The first students came through the door in 1980 and the university is now recognised nationally and internationally as a centre of academic excellence.
DCU has developed its own research specialisms, creating a number of national centres of excellence that collaborate with other universities and industry internationally. These research centres have transcended traditional boundaries and have been extended to include combinations of academic disciplines such as biotechnology, electronic engineering, physics and chemistry.
Oscail, the National Distance Education centre has been providing distance courses to Irish adults since 1982. No previous qualifications are required for Oscail's undergraduate courses for adults over 23 years of age. Oscail's flexible system of educational delivery and support is an attractive option for people who, because of other commitments or distance, cannot attend full-time university courses. Oscail offers its students a unique opportunity to achieve an Irish university qualification without having to forfeit other commitments that they may have.
The accommodation service provides 995 undergraduate rooms and 105 postgraduate rooms in four residential apartment blocks. There are three different types of accommodation. Standard, Superior and Deluxe. All the rooms available to the students are equipped with services such as broadband internet connections and cable connections in all Hampsted & College Park apartments. Accommodation is also available for conference attendees and groups during the summer months.
The John and Aileen O'Reilly library is the focal point of the entire campus. It is symbolic of the importance the university places on knowledge and learning, and the technology for acquiring information. The library has over 1,200 seats and 18 collaborative rooms where students can study in groups. There are 400 computer workstations, all of which are connected to the Internet.
Dublin City University is a young university, situated on an 85 acre campus three miles north of the River Liffey in the city centre and just a 15-minute drive from Dublin airport. With the city just a 10-minute bus drive away, students of DCU have the best of both worlds; the social and cultural benefits of city life, but with the security and vibrancy of a university campus built very much for today.
The sports facilities that are provided on the DCU campus are outstanding. Indoor and outdoor facilities are available and there is a 25m swimming pool. Sporting activity as a whole is encouraged through team sports or individual activities such as aerobic fitness, weight-training, rock-climbing and athletics. Highly-skilled specialist sports trainers are always on hand in the Sports Complex to advise on fitness regimes. DCU also has a special advisor for students with disabilities. New sporting events are being devised whereby students with and without a disability can take part in team sports together.
The Hub is the social centre of student-based activities and services. The student union is based here, as well as other services such as travel shop, bookshop, recreational areas and venues for student events. This is a vibrant and energetic place for students to meet, socialise and make friends.As well as over 100 Clubs and Societies, the Students Union also runs (usually massive) events all throughout the year. Orientation Week 09 for instance had the Lock and Key Ball, County Colours Night, Michael Jackson Ball, an old time Ceili and PJ Gallagher doing a stand up comedy night. And thats just the first week.
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