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Mature Students

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  Administrator   
Orla StaffordDenise Doherty

Email: orla.stafford@dcu.ie

Email: denise.doherty@dcu.ie

Monday/Thursday/Friday Phone 01 700 6987

CG78 Henry Grattan Building Glasnevin Campus  

Tuesday Phone: 01 884 2336  

B142 St. Patrick's Campus                              

Phone: 01 884 2004

C101 (St Patrick's Campus)                                                         


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 orla.stafford@dcu.ie or 01 700 6987 or 01 884 2336 (Tuesday).

Supports for Mature Students in DCU

 Meet Your Support Staff

This information evening is held in the Summer each year prior to entry.  Over a cup of 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.  Tea/Coffee will be served.  Once you receive your CAO offer you will be sent an email invitation.  Registration is required.

IT Skills Pre-Entry Assessment

We offer an onlin 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.  Details are emailed to you once you have received your CAO offer.  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) email orla.stafford@dcu.ie.

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.

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 orla.stafford@dcu.ie.

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.  

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.