2024 Mentoring Closing Ceremony
Mentors at 2024 Closing Ceremony

DCU Graduate to Student Mentorship Programme


The DCU Graduate to Student Mentorship Programme, formerly known as the DCU Structured Mentorship Programme, won the prestigious IITD National Training Award for Excellence in Coaching and Mentoring for 2018 and was shortlisted as a finalist in 2020 and 2021. It is a joint initiative, co-organised by the Alumni Office and the Careers Service. The programme runs for six-months between November and April and pairs second-year students with alumni mentors for the purpose of career and professional development. Alumni and students are matched based on their areas of professional expertise, DCU course and areas of interest. Alumni mentors are asked, if possible, to provide their student mentee with a work-shadowing day as part of the programme. We appreciate that this may not be possible for everyone. 

The 2024 Mentor of the Year was Jason McCormac (collected on his behalf by his mentee James Prestage) and Mentee of the Year was Oliwia Piesiak 

Hear more about the experiences of being a mentor in this interview with Rob Costello, DCU Mentor of the Year 2022, in conversation with fellow mentor Ciara Cronin.

2024/2025 Structured Mentorship Programme Schedule


  • October - Welcome email to Mentors from the Alumni Office
  • 17th to 19th October - Mentee Careers Service Information Sessions
  • 17th to 20th October - Matching Process: Mentor/ Mentee matching selection via the portal
  • 23rd October - Email from the Alumni Office to unmatched Mentors
  • 18th to 24th October - Mentor/ Mentee introductory email sent by the Alumni Office
  • 20th Oct to Nov 1st - Initial Mentor/ Mentee introductory meeting


  • 9th November - Opening Ceremony


December/ January/ February

  • Mentee Work Shadowing
  • Progress and work shadow survey
  • Career Skills Session for Mentees


  • Nominations Open for Mentor and Mentee of the Year Awards



  • Tuesday, 9th April 2024Closing Ceremony at DCU
  • Mentor and Mentee of the Year Presentations