Donor Stories

Enriching a Student’s Journey – Chartered Accountants Ireland and DCU Access to the Workplace

Francesca Fitzpatrick is Programme Officer for Chartered Accountants Ireland’s Thrive Wellbeing Hub. In this piece, she explains what motivates the largest and longest established accountancy body in Ireland to support DCU Access to the Workplace. What inspired Chartered Accountants Ireland to take part in DCU Access to the Workplace? At Chartered Accountants Ireland, we were...
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Equinix and DCU Anti-Bullying Centre Launch a New Partnership

Equinix, the world’s digital infrastructure company ®, is partnering with Dublin City University’s Anti-Bullying Centre to support vital research in anti-bullying. In this piece, Peter Lantry, Equinix’s Managing Director for Ireland, and Prof James O’Higgins Norman, Director of DCU Anti-Bullying Centre and UNESCO Chair in Bullying and Cyberbullying, discuss their shared goal of a world...
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Equal Opportunities in Solar Power: Elgin Energy and DCU’s Access to the Workplace Programme

Kathryn Whyte is the Culture and Communications Business Partner at Elgin Energy, a leader in the field of solar energy. In this piece, Kathryn explains why Elgin Energy is proud to support DCU’s Access to the Workplace Programme. What inspired Elgin Energy to take part in the Access to the Workplace Programme? Solar in Ireland...
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Susan and Harry Hartford – Supporting DCU’s First Access PhD Scholarship

This year saw the creation of DCU’s first Access PhD Scholarship, thanks to support from Susan and Harry Hartford. Originally from north county Dublin, Harry Hartford now lives in Los Angeles, where he is the President and Head of Fundamental Research at Causeway Capital, an investment management firm which he co-founded in June 2001. 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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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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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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Ross Munnelly – Giving Back to the DCU Community

Ross Munnelly is Director of Alumni Relations at DCU. In this piece, he describes what the university means to him and over 90,000 alumni around the world. He also discusses the importance of giving alumni opportunities to stay involved with their alma mater, and why he decided to start supporting scholarships at DCU in a...
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Oracle- Supporting Our Local Community Through the DCU Access Programme

Maria Smith is Senior Vice President, Global Corporate Controller with Oracle and a DCU Accounting and Finance graduate. In this piece, she explains what has inspired the leading technology company to support the DCU Access Programme since 2017. Oracle have supported the DCU Access Programme since 2017. Could you tell us why you chose to...
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