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The Colm Delves Leadership Lab at DCU

The Colm Delves Leadership Lab at DCU was established in 2021 with philanthropic support from Digicel. The creative learning space is the first of its kind in Ireland, developing next generation leaders.
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Mark Smyth – Excelling On and Off The Track

Sprinter and DCU Multimedia graduate, Mark Smyth, is the reigning Irish 200m champion and will compete with the Irish 4 x 100 m men’s relay team at the European Championships in Munich this summer. In this piece, he discusses how DCU Sports and Wellbeing has enabled him to combine high performance sport with academic success....
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Aoife O’Cuill – Succeeding in Sport and University

Distance runner, and DCU Accounting and Finance graduate, Aoife O’Cuill is currently completing a Masters in Accounting with DCU Business School. In this piece, she discusses how DCU Sports and Wellbeing has enabled her to combine high performance sport with academic success. What drew you to DCU as a student athlete? I was always a...
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Ciara Furlong – Finding New Ways to Treat Illness

Ciara Furlong is a PhD candidate in DCU’s School of Biotechnology. In this piece, she explains how support from the Pierse Endowed Scholarship Fund has enabled her to pursue research that is coming up with solutions to the growing resistance of bacteria to antibiotics. I have always had a love of science and I opted...
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Rory O’Connor – Aiming High in Sport and Life

Wexford senior hurler, and DCU Business Studies graduate Rory O’Connor has just completed a MSc in Finance with DCU Business School. In this piece, he discusses how DCU Sports and Wellbeing has enabled him to combine high performance sport with academic success. What are the main challenges for a student athlete trying to combine high...
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Jamie’s Story

Jamie is one of 1,144 students currently supported by DCU’s Access Programme in the 2021/22 academic year. In this video, Jamie describes how the DCU Access Programme enabled him to pursue his dream of third level education.
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Access to the Workplace – Faruq & Arachas

Declan Troy, Commercial Account Director at Arachas explains why they were inspired to support DCU’s Access to the Workplace Programme while Access Student, Faruq Raji, describes how the Access to the Workplace Programme was an invaluable opportunity for him.
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Yongda Li – Searching for Life on Mars

Yongda Li is searching for life signatures on Mars through his doctoral research in DCU’s School of Biotechnology. He hopes that one day, his simple, low cost and effective tests will be deployed on a mission to Mars. In this piece, he describes how support from the Orla Benson Memorial Scholarship is helping to advance...
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Jennifer Dunne – Excelling in Sport and in Life

Dublin Ladies footballer Jennifer Dunne, is in her 4th and final year of studying a Bachelor of Education at DCU. Jennifer is now the recipient of the Paddy J Wright Sport Memorial Scholarship for two years running. In this piece, she describes how the scholarship has helped her to juggle her final year studies and...
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Access to the Workplace – Pietre & Jacobs

David Feighery, Director of Operations at Jacobs explains why they were inspired to support DCU’s Access to the Workplace Programme while Access Student, Pietre O’Sullivan, describes how the Access to the Workplace Programme was an invaluable opportunity for him.
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