DCU Access Programme

We believe that talented youth should have the opportunity to fulfil their potential in life, no matter who they are or where they come from. This is why we operate the largest access programme of any university in Ireland with over 1,000 Access students enrolled at DCU in 2022/23.

Our Access Programme encourages young people from socio-economically disadvantaged backgrounds to consider third level education as a viable option and provides the necessary personal, financial and academic supports to help them complete their course of study.

The generosity of our supporters is critical in enabling DCU’s Access programme to transform the lives of our students, and in turn our whole society, by creating equality of access to third level education in Ireland.

Meet our Access students

Joanna’s Story

Joanna Ozougwu is a third-year DCU student in Mechatronic Engineering, whose success in university encouraged...
Continue Reading

The Sky is the Limit – Aaron’s Story

Growing up in foster care, Aaron dreamed of becoming a pilot. In this video, he...
Continue Reading

Turning Our Lives Around – Amy’s Story

DCU’s Excellence and Opportunity Fund creates an open door for bright minds to excel at DCU. In this...
Continue Reading
Michael Alake

Michael’s Story

Michael Alake is a first year Engineering student in DCU. In this piece, he describes...
Continue Reading

Jamie’s Story

Jamie is one of 1,144 students currently supported by DCU’s Access Programme in the 2021/22...
Continue Reading

Access to the Workplace – Faruq & Arachas

Declan Troy, Commercial Account Director at Arachas explains why they were inspired to support DCU’s...
Continue Reading

Support Excellence & Opportunity at DCU

Empower DCU students today to fulfil their potential and shape the world of tomorrow.

More Excellence and Opportunity Projects

Doctoral Research Opportunities

Our doctoral students play a vital role in driving forward research that transforms lives and societies. Whether it is developing...

Autism Friendly University

Autism is a developmental condition that affects how one understands, relates to, and communicates with, other people, and the world....

University of Sanctuary

DCU’s University of Sanctuary programme welcomes refugees and asylum seekers into the university community and fosters a culture of inclusion...

DCU Access Programme

We believe that talented youth should have the opportunity to fulfil their potential in life, no matter who they are...