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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...
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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,...
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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,...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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)...
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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...
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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,...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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,...
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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....
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Chloe’s Story

DCU Access students embody DCU’s mission to transform lives and societies. Chloe Fowler is just one of these students, who,...
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Finding Sanctuary: Anne’s Story

Anne came to Ireland from Nigeria to seek asylum in 2016. She has lived in the direct provision system since...
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Kim’s Story

After several family bereavements, Kim wasn’t sure if she would make it to university. In this piece, Kim explains how...
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Nadia Power – Journey to Success

Nadia Power is a third year Marketing, Innovation and Technology student at DCU, who recently won bronze at the European...
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DCU’s Exoskeleton Programme – Hugh’s Story

Hugh Smith lives in Dublin with his wife and three children. He used to enjoy a thrill-seeking lifestyle, which unfortunately...
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Encouraging Creative Use of Digital Technology in the Classroom

Professor Deirdre Butler of DCU’s Institute of Education is an internationally recognised leader in the creative use of digital technologies...
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Jason’s Story

Jason is a second year student, completing a BA in Religious Education and History at DCU. In this piece, he...
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DCU’s Exoskeleton Programme – Deirdre’s Story

Deirdre Heffernan, originally from Co. Mayo, lived a normal life in Dublin until she experienced a rare life-changing illness which...
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Gemma’s Story

Gemma Treacy from Cloghran is a final year Multimedia student in DCU. After having her daughter at the age of...
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Access to the Workplace: Lauren & Vodafone

Head of Talent at Vodafone, Claudine McMahon, explains why Vodafone were inspired to support DCU’s Access to the Workplace programme...
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A Second Chance in Life – Sisa’s Story

Sisa Bhebhe came to Ireland from Zimbabwe in 2013 as an asylum seeker. In September 2018, Sisa was able to...
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DCU Access Students Enjoy Digicel Summer Internships

Digicel and DCU Educational Trust have collaborated for a number of years to provide unique work experience for final year...
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Brendan Hyland – The Olympic Dream

Brendan Hyland has just completed his final year in Accounting and Finance at Dublin City University. In the coming weeks,...
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James’ Story

James McDonald grew up in Ballymun and from an early age hoped to attend the university that he could see...
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Casey’s Story

Casey McHugh is in her second year studying the BA in Communications Studies at DCU. She is from a small...
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Claire’s Story

Claire Joyce is in her third year studying Irish and Geography at the DCU Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences....
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Write to Read - Stephen Brett

Write to Read – Developing readers, writers and thinkers

Write to Read is a professional development model that supports teachers to deliver high quality literacy programmes for children. Developed...
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Sean’s Story

Sean Trimble comes from a north Dublin community where just 15% of students progress to third level education. With the...
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Joy Newton - NTR Scholarship recipient for 2018/19

Joy Newton – Addressing Climate Change

Joy Newton from Co. Sligo, a graduate of DCU’s BA in Communications Studies, is one of the two NTR Foundation...
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Access to the Workplace – PwC & Emmanuella

In this video, PwC People Partner, Emma Scott, explains how supporting the Access to the Workplace programme allows the company...
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Access to the Workplace – Amy & National Recruitment Federation

In this video, Access Student, Amy Nannery, outlines how the Access to the Workplace programme gave her the opportunity to...
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Access to the Workplace – Maitiu & Matthews Coach Hire

In this video, DCU Access student, Maitiu MacUaid, explains how the Access to the Workplace programme gave him the opportunity...
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Sky is the limit for Access Graduate Emma Lockwood

Emma is an Access student who recently graduated with a BA in Law and Politics at DCU and is now...
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Memorial Scholarship Recipients 2017-2018

Time spent at DCU has a special place in the hearts of many students, staff and alumni. Through a memorial...
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Diarmuid O’Connor – Finding a Successful Balance

At just 22 years old, DCU student Diarmuid O’Connor has experienced sporting achievements of which most young GAA players could...
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Sophie Becker – Racing Ahead with DCU

Sophie Becker from Wexford is a promising young Irish athlete, who has represented Ireland in international competition at the U23...
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Washington Ireland Programme: Diana’s story

Diana Oprea moved from Romania to Ireland in 2011 and settled in Rush, Co. Dublin with her family. She is...
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Mathias Urban – Desmond Chair in Early Childhood Education

Professor Mathias Urban was appointed as the Desmond Chair in Early Childhood Education at DCU in 2017. The Chair was...
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Laura Brady - UrbanVolt scholarship recipient 2017/18

Laura Brady – UrbanVolt Scholar

Twenty-two year old Laura Brady from Drumhillock in County Monaghan was the inaugural recipient of the UrbanVolt postgraduate scholarship in...
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Shepherd’s Story

Shepherd moved to Ireland in 2007 from Zimbabwe, fleeing political persecution and violence under the regime of Robert Mugabe and...
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Supporting Irish Family Business: Colourtrend

Rachel O’Connor is Head of Sales with Colourtrend, one of Ireland’s leading decorative paint brands. In this interview, she explains...
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Access Graduate Ray Moran is Aiming High

Access graduate Raymond Moran grew up in an area where it wasn’t the norm to progress to higher education. Today...
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GiveBack.ie – Funding Homeless Charities

20-year old UStart participant James Gallagher from Ratoath in County Meath is a 3rd year Computer Applications student at DCU...
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Improving assessment in Irish education

US-based testing company Prometric committed almost €1 million to support assessment research at DCU which led to the appointment of...
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Top of her game: Sarah Rowe

In September 2017, DCU PE and Biology student Sarah Rowe took to the field with Mayo to contest the LGFA...
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Family Business Focus: EPS Group

Patrick Buckley is Managing Director of family business EPS Group, a leading provider of water and wastewater treatment and pumping...
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Daniel Harvey – Access Student

Daniel Harvey is a final year Business Studies student in DCU who has overcome significant setbacks to completing his degree...
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S-Man Security Travel Platform

Sheelagh Brady is a former Garda who left the force in 2012 to work with the UN as a Senior...
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Colette Keogh – Access Officer

For many DCU Access students coming to university can be a challenge. Access Post-Entry Support Officer, Colette Keogh, explains why...
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DCU Access: The World is Full of Possibility

With the DCU Access Programme – the world is always full of possibility for talented young people – no matter...
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Emma’s Story

Emma is an Access student in her final year studying for a BA in Law and Politics at DCU. In...
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Jamie’s Story

Jamie completed his BCL in Law and Society at DCU in 2017. His story represents the journey of many of...
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Michael’s Story

Michael is a 3rd year Marketing, Innovation and Technology student at DCU. In this piece, he explains the opportunities which...
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Cathal’s Story

Cathal is a Marketing, Innovation and Technology student at DCU. The eldest of three children from Athlone, he is now...
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Hannah’s Story

Discover how DCU’s Access programme helped journalism student Hannah Kelly to become the second person in her family to attend...
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Forging stronger links between Ireland and India

With seed funding from DCU Educational Trust, the Ireland India Institute established a presence in 2016 and won a €3.8...
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George Mihailescu in his lab

George’s Story

George Mihailescu is a third year Physics with Biomedical Science student at DCU. After moving to Ireland, George’s parents settled...
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CitySwifter

CitySwifter is a transport technology platform that enables commuters and event attenders to crowd-source transport. It was set up in...
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What University Means to Me: DCU Access Students

DCU Access students past and present describe how higher education is changing their lives.
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