Turning Our Lives Around – Amy’s Story

DCU’s Excellence and Opportunity Fund creates an open door for bright minds to excel at DCU. In this video, first year Law and Society student Amy Harrison describes how it enabled her to pursue her dream of third level education after family complications affected her secondary school experience.
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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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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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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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Michael Alake

Michael’s Story

Michael Alake is a first year Engineering student in DCU. In this piece, he describes how the DCU Access programme has helped him on his education journey. “I grew up living with my dad and my sister in Athboy. It’s always been the three of us. My sister moved out recently, so it’s just me...
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Over 200 Students Take Part in First In-person Access Orientation Since 2019

For the first time since 2019, first year DCU Access students were invited on campus for an Access orientation. Over the course of three days, over 200 students took part in the orientation which assisted them in transitioning into the third-level learning environment. Students received welcome addresses from the DCU President, Prof Daire Keogh, and...
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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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Jamie’s Story

Jamie is one of 1,144 students currently supported by DCU’s Access Programme in the 2021/22 academic year. In this video, Jamie describes how the DCU Access Programme enabled him to pursue his dream of third level education.
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Opening Doors – Pigsback.com brings Access Support Full Circle

Karena Flynn Thai graduated from DCU in 2009 and now works for Pigsback.com 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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