Our Supporters

We rely on the vision and generosity of our supporters to transform lives and society through education. All donations, no matter what size, have a powerful impact.

From talking to our donors, we know they have been inspired in many different ways to support DCU. We hope that you enjoy some of their stories below.

Irish Linen House – Supporting Students in Need

Irish Linen House is a family business that creates tableware from sustainable 100% Irish linen in Smithfield, Dublin. When lockdown measures were imposed in Ireland, Irish Linen House had to rethink their brand and products to survive as a business....
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John Martin – Access students have ‘grit and determination’

John Martin graduated from DCU in 1986 with a B.Eng. in Electronic Engineering. A native of Co. Cavan, he emigrated to the United States after graduation and settled in the Boston area where today he is the founder and President...
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SAP – Improving Lives

SAP has supported DCU’s Access Programme since 2006. In this piece, Liam Ryan, Managing Director – SAP Labs Ireland, describes how the company came to support DCU’s Access Programme and how business leaders have a responsibility to support and enable...
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Vilicom – Nurturing Talent

Vilicom is a long-standing supporter of DCU’s Access Programme. In this piece, Sean Keating, CEO of Vilicom, explains how this support is in line with their core value of nurturing talent and why businesses should continue to support philanthropy during...
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Aideen O’Byrne – Believing in People and Their Potential

Following a chance encounter at a conference in DCU, Aideen O’Byrne discovered and became a supporter of DCU’s University of Sanctuary Programme. Aideen is an Executive Coach who works to empower senior leaders and high potentials to undertake their desired...
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Kevin Marshall, Head of Education, Microsoft Ireland

Microsoft – Shaping the Future of Learning

In 2019, Microsoft collaborated with DCU to deliver a Student Teacher Digital Skills Project, which aimed to increase the confidence and competence of student teachers to use coding and computational thinking in the design of learning activities. The project saw...
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Lorraine Corcoran – Helping People to Help Themselves

After completing a Masters in International Relations at DCU in 2012, Lorraine Corcoran went on to establish the company Afanite, which helps non-profit organisations to become more commercially oriented and helps for-profit companies to achieve their social goals. In this...
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Lorna Martyn, Head of Technology, Fidelity Investments. Picture by Shane O'Neill, SON Photographic.

Fidelity Investments Ireland – Enabling Access students to ‘Blaze Their Own Trail’

Fidelity Investments Ireland are longstanding supporters of the DCU Access Programme. In this piece, Lorna Martyn, Head of Technology with Fidelity Ireland explains how their support for Access scholarships resonates with their core values of diversity and inclusion. Lorna has...
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Christopher Murray – A Lifelong Connection to DCU

Software designer and developer Christopher Murray graduated from DCU, or the National Institute for Higher Education as it was then known, with a degree in Applied Physics in 1986. He has maintained a strong relationship with his alma mater since...
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Ornua – Creating a University of Sanctuary Scholarship

In 2018, Ornua, Ireland’s largest exporter of dairy products and owner of the iconic Kerrygold brand, announced their support for a scholarship to enable an asylum seeker to complete an undergraduate degree through DCU’s University of Sanctuary initiative. In this...
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Deutsche Bank – Supporting Write to Read to Improve Children’s Literacy Outcomes

In 2012, Deutsche Bank staff decided to support a little known literacy research project with a big aim—to improve literacy outcomes for children in disadvantaged schools and communities in Ireland. The project, Write to Read, was inspired by award winning...
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NTR Foundation Scholarships recipients for 2018/19 pictured with Vicky Brown of NTR Foundation and Professor Brian MacCraith, President of DCU

NTR Foundation – Supporting Future Climate Change Leaders

The NTR Foundation is an independent philanthropic organisation, founded in 2008 by NTR plc, a leading investor and asset manager of renewable energy projects. In 2018, the Foundation announced a new partnership with DCU Educational Trust to offer two scholarship...
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PwC

PwC – Supporting DCU for over 20 years

PwC has been a longstanding supporter of DCU for over 20 years. In a recent interview with Ronan Furlong, Partner PwC Ireland, he explains what motivates them to support DCU in its mission to transform lives and societies through education,...
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Supporting DCU Access Students – Irish American Partnership

The Irish American Partnership has continued to support the DCU Access Programme since 1998. In a recent interview with Therese Murphy from the Irish American Partnership, she explains what motivates them to support DCU’s Access Programme. DCU has approximately 1,300...
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Ger McDonnell Access Scholarship Programme – A legacy of supporting DCU students

DCU boasts many notable graduates- media personalities, academics, sports stars adorn the long list of alumni who have used DCU as a springboard for their careers. Among them sits Ger McDonnell. Ger graduated in the Class of 1993 with a...
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Robert Mulhall accepts DCU Corporate Leadership Award on behalf of AIB

AIB – Supporting Ireland’s future economic development through DCU

Robert Mulhall is a DCU graduate and currently Managing Director – Consumer Banking Ireland with AIB. In this article, he explains what has inspired AIB to support DCU’s Centre for Family Business and Ireland’s first Chair in Data Analytics at...
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Ciaran Clancy - Neogen

Neogen – Supporting DCU Access Students

Creative, print and signage company Neogen was established by DCU graduate Ciaran Clancy and his business partner Julian McDermott in 2004. In this interview, Ciarán describes how the company came to support DCU’s Access Scholarship Programme and what continues to...
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Irish American Partnership Feature

Supporting STEM Education in Ireland – Irish American Partnership

The Irish American Partnership has supported initiatives to improve the teaching and learning of primary science in rural schools since 2003 in collaboration with St Patrick’s College, Drumcondra and now DCU Institute of Education. In this interview, Therese Murphy, Communications...
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Fiona Kelly – Access Donor

Fiona Kelly is a DCU graduate and donor to the DCU Access Programme. In this video, she explains how she was inspired to support the programme after speaking with a student caller during a recent Access Telethon.
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Bank of Ireland – Supporting Sport at DCU

Bank of Ireland representatives Gary Holligan, Manager, Dublin North and DCU Branch Manager, Dave Kelly speak about the bank’s support for the DCU Bank of Ireland Sports Academy. Driven by a highly skilled team, the DCU Bank of Ireland Sports...
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