Excellence and Opportunity

An open door for bright minds…

At DCU, we’re here to transform. We invest in people and get them to where they want to be, helping our students to become something beyond expectation and make their mark.

We believe that our student population should be truly reflective of our diverse society, and our doors are open to all.  We are proud to lead the way in widening participation in higher education in Ireland, and in enabling our students to excel. From establishing Ireland’s first university access programme in 1990, to becoming Ireland’s first Autism Friendly University, we have always understood that some students need extra supports to pursue their university dream and to thrive in their studies.

We also believe in recognising and supporting excellence, through scholarships that celebrate academic achievement, and by creating opportunities for talented students to pursue doctoral research that makes an impact.

To find out more, we invite you to explore some of the projects supported by our Excellence and Opportunity Fund below:

Autism Friendly University

Autism is a developmental condition that affects how one understands, relates to, and communicates with, other people, and the world....
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University of Sanctuary

DCU’s University of Sanctuary programme welcomes refugees and asylum seekers into the university community and fosters a culture of inclusion...
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DCU Access Programme

We believe that talented youth should have the opportunity to fulfil their potential in life, no matter who they are...
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