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Impact Stories

Aimee’s Story: Becoming Ireland’s First Deaf Primary Teachers Using Irish Sign Language

In 2019, four students began their journey at DCU to become the first Deaf primary school teachers using Irish Sign Language (ISL) in Ireland. Now in the third year of her studies on the Bachelor of Education – Irish Sign Language Pathway, Aimee Ennis McLoughlin, describes her journey so far and how her scholarship supported...
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Nathan’s Story

Nathan is one of 1,168 students currently supported by DCU’s Access Programme in the 2020/21 academic year. In this video, Nathan describes how the DCU Access Programme enabled him to pursue his dream of third level education.
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Steven’s Story – Giving Back as an Access Graduate

Steven Colgan graduated from DCU with a degree in Economics, Politics and Law in 2013. During his time in university, Steven was supported by DCU’s Access Programme. Today, he works as a solicitor with law firm DWF, where he is actively engaged in supporting DCU Access students through the company’s partnership with the DCU Access...
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Chantel’s Story

DCU Access students embody DCU’s mission to transform lives and societies. In this video, final year Analytical Science student Chantel describes how the DCU Access Programme enabled her to pursue her dream of third level education.
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Write to Read – Improving Literacy Outcomes for Children Across Ireland

Francis Street CBS first got involved with the Write to Read Programme in 2019 to improve student’s writing and reading abilities. In this piece, sixth class teacher David Tonge describes the impact the programme has had on both students and teachers at Francis Street CBS. Why did your school first get involved in the Write...
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Nathan M’s Story

Nathan Murphy is in his second year studying a BA in Politics and Law (Joint Honours) at DCU. In this piece, he describes how the DCU Access Programme has supported him on his journey to third level education. “I’ve wanted to go to college at DCU since my very first year in secondary school. I...
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Nabin’s Story

The DCU Access Programme gives students the opportunity to fulfil their potential in life, no matter who they are or where they come from. In this video, second year business student Nabin describes how the support DCU’s Access Programme has enabled him to pursue his dream of third level education.  
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Martin’s Story – Access Graduate

Martin Lynch graduated from DCU with a Bachelor in Business Studies in 2009. Since then, Martin has completed a MSc in International Marketing Practice at UCD Smurfit and has also worked with globally recognised Irish organisations. In this piece, Martin describes how the DCU Access Programme has helped him fulfil his potential in life. “I...
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Victoria’s Story

Victoria O’Toole is a final year Law and Society student at DCU from Co. Wicklow. In this piece, Victoria explains how the DCU Access Programme has supported her in her dreams of pursuing third level education. “I was never really aware of the social divide in Ireland until I got to secondary school. I soon...
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Access to the Workplace 2021 Launch: Re-imagining Future Talent in the Workplace

To celebrate the launch of the DCU Access to the Workplace Programme 2021, listen to our expert panel of speakers to discuss “Re-imagining future talent in the workplace: Diversifying and maintaining your talent pipeline in a virtual or hybrid world.” Speakers include: Jim Gavin, six-time All-Ireland winning former Dublin Men’s Senior Football Manager and Assistant...
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