ATU offers 15 Deis schools in the west free access to

Thursday, June 09, 2022 Press Office
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At Atlantic TU Galway Campus, L to R: Jack Redmond (Access Office) , Ryan Kelly (Studyclix), ATU Galway Campus, Photographer: Aengus McMahon

Atlantic Technological University (ATU) has teamed up with study website to offer 15 second level DEIS students in Galway, Mayo and Clare free access to its service to provide support with their Leaving Cert studies and raise awareness of third level education opportunities.

Over 1,200 pupils in total will be eligible to access the service which offers exam tips and provides past papers by topic, looking at questions and marking schemes, with quizzes and videos also available. The site has more than 160,000 students across Ireland registered while more than 90% of second-level teachers also use the service. 

The initiative, which is funded through the university’s Programme for Access to Higher Education Fund (PATH), is delivered through the Schools Liaison Office. It complements many existing ATU student supports and access initiatives available through the ATU Access Office and ATU Connect Project which help create new pathways to higher education, enhance supports for students and embed models of sustainable community engagement via the Connect Project.

The 15 DEIS (Delivering Equality of Opportunity to Schools) schools set to benefit from the Studyclix access are: Ennis Community College, Ennistymon Vocational School, Kilrush Community School (Co Clare); Colaiste Éinde, Colaiste Muire Máthair, Galway Community College (Galway City); Archbishop McHale College, Colaiste Cholmcille, Colaiste na bPiarsach, Scoil Phobail Clifden, Scoil Phobail Mhic Dara (Galway County); Davitt College, Moyne College, Scoil Mhuire agus Phadraig, St Brendan’s College (Co Mayo).

Lorraine Cunningham, ATU Galway-Mayo Schools Liaison Officer, says: “Exam time is always stressful so being able to offer pupils in our regional DEIS schools that extra support through the Studyclix resources as they prepare for their important exams is at the core of our school engagement activities”.

Luke Saunders, founder and geography teacher, says “We are delighted to team up with ATU, based as we are in Strandhill, Co Sligo, within the geographical spread of ATU’s eight campuses in the west and north-west.”

Jack Redmond, Access Office – Connect project, ATU Galway, says: ATU is delighted to support the funding of Studyclix licenses to DEIS schools in our region. It’s so important to get pupils interested in considering their third level options at an early stage of secondary school.”

“This initiative will help them develop excellent study skills and prepare to reach their full potential in the Leaving Certificate Exams. The Connect Project is delighted to be supporting these students in their journey towards higher education.”

Brian O’ Donoghue, Principal, Ennis Community College, says:  "On behalf of our Leaving Cert students we are very grateful to ATU for their very generous sponsorship of Studyclix licenses. We are committed to the highest standards in education and to enabling our students to progress and succeed after school. For very many this is to third level colleges such as ATU . Studyclix is an excellent resource for students as it helps them to prepare in the best possible way for their Leaving Certificate. Studyclix complements and supports the work student undertake in their classes with their teachers."

Bernie Lennon, Guidance Counsellor, Davitt College, says: "Davitt College is delighted to be part of the ATU/Studyclix Partnership. All our students in 5th & 6th year, and their parents were very excited to hear they were receiving free access to this wonderful resource. Our teachers now use it in their classrooms with greater confidence, as they know that all students have free access. Both year groups are engaging very well with all that is offered on Studyclix. They love the questions organised topic by topic, the videos, the marking schemes, and the quizzes. Study clix is an excellent organisational and study skills tool. I would highly recommend it for all year groups. The 5th years are delighted that they got set up with it in the year before their Leaving Certificate exam year. Thank you very much to ATU and to Studyclix."

Based on analysis of 1,091 students carried out by Studyclix in February 2020, Studyclix users scored an average of 127 more CAO points than the national average with 87% of Studyclix users getting their first preference third level course. 

For further information on ATU Access and Schools Liaison Office supports, please contact

Jack Redmond, ATU Attract Transition Succeed Co-Ordinator, 091-742149, and Lorraine Cunningham, ATU Galway-Mayo Schools Liaison Officer, 091-742390,