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Excellence and Opportunity

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 who they are or where they come from. Watch our short video below to see how DCU Access has supported over 3,037 young people to pursue their dreams since 1990.
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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 this piece, she explains what the opportunity to attend university means to her. “I didn’t always think that I would go to college – that just wasn’t the aspiration for most young people where I...
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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 our 1,285 Access students currently enrolled at the University. “Growing up as the eldest of six siblings in Ballymun, I wasn’t sure that law would be within my reach. But thankfully I got to experience...
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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 the Access Programme and higher education have opened up for him. “Since occupying the role of Head of Marketing at my transition year mini company I knew that the business world was for me and...
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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 in his 3rd year. Cathal has worked on two DCU Access Telethons to raise funds for the Access programme and is passionate about giving back in whatever way he can. “I always knew that I...
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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 university.
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DCU Access Programme

We believe that talented youth should have the opportunity to fulfil their potential in life, no matter who they are or where they come from. This is why we operate the largest access programme of any university in Ireland with 1,144 Access students enrolled at DCU in 2021/22. Our Access Programme encourages young people from...
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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 in Dublin’s inner city where he was born and spent his early years before moving to west Dublin where he still lives today. “Just six of my secondary school classmates went to university, most of...
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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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