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Transforming student lives

Sarah Torrans – Striking the Perfect Balance

Sarah Torrans is a third year General Nursing student at DCU from Knocklyon, Dublin. Sarah manages a busy schedule of completing her degree at DCU while also representing both DCU and Ireland on the hockey pitch. In this piece, she gives an insight into the 2018 Women’s Hockey World Cup, the 2021 Olympics and the...
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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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Entrepreneurship at DCU – CitySwift

CitySwift is just one of the successful businesses that has passed through DCU’s UStart programme. Brian O’Rourke, founder and Chief Executive of CitySwift, explains how the company first began and how UStart supported and guided the company to success. Where did the business idea for CitySwift come from? The initial idea for CitySwift originated back...
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SAP – Improving Lives

SAP has supported DCU’s Access Programme since 2006. In this piece, Liam Ryan, Managing Director – SAP Labs Ireland, describes how the company came to support DCU’s Access Programme and how business leaders have a responsibility to support and enable communities to continue as normal through the Covid-19 crisis. SAP has supported DCU’s Access Programme...
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Entrepreneurship at DCU – GiveBack.ie

Launched in 2018, GiveBack.ie is a passive way to raise funds to end street homelessness in Dublin. By downloading the social app, online shoppers can donate to the cause of homelessness without having to make a direct donation. Instead, the 1,200 retailers partnered with GiveBack.ie make a 1% to 10% donation on the online shopper’s...
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Supporting the Arts – 18 DCU students receive Arts Bursary Award

Eighteen students have received a DCU Arts Bursary Award for 2019/20 to invest in their chosen fields of excellence, which include literature, music, visual arts, dance, videography and photography. The bursaries were awarded by DCU’s Office of Student Life, with support from DCU Educational Trust. The Arts Bursary was established in 2009 to promote excellence...
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BT Ireland to match first €25,000 donated to new DCU Covid-19 Student Emergency Fund

DCU has launched a new DCU Covid-19 Student Emergency Fund in response to the challenges and financial hardship facing students due to the Covid-19 global pandemic. Leading communications services company, BT Ireland, has partnered with DCU to match the first €25,000 donated to the fund, meaning that DCU friends and alumni who support the appeal...
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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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Jacobs and Ark Life show Corporate Social Responsibility is still strong in face of Covid-19

DCU Educational Trust is delighted to announce that Jacobs and Ark Life are the latest companies to support DCU’s Access Programme, and both plan to provide work placement opportunities for students through the DCU Access to the Workplace Programme in 2020. These announcements come as welcome news for DCU Access students and demonstrate that in...
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