connect 2018 • 30 DUBLIN CITY UNIVERSITY (DCU) with help from the ireland funds, dublin city university’s access programme is transforming lives and societies through education, research, innovation and engagement. Dublin City University (DCU) is located in the heart of Dublin and straddles economically- diverse neighborhoods. With an international reputation of excellence and innovation, DCU is committed to ensuring that opportunity is extended to disadvantaged students from all areas through their Access Programme. The first of its kind in Ireland, DCU began its out- reach over 30 years ago to provide entry and then provide ongoing support to students from underrepresented groups. The Ireland Funds is proud to support this remarkably successful program which is resulting in 93% of disadvantaged students completing third-level college education. Equality Through Access