Guru Development Unit

Sculpture at the entrance of DCU's Glasnevin Campus



The Guru Development Unit (GDU) was established in August 2020 and has responsibility for the provision of a range of services to academics, administrators, registry, external examiners and students.  These services include student information and analytics tools, management and workflow facilities for examination resources, nomination and report management for external examiners and the provision of past paper archives for students.  These services are provided via user-friendly, custom-built software, developed by a team of senior software developers.  The current version of Guru 1.0 has been deployed in DCU since 2011 and has digitised and streamlined a range of university processes, as well as providing effective digital tools for staff within DCU.  A number of external universities have also deployed Guru services and are supported by the GDU.


The current primary focus of the unit is the development of the next-generation version of Guru (Version 2.0) which is a full rewrite of all existing services to include full business process management, microservices scalable architecture, responsive and accessible user experience, improved data integration and compatibility with the new Student Information System (Banner).  This version will also provide the platform for the improvement of existing services and the provision of new services from 2024-2034.