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Transforming student lives

Write to Read

Ireland suffers from a sizeable literacy achievement gap between children in low and high socio-economic status communities. Research by the Educational Research Centre shows that almost 1 in 5 children in disadvantaged schools leave primary school reading at or below the 10th percentile of standardises tests of reading achievement. At this level, a child would...
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Blayne’s Story – Access Graduate

Blayne Walsh graduated with a BSc in Chemical and Pharmaceutical Science from DCU in 2011. Since then, he has gone on to work with leading pharmaceutical companies such as Pfizer and Allergan. In this piece, Blayne explains how the support he received from the DCU Access Programme helped him to get to where he is...
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Leading businesses to provide DCU Access students with virtual or hybrid internships

Over 180 business leaders attended a virtual event hosted by DCU Educational Trust on Wednesday, 20th January, to hear about building diverse talent pipelines, the role of internships, and virtual or hybrid work placements as a valuable experience for both interns and companies in a Covid-19 world. The event marked the launch of DCU’s 2021...
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ISTAT Partners with DCU to Support the Future of the Aviation Industry

Despite challenging times for the global aviation industry, International Society of Transport Aircraft Trading (ISTAT) has made a major commitment to supporting DCU Access students from socio-economically disadvantaged backgrounds to pursue a career in aviation. In 2020, ISTAT pledged to support four first year DCU Access students studying Aviation Management for the duration of their...
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FUSE: Tackling Bullying and Online Safety

The meaning of FUSE is to join or blend to form a single entity. Through Irish and international best research practice, DCU’s National Anti-Bullying Research and Resource Centre developed the FUSE programme to connect the whole school community as one to empower them to tackle bullying and online safety together. In this piece, Darran Heaney,...
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DCU Projects Receive Funding from ReThink Ireland Boost-it Fund

DCU’s Access to the Workplace Programme and DCU’s Changemaker Schools Network Programme have received additional funding from ReThink Ireland’s “Boost-it” Education and Mental Health Fund, which was established to support existing Rethink Ireland awardees to stay engaged with young people for the duration of the Covid-19 crisis and beyond. Both programmes were also recipients of...
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Microsoft Ireland, Norma Smurfit and William Kelly Receive DCU Leadership Awards for 2020

Microsoft Ireland Managing Director, Cathriona Hallahan, and philanthropist Norma Smurfit were awarded the Corporate Leadership Award and Individual Leadership Award respectively at DCU Educational Trust’s Leadership Circle Event on Wednesday 2nd December. Dean of Teaching and Learning at DCU, William Kelly, was also awarded the Staff Leadership Award at the virtual event. The annual DCU...
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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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