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Excellence and Opportunity

Over 200 Students Take Part in First In-person Access Orientation Since 2019

For the first time since 2019, first year DCU Access students were invited on campus for an Access orientation. Over the course of three days, over 200 students took part in the orientation which assisted them in transitioning into the third-level learning environment. Students received welcome addresses from the DCU President, Prof Daire Keogh, and...
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Ciara Furlong – Finding New Ways to Treat Illness

Ciara Furlong is a PhD candidate in DCU’s School of Biotechnology. In this piece, she explains how support from the Pierse Endowed Scholarship Fund has enabled her to pursue research that is coming up with solutions to the growing resistance of bacteria to antibiotics. I have always had a love of science and I opted...
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Jamie’s Story

Jamie is one of 1,144 students currently supported by DCU’s Access Programme in the 2021/22 academic year. In this video, Jamie describes how the DCU Access Programme enabled him to pursue his dream of third level education.
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Access to the Workplace – Faruq & Arachas

Declan Troy, Commercial Account Director at Arachas explains why they were inspired to support DCU’s Access to the Workplace Programme while Access Student, Faruq Raji, describes how the Access to the Workplace Programme was an invaluable opportunity for him.
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Yongda Li – Searching for Life on Mars

Yongda Li is searching for life signatures on Mars through his doctoral research in DCU’s School of Biotechnology. He hopes that one day, his simple, low cost and effective tests will be deployed on a mission to Mars. In this piece, he describes how support from the Orla Benson Memorial Scholarship is helping to advance...
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Jennifer Dunne – Excelling in Sport and in Life

Dublin Ladies footballer Jennifer Dunne, is in her 4th and final year of studying a Bachelor of Education at DCU. Jennifer is now the recipient of the Paddy J Wright Sport Memorial Scholarship for two years running. In this piece, she describes how the scholarship has helped her to juggle her final year studies and...
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Access to the Workplace – Pietre & Jacobs

David Feighery, Director of Operations at Jacobs explains why they were inspired to support DCU’s Access to the Workplace Programme while Access Student, Pietre O’Sullivan, describes how the Access to the Workplace Programme was an invaluable opportunity for him.
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Access to the Workplace – Bank of Ireland and Leela

DCU Access to the Workplace provides DCU Access students with a high quality internship during their summer break, hosted by leading Irish companies participating in the programme. In this video, Maria Maguire, Head of the Academy at Bank of Ireland, explains why they were inspired to support DCU’s Access to the Workplace Programme while Access...
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Access to the Workplace – The Maples Group & Natasha

DCU Access to the Workplace provides DCU Access students with a high quality internship during their summer break, hosted by leading Irish companies participating in the programme. In this video, Patrick Quinlan, Partner at Maples and Calder, the law firm of the Maples Group in Dublin, explains why they were inspired to support DCU’s Access...
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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 Language (ISL) in Ireland. Now in the third year of her studies on the Bachelor of Education – Irish Sign Language Pathway, Aimee Ennis McLoughlin, describes her journey so far and how her scholarship supported...
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