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Letterkenny Institute of Technology

Support Services in LYIT

Student’s Union

For general and specific student needs.

LYIT Student’s Union is situated upstairs in An Danlann in the Multi Purpose Centre. Once you become a registered student you automatically become a member of the Student’s Union. The are currently three full time officers who are:

Dave Heraty - President
Brian McElwaine – Welfare officer
Mark Sweeney – Entertainments/Communications officer.The Student Union provides advice on many aspects of student life. The aims and activities of the Union are:

To represent, protect and advance student rights and interests and to advise or act on behalf of a students or students who may be in difficulties.

To provide social and recreational facilities for students. The Union social events including entertainment, clubs, societies, etc. It has close working relations with staff, the Institutes’ Sports Officer, Patsy McGonagle, In the organization of the sporting calendar. The various Clubs and Societies provided by the Student Union and also by students include:

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Counselling Services

For help during tough times.


A professional counsellor is now available to offer support, help and information to any student dealing with matters of concern. Matters can include issues which may be of a personal, family or academic nature, or emotional or psychological problems. The Institute Counsellor,Marion provides a comprehensive free service to students to help them to cope with these and other problems. The Counselling Service supports the mission of the college by helping students gain the greatest advantage from their third level education.

The Student Counsellor can also help you access appropriate services outside of the Institute if necessary.

As required by the ethics of professional practice, all communication between a counsellor and client is deemed confidential. Without the students consent a counsellor cannot discuss the particulars of a students situation with others or even the fact that counselling is being provided.

The following are some of the emotional and psychological issues experienced by students

  • Anxieties about aspects of study including exams & presentations
  • General stress & anxiety
  • Depression
  • Relationship difficulties
  • Eating problems
  • Bereavements & parental separations
  • Loneliness & homesickness
  • Lack of self confidence or low self esteem
  • Managing transitions
  • Making difficult decisions
  • Traumatic experiences including rape, assault & abuse
  • Difficulties with alcohol or drugs
  • Issues around sex & sexuality
  • Self-injury
  • Suicidal thoughts
  • Anger management
  • Worries about appearance

The Student Counsellor can also help you access appropriate services outside the college if necessary.

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