Background to Our DCU


The last eight years has seen a period of dramatic growth for the University with an increase of over 50% in both staff and student numbers and an expansion to a multi-campus environment (following the incorporation of St Patricks College Drumcondra, Mater Dei Institute of Education and Church of Ireland College of Education in to the University in 2016).   

In this context, Goal 5 – Value and Develop our Staff Community of the University’s Strategic Plan, Talent, Discovery, and Transformation 2017-2022 outlines how the University will foster the development of a new staff community, by undertaking a comprehensive consultation programme focussing on culture, identity and the lived experience of staff. 

Following a three stage consultation programme which included a Staff Engagement Survey, One DCU Workshops and One DCU Fuse event, the HR Department launched Our DCU Framework and Our DCU Implementation Plan in January 2020  

The designation of One DCU to Our DCU was put forward by participants during the consultation process as they considered it to be a more appropriate and inclusive concept evoking a stronger sense of belonging and ownership. 

Our DCU Framework   

Our DCU Implementation Plan  

In September 2019, DCU embarked on a three-year partnership with Barretstown to support their remarkable work for children and their families living with serious illness.

The agreement gives DCU staff and students the opportunity to ‘make a difference for Barretstown’ through volunteering, engagement, fundraising and academic initiatives. 

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DCU and Barrettstown

Ongoing Review

Our DCU Implementation Plan will operate on a rolling basis and progress against the objectives and actions will be reviewed and updated annually in consultation with Senior Management.   There will be ongoing focus groups and workshops scheduled for staff to bring forward new ideas and initiatives and to maintain the currency and vibrancy of the plan.