Dublin City University (DCU) is the lead partner for the MICOOL Erasmus+ Project. DCU is a young, dynamic and ambitious university with a distinctive mission to transform lives and societies through education, research and innovation. Since admitting its first students in 1980, DCU has grown in both student numbers and size and is now a multi campus environment in Glasnevin, located just north of Dublin city. Currently the university is undergoing a significant transformation with the planned amalgamation of three education colleges, along with DCU’s existing School of Education, to form a new Institute of Education in 2016. This will bring the number of faculties in DCU to five – Humanities and Social Sciences, Science and Health, Engineering and Computing, DCU Business School and the DCU Institute of Education and by 2016 the new DCU will deliver more than 200 programmes to over 16,000. DCU’s excellence is recognised internationally and it is regularly featured among the top young universities globally as measured by the Times Higher Education Top 100 under 50 and the QS Top 50 under 50. In the last nine years, DCU has twice been named Sunday Times ‘University of the Year’.
Dr. Miriam Judge, who leads the Micool Project consortium, is a Lecturer in Multimedia at DCU’s School of Communications. The School of Communications is the leading provider of taught courses in media communications in Ireland. The School pioneered the development of teaching in communications, journalism and multimedia at undergraduate and postgraduate levels. DCU’s programmes are much in demand as the school is the only university department in the state that is focused on media and is one of the largest of its kind in Europe, with 600 undergraduate students, 130 students on taught Masters programmes, and 25 research students.