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Transforming student lives

DCU’s 22nd Access Orientation goes online to welcome 320 new students

After a difficult year for the Leaving Certificate class of 2020, DCU’s Access Programme was delighted to welcome 320 new first year Access students to DCU this September. For the first time in its 22-year history, the Access Orientation Programme was delivered entirely online due to current Covid-19 restrictions. The orientation is a critical support...
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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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John Martin – Access students have ‘grit and determination’

John Martin graduated from DCU in 1986 with a B.Eng. in Electronic Engineering. A native of Co. Cavan, he emigrated to the United States after graduation and settled in the Boston area where today he is the founder and President of The Cavan Group, a boutique IT consulting firm. John is also a member of...
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Aideen O’Byrne – Believing in People and Their Potential

Following a chance encounter at a conference in DCU, Aideen O’Byrne discovered and became a supporter of DCU’s University of Sanctuary Programme. Aideen is an Executive Coach who works to empower senior leaders and high potentials to undertake their desired professional and personal transformation. Currently based in Singapore, although planning to return to Ireland full-time in...
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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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Primary Teaching Through Irish Sign Language – Kevin’s Story

In 2019, four students began their journey to becoming the first Deaf primary school teachers using Irish Sign Language (ISL) in Ireland. Kevin Dudley is just one of the four students, and in this piece he describes his experience of the B.Ed in Irish Sign Language at DCU so far. “I am profoundly deaf since...
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Evan Comerford – Excelling On and Off The Field

Playing with Dublin’s minor team, u21 team and senior football team over the last seven years, DCU student, Evan Comerford, has won an All-Ireland title with the u21 team alongside three All-Ireland titles with the senior football team. With all this at hand, Evan explains how he balances his college life with his sporting commitments....
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Folens – Supporting Equal Access to Education

Folens Publishers began supporting four students who communicate through Irish Sign Language to study a Bachelor of Education at DCU’s Institute of Education in 2019. Since then, Folens have gone on to support DCU’s Write to Read programme through donating books to participating primary schools in Ireland. In this piece, Andrew Miller, CEO of Folens,...
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New NTR Foundation Return-to-Work Scholarship for MSc in Climate Change

Dublin City University is delighted to announce the creation of a new NTR Foundation Return-to-Work Scholarship that will support an individual to complete DCU’s MSc in Climate Change: Policy, Media and Society, commencing in October 2020. The scholarship recipient will receive full fee support and a modest stipend to assist with educational expenses and living...
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