Shima works as Student Welfare Officer at DCU Language Services. She is the first person you will meet when you arrive at DCU and during your studies here. She is always available to help with student questions and to provide advice. Shima is from Japan and has been living in Ireland for more than ten years. She loves meeting people from different countries and learning about their culture (especially the food)! She is also a big fun of Gaelic Football/Hurling (traditional Irish sports). She supports the Dublin team and is keen to introduce these unique sports to you while you are studying English at DCU.
Mr Cathal Maye
Chief Executive Officer
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.
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.
Head of Business Development
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.
Ruth has over seventeen years experience in ELT management, coordination and teaching. She holds a BA and MA in English from University College Dublin. She also holds a post-graduate teaching certificate from Cambridge University. In addition to her management duties at DCU Language Services. Ruth is also a certified examiner for Cambridge ESOL examinations.
Director of Studies
Alan is a Dublin native and hold a B.A. in English and Sociology from UCD. Alan has taught in DCU Language Services for 11 years and has prior experience teaching in Asia. During his time in DCU he has been involved with many of our courses including General English and Exam Preparation classes. His teaching philosophy is that authentic material and student focused communication tasks are the most effective way of improving ones language ability. Outside of work he loves spending time with his two young children and is a keen musician who can be found playing in various corners of the city.
Karla Zavala Urrusqieta
Student Experience Coordinator
Karla works as a Student Experience Coordinator on our adult student programmes. Her primary responsibility is to organise and coordinate social and cultural activities, special events and day trips for students. Karla seeks to provide the best possible experience to international students during their stay in Ireland, integrating an extracurricular activity programme which contributes to their immersion in English language learning.
Karla has more than five years of Customer Service experience and has recently obtained her second Masters Degree in International Relations. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, watching films, sports and hiking.
Chris works as Service Manager and with more than 13 years industry experience, he brings a wealth of knowledge of service management from a variety of industries. His primary responsibility is to lead the Service Team to deliver excellence in customer service to all of our students. Chris's team handle all registration, accommodation, accounting and junior group requirements and the team work very closely together to exceed our students' expectations. In his spare time Chris enjoys reading and motorcycle riding.
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