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Impact Stories

Nathan’s Story

Nathan Burke is a second year Law and History student from Coolock. In this piece, Nathan explains how the DCU Access Programme has given him the opportunity to show his family and friends that, with the right supports, you can go to university no matter who you are or where you come from. “I grew...
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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 Event 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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Blayne’s Story – Access Graduate

Blayne Walsh graduated with a BSc in Chemical and Pharmaceutical Science from DCU in 2011. Since then, he has gone on to work with leading pharmaceutical companies such as Pfizer and Allergan. In this piece, Blayne explains how the support he received from the DCU Access Programme helped him to get to where he is...
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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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