Anna Sheeran

DCU Access Students Embark on Digicel Internships in Jamaica

DCU Educational Trust is delighted to continue its partnership with Digicel to provide DCU Access Students with unique summer internships. This summer, three students will head to the Caribbean to complete a ten-week work placement with Digicel. Through this partnership, which has been running since 2011, DCU Access students Amy McMahon, Austin Ackim Phiri and...
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Beibhinn Parsons – Excelling in Rugby and University

DCU student Beibhinn Parsons became the youngest capped player in Irish rugby at 16 – and five years later, she’s blazing a trail for Ireland at the World Rugby Sevens Series as one of the season’s top try-scorers. In this piece, she shares how DCU Sports is helping her balance Communications coursework with Olympic ambitions....
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Making a Difference – Mellisa’s Story

Mellisa is a final-year student studying Nursing (Mental Health) in DCU. She left Zimbabwe in 2016, when the country was under the regime of Robert Mugabe. As she completes her final nursing placement, she reflects on how far she has come with the help of the University of Sanctuary programme. “I came to Ireland from...
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Students at graduation

DCU Access to Offer First PhD Scholarship

DCU is accepting applications for a fully funded four-year PhD with a €19,000 annual stipend, supported by DCU Access. This is the first time the service has offered support at PhD level. The Access service is in a position to offer the scholarship following a donation to DCU Educational Trust. DCU Access has previously provided...
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Aircastle – Bridging Communities with the DCU University of Sanctuary Programme

Sarah Clarkin is Executive Vice President, Legal and a director of Aircastle (Ireland) Limited. In this piece, she explains what has inspired the leading aviation company to support the DCU University of Sanctuary programme since 2018. Can you tell us a bit about Aircastle’s connection with DCU? We reached out to Dublin City University in 2018...
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Eleanor Meritt

Eleanor Meritt – Looking to the Future

Eleanor Meritt is a Senior Vice President at Oracle in Silicon Valley. She completed her undergraduate degree in Computer Applications at DCU in 1990 and began working with Oracle as a Software Developer in the same year. In 2021, America’s National Diversity Council recognised Eleanor as one of America’s Most Powerful Women in Technology. She shares...
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Opening Doors – brings Access Support Full Circle

Karena Flynn Thai graduated from DCU in 2009 and now works for as their Sales Account Director. In this piece, she talks about the company’s support for DCU and how this has helped to develop the company’s inclusive atmosphere. She aims to give support and to champion young people from disadvantaged backgrounds to become...
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DCU Access Students Take Off with Digicel Internship in St. Lucia

DCU Educational Trust is delighted to continue its partnership with Digicel to provide a completely unique summer internship experience for DCU Access students. For the first time since 2019, two final year students who have just completed their university courses will head to the Caribbean this June to complete a ten week marketing work placement...
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Yongda Li – Searching for Life on Mars

Yongda Li is searching for life signatures on Mars through his doctoral research in DCU’s School of Biotechnology. He hopes that one day, his simple, low cost and effective tests will be deployed on a mission to Mars. In this piece, he describes how support from the Orla Benson Memorial Scholarship is helping to advance...
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Jennifer Dunne – Excelling in Sport and in Life

Dublin Ladies footballer Jennifer Dunne, is in her 4th and final year of studying a Bachelor of Education at DCU. Jennifer is now the recipient of the Paddy J Wright Sport Memorial Scholarship for two years running. In this piece, she describes how the scholarship has helped her to juggle her final year studies and...
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