Student Resource Centre Team

Sarah La Cumbre - Student Resource Centre Manager

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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.’

Health Centre:

Laura Tully - Institute Nurse & Health Centre Coordinator

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.

Read Press Release: Laura Tully wins ‘Practice Nurse of the Year’ award at the Irish Healthcare Awards 2017

Audrey Doyle - Administrator, Student Resource Centre

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.

Dr. Tom Walsh MB, BCh, BAO M.I.C.G.P

Diploma in Child Health

Diploma in Obstetrics & Women’s Health

Dr Tom Walsh completed his medical training in NUI Galway qualifying in 2009. He has worked for five years in General Practice and Student Health. Dr.Walsh has a special interest in sexual health, child health and mental health issues.


Counselling:

Treasa Fox - Head of AIT Student Counselling Service

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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.

Disability and Learning Support Service:

Lisa Hanlon - Disability Officer

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Lisa has been working in TUS Athlone since 2014. Lisa holds a BA degree in Social Care Practice and a Masters in Advanced Social Care Practice. Her career spans over 15 years working in the area of higher education, disability, mental health and health promotion. As Disability Officer Lisa is part of a multidisciplinary team of student support staff within the Student Resource Centre and is responsible for the overall coordination of the Disability & Learning Support Service in TUS Athlone, providing individual/group support and guidance to undergraduate and postgraduate students on educational, social and career related matters.


Róisín Kelly - Learning and Assistive Technology Support Tutor

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Róisín is a Learning Support Tutor with the Disability & Learning Support Service. She been working in TUS Athlone since 2006 and in her current role since 2012. Róisín completed her BA Degree in Applied Languages in 2005 and became a Certified Educational Tester with the British Psychological Society in 2010. In 2014, she went on to complete a Postgraduate Diploma in Specific Learning Difficulties and in 2016 she completed a Masters in Professional Studies in Special Education Needs. As a Learning Support Tutor, 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. She also provides Assistive Technology training to students who require support with notetaking.

Aoife Walsh - Assistive Technology Tutor | PASS Coordinator

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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 - Alternative Formatting | Assistive Technology Tutor

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Elaine Kelly is an 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.

Careers Office:

Denise Dolan - Careers Officer

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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 Sammon - Careers Office Administrator

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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:

Jenny Cooper Burke - Access Officer 

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With qualifications in coaching and adult guidance, Jenny has more than 16 years’ experience in delivering student-centred services. In her role of access officer, Jenny works with lone parents, lower socioeconomic groups, mature students, migrants and travellers to encourage and support their progress into and through higher education. Email access@ait.ie to get in touch.


Mary Bohan - Access Office Administrator

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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


Tutors:

Emer Coughlan - Maths/IT tutor

Iain Murray - Science Tutor

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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: sciencetutor@ait.ie.

Emer Connolly – Academic Writing Centre

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: econnolly@ait.ie.