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.

Harry Hartford – Levelling the Playing Field

Originally from north county Dublin, Harry Hartford now lives in Los Angeles where he is the President and Head of Fundamental Research at Causeway Capital, an investment management firm which he co-founded in June 2001. In this piece, he talks...
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Facebook – Collaborating to Address Online Safety

In 2018, Facebook launched a major partnership with DCU’s National Anti-Bullying Centre to develop and offer the FUSE Anti-Bullying and Online Safety Programme to all post-primary schools across Ireland. In this piece, Gareth Lambe – VP, International Business Planning and...
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Joe Doyle – Supporting DCU from Moscow

Joe Doyle graduated from DCU in 1994 with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Studies. Since then, Joe has worked for Esso, Tesco Ireland, Net start-up ebeon, and telecoms supplier Ericsson. From Dublin, he has been on assignment in more than...
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The Community Foundation for Ireland – Vision for an equal Ireland

The Community Foundation for Ireland first began supporting the DCU Access Programme in 2015 and have since  gone on to support DCU’s Write to Read literacy project. In this piece, Denise Charlton, Community Foundation for Ireland CEO, describes what inspired...
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Deloitte – Enabling People to Excel

Deloitte has a long history of collaboration with DCU since 2007, supporting many initiatives throughout the years including the creation of an Endowed Access Scholarship Fund, support for women’s rugby and most recently support for research into virtual and hybrid...
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Dr Tim Mahony Memorial Scholarship – supporting arts and culture at DCU

Dr Tim Mahony, Founder and Chairman of Toyota Ireland, was one of Ireland’s foremost business figures and a leading philanthropist. His lifelong love of music, education and Irish culture lay behind his generous support of a vast array of cultural...
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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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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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Mason Hayes & Curran – Addressing Educational Disadvantage

Mason Hayes and Curran LLP first began supporting the DCU Access Programme in 2009. Since then, they have gone on to partner with the DCU Access to the Workplace programme. In this piece, Paul Rochford, Education Partner at Mason Hayes...
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eShopWorld – Engaging with Local Communities

eShopWorld began supporting the DCU Access Programme in 2019, and has subsequently become a partner of the DCU Access to the Workplace programme. In this piece, Sharon Scally, Head of HR at eShopWorld, speaks about eShopWorld’s commitment to their local...
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Folens – Supporting Equal Access to Education

Folens Publishers began supporting four students who communicate through Irish Sign Language to study a Bachelor of Education at DCU’s Institute of Education in 2019. Since then, Folens have gone on to support DCU’s Write to Read programme through donating...
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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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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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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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