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Marino Institute of Education - Your Support Network

Marino Institute of Education (MIE) as an Associated College of Trinity, our academic programmes are validated, quality assured and accredited by Trinity College Dublin, the University of Dublin. 

MIE’s objective is to support students to develop as well-rounded people who have the national and international perspective, awareness, knowledge and skills to fully and continually engage with and contribute to education and wider society. 

We wish to ensure that all of our students have an opportunity to fully engage in their education experience, through enhanced student services and supports.

To Support this objective MIE has entered into Service Level Agreements with Trinity College to provide Student Services in conjunction with our Access Officer (access@mie.ie).  All MIE students have access to a fantastic suite of Student Services and Supports, including our Tutor System, Counselling, Learning Development and Disability Services. 

Student Life & Engagement

For information in relation to student life and activities here are the Marino Institute of Education please contact our Student Engagement Officer Robbie Irwin at (01) 8057796 or robbie.irwin@mie.ie

Tutor System

The personal Tutor System has for many years been a key part of the support infrastructure provided for students in Marino Institute of Education (MIE).  All full-time lecturers and part-time lecturers who work at least two days per week are required to be allocated Tutees.  The personal Tutor System is for full-time students only and is a central component of life in MIE. Tutors provide confidential support for student’s general welfare and development insofar as it impinges on students’ progression through their course.  

Every full-time student is allocated a personal Tutor at the start of their course. This is specified during the course induction programme, where they will also meet their Tutors.   

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Student Counselling Service

Counselling gives you some time and space to explore any issue that is of concern to you.  Counsellors are specially trained to listen attentively and provide a supportive, non-judgmental environment where you have the opportunity to engage in self-reflection, with a focus on your wellbeing and personal growth.

Counselling can offer students some time and space to explore any issues that may be of concern such as:


Academic difficulties

Relationship difficulties

Low mood/Depression 

Family issues

Grief or bereavement


Identity issues (Sexual, Gender, etc.)

Physical, Verbal or Emotional assault/abuse


Eating disorders 

Alcohol/substance use


To find out more about our Counselling Services or if you are interested in meeting with a counsellor in a confidential setting, the Student Counselling Service offers: 

  • Online Support, 
  • One to One Counselling 
  • Groups & Workshops.

Your first appointment at the Student Counselling Service will be a brief consultation appointment to help you figure out what will work best for you. All appointments are currently offered in person in Room 42 in St Pat's Building, over the phone or online on Zoom. 

To Contact the MIE Student Counselling Service, please email marinocounselling@mie.ie If you need to urgently speak to the Student Counsellor, please send an email requesting a Duty Appointment. A Duty Appointment is offered Monday - Friday at 2pm.

For out of hours support, please consider:

Pieta House

1800 247 247 or via text to 51444

Samaritans 116 123

AWARE 1800804848

A 24/7 crisis text line available to all staff and students. Start a conversation by texting to 50808

If you are in an emergency situation, use the Emergency Services (Fire Brigade, Gardai/Police, and Ambulance) and phone 112 or 999.

You can find your nearest Accident and Emergency department or health service here: http://www.hse.ie/portal/eng/services/maps/

For further information on the Counselling Service at Marino please click here


Student Learning Development

The MIE Student Learning Development (SLD) Service is delivered in conjunction with Trinity College. 

This service provides learning support to help MIE students reach their academic potential. We work with students who are struggling with their studies as well as high achieving students who want to improve their performance.

There are workshops and events, throughout the year, on a range of academic and learning skills e.g. self-management skills, study and exam skills, presentation skills, writing and critical thinking skills. Additionally, there is a series of online workshops for off-campus students.

Students can also book a one-to-one basis by appointment, for individual queries and students can also come along to our drop-in clinics which operate on a first come basis.

SLD Core Principles
  • We aspire to coach each student in achieving their goals to the best of their ability, regardless of previous attainment.
  • We have a developmental and evidence based approach to learning which is informed by best practise.
  • We use adaptable study practices, applicable in all disciplines. We recognise each student as an expert in their own field.
  • We are not prescriptive. We aim to help students to find individual insights, processes and strategies, to encourage a self-regulated approach to learning.
  • We do not proofread.
  • We offer a safe, confidential space for students to develop their learning skills. We respect professional boundaries and refer appropriately where necessary.
  • We work in partnership with students, student representatives, academic staff and student support services to provide a service that meets the learning development needs of a diverse student body.
  • We support students to develop as well-rounded people who have the national and international perspective, awareness, knowledge and skills to fully and continually engage with and contribute to education and wider society. 
  • We are committed to the professional development of our team and the provision of a high-quality service.

To access the services of the MIE Student Learning Development team please email access@mie.ie.

For further information on Student Learning Development Services available please click here

Student Medical Services

Medical Services in Marino Institute of Education.

Fairview Medical Centre registers all incoming students to Marino through the Registrar’s Office in the college. The Medical Centre has a team of doctors and nurses on duty.  Services available include illness review & fitness to attend college, phlebotomy, injections, clinical dressings, well woman services, asthma services, etc.  Colds and Flu are both viruses and do not generally need a doctor’s visit. There is a local pharmacy across the road from the College for over the counter remedies.

The Medical Centre is a 10 minute walk from the College and is open from 9am until 5pm on week days.

There is an emergency service on Saturday mornings.

For further information on Student Medical Services available please click here

Student Disability Services

The Disability Service here in MIE is delivered in conjunction with Trinity College Dublin Disability Service since 2012.  The Disability Service operates on a disability needs basis, providing direct support to students who disclose a disability by, via both a meeting with a Disability Officer, and a referral to other disability supports such as Assistive Technology (AT) and Occupational Therapy (OT) services, as appropriate, in MIE or Trinity College Dublin (Trinity).

Below is a brief outline of the process for students registering with the Disability Service and how you can check the students in courses/modules you deliver that are registered with the service and most importantly how we can support them to achieve their maximum potential. 

  • Students register with the Disability Service through the CAO via the DARE route or at any point during their time studying at MIE.
  • The disability service registration process is managed through the student Institution's Web account MAESTRO
  • Once a student registers with the Disability Service they will be brought through the following process during a Needs Assessment meeting:
    • Review the evidence of their disability. 
    • Reasonable Accommodations required - where standard Reasonable Accommodations are not sufficient to meet the needs of the student Non Standard Reasonable Accommodations will be discussed.
  • Following the Needs Assessment meeting with the Disability Service a Learning Educational Needs Summary (LENS) is agreed and uploaded to MAESTRO for the student to approve.

Students with a disability are encouraged to register with the Disability Service at MIE to seek supports where the disability could affect their ability to participate fully in all aspects of their life in college.

Here are a few, but not all, of the supports and services available to students with disabilities:

  • Advice to Leaving Certificate students thinking of coming to MIE on admission, course choices, and supports
  • A tailored pre-university orientation programme for entrants and parents
  • A Disability Officer who will assess your needs and work with you during your student journey
  • The use of assisted technologies to assist in your learning
  • Occupational Therapy support, which provides confidential, practical support for students who may be experiencing mental health difficulties and/or physical and sensory difficulties.
  • Pre-placement planning and support
  • Liaison with tutors/lecturers to help arrange accessible programme materials
  • Extended library loans
  • The disability service has in place a range of supports to ensure that students with disabilities have full access to the same facilities for study as their peers.

For further information on Student Disability Services available please click here

Chaplaincy and Pastoral Care Team

Séiplíneacht agus Tacaíocht Phearsanta
Ceann de na róil atá ag an tSéiplíneacht in Institiúid Oideachais Marino ná cur le Córas na dTeagascóirí chun tacaíocht a thabhairt do mhic léinn ag am an bháis agus ag am an tinnis (go háirithe nuair atá mic léinn san ospidéal). Déanaimid iarracht cárta a chur chuig mic léinn ag na hamanna sin agus déanaimid ár ndícheall freastal ar shochraidí (tuismitheoirí, siblíní agus céilí na mac léinn, de ghnáth). Is é an Teagascóir Pearsanta an chéad teagmháil i gcónaí ach uaireanta bíonn an tacaíocht a ofrálann an tSéiplíneacht ag teastáil ó mhic léinn. Sa chás sin, is féidir teagmháil a dhéanamh leis an Dr Marie Whelton ag (01) 8535158 nó trí ríomhphost a chur chuig marie.whelton@mie.ie.  

An Liotúirge
Eagraíonn Foireann an Oideachais Reiligiúnaigh liotúirgí éagsúla i rith na bliana acadúla agus cruthaítear spás don urnaí, don mhachnamh agus don fhorbairt phearsanta – fógraítear na liotúirgí sin trí ríomhphost agus bíonn fáilte roimh chách ag na liotúirgí sin i gcónaí.

Chaplaincy and Personal Support
One of the roles of Chaplaincy in Marino Institute of Education is to complement the Tutor System and to provide support for students at times of bereavement and at times of illness (especially at times of hospitalisation). We try to send a card to students at those times and we do our best to attend funerals (parents, siblings and life-partners of students usually). Personal Tutors are always the first port-of-call, but sometimes students need the additional support that Chaplaincy offers. Please feel free to contact Dr Marie Whelton, at any time, at (01) 8535158 or by email at marie.whelton@mie.ie.

The Religious Education Team organises different liturgies throughout the academic year, creating a space for prayer, reflection, and personal transformation – liturgies are advertised through email and all are welcome to attend.