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Harry Hartford – Levelling the Playing Field

Originally from north county Dublin, Harry Hartford now lives in Los Angeles where he is the President and Head of Fundamental Research at Causeway Capital, an investment management firm which he co-founded in June 2001. In this piece, he talks about what has inspired his support for DCU’s Access Scholarship Programme and shares his thoughts...
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Facebook – Collaborating to Address Online Safety

In 2018, Facebook launched a major partnership with DCU’s National Anti-Bullying Centre to develop and offer the FUSE Anti-Bullying and Online Safety Programme to all post-primary schools across Ireland. In this piece, Gareth Lambe – VP, International Business Planning and Operations & Head of Office, Facebook Ireland speaks about what has inspired this collaboration. What...
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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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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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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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John Martin – Access students have ‘grit and determination’

John Martin graduated from DCU in 1986 with a B.Eng. in Electronic Engineering. A native of Co. Cavan, he emigrated to the United States after graduation and settled in the Boston area where today he is the founder and President of The Cavan Group, a boutique IT consulting firm. John is also a member of...
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Aideen O’Byrne – Believing in People and Their Potential

Following a chance encounter at a conference in DCU, Aideen O’Byrne discovered and became a supporter of DCU’s University of Sanctuary Programme. Aideen is an Executive Coach who works to empower senior leaders and high potentials to undertake their desired professional and personal transformation. Currently based in Singapore, although planning to return to Ireland full-time in...
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Mason Hayes & Curran – Addressing Educational Disadvantage

Mason Hayes and Curran LLP first began supporting the DCU Access Programme in 2009. Since then, they have gone on to partner with the DCU Access to the Workplace programme. In this piece, Paul Rochford, Education Partner at Mason Hayes and Curran, shares Mason Hayes and Curran’s motivation for supporting equal access to education in...
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eShopWorld – Engaging with Local Communities

eShopWorld began supporting the DCU Access Programme in 2019, and has subsequently become a partner of the DCU Access to the Workplace programme. In this piece, Sharon Scally, Head of HR at eShopWorld, speaks about eShopWorld’s commitment to their local community and their first years’ experience of hosting a student placement as part of the...
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