Universal Design in Education Project
Universal Design in Education

Welcome to DCU's Universal Design in Education (UDE). This section serves as a respository for staff and student resources, as well as videos and news on the latest in UDE in DCU.

The Higher Education Authority Path 4 Phase 1 initiative was established to advance the Universal Design framework in third-level education. DCU's Disability & Learning Support Service was successful in securing funding as part of this initiative and we intend to build on the extensive resources created by the Teaching Enhancement Unit on Universal Design for Learning by widening the scope to include all aspects of the student experience in DCU.

Library LETS Online Tutorial

Offering choice in assessment

Universal Design is, the design and composition of an environment so that it can be accessed, understood and used to the greatest extent possible by all people regardless of their age, size, ability or disability (NDA). Within the educational context, universal design straddles four pillars:

  1. teaching and learning
  2. student supports and services
  3. physical campus and the built environment
  4. information technology systems and structures


The project aims to:

  • A. Collate current best practices in DCU around the area of universal design and display this information on a central DCU webpage
  • B. Identify gaps and initiatives where we could make improvements in the areas of teaching and learning, student supports and services, and student awareness and understanding of universal design practices

If you would like any further information on the project or would like to highlight universal design practices currently embedded in your teaching/services, please contact Dr. Aoife McNicholl