Donor Stories

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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Folens – Supporting Equal Access to Education

Folens Publishers began supporting four students who communicate through Irish Sign Language to study a Bachelor of Education at DCU’s Institute of Education in 2019. Since then, Folens have gone on to support DCU’s Write to Read programme through donating books to participating primary schools in Ireland. In this piece, Andrew Miller, CEO of Folens,...
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Irish Linen House – Supporting Students in Need

Irish Linen House is a family business that creates tableware from sustainable 100% Irish linen in Smithfield, Dublin. When lockdown measures were imposed in Ireland, Irish Linen House had to rethink their brand and products to survive as a business. Now, they are making face masks from linen and have kindly donated proceeds to many...
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SAP – Improving Lives

SAP has supported DCU’s Access Programme since 2006. In this piece, Liam Ryan, Managing Director – SAP Labs Ireland, describes how the company came to support DCU’s Access Programme and how business leaders have a responsibility to support and enable communities to continue as normal through the Covid-19 crisis. SAP has supported DCU’s Access Programme...
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Vilicom – Nurturing Talent

Vilicom is a long-standing supporter of DCU’s Access Programme. In this piece, Sean Keating, CEO of Vilicom, explains how this support is in line with their core value of nurturing talent and why businesses should continue to support philanthropy during the Covid-19 global pandemic. Vilicom has supported DCU’s Access Programme since 2007. What motivates Vilicom...
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Kevin Marshall, Head of Education, Microsoft Ireland

Microsoft – Shaping the Future of Learning

In 2019, Microsoft collaborated with DCU to deliver a Student Teacher Digital Skills Project, which aimed to increase the confidence and competence of student teachers to use coding and computational thinking in the design of learning activities. The project saw final year student teachers deliver an Hour of Code in 408 schools across Ireland. In...
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Lorraine Corcoran – Helping People to Help Themselves

After completing a Masters in International Relations at DCU in 2012, Lorraine Corcoran went on to establish the company Afanite, which helps non-profit organisations to become more commercially oriented and helps for-profit companies to achieve their social goals. In this interview, she explains what DCU means to her and why she is passionate about supporting...
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