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Excellence and Opportunity
Laura Brady - UrbanVolt scholarship recipient 2017/18

Laura Brady – UrbanVolt Scholar

Twenty-two year old Laura Brady from Drumhillock in County Monaghan was the inaugural recipient of the UrbanVolt postgraduate scholarship in 2017/18. She explains how the scholarship opportunity has enabled her to pursue a future career in human resources. “I have always had a keen interest in business which stemmed from growing up on my parents...
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Shepherd’s Story

Shepherd moved to Ireland in 2007 from Zimbabwe, fleeing political persecution and violence under the regime of Robert Mugabe and his ZANU-PF party. Shepherd had lived in the town of Gweru for his entire life. He was happily working as a salesperson selling industrial equipment and protective clothing whilst raising two children with his girlfriend,...
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Access Graduate Ray Moran is Aiming High

Access graduate Raymond Moran grew up in an area where it wasn’t the norm to progress to higher education. Today he has a BSc in Genetics and Cell Biology and a PhD in Molecular Evolution and is aiming to win a Nobel prize. In this video, he explains how the support of the DCU Access...
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Daniel Harvey – Access Student

Daniel Harvey is a final year Business Studies student in DCU who has overcome significant setbacks to completing his degree that included a near fatal accident and the death of a parent. Daniel has been supported in his studies by the DCU Access Programme and he is now sharing his story to raise awareness about...
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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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