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Retention & Student Engagement

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As part of SLL’s mission promoting academic success the Institute has a Retention & Student Engagement team who are here to support students throughout their journey in WIT. 

It is not unusual to feel overwhelmed at times by all the adjustments you have to make when you first go to college or during your course. It is important to remember that you're certainly not alone in having those feelings. We assist students who are struggling on their courses, who for one reason or another may not be able to continue with their studies, or who want to change courses.

Members of the team are available to meet students whose personal circumstances are intersecting with their academic life in challenging ways. We work with students on a wide variety of issues, including both personal and academic concerns. Issues may include but are not limited to:

  • Not sure if you’re on the right course
  • Thinking of leaving your course/deregistering
  • Taking some time out from your course/deferring
  • Struggling with college work
  • Changing course
  • Other challenges

The team aims to pay attention to the whole student (e.g. personal, social, academic) in providing support and in thinking about the best places to make helpful referrals. In addition to meeting with students, advocating on their behalf and we frequently collaborates with other offices throughout the Institute. We have a deep respect for the process of growth and learning that comes with facing the things that challenge us. 

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Aishling O' Toole - Retention & Student Engagement Officer

Cathy Pembroke - Retention & Student Engagement ( Peer 2 Peer Mentoring)

Katie Dillon-Keane - Retention & Student Engagement (Peer 2 Peer Mentoring)

Conor Phelan - Retention & Student Engagement (general student support)

Tel: 051 845662
Email: [email protected]

Please contact the team to seek help over e-mail or organise an appointment if you would like to discuss any of the following:

  • Deregistration - this is when you decide to leave your programme

  • Deferrals - this is when you take some time out from your studies for a semester or year and may occur for many reasons, personal, academic, financial and so on

  • Transferring Courses - if you are unhappy on your programme there may be an opportunity to transfer at the beginning of the academic year

Appointment hours

The Retention Office ordinarily sees students on Tuesday and Thursday mornings. Outside of these times alternative arrangements can be made or please feel free to e-mail your query to the address below and a member of the team will come back to you as quickly as possible.


Student Life and Learning (SLL), Main Reception, Administration building, Cork Road Campus

Questions can be asked or appointments made:

Retention & Student Engagement Team

Email: [email protected]
Tel: 051 845662 or 051 845513