In May 2015, Professor Brian MacCraith, President of DCU, unveiled plans for a new state-of-the-art student centre, supported by significant gifts from the Tony Ryan Trust and Bank of Ireland.
The new development, due to be completed in 2018, is also co-funded by DCU and by the student body, who voted to contribute more than €8 million toward the cost of the centre by paying a levy on top of student fees over the coming years. This partnership between donors, students and the University will deliver a cutting-edge facility where students can engage with the cultural, social, entrepreneurial and international aspects integral to the university experience DCU offers its students.
The new enhanced facility will replace the current student centre, which was completed in 2000 for a smaller student population, and will cater for DCU’s growing student population of 12,000. In addition to providing a home for 125 clubs and societies, the DCU Student Centre will support the personal and professional development of students through the provision of four dedicated hubs:
- An Entrepreneurship and Innovation Hub will provide creative workspaces to support and nurture student innovation through hackathons and the UStart student enterprise accelerator
- A Student Leadership and Life-Skills Centre will provide mentoring and training programmes empowering students to flourish in 21st Century society as resilient individuals, employees and members of their community
- An Arts and Culture hub will benefit students through the provision of space for the performing arts, visual and graphic arts, digital and multimedia arts
- A Global hub will promote interaction and inter-cultural understanding between domestic students and students from 115 different nationalities represented in DCU
The generosity of DCU’s community of supporters is critical to providing generations of DCU students with a world-class education, equipping them with the skill-set they need to flourish in university and to make an impact in their communities and workplaces after graduation. On behalf of the Tony Ryan Trust, Emma Lane-Spollen commented, “We were attracted by the vision of the DCU Student Centre as an environment for students to connect and support one another. Their social and mental wellbeing is critical for academic and life success and the Student Centre will nurture this. The students’ strong commitment to financing the Centre really signified to us the value they placed upon it.”
Philanthropic support has an immense impact on the development of DCU. DCU’s dedicated friends and supporters are part of its success story, supporting its development as Ireland’s University of Enterprise, its recognition as a world-class centre of research and learning and its recent tremendous success in rankings of the world’s top young universities (Times Higher Education Top 100 under 50). To find out more about supporting the leading-edge initiatives within the Campaign for DCU, please visit our Projects section.