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Transforming student lives

Vilicom – Nurturing Talent

Vilicom is a long-standing supporter of DCU’s Access Programme. In this piece, Sean Keating, CEO of Vilicom, explains how this support is in line with their core value of nurturing talent and why businesses should continue to support philanthropy during the Covid-19 global pandemic. Vilicom has supported DCU’s Access Programme since 2007. What motivates Vilicom...
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Chloe’s Story

DCU Access students embody DCU’s mission to transform lives and societies. Chloe Fowler is just one of these students, who, as a final year student teacher at DCU, became the first past pupil to return to her former school in inner city Dublin as a teacher. In this video, Chloe explains how DCU’s Access Programme...
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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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Finding Sanctuary: Anne’s Story

Anne came to Ireland from Nigeria to seek asylum in 2016. She has lived in the direct provision system since that time and in 2017, she began her MSc in Management of Operations through DCU Connected, with support from DCU’s University of Sanctuary initiative. “Moving alone to a country with a different culture can be...
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Kim’s Story

After several family bereavements, Kim wasn’t sure if she would make it to university. In this piece, Kim explains how DCU’s Access Programme helped her to secure a place in DCU’s Marketing, Innovation and Technology course and stay in the course, despite facing many challenges. “I currently live in a council estate in Swords with...
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DCU Access to the Workplace wins Best Business and Third Level Institution Collaboration at the 2020 Education Awards

Education Awards Success for DCU Access to the Workplace

DCU Access to the Workplace has been announced as the winner of the Best Business and Third Level Institution Collaboration category at the Education Awards for 2020. The announcement was made at a special awards ceremony in the Ballsbridge Hotel on Thursday, 20th February. Established by DCU Educational Trust and DCU’s Access Service in 2019,...
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Three DCU Projects Announced as Awardees of the Social Innovation Fund Ireland Children and Youth Funds

Social Innovation Fund Ireland announced the Awardees of their 2019 Children and Youth Funds at a special awards ceremony today. Three DCU projects are included amongst the 14 awardees of the €9.5 million fund, which is made up of 50% private philanthropic funding, self-raised by 14 Awardees. The other half of the fund is supported...
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Jason’s Story

Jason is a second year student, completing a BA in Religious Education and History at DCU. In this piece, he talks about his educational journey and the role of DCU’s Access Programme in helping him to pursue his dream of becoming a secondary school teacher. Growing up, I was lucky to have a very close-knit...
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Lorraine Corcoran – Helping People to Help Themselves

After completing a Masters in International Relations at DCU in 2012, Lorraine Corcoran went on to establish the company Afanite, which helps non-profit organisations to become more commercially oriented and helps for-profit companies to achieve their social goals. In this interview, she explains what DCU means to her and why she is passionate about supporting...
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Memory of Deceased DCU Students and Friends Celebrated at Memorial Scholarship Ceremony

Past students, staff and friends of DCU were remembered at a special Memorial Scholarships event in The Helix at DCU today. Twenty-one students were presented with memorial scholarship awards named in honour of 14 individuals who have played a key role in the life of the University and in Irish society. Amongst those honoured through...
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