Excellence and Opportunity

Kim’s Story

After several family bereavements, Kim wasn’t sure if she would make it to university. In this piece, Kim explains how DCU’s Access Programme helped her to secure a place in DCU’s Marketing, Innovation and Technology course and stay in the course, despite facing many challenges. “I currently live in a council estate in Swords with...
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Jason’s Story

Jason is a second year student, completing a BA in Religious Education and History at DCU. In this piece, he talks about his educational journey and the role of DCU’s Access Programme in helping him to pursue his dream of becoming a secondary school teacher. Growing up, I was lucky to have a very close-knit...
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Access to the Workplace: Lauren & Vodafone

Head of Talent at Vodafone, Claudine McMahon, explains why Vodafone were inspired to support DCU’s Access to the Workplace programme while Access student, Lauren Heffernan, describes how the Access to the Workplace programme was an invaluable opportunity for her.
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University of Sanctuary

DCU’s University of Sanctuary programme welcomes refugees and asylum seekers into the university community and fosters a culture of inclusion for all. Since we became Ireland’s first University of Sanctuary in 2016, we have provided 42 scholarships together with holistic supports that enable asylum seekers to overcome financial and logistical obstacles to enrolling in higher...
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DCU Access Programme

We believe that talented youth should have the opportunity to fulfil their potential in life, no matter who they are or where they come from. This is why we operate the largest access programme of any university in Ireland with over 1,000 Access students enrolled at DCU in 2022/23. Our Access Programme encourages young people...
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