DCFE Student Union

Check here for news and updates of Student Union events throughout the year.

Seachtain na Gaeilge 1-17 March 2021


Follow #dcfeyouthclub on Instagram, page run by students for students.

Students from our Youth and Community Work and Social Studies courses have set up DCFE’s first ever Youth Club this year and they need our help and feedback to help them improve their services.

Please complete this short survey that will help them to pinpoint areas for improvement and help them develop this great initiative. All feedback is anonymous and very valuable!

Green Week 8th - 12th March

Virtual Open Evenings Courses starting in 2021 - 2022

On Tuesday 23rd and Wednesday 24th February, DCFE will host two virtual open evenings. All are welcome to tune in live on YouTube to learn more about our courses, new courses, services, supports and facilities. If you know of someone who is interested, or if you're interested in attending yourself...

Christmas Events

Christmas Jumper Day - Monday 7th

The entire college wore their favourite Christmas Jumper to bring some much-needed Christmassy cheer!

Raffle & Fundraiser for Dublin Zoo - Monday 7th

Animal Care students hosted a raffle and fundraiser to save Dublin Zoo. You can still donate what you can through our Facebook Page Dunboyne College of Further Education.

Here's the results of the raffle and the luck winners below!

1st Prize (Chocolate Biscuit cake) - Susan Clarke

2nd Prize (Chocolate Biscuit cake) - Derek Ball

3rd Prize (Red Wine and Lush Box Bath-bombs) Caroline McCann

4th Prize (The river spa set) Chloe Henry

5th Prize (3 Milky Way selection Box) - Ciara Murray

6th Prize (3 Cadbury’s selection Box) - Megan O' Shea

7th Prize (1 Cadbury’s selection Box) - Colm Duffy

8th Prize (Maynooth Jewellers and Antiques) - Orla O’ Dea

Guess the number

Hero’s box of chocolates - Emily Hourihane

Celebrations box of chocolates - Killian Kelly

Browse through some of the snaps taken as part of the fun.

Virtual Gift Appeal - From Monday 7th onwards

In previous years, DCFE students and staff donated shoeboxes filled to the brim with gifts for those who found themselves in need during the holiday period. The staggering number of shoeboxes showed such compassion and kindness that fundraisers were overwhelmed and we've gained a wonderful reputation for tremendous generosity.

However even though we find ourselves in unprecedented times, we hope to continue that good work with a


Click the image below of click HERE to donate what you can for those that find themselves in a dark and difficult place this Christmas.

Virtual Goal Mile - Early Bird Entry - Ends Friday 4th Dec!

The Early Bird Discount Entry for the Virtual GOAL Mile ENDS FRIDAY...

Register now to SAVE €€ from the normal entry price! But hurry, because the clock is ticking...

"For almost 40 years the GOAL Mile has seen tens of thousands of people run or walk a mile to raise funds for GOAL at Christmas. It has brought people together in villages, towns and cities across Ireland to help others. This year, the tradition has to change – but it doesn’t have to stop. It can’t stop. Instead, we’re asking everyone to run or walk their own GOAL Mile or Miles, wherever they safely can over the Christmas period. So, even though we have to stay apart, we can still stand together for the world’s most vulnerable people. Today, GOAL is active in thirteen different countries. We’re helping people whose lives and livelihoods have been shattered by conflict, disease and climate change.

So please remember them, register, and help keep the GOAL Mile running this year."

Why join the Student Union?

This is a great opportunity to be part of an elected Student Union body, as well as holding valuable and much coveted role as class representative to add to your CV!

What is the Role of the SU?

A Student Union comprises entirely of elected class group representatives.

Each course group (Group A, Group B and Group C) will elect one of their peers to represent their group in DCFE's Student Union (each group A/B/C will have one representative).

Overall Objectives and Mission of SU

To enhance communication between students, teachers, support staff, senior management and board of management.

To promote an environment conducive to the educational and personal development for all.

To promote friendship and respect amongst peers.

To support the management and staff on open days, fundraising events, interview days etc.

To represent the views of their respective class group on matters of general concern to them.

To liaise and work with members of staff on the DCFE Student Environment Committee.

To represent student interests and issues arising at Board of Management level.

Role of the Class Rep

A class group representative plays an integral role within the college community. They act as a link between peers, Student Union, teachers, support staff and senior management. They help to ensure the college continually listens to and engages with students to improve teaching and learning, assessment, academic and support services, as well as the general college environment and culture.

Additionally, a class rep is responsible for the following:

  • Making sure student views are heard

  • Working with Mentor of class group in communicating key events/points of information to peers

  • Informing class group of key points of all Student Union meetings & directing them to notices on Moodle's All Student Noticeboard

  • Encouraging inclusion, promoting diversity and social awareness within class group

  • Helps promote key college events & activities such as charity/fundraising, college initiatives, open days/nights, interview days and other official events amongst their class group

  • Attends all monthly meetings of the Student Union (online)

Important Information for DCFE Student Union

Monthly meetings (details will be communicated to elected representatives) beginning Wednesday 25th November at 3:30 pm on Teams.

Failure to attend these meetings will result in relinquishing role and duties and stepping down as elected class representative.

Internally elected roles within the Student Union

Role of Chairperson

  • Compiles Agenda with Secretary – based upon continual feedback from Student Union Members

  • Leads meeting & seeks contributions from all members

  • Liaises with members of DCFE staff

  • Point of contact for all Student Union members

  • Rallies and motivates participation from DCFE Student Body

  • Skills: Excellent communication, leadership skills, inherent sense of fairness and equity, diplomatic, even-tempered, professional, personal presentation, organisation, motivation, and positivity.

Role of Secretary

  • Works alongside and closely with Chairperson

  • Compiles and distributes the Agenda to all Student Union members

  • Sign In Register – documents attendance for record keeping

  • Takes Minutes (records contributions from members during meetings) and makes these Minutes available for all Student Union members to read (*particularly for those that cannot attend but still wish to keep informed of meeting outcomes)

  • Time-keeping – alerting Chairperson to timeframe allowed for each topic on Agenda

  • Liaises with all DCFE staff members

  • Skills required: Excellent communication, personal presentation, very good literacy and word processing skills (for Minute taking), timekeeping, a team player and organisation skills are vital.

Promotions Officer

  • Work with Chairperson and Secretary closely.

  • Active promotion of all DCFE related activities. initiatives and events.

  • Encourages participation of all student body in charity fundraising and official DCFE events.

  • Liaises with all DCFE staff members

  • Skills required: Excellent communication skills, very good literacy skills, word processing, very familiar with social media, creative and innovative promotional ideas, positive and a team player.

Student Representative on DCFE's Board of Management

As part of DCFE's Student Union, members of the union act as Student Representatives and serve on DCFE's Board of Management.

Students have a voice and a contribution to make to their college. It is important that they be given the opportunity to express their views on issues of concern to them in the college environs. It is equally important that they are listened to and encouraged to take an active part in promoting policies of the college. The forum for this is at the Board of Management Meetings which take place monthly.

Only elected class representative may put themselves forward and apply to become one of two Student Representatives on DCFE's Board of Management. This application process is communicated during the first opening meeting of the whole Student Union.

Contact Susan Clarke, Student Services Coordinator for more information SClarke.DBC@LMETB.ie