DCU Alumni Emerging Leaders Programme

On Wednesday, the 10th of February 2021, the DCU Alumni Emerging Leaders Programme was launched by DCU President, Prof. Daire Keogh and Alumni Council Chair, Marian Corcoran. This exciting new programme aims to inspire the next generation of leaders from our Alumni community through a schedule of innovative professional development and network opportunities. 

In its first year, 12 emerging leaders have joined the programme representing all five faculties of study at DCU. The steering committee is comprised of Programme Leader, Katie Keogh, current PhD candidate at DCU and graduates, Gay White (MA in Creative Writing, 2020), Liam Kane (MA in Human Resource Management, 2010) and Ross Munnelly (Executive MBA, 2020).


DCU President Prof Daire Keogh and DCU Alumni Council Chair, Marian Corcoran in discussion with the emerging leaders participants and steering committee at the launch of the Inaugural Emerging Leaders Programme.

Who Can Apply? 

The Alumni Relations function at DCU aims to attract emerging leaders who have demonstrated high potential for future development, are in a position to share career experience in relation to their own functional area and are seeking the development opportunity to move to the next level.

The Emerging Leaders Programme schedule includes:

  • Leadership skills development sessions
  • International networking opportunities with our partner institutions
  • Psychometric assessment with a Chartered Work and Organisational Psychologist
  • Attend University events
  • Volunteering opportunities through DCU initiatives for further skill development


Programme Lead and PhD candidate, Katie Keogh described how the programme aims to develop our future leaders:

"By providing a platform for graduates from all five faculties to collaborate and learn, enhanced with opportunities for collisions with graduates from some of DCU’s key partnership universities - in particular Arizona State University and the University of Notre Dame - this programme nurtures and develops our next generation leaders which is critical to DCU’s mission to transform lives and societies".  


Highlighting the supportive nature of this programme, Alumni Council and Chartered Work & Organisational Psychologist, Gay White said:

"The relationship between a graduate and DCU can be a lifelong one; graduates remain a part of the DCU family. The Emerging Leaders programme enhances that relationship by supporting graduates, some years after they’ve left, who are transitioning into leadership positions, recognising that some will face challenges new to them".


In welcoming the programme, Director of Alumni Relations & Acting Joint Head of Recruitment, Ross Munnelly said: 

"This programme is another example of our two way mutually supportive relationship with DCU graduates. The participants will develop their leadership skills over the coming months and in turn, they will volunteer and give back to the university through many more engagement opportunities. We are lucky to have such loyal alumni".