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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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Lorna Martyn, Head of Technology, Fidelity Investments. Picture by Shane O'Neill, SON Photographic.

Fidelity Investments Ireland – Enabling Access students to ‘Blaze Their Own Trail’

Fidelity Investments Ireland are longstanding supporters of the DCU Access Programme. In this piece, Lorna Martyn, Head of Technology with Fidelity Ireland explains how their support for Access scholarships resonates with their core values of diversity and inclusion. Lorna has over 25 years of experience working in the financial services and telecommunications sectors. She has held...
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Christopher Murray – A Lifelong Connection to DCU

Software designer and developer Christopher Murray graduated from DCU, or the National Institute for Higher Education as it was then known, with a degree in Applied Physics in 1986. He has maintained a strong relationship with his alma mater since that time and is a longstanding supporter of Access scholarships at DCU. What inspired you...
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Ornua – Creating a University of Sanctuary Scholarship

In 2018, Ornua, Ireland’s largest exporter of dairy products and owner of the iconic Kerrygold brand, announced their support for a scholarship to enable an asylum seeker to complete an undergraduate degree through DCU’s University of Sanctuary initiative. In this piece, Shane Barry, HR Business Partner with Ornua, describes what motivated the company to support...
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Deutsche Bank – Supporting Write to Read to Improve Children’s Literacy Outcomes

In 2012, Deutsche Bank staff decided to support a little known literacy research project with a big aim—to improve literacy outcomes for children in disadvantaged schools and communities in Ireland. The project, Write to Read, was inspired by award winning doctoral research by Dr Eithne Kennedy from DCU’s Institute of Education. This research had demonstrated...
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NTR Foundation Scholarships recipients for 2018/19 pictured with Vicky Brown of NTR Foundation and Professor Brian MacCraith, President of DCU

NTR Foundation – Supporting Future Climate Change Leaders

The NTR Foundation is an independent philanthropic organisation, founded in 2008 by NTR plc, a leading investor and asset manager of renewable energy projects. In 2018, the Foundation announced a new partnership with DCU Educational Trust to offer two scholarship opportunities to enable recent Access graduates to undertake a new taught Master’s programme in DCU...
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PwC

PwC – Supporting DCU for over 20 years

PwC has been a longstanding supporter of DCU for over 20 years. In a recent interview with Ronan Furlong, Partner PwC Ireland, he explains what motivates them to support DCU in its mission to transform lives and societies through education, research, innovation and engagement. What is it that inspires PwC’s continued partnership with the University?...
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Supporting DCU Access Students – Irish American Partnership

The Irish American Partnership has continued to support the DCU Access Programme since 1998. In a recent interview with Therese Murphy from the Irish American Partnership, she explains what motivates them to support DCU’s Access Programme. DCU has approximately 1,300 Access students studying at undergraduate and postgraduate level across the University. 1. What inspired the...
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