Student Learning Support Service


Third Level Access is co-funded by the Department of Education and Skills and the European Social Fund as part of the ESF Programme for Employability, Inclusion and Learning 2014-2020 

The Student Learning Support Service, delivered by the National Learning Network, is a confidential academic support service which provides assistance to students in managing the demands of college life.


Learning support is provided to students who are registered with NCAD’s disability office. Students are encouraged to contact the service if they have been diagnosed with any of the following difficulties/conditions in order to register and avail of support.

  • Autism Spectrum Disorder/ Asperger’s Syndrome                  
  • ADD/ADHD                                                                                  
  • Blind/Visual Impairment
  • Deaf/Hearing Impairment
  • Dyspraxia/Developmental Coordination Disorder
  • Mental Health Difficulty
  • Neurological Condition
  • Physical Disability
  • Significant Ongoing Health Condition
  • Specific Learning Difficulty (Dyslexia, Dyscalculia, Dysgraphia)

Support is also available to students who do not have a formal diagnosis/condition however may need assistance during their time in NCAD.

Available Supports

Specifically tailored individual support sessions are available to students as needed. The service also provides skills based seminars and lectures to the wider student body on Essay Writing and the Research Project.

Academic Support

We provide guidance on note taking, active reading, researching information, Mind Mapping, essay planning, academic writing, referencing and studying for exams.                            

Organisational Support

Strategic advice is provided on time keeping and time management. We work with the student in planning and goal setting in advance of deadlines to minimise stress.         

Social Support

Advice on integrating into college life is provided including: how to build friendships, managing social anxiety, being assertive and self-advocacy.

Well-being Support

Fostering self-esteem, promoting healthy lifestyles, managing stress, dealing with negative thoughts, and providing a listening ear.

Lectures, Seminars and Web Resources

Lectures are provided to all NCAD students on note taking, organisation skills, planning, conducting research, academic writing, and referencing. Seminars may also be run on a specific topic as needed. Lecture notes and resources are available on the service’s blog which can be accessed here.   

The SLS service works closely with the Assistive Technology Service. To learn more about the Assistive Technology Service click here.

Accessing Services

Opening hours: Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm during term time

For further information or to book an appointment, contact Zoe Kenneally:

Call: 01 6364314                  

Text: 087 1521105


Drop into the Office: Room G16, Ground Floor, School of Design