Learning Support

DSS Learning Support provides support for DSS students with learning differences and a range of other disabilities around their assignments, reports and research for their course. They work on a one-to-one basis or with small groups, assisting students to develop sound research, planning and writing skills, organise course work, and manage deadlines and priorities required for their course of study. Learning Support works closely with Assistive Technology to enable students to use the tools to study independently, and it will help you to develop these skills.

Please note that DSS students must have a needs assessment before they can access learning support.


Please see our Resources page for bitesize Learning Support videos on study skills such as good notetaking, researching and referencing and starting an assignment.




Bishopstown Campus

  • Fiona Downey, Learning Support Co-ordinator (full-time)

Fiona supports MTU Cork campus students and she can support Clonakilty Agricultural College when they are in MTU Cork campus or remotely by email.

Fiona's office is within the Assistive Technology Service, ground floor Student Centre, MTU Bishopstown campus. 

Tel: 021 432 6744  Email: fiona.downey@mtu.ie 


Crawford College of Art and Design / Cork School of Music/ Cork Centre for Architectural Education

  • Jessica Amberson, DSS Learning Support tutor (part-time)

Jessica is available at Crawford College of Art and Design on Mondays and Cork School of Music / Cork Centre for Architectural Education on Tuesday mornings.

E-mail: jessica.amberson@mtu.ie for an appointment with advance notice.


National Maritime College of Ireland

  • Barbara Hempel, DSS Learning Support tutor (part-time)

Barbara is available at the National Maritime College of Ireland on Thursdays and remotely some evenings. She also supports some postgraduate students.

E-mail: barbara.hempel@mtu.ie for an appointment with advance notice.