Student Services

Carlow College, St. Patrick’s prides itself on supporting our learners throughout their academic lifecycles.  We endeavour to help our learners to ‘settle, stay and succeed’ by providing a variety of programmes and activities to enhance the student experience and to assist students in meeting the many demands of both their academic and personal lives.


Head of Student Services & Learner Resources

The Head of Student Services & Learner Resources, Lisa Fortune is a member of academic staff with overall responsibility for the management, coordination and delivery of academic learning supports and disability services provided to the student body. The services provided by the Academic Resource Office are open to all registered Carlow College, St. Patrick's students and include the mandatory Stage 1 Academic Skills module, our Essay Doctor service and Learning Development classes and workshops. We also provide a variety of in-house and ESF-Funded academic, assistive technology and personal supports for students with a disability, learning difference or who have additional requirements. 


If you have any questions or need further advice on the support options available please contact Lisa in the Academic Resource Office (Second Floor, Middle House).


Lisa Fortune

Head of Student Services & Learner Resources
Phone: (059) 9153223
What a current student has to say about ARO...

ARO helps students understand that even though they have a disability or learning difficulty they can still get through their studies like any other student – no other service in the college gives this kind of support!

Student of Applied Social Studies Year 2

The service does its best for each and every student, whilst striving to enhance and bring out the student’s ability and potential

Student of Humanities Year 2

ARO helps students to develop specific learning strategies to aid them throughout their academic years

Student of Humanities Year 1

The essay doctor service provides helpful advice and guidance to students on how to improve their academic work…it helped increase my confidence.

Student of Applied Social StudiesYear 1

The essay doctor clearly explained everything to me about referencing and structure and was extremely helpful.

Student of English & HistoryYear 4