email@example.com.