Supporting Excellence and Opportunity in a New Academic Year

DCU’s campuses are alive with activity this week, as students make their return for a new academic year. Over 19,000 students have arrived on campus to begin or continue their university journey, enjoying Clubs and Socs Fairs, campus tours and the many other orientation activities on offer. Already, this year’s Freshers are discovering new friendships...
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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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Powering a Greener Future

DCU’s Excellence and Opportunity Fund enables talented students to pursue doctoral research that makes an impact. In this video, final-year PhD students Lauren Kearney and Katie O’Rourke share how that support is helping them to take on some of our world’s most pressing challenges: tackling global warming and protecting biodiversity. Through the Excellence and Opportunity...
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Supporting Autistic Students in Our Secondary Schools

Finbar Horgan is in the final year of his PhD with Dr Neil Kenny in the School of Inclusive and Special Education at DCU’s Institute of Education. With support from the Kerley Autism Education Scholarship, Finbar is examining how student voice approaches can support the inclusion of pupils with autism in mainstream secondary schools in...
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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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Lauren Kearney - Harvesting Solar Energy for Hydrogen Fuel

Lauren Kearney – Harvesting Solar Energy for Hydrogen Fuel

Lauren Kearney is a PhD candidate in DCU’s School of Chemical Sciences. She explains how support from DCU’s Access Programme as an undergraduate student, and today from the Sinéad Strain STEM Scholarship have enabled her to pursue her passion for science, and research for a cleaner, greener world. “Growing up, it was just me and...
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Ciara Furlong – Finding New Ways to Treat Illness

Ciara Furlong is a PhD candidate in DCU’s School of Biotechnology. In this piece, she explains how support from the Pierse Endowed Scholarship Fund has enabled her to pursue research that is coming up with solutions to the growing resistance of bacteria to antibiotics. I have always had a love of science and I opted...
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Yongda Li – Searching for Life on Mars

Yongda Li is searching for life signatures on Mars through his doctoral research in DCU’s School of Biotechnology. He hopes that one day, his simple, low cost and effective tests will be deployed on a mission to Mars. In this piece, he describes how support from the Orla Benson Memorial Scholarship is helping to advance...
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