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Clara Hickey

Autism Friendly University

Autism is a developmental condition that affects how one understands, relates to, and communicates with, other people, and the world. Common traits among autistic people include difficulty with communication and socialising, repetitive behaviours and heightened sensory perception. These characteristics make it more difficult to meet the everyday academic and social challenges of university life. Over...
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DCU Centre for Climate and Society

We know that our planet is warming. 2020 was the joint warmest year ever recorded, while 2011 to 2020 was the warmest decade on record. Glaciers are melting and sea levels are rising, while extreme weather events and natural disasters now occur with increasing frequency, affecting life and livelihoods. As scientists race to find solutions...
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DCU Exoskeleton Programme

On average, three people a week sustain a life-changing spinal cord injury (SCI) in Ireland, as a result of accidental injury or degenerative disease. The most common cause of traumatic injury is falls (55%) with partial paralysis the most common outcome. Access to skilled rehabilitation is vital to treat spinal cord injuries in order to...
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Nabin’s Story

The DCU Access Programme gives students the opportunity to fulfil their potential in life, no matter who they are or where they come from. In this video, second year business student Nabin describes how the support DCU’s Access Programme has enabled him to pursue his dream of third level education.  
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DCU – A Leader in Widening Participation

In this piece, Dr Claire Bohan, Director of Student Support and Development, explains DCU’s long history of commitment to widening the participation of underrepresented groups in higher education and its ambitious plans for the future. Since its formal establishment as a university in 1989, DCU has always been a leader in widening the participation of...
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Nathan B’s Story

Nathan Burke is a second year Law and History student from Coolock. In this piece, Nathan explains how the DCU Access Programme has given him the opportunity to show his family and friends that, with the right supports, you can go to university no matter who you are or where you come from. “I grew...
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Martin’s Story – Access Graduate

Martin Lynch graduated from DCU with a Bachelor in Business Studies in 2009. Since then, Martin has completed a MSc in International Marketing Practice at UCD Smurfit and has also worked with globally recognised Irish organisations. In this piece, Martin describes how the DCU Access Programme has helped him fulfil his potential in life. “I...
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Victoria’s Story

Victoria O’Toole is a final year Law and Society student at DCU from Co. Wicklow. In this piece, Victoria explains how the DCU Access Programme has supported her in her dreams of pursuing third level education. “I was never really aware of the social divide in Ireland until I got to secondary school. I soon...
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Deloitte – Enabling People to Excel

Deloitte has a long history of collaboration with DCU since 2007, supporting many initiatives throughout the years including the creation of an Endowed Access Scholarship Fund, support for women’s rugby and most recently support for research into virtual and hybrid internships. In this piece, Sinead Gogan, Chief Human Resource Officer with Deloitte, explains why the...
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DCU Covid-19 Research and Innovation Hub

With the world facing a global health crisis unlike any other, DCU established its Covid-19 Research and Innovation Hub in May 2020 to provide swift solutions to the challenges of Covid-19. Backed by philanthropic funding from DCU Educational Trust, the Hub brings together DCU’s research strengths to tackle key problems created by the Covid-19 crisis...
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