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Tech2Students

Bridging the digital divide for students

Thousands of students don't have access to a laptop at home. Help us to bridge the digital divide by providing laptops to vulnerable communities.

The campaign was developed in April 2020 by Trinity Access and Camara Ireland in response to the digital divide experienced by students in need. Covid 19 showed that the digital divide is real and remains a huge problem for second-level students, those in direct provision and adult learners in marginalised communities. 58% of students in DEIS schools experience a lack of access to broadband or a suitable learning device.

In Phase 2, NUI Galway, the NUIG Access Centre, the Galway City Partnership, Galway Chamber and the Insight SFI Research Centre for Data Analytics, NUI Galway have joined the campaign to go nationwide. The national goal is to deliver 5,000 devices to students in need all over Ireland.

100% of funding donated to the campaign is being used to buy refurbished devices.

For any queries please contact us at tech2students@nuigalway.ie

How does it work?

  1. Fill in the relevant form above.
  2. Laptops are dropped off at our collection point at the Galway Chamber office on Tuesdays. If you are making a monetary donation, those funds will be used to purchase refurbished devices.
  3. Laptops are quarantined for the required period of time.
  4. The laptop will be restored to factory settings, securely wiping all data from the hard drive.
  5. A fresh operating system is installed.
  6. The laptop is delivered to its new home, helping to bridge the digital divide.

Who is getting the laptops?

In line with the National Access Plan, socially disadvantaged schools and educational organisations are who we target. Our overall goal is to get Tech2Students operational across Ireland to assist all students who urgently need technology at this crucial time in their education. While DEIS students continue to be our priority, we want to expand our efforts into helping ethnic minority students, Irish travellers and mature students from poor socio-economic areas.