Your Student Transition Officer

Your Student Transition Officer

‌                                        First port of call for students struggling with participating in University life, either academically, socially or financially.

Introducing a new member of the Access Centre - Gráinne Morahan - who is the new Student Transition Officer

Gráinne is available to support:

  • First Year HEAR students
  • Post Access students - undergraduates 
  • Students who have entered directly with a QQI or FET qualification

She can help ease your way into University life by assisting with social, personal, financial and academic experiences.

You can meet with Gráinne on Tuesday mornings 10am-1pm during term time, in the ground floor meeting room G-011, Block E ( across from the Bailey Allen / Students Union building)

Or make an appointment on 091-493298 or

For more information on the services provided within the Access Centre please visit this link to the Access Centre website.



The post of Student Transition Officer is a key role in the Access Centre, supporting, and fostering the retention of students from under-represented groups attending university.

This will involve working with other staff in the Access Centre and across the University in order to ensure that this cohort of students actively participate in their studies and broader university life to the ultimate end of achieving their potential. Students at risk of dropping out should be referred to the Student Transition Officer in the access centre.

Providing information and guidance and developing initiatives to enhance transition through the university. Monitoring the progress of these students to ensure appropriate supports and referrals are provided if necessary.

Liaise with relevant services to support employability, volunteering and work opportunities.

This role is central to the university’s commitment to equality of educational opportunity and in facilitating access to third level education for under-represented groups

In addition to supporting students, the role will involve taking an active part in any relevant working groups e.g. orientation subgroup. Being part of any national committees or network in the third level sector e.g. Retention Network Group

Develop robust evidence of the key challenges facing students from under-represented groups and how to address them in a proactive manner. Evaluate how induction for this group of students works at helping them transition into university life and progress through to graduate. This can be done by using survey’s and feedback with the students.