About Access

From humble beginnings…

DCU’s location is quite unique, servicing radically different neighbourhoods, incorporating some of Ireland’s most affluent communities and some of the country's most disadvantaged.

From its inception as a small technological university, DCU has sought to actively engage and provide equal access to all groups within the wider community. 

In 1989, as a fledgling University, DCU’s Governing Body voted in favour of implementing a local initiative aimed at addressing the low numbers of students entering third-level from one of its closest neighbourhoods in North Dublin – Ballymun. Through successful partnerships with a number of key community groups in the local area, the Ballymun Initiative for Third-Level Education (BITE) was founded. In 1990, six students entered DCU through the BITE initiative. Today, over 1,100 Access Scholars, representing every county in Ireland, are studying at undergraduate and postgraduate levels across the University.

If you have any questions, please contact us at access@dcu.ie.