September 2018 saw the opening of DCU’s brand new, state-of-the-art student centre, the ‘U’. The space, which is a magnificent facility where students can engage with the cultural, social, entrepreneurial and international aspects of university life, was officially opened by President of Ireland, Michael D Higgins.
The development of the centre has been made possible through significant donations from The Tony Ryan Trust and Bank of Ireland together with a student levy, voted on by the students themselves. The ‘U’ is a purpose-built centre housing a broad range of activities and support services, serving the needs of DCU’s rapidly growing student community, now numbering over 17,000.
Key features include a Student Leadership and Life-Skills Centre, Performing Arts and Cultural spaces for students and the wider community, an Entrepreneurship and Innovation Hub for national and international student initiatives, and a Global Village celebrating the cultural diversity of the University.
The ‘U’ is one of the University’s most high profile and important projects in the Campus Development Plan and is one of the flagship projects of the trust’s Shaping the Future Campaign. Speaking about the opening of the new student centre, Rachael Dunne, Director of Development at DCU Educational Trust, said:
“The U will have a major impact on student life at DCU and we are delighted to say that the centre was fully funded through significant donations from The Tony Ryan Trust and Bank of Ireland, as well as the students themselves, via a levy that they voted for. For this support, we would like to say a massive thank you and you can be sure that many will benefit from the services of the student centre for generations to come. The opening of the ‘U’ is a testament to the powerful impact of philanthropy on student life.”