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Impact Stories

Laeeq’s Story

When Laeeq heard that DCU offered opportunities to gain real-world internship experience while you study, he knew that this was the university experience he wanted. Here, the Business Studies student shares how support from the DCU Access Programme and the Endowed Colm and Paula Delves Scholarship helped him become the first in his family to...
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How Can Schools Empower Children as Future Leaders?

Fiona Collins is Network Coordinator of the DCU Changemaker Schools Network in DCU Institute of Education, and an advocate for social justice and children’s rights in education. Here, she shares how this network of progressive schools empowers children to lead change in their homes, schools and communities.  When did you first become involved in the...
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Caitlin’s Story

Support from the DCU Access Programme helped Caitlin pursue her dream of becoming a teacher. Now, she wants to inspire other young people from her area to reach their potential. “I grew up in a pretty busy home in Ballymun, where I was the third youngest of seven, along with my twin sister. My dream...
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Dr David Dowling – A Leader in Vaccine Development

DCU Access graduate Dr David Dowling is now a leading vaccinologist with Boston Children’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School. In conversation with Professor Christine Loscher, Head of DCU School of Biotechnology, Dr Dowling shares how the DCU Access Programme gave him an opportunity to plan his future and achieve his ambitions. He also discusses some...
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Shaping the Future of Paralysis Treatment

The DCU Exoskeleton Programme is a research-driven initiative that is shaping the future of paralysis treatment. Supported by philanthropy, the programme allows people with reduced mobility due to paralysis to access supported walking sessions in an exoskeleton suit, offering users a range of health benefits and giving researchers new insights into how this technology can...
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Peter Grogan – Student and Footballer

Bohemians footballer and Ireland Schools International Player of the Year Peter Grogan is a first-year Sport Science and Health student at DCU. Here, he recounts the highlights of his football career so far, and shares how the Joseph Anthony Lynch Memorial Sports Scholarship is helping him achieve his goals in sport and in university. “I...
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Joanna’s Story

Joanna Ozougwu is a third-year DCU student in Mechatronic Engineering, whose success in university encouraged her mom to return to education.  Here, she shares how the DCU Access Programme is helping her to achieve her goals. “I grew up in Clondalkin as the second oldest of five. In school, my highest grades were always in Maths,...
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Access to the Workplace 2024 – Talent to Take on the Future

This December, DCU launched Access to the Workplace 2024 at PwC in Spencer Dock. The event, Talent to Take on the Future, explored how organisations can build a workforce that is ready to embrace the challenges of the future. The award-winning Access to the Workplace programme provides professional summer internships for DCU Access students from...
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Grace Colley – Developing Targeted Cancer Treatments

Grace Colley is working to develop more targeted and effective treatments for breast cancer patients through her doctoral research in DCU’s School of Biotechnology. In this piece, she describes how support from the Orla Benson Memorial Scholarship is helping her advance and share this much-needed research. “I first developed my interest in research in DCU,...
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DCU Access to the Workplace: Queen and Pinsent Masons

DCU’s Access to the Workplace Programme aims to improve the employability and earning potential of disadvantaged students as well as support them to grow their connections and network and ultimately their social capital by increasing early access to employment opportunities and professional networks. Queen Lawal, a second year DCU student in Politics and Law, spent...
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