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Mature Student Office

DCU recognises that deciding to return to study as a mature student is an important and life changing decision. Receiving your offer is an exciting time but it can also present some challenges and worries. To assist in your academic, personal and professional development DCU has designed a range of supports. Please use the tabs below to access information about our supports on each campus.

Mature Student Officer   Orla Stafford                                                                              

Student Advice Centre, Henry Grattan Building, Glasnevin Campus

 Monday/Wednesday/Thursday/Friday 01 700 6987

B142, St. Patrick's Campus 


 Tuesday 01 884 2336 



Information for all Incoming Mature Students:

Applying to DCU as a Mature Student

So, you are interested in studying for a third level qualification?  Perhaps you are motivated by the chance to embark on a new career or to progress further your existing career.  Maybe you wish to fulfill a long-held ambition of obtaining a university degree or simply have a desire to learn more about a discipline that interests you.  Whatever your motivation, DCU aims to support you, as a mature student, in achieving your goals.

As your first step we suggest you familiarise yourself with our courses  and the specific academic course requirements.  You will find information on applying to DCU as a mature student . If you would like to discuss our courses or applying as a mature student please contact or 01 700 6987 or 01 884 2336 (Tuesday).  We have created a Mature Student Application Guide to answer any questions you might have about applying to DCU.

Supports for Mature Students in DCU

Pre-Entry Programme

Meet Your Support Staff

This information evening is held in the Summer each year prior to entry.  Over a cup of tea/coffee you can discover the range of supports available to you during your time in DCU.  Services available on the night include: Mature Student Officer, Disability Service, Student Learning, Information Systems and Services (ISS), Library and the Student Advice Centre.

This year we will be holding our event on the 12th July, 6.00pm - 8.00pm in The Seed Room, Albert College, Glasnevin Campus.  Once you receive your CAO offer you can register for a place at this event.  

IT Skills Pre-Entry Assessment

We offer an online IT Skills Assessment for all incoming mature students.  We recommend you complete this assessment so we can tailor our support suite to meet your needs.  Simply complete the online assessments to test your skills are at the required level for DCU. Click here for our assessment site.   If you find you need support with your IT skills you can register for the IT Skills Workshop once you have completed orientation.  This workshop is designed to provide you with the basic skills needed to complete assessments, submit assignments and send emails.  You will also learn basic powerpoint to assist you in your class presentations.  If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to contact your mature student officer on 01 700 6987 or 01 884 2336 (Tuesday) or email






 Maths Head Start Week

This a week long intensive maths programme aimed at mature students returning to education.  The programme is designed to help you to make a successful transition to third-level maths by improving the basic skills you will need for your course before you begin lectures.  The programme will be run in a friendly atmosphere by experienced tutors from the school of Mathematical Sciences.  It will run from Monday 28th August - Friday 1st September, 10.00-15.30 each day.  Registration is required.  

 Mature Student Writing Week 

This is an annual event for incoming first-year students.  It is an opportunity to refresh your academic writing skills before your begin your DCU journey.  More details can be found on the student learning page. The mature student officer will be on hand throughout the week to assist you with any queries regarding registration or SUSI grants. 

This year the writing week will run from Monday 4th September - Friday 8th September 2017.  Registration is required.

Post-Entry Programme

One to One Meetings

Our Mature Student Officer is available to answer any questions you have about the application process and during your time in DCU.  One to one meetings cover all areas of academic life including how to build a study plan, adjusting to third level life, exam success and life coaching, Orla can be contacted on 01 700 6987/01 884 2336 (Tuesday) or by emailing

Book an Appointment

Mature Student Digital Ambassadors 

Once you have registered you will be introduced to your mature student digital amabassador.  S/he will answer any questions you might have while navigating our virtual learning environment, Loop.  We offer an introduction to Loop workshop to all incoming mature students. 

Workshop Series 

Semester 1

We offer an Introduction to Loop Glasnevin or St.Patrick's campus workshop for all incoming mature students. This explains the benefits an functions of the Loop system. 

10 Steps to Surviving & Thriving in Semester 1  Glasnevin or St. Patrick's campus offers advice on assisting you to transition into academic life. What to avoid and what you cannot afford to miss!

If you have concerns regarding the IT requirements for study in DCU we suggest you attend our Basic IT Skills   Glasnevin or St. Patrick's campus workshop.  This workshop talks you through the necessary skills to create and submit assignments and create a powerpoint presentation. PLEASE BRING YOUR LAPTOP. 

Our Managing Expectations Glasnevin or St. Patrick's campus workshop looks at the reality of student life.  This workshop offers you the opportunity to focus on your goals and realise the supports you will need to succeed in semester 1. 

Semester 2

Throughout your time in DCU you will have various opportunities to receive feedback on your work or performance.  The Receiving Feedback Glasnevin or St. Patrick's campus workshop is designed to help you get the most benefit from your feedback/consultation days. 

Sometimes we can loose focus and forget the reason we started our degree.  Our Staying Focused Glasnevin or St.Patrick's campus workshop gives you space to focus on your goals, set realistic time frames and identify any possible obstacles to your achieving your goals. 

 As exciting as placement can be , it also presents some challenges.   The Preparing for Placement Glasnevin or St.Patrick's campus workshop is primarily for first year undergraduate students just beginning their DCU journey.  The workshop aims to highlight the important areas and opportunities you need to access so as to enhance your CY, common areas where mistakes can be made and how to plan for success.   

Register through our events page when available.

Student Learning

The Mature Student Officer works closely with the Student Learning Officer to ensure our mature students receive a range of workshops and online tutorials to support your learning.  We have a dedicated student learning page which will assist you throughout your time in DCU.  It is worth famililiarising yourself with these pages early in the Semester, so that you know where to go when you need to start writing assignments.

Professional Development 

DCU Careers service offers invaluable advice to all students.  Their mature student page contains information which will enable you to make a smooth transition into employment.


Upcoming events and important dates are listed on the Google calendar.