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 the Covid-19 global pandemic. Vilicom has supported DCU’s Access Programme since 2007. What motivates Vilicom...
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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, as a final year student teacher at DCU, became the first past pupil to return to her former school in inner city Dublin as a teacher. In this video, Chloe explains how DCU’s Access Programme...
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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 DCU’s Access Programme helped her to secure a place in DCU’s Marketing, Innovation and Technology course and stay in the course, despite facing many challenges. “I currently live in a council estate in Swords with...
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DCU Access to the Workplace wins Best Business and Third Level Institution Collaboration at the 2020 Education Awards

Education Awards Success for DCU Access to the Workplace

DCU Access to the Workplace has been announced as the winner of the Best Business and Third Level Institution Collaboration category at the Education Awards for 2020. The announcement was made at a special awards ceremony in the Ballsbridge Hotel on Thursday, 20th February. Established by DCU Educational Trust and DCU’s Access Service in 2019,...
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Three DCU Projects Announced as Awardees of the Social Innovation Fund Ireland Children and Youth Funds

Social Innovation Fund Ireland announced the Awardees of their 2019 Children and Youth Funds at a special awards ceremony today. Three DCU projects are included amongst the 14 awardees of the €9.5 million fund, which is made up of 50% private philanthropic funding, self-raised by 14 Awardees. The other half of the fund is supported...
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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 talks about his educational journey and the role of DCU’s Access Programme in helping him to pursue his dream of becoming a secondary school teacher. Growing up, I was lucky to have a very close-knit...
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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 interview, she explains what DCU means to her and why she is passionate about supporting...
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Memory of Deceased DCU Students and Friends Celebrated at Memorial Scholarship Ceremony

Past students, staff and friends of DCU were remembered at a special Memorial Scholarships event in The Helix at DCU today. Twenty-one students were presented with memorial scholarship awards named in honour of 14 individuals who have played a key role in the life of the University and in Irish society. Amongst those honoured through...
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Students pictured at the launch of DCU’s Access to the Workplace Programme for 2020 in DCU’s Glasnevin campus where DCU announced plans to double the number of summer work placements on offer to students from disadvantaged backgrounds through the programme to 100 next year. Pic: Marc O'Sullivan

Become an Access to the Workplace Partner for 2020!

DCU Educational Trust are seeking new companies to partner with the exciting DCU Access to the Workplace Programme for 2020. Established by DCU Educational Trust and DCU’s Access Service in 2019, the programme enables students from socio-economically disadvantaged backgrounds to secure high-quality, fully paid, professional summer work experience in established workplaces. In its introductory year,...
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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 15, Gemma was determined to attend university and worked hard to secure her place in DCU. In this piece, she explains how DCU’s Access Programme has helped her to overcome some challenges she has faced...
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