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Transforming Student Lives (Access)

Chloe’s Story

Chloe Ward is a third year student from Coolock, Dublin, studying Computer Applications at DCU. In this piece, she describes why she decided to pursue third level education, her experience of a virtual work placement on this year’s Access to the Workplace programme and what it means to her to be an Access Ambassador. “I...
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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 and Curran, shares Mason Hayes and Curran’s motivation for supporting equal access to education in...
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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 community and their first years’ experience of hosting a student placement as part of the...
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Lauren’s Story

Lauren Ormsby is a third year student at DCU studying Early Childhood Education. In this piece, Lauren describes how the DCU Access UFirst programme supported her on her journey to third level education and why she decided to become an Access Ambassador. “My mam has always been a big advocate for myself and my younger...
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Eromonsele’s Story

Eromonsele Clements is a third year Mechatronic Engineering student at DCU. In this piece, he describes how the DCU UFirst Outreach Programme inspired him to pursue third level education and why he decided to become an ambassador for DCU and the DCU Access Programme.  “I moved over to Ireland from Nigeria with my mam, my...
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Ciara’s Story – Access Graduate

Originally from Dublin, Ciara Conran graduated from DCU with a BSc in Education and Training in 2010. In this piece, Ciara reflects on her life growing up in Clondalkin and the support the DCU Access Programme provided her with to complete her third level education. “My mother fell pregnant with me when she was just...
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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. Now, they are making face masks from linen and have kindly donated proceeds to many...
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#GiveBack2UandDCU social media wellbeing challenge launched to raise funds for students

DCU Educational Trust is calling on DCU friends and alumni to take part in a new social media wellbeing challenge to raise funds for DCU students facing financial challenges and hardship due to the recent Covid-19 global pandemic. Former Taoiseach, Enda Kenny, former Dublin senior footballer, Bernard Brogan, and TodayFM presenter, Matt Cooper will be...
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Amy’s Story

Originally from Cavan, Amy is currently studying a Masters in Climate Change: Policy, Media and Society in DCU after graduating with a BA in Journalism from DCU in 2019. In this piece, Amy describes how the Access Programme has supported her during her studies over the past four years. “Although neither of my parents went...
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Sarah’s Story

Sarah is currently studying a Masters in Social Media Communications after graduating with a BA in Communications Studies at DCU. In this piece, Sarah explains how Access has supported her throughout her undergraduate and masters degrees. “I grew up in Gorey in Wexford, where there aren’t many job opportunities for young people. My older sister...
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