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AHEAD Student Reconnection Exhibition

Students in further or higher education 2020/2021 – We need your help!


This is an academic year like no other when more classes and support is now being providing online or in limited in person interactions due to COVID-19, creating a different student experience than some of you would have expected. Is this something that works better than you imagined or it is impacting you negatively in terms of your overall experience of college?

If you are a student with a disability in FET or HE in the Republic of Ireland, we want to hear from you. We want you to share what that experience of reconnecting with college has been like and whether your disability has been impacted as part of this new reality we find ourselves in.

Please feel free to use any medium that you feel comfortable expressing your perspective with. All mediums have time limits or word counts.  It can be: audio, image, text or video.

 We are going to display a selection of the entries received at next year's AHEAD Conference and any students whose pieces are used will be given free entry to see first-hand the reactions from attendees and also to discuss your work, if you are comfortable to do so.  

Next year’s online AHEAD Conference, titled ‘Reconnection: Placing inclusion at the heart of online learning and support’ will look at how staff and policy makers in education can provide connections for students with disabilities in the virtual environment by focusing on placing inclusion at the heart of any new approaches to learning and support.

This can be a great opportunity to illustrate your unique student experience and help staff in disability support and teaching staff plan for the future as we all learn new ways of reconnecting with their students.


  • Image/Picture – can be captured on your phone, ideally submitted as a JPEG.
  • Audio (1mins. minimum-5 mins. max)- can be captured on your phone.
  • Short story (500-1000 words).
  • Video (1mins. minimum-5 mins. max)- can be captured on your phone.

Questions? Contact Christine at christine.hynes@ahead.ie

Submission Form

Please note: AHEAD may contact you with some follow up questions or requests relating to your submission to help provide ways to make it accessible for everyone attending the exhibition.             

Closing date 29th January 2021


Submission Examples

Image of laptop and computer screen on a desk, mask on top of keyboard, coffee cup, glasses and cleanser either side of the laptop


























(Above) Animated video of a male student wearing a face mask looking forward giving a thumbs up via GIPHY

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