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Impact Stories

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. Now, working as a as an Educational Leader in Perth, 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...
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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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Amy’s Story

Originally from Cavan, Amy is currently studying a Masters in Climate Change: Policy, Media and Society in DCU after graduating with a BA in Journalism from DCU in 2019. In this piece, Amy describes how the Access Programme has supported her during her studies over the past four years. “Although neither of my parents went...
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Family Business Focus: Datascan

Datascan is a second generation Irish family business that specialises in document and information processing. In this piece, Orla Cafferty, Director at Datascan, explains how her parents founded the family business and how Datascan is handling the current global Covid-19 crisis. How did Datascan first begin? My parents, Padraic and Patricia, started a security service...
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Sarah’s Story

Sarah is currently studying a Masters in Social Media Communications after graduating with a BA in Communications Studies at DCU. In this piece, Sarah explains how Access has supported her throughout her undergraduate and masters degrees. “I grew up in Gorey in Wexford, where there aren’t many job opportunities for young people. My older sister...
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