Starting your Studies

Starting your Studies

When you get started in TU Dublin, you might come across terms being used that you are not familiar with.  Here’s a quick video to explain some of the most commonly used terms:


When teaching begins in semester one, some of your lectures may take place in a Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) and your lecturers will also share with you notes, reading lists and assignments via this virtual learning environment.  Students based in Grangegorman, Aungier Street, and Bolton Street will attend their online classes on Brightspace while students in Blanchardstown and Tallaght will attend their online classes on Moodle

Getting started on Brightspace

To access specific Brightspace modules, you will need to self-enrol using the Discover tool. During class, your lecturers will give you the details you need for this (the module code, the module name and the lecturer's name).

How to log in to Brightspace

  • Log into Brightspace here
  • Username: Your student number
  • Password: Your standard TU Dublin password
  • Login problems? Contact IT Support at

How to self-enrol on your Brightspace modules

  • Get the module code & name from your lecturer (this will usually be given to you during class)
  • Watch the video: "How to Self-Enrol on your Brightspace Modules"
  • Log into Brightspace & self-enrol on your module
  • Can't find your module? Check with your lecturer if it has been made available for self-enrolment

Bitesized Brightspace 

The following resources will help you get started in Brightspace:

Remember! You need to self-enrol on most modules by following the instructions below. If you can't see a module in Discover the first person you should check with is your lecturer - it is up to individual lecturers when they make their modules available for self-enrolment. 

Problems? If your lecturer cannot help you with a problem in Brightspace, you can report it to

Getting started on Moodle

Moodle is another type of Virtual Learning Environment or as Moodle call it a Learning Management System (LMS). Students are enrolled on individual LMS courses for each module they are currently studying. Lecturers use the courses to communicate with students and provide course materials such as presentations, case studies, and links to further reading and external resources.

Your written assessments submitted on Moodle can be checked for plagiarism and quizzes are often used to assess basic subject knowledge. You will also receive your grades via the Moodle LMS to comply with GDPR requirements.

For access to Moodle, Tallaght students should use this link while those in Blanchardstown can visit the LMS here 

Academic Writing Centre

Our Academic Writing Centre is a free support for all our students that need assistance with academic writing such as written assignments, essays, projects, examination scripts, dissertations and theses. For semester one, we will offer online one-to-one appointments, a calendar of events and a series of workshops about various aspects of academic writing.

Maths Learning Support Centre

Our Mathematics Learning Support Centre provides free maths and statistical support to all undergraduate students, on a one-to-one or small group basis.  We also run workshops on different topics throughout the year. Due to Covid-19, most of our support will be online in semester one. Our online drop-in classes and workshops will be run in virtual classrooms through the Brightspace.  There is no need to make an appointment, just drop in to one of our virtual classrooms!  The drop-in class schedule will be posted to our website and on Brightspace. 

Study Smart Workshops

Throughout the academic year our National Learning Network (NLN) Educational Support Service offers study smart workshops in topics such as: Essay Planning and Writing; Avoiding Procrastination; Referencing; Proof-Reading and Study Skills.  For further details visit our website here

TU Dublin Library Services are available across our campuses in Blanchardstown, Dublin City, and Tallaght. Your Student Card gives you free access to campus libraries and a vast range of academic collections, including the Online Library which is accessible anywhere 24/7. Friendly, expert staff are available to support your learning and research.

Visit the links below for information on how to make a booking for a study space or PC.

Study Spaces & PCs

Bookable study spaces will be available in the libraries, subject to safety guidelines in terms of maximum numbers in any space at one time. Click on the links below for more information about the service on each campus: 

Click & Collect

TU Dublin Library Services is offering a Click & Collect Service. You can request books on the Library Catalogue and collect them from the library by appointment. Click on the links below for more information about the service on each campus: 

Blanchardstown: visit the online guide or contact the library 

City Centre: visit the online guide or contact your home library by email 

Tallaght: visit the online guide or contact the library  

While in the library or in any campus space, it is important to remember what you must do stop the spread of COVID-19 and protect our community.



Peer mentors are TU Dublin students who have volunteered to support incoming first-year students and have been trained to assist you in a range of matters confidentially and respectfully. You can ask questions about your course, assignments, exams and other issues. The mentors will share what they have learned to support you (their mentees). This will help you to understand your own experiences better, to feel more comfortable in novel situations and to develop skills to take on new challenges.

Read more about Peer Mentoring here.


LinkedIn is the biggest online social network for business professionals.  It's different from Facebook etc. because it's specifically designed for professional networking, as opposed to chatting with friends. It's a really useful way for students to network with graduates and recruiters, particularly if you're job hunting. It’s also a great way to keep up with developments in your area and, as well as having an up to date online presence.

View more information on LinkedIn here and learn why it is useful for students.