Cathal joined Dublin City University Language Services as Chief Executive in 2007. With a background in management from a number of different industries, Cathal brings a wealth of experience to the DCU Language Services team. Cathal’s primary responsibility is to ensure the smooth running DCU Language School and to develop new partnerships with universities and groups from around the world.
Ian is Projects Coordinator with over 10 years’ experience as a project manager in the electrical industry. He has been involved in coaching and mentoring roles within various sporting organisations and is experienced working with young adults. In his spare time, he enjoys rock climbing, motocross and a variety of sports.
Laura is Director of Studies at the school. She has postgraduate qualifications in The Advanced Study of Education (University of Liverpool), Teaching English as a Foreign Language (University of Cambridge) and a Masters’ degree in Social Sciences (National University of Ireland). She has been involved in English Language Education for over 20 years and has worked as a Cambridge ESOL Examiner and Exam Team Leader for much of this time. Laura enjoys Argentinian tango, hill-walking and the theatre.
Niall is Sales Manager at DCU Language Services. His role is to facilitate incoming students to English courses at DCU, and helps students from around the world to come to DCU. Having studied Law at undergraduate and postgraduate levels, Niall has also completed a Masters in Business Management at UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School. Outside of work Niall enjoys walking his dogs, sailing, and playing rugby for his local team.
Niamh is Head of Business Development and leads the busy Sales and Marketing team. Niamh has a Masters in Work and Organisational Psychology from DCU, so is well placed to promote the quality programmes that the university has to offer. As part of her position, Niamh travels all over the world to promote language programmes at DCU. Her interests include travel, yoga and reading.
Originally from Belgium, Ciska has been studying and working in Ireland for seven years. She holds degrees from the KULeuven and Trinity College Dublin, speaks five languages and is planning to undertake further teacher training in the near future. Since joining DCU LS in the summer of 2015, she has taught general English classes at different levels, IELTS classes and academic English classes. She is also regularly involved in the conversation support class and occasionally in other social activities. Her classes are student-centred and she has a particular interest in pronunciation. In her free time, she enjoys reading and cooking.
Barry is originally from Co. Down, Northern Ireland and holds a degree in French and Byzantine Studies from Queen’s University, Belfast, as well as a degree in Counselling and Psychotherapy. He has over 20 years teaching experience and has worked in Japan, France and the US. Barry has been teaching in Ireland for 13 years and held the position of TEFL course director at a previous school. He has extensive experience in exam classes and specialist programmes. In his free time he enjoys cycling and music.
Aoife works as the Accommodation Assistant at DCU Language Services. She works extremely hard to place students to their perfect host family to ensure the student has the most enjoyable experience while studying here. Having grown up in a family that hosts students, she knows exactly what a student needs in relation to their host family accommodation. She loves meeting new people and is always willing to help.