Anna Sheeran

Mark Smyth – Breaking National Records

Sprinter and DCU Master’s student Mark Smyth is the reigning Irish 200m champion and holds the national record for the indoor 200m. This June, he’s representing Ireland at the 2023 European Games in Krakow. In this piece, he discusses how DCU Sports and Wellbeing has enabled him to balance high-performance sport with his studies in...
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AIB – Supporting Irish Family Businesses

Jim O’Keefe is Managing Director of Retail Banking at AIB, a longstanding partner in our mission to transform lives and societies. In this piece, Jim explains why AIB is proud to support DCU’s National Centre for Family Business. Tell us about AIB’s partnership with DCU. AIB is a longstanding partner of DCU’s National Centre for...
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Is Game-Based Learning the Future of Education?

Dr Éadaoin Slattery is a postdoctoral researcher in game-based learning and assessment at the Centre for Assessment Research, Policy and Practice in Education at DCU. Her research into digital game-based learning with Prof. Deirdre Butler is made possible by the collaboration and support of Dream Space at Microsoft Ireland. How did you first develop an...
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Niall Whelan – Promoting Opportunities for All

Niall Whelan is a DCU alumnus and Principle Business Intelligence Analyst at Intapp. In this piece, he looks back on his time at DCU and shares why he’s proud to support the DCU Access Programme. Tell us a bit about your connection to DCU. I studied my Master’s in Electronic Engineering part-time at DCU, between...
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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 qualified for the Olympics after blazing a trail for Ireland at the World Rugby Sevens Series. In the run up to that qualification, she shared how DCU Sports is helping her balance Communications coursework with...
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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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