Meet the DSS team

Queries / Appointments

If you have any queries or need to contact MTU Disability Support Service (DSS) Cork campus, please contact us by email if possible:

The MTU DSS Cork campus staff are available to answer queries and you can email us Monday to Friday (8.30am – 4.30pm and 8.30-4pm on Friday).  The DSS usually responds to emails within 24 hours during the working week, but there is a delay during September/October due to the volume of queries coming in.

Please email the DSS or relevant member of staff in advance if you need to make an appointment for a meeting.


Where is the DSS?

  • The main office for the DSS is based in the Access Service, on the ground floor of the Student Centre (beside the Bistro), Bishopstown campus. The Access Service is open from 8.30am - 4.30pm Monday to Thursday and 8.30am- 4pm on Fridays.
  • The Assistive Technology Service (which is part of the DSS) is on the ground floor of the Student Centre, Bishopstown campus. It also includes DSS Learning Support and Transitions Support. Only DSS students can access this area using their MTU student card.
  • For directions to the Student Centre and Bishopstown campus, please see this webpage
  • There are also DSS Learning Support tutors based in the MTU Crawford College of Art, MTU Cork School of Music, and National Maritime College of Ireland. Please contact them to check their rooms as these can change from year to year.


DSS staff

Please note that email is the quickest way of receiving a response from DSS staff as we may be busy meeting students when you call.

The following staff are based on Bisshopstown campus but can travel to other Cork campuses:


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Ruth Murphy
Disability Support Officer (Acting)
Tel: 021 433 5107

Access Service - Student Centre



Mary O'Sullivan
Disability Projects Co-ordinators

Tel: 021 433 5109

Access Service - Student Centre

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Mark Burleigh
Assistive Technology Officer
Tel: 021 433 5125

Assistive Technology Service - Student Centre

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Julie O'Donovan
Disability Transitions Programme Coordinator
Tel: 021 433 5152


Assistive Technology Service - Student Centre


DSS Learning Support staff

Bishopstown campus


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Fiona Downey
DSS Learning Support Coordinator
Tel: 021 432 6744

Assistive Technology Service - Student Centre

Crawford College of Art & Design  /

Cork School of Music /

Cork Centre for Architectural Education

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Jessica Amberson
DSS Learning Support Tutor (part-time)



National Maritime College of Ireland (NMCI)

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Barbara Hempel
DSS Learning Support tutor (part-time)