Transforming Student Lives (Access)

Ciara’s Story – Access Graduate

Originally from Dublin, Ciara Conran graduated from DCU with a BSc in Education and Training in 2010. Now, working as a as an Educational Leader in Perth, 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...
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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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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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