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The TAP Student Ambassador Programme constitutes a formal programme for student involvement in a wide range of TAP activities. Over the years TAP had considerably expanded its range of pre-entry outreach activities, with a heavy reliance on the ad hoc support of TAP students. Formalising this voluntary student involvement has made our support base stronger, by creating a bank of trained, committed student ambassadors to act as role models and guides, in raising the educational aspirations of younger students. Furthermore it has provided added value to the student Ambassador for being involved in TAP activities. TAP Ambassadors assist with the delivery of a suite of programmes within the School and Community Outreach Links (SCOL) as well as will the Post-entry Progression programme (PEPP).
Established in 2006, approximately 50 students participate in the programme each year. The programme is advertised among TAP undergraduate and university access course students; students submit applications and undergo three training sessions. Upon completition students receive a Certificate of Participation and a reference from the Trinity Access Programmes.
Students opt to assist with the development and delivery of campus and community based outreach activities, fundraising initiatives, etc. Students can select which activities they are interested in volunteering for, based on their skills set, personal interest and the type of activity being organised. Generally students participate in three activities per year which require a commitment of 10-30 hours; they dedicate approximately 8 hours to attendance at training workshops.