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The DCU Exoskeleton Programme drives research into the health benefits of supported walking for people living with paralysis. In 2024, this unique programme was extended to children for the first time, thanks to philanthropic support from Community Foundation Ireland, the Cerebral Palsy Foundation and our anonymous donors. In this video, Clinical Lead Ronan Langan, Professor...
Through the research of DCU Institute of Education, our supporters are driving inclusion in schools and communities. In this video, Kerley Autism Education PhD Scholarship recipients Christina O’Keefe and Finbar Horgan share how their research in autism education is advancing our understanding of neuro-affirmative practices in schools. Thanks to their scholarships, both PhD candidates are...

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  • Research for a Healthier Future – DCU Exoskeleton Programme

    The DCU Exoskeleton Programme drives research into the health benefits of supported walking for people living with paralysis. In 2024, this unique programme was extended to children for the first time, thanks to philanthropic support from Community Foundation Ireland, the Cerebral Palsy Foundation and our anonymous donors. In this video, Clinical Lead Ronan Langan, Professor...
  • Driving Research in Autism Education

    Through the research of DCU Institute of Education, our supporters are driving inclusion in schools and communities. In this video, Kerley Autism Education PhD Scholarship recipients Christina O’Keefe and Finbar Horgan share how their research in autism education is advancing our understanding of neuro-affirmative practices in schools. Thanks to their scholarships, both PhD candidates are...
  • Nathan’s Story

    For English and History student Nathan Croft, studying in DCU opened up a whole world of possibilities. In this piece, he shares how support from the DCU Access Programme helped him make the most of his time in university. “I grew up in Finglas, just down the road from DCU. I didn’t think I’d be...
  • Gemma Moore – Access Graduate & Yale Researcher

    Dr Gemma Moore is an Associate Research Scientist in Yale Medical School, and a proud alumna of the DCU Access Programme. Here, she shares her journey from doctoral studies in DCU to researching cancer in Yale.   Tell us about your connection to DCU and the DCU Access Programme. My connection to DCU was there...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...