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Louise Barrett

Chantel’s Story

DCU Access students embody DCU’s mission to transform lives and societies. In this video, final year Analytical Science student Chantel describes how the DCU Access Programme enabled her to pursue her dream of third level education.
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Write to Read – Improving Literacy Outcomes for Children Across Ireland

Francis Street CBS first got involved with the Write to Read Programme in 2019 to improve student’s writing and reading abilities. In this piece, sixth class teacher David Tonge describes the impact the programme has had on both students and teachers at Francis Street CBS. Why did your school first get involved in the Write...
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Nathan M’s Story

Nathan Murphy is in his second year studying a BA in Politics and Law (Joint Honours) at DCU. In this piece, he describes how the DCU Access Programme has supported him on his journey to third level education. “I’ve wanted to go to college at DCU since my very first year in secondary school. I...
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DCU Access to the Workplace reaches new highs for 2021

Following a challenging year for internship programmes in 2020 due to the Covid-19 pandemic, DCU’s Access to the Workplace programme has rebounded from placing 14 Access students last summer, to offer a new record of 86 Access to the Workplace internships in 2021. On Thursday, 20th May, over 140 participating students and companies joined a...
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Joe Doyle – Supporting DCU from Moscow

Joe Doyle graduated from DCU in 1994 with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Studies. Since then, Joe has worked for Esso, Tesco Ireland, Net start-up ebeon, and telecoms supplier Ericsson. From Dublin, he has been on assignment in more than 30 countries, and is currently based in Russia where he lives in Moscow with his...
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The Community Foundation for Ireland – Vision for an equal Ireland

The Community Foundation for Ireland first began supporting the DCU Access Programme in 2015 and have since  gone on to support DCU’s Write to Read literacy project. In this piece, Denise Charlton, Community Foundation for Ireland CEO, describes what inspired them to support these projects and how DCU helps The Community Foundation for Ireland to...
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Dr Tim Mahony Memorial Scholarship – supporting arts and culture at DCU

Dr Tim Mahony, Founder and Chairman of Toyota Ireland, was one of Ireland’s foremost business figures and a leading philanthropist. His lifelong love of music, education and Irish culture lay behind his generous support of a vast array of cultural and educational initiatives, including The Helix, where the main auditorium is named ‘The Mahony Hall’....
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Write to Read – Reading Together While Staying Apart

Since 2012, Write to Read has worked with teachers in some of Ireland’s most disadvantaged communities to narrow the literacy achievement gap that exists between affluent and disadvantaged communities by supporting children to develop as readers, writers and thinkers. With research by the Educational Research Centre showing that almost 1 in 5 children in the...
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Write to Read

Ireland suffers from a sizeable literacy achievement gap between children in low and high socio-economic status communities. Research by the Educational Research Centre shows that almost 1 in 5 children in disadvantaged schools leave primary school reading at or below the 10th percentile of standardises tests of reading achievement. At this level, a child would...
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Blayne’s Story – Access Graduate

Blayne Walsh graduated with a BSc in Chemical and Pharmaceutical Science from DCU in 2011. Since then, he has gone on to work with leading pharmaceutical companies such as Pfizer and Allergan. In this piece, Blayne explains how the support he received from the DCU Access Programme helped him to get to where he is...
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