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Impact Stories

Chloe’s Story

Chloe Ward is a third year student from Coolock, Dublin, studying Computer Applications at DCU. In this piece, she describes why she decided to pursue third level education, her experience of a virtual work placement on this year’s Access to the Workplace programme and what it means to her to be an Access Ambassador. “I...
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Lauren’s Story

Lauren Ormsby is a third year student at DCU studying Early Childhood Education. In this piece, Lauren describes how the DCU Access UFirst programme supported her on her journey to third level education and why she decided to become an Access Ambassador. “My mam has always been a big advocate for myself and my younger...
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Primary Teaching Through Irish Sign Language – Kevin’s Story

In 2019, four students began their journey to becoming the first Deaf primary school teachers using Irish Sign Language (ISL) in Ireland. Kevin Dudley is just one of the four students, and in this piece he describes his experience of the B.Ed in Irish Sign Language at DCU so far. “I am profoundly deaf since...
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Eromonsele’s Story

Eromonsele Clements is a third year Mechatronic Engineering student at DCU. In this piece, he describes how the DCU UFirst Outreach Programme inspired him to pursue third level education and why he decided to become an ambassador for DCU and the DCU Access Programme.  “I moved over to Ireland from Nigeria with my mam, my...
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Evan Comerford – Excelling On and Off The Field

Playing with Dublin’s minor team, u21 team and senior football team over the last seven years, DCU student, Evan Comerford, has won an All-Ireland title with the u21 team alongside three All-Ireland titles with the senior football team. With all this at hand, Evan explains how he balances his college life with his sporting commitments....
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Ciara’s Story – Access Graduate

Originally from Dublin, Ciara Conran graduated from DCU with a BSc in Education and Training in 2010. In this piece, Ciara reflects on her life growing up in Clondalkin and the support the DCU Access Programme provided her with to complete her third level education. “My mother fell pregnant with me when she was just...
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Sarah Torrans – Striking the Perfect Balance

Sarah Torrans is a third year General Nursing student at DCU from Knocklyon, Dublin. Sarah manages a busy schedule of completing her degree at DCU while also representing both DCU and Ireland on the hockey pitch. In this piece, she gives an insight into the 2018 Women’s Hockey World Cup, the 2021 Olympics and the...
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Entrepreneurship at DCU – CitySwift

CitySwift is just one of the successful businesses that has passed through DCU’s UStart programme. Brian O’Rourke, founder and Chief Executive of CitySwift, explains how the company first began and how UStart supported and guided the company to success. Where did the business idea for CitySwift come from? The initial idea for CitySwift originated back...
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Entrepreneurship at DCU – GiveBack.ie

Launched in 2018, GiveBack.ie is a passive way to raise funds to end street homelessness in Dublin. By downloading the social app, online shoppers can donate to the cause of homelessness without having to make a direct donation. Instead, the 1,200 retailers partnered with GiveBack.ie make a 1% to 10% donation on the online shopper’s...
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DCU’s Exoskeleton Programme – Colm’s Story

Colm Costigan was a very active man, having ran four marathons and competing the Ring of Kerry, until he suffered a heart attack which left him unable to walk. Colm explains how DCU’s Exoskeleton Programme has helped him get back on his feet. “I retired to Moneygall, County Offaly, with my wife two years ago...
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