School to College | First 100 Days

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(L-R) Laura Stafford; Student Union President, Diana Young; Vice President for Education, Joanne O’Donnell; Vice President for Welfare & Equality, Olivia Burns; Vice President for Student LIfe.

Meet the SU Team:

The DBS Students’ Union Team will be on hand each week to help make your college experience fun and enjoyable. The team will be supporting you from when you are inducted to the college and will be running great events, while also supporting your learning experience too.

Student Life Programme 

The 2020/21 Academic Year will be a unique year for everyone across the globe due to the COVID-19 pandemic. As our learning is due to be blended between online and in the classroom, your college experience will be modified too.

The Student Life Programme set out by the Student Experience Team is committed to making sure your college experience is engaging and memorable, while also ensuring that everyone is safe at all times. This year we will be running some modified experiences, which support social distancing and online networking, which adhere to the advice received from the Irish government. Although these activities will be adapted, the fun and the engagement will be something our team will be working hard to maximise each time. So make sure you get involved in what you can.


COVID-19 protocols to keep our students safe:

All of the events and activities within our Student Life Programme will be subject to the satisfaction of our COVID risk assessments and will require students to comply with our own protocols to ensure everyone's safety.

To avoid congested travel, students will be given information on where the start location is for our events and meet-ups and our leaders will meet them there at the start location. Face masks and social distance must be maintained at all times and our SU team will have hand sanitizers available to all students.

What can I expect this year?

SU Meet-Up Events   

These events will happen on a weekly basis and are great opportunities to meet the SU, make some new friends and see all of the fantastic places that Dublin has to offer.

Student Networking Nights   

Each week our SU team will have a number of stimulating and enjoyable online social networking nights. These nights will include - Language exchanges, Speed friending, SU Bingo Loco, Silent Zoom Discos (not to be missed)

Welfare Workshops   

Our SU Welfare Team will have weekly online workshops and social evenings available to our students throughout the term. These workshops will cover important skills such as Mindfulness, Resilience, Coping during college, and dealing with anxiety, while their social nights will be tea & chats and microsoft paint & wine nights! (not to be missed).

Societies Nights         

Our Societies Programme will be an important part of our Student Experience this year. All of our societies will be active and running great events again this year. All students are welcome to join any society free of charge during our ‘Online Clubs & Socs Sign-Up Day’ in Freshers Week. Keep an eye out for our regular ‘Society Nights’ each week and get involved in their meetings and events.

Sports Clubs Activities          

Students will be invited to join and participate in all of the available Sports Clubs at DBS this year. Individual and team sports are available to everyone across Ireland and will take place at the specified sports facility of each club. Students can join any of our Sports Clubs during our ‘Online Clubs & Socs Sign-Up Day’ in Freshers Week.

Student Experience Trips       

The best and most talked about experiences happen on our Student Experience Trips each term. Following the guidelines set out by the Irish Government, our Student Experience Trips will be available to our students this term. These will include our Surf Weekends, trips to Glendalough and other iconic day trips around Ireland.

Weekly plans:

Monday - Student Networking Nights /

Tuesday - Societies Night

Wednesday - Welfare Wednesdays

Thursday - Societies Night

Friday - Meet-Up Events

Saturday - Meet-Up Events

Sports Clubs Training will be throughout each week (contact the club captain for more information).


What can I expect this semester at DBS?

We will have a number of key college events to look forward to within our Student Meet-Up Series. Make sure you get involved and take part in all of the action with our SU team.

Each week throughout the academic term the Student Experience Team will arrange exciting, fun and safe events for students to participate in. These experiences will give each of our students the opportunity to meet new people and see all of the best sights across Dublin.

Our Student Meet-Up Series will consist of the following events:

  • Killiney Hill & Swim at Vico Baths

  • Howth Hillwalk & Harbour Tour

  • Surf Dock & Stand-Up Paddle Board

  • Guinness Storehouse

  • Jameson Whiskey Tour

  • Bray to Greystone Hike

  • Phoenix Park Welfare Walk

  • Malahide Castle & North Coastal Walk


Other key events:

  • Online Clubs & Societies Sign Up Day

  • Bundoran Surf Weekend (Surf Society)

  • Glendalough Hike (Hiking Society)

  • Museum visits - Little museum of Dublin, National History Museum, EPIC museum & GPO

  • Microsoft Paint & Wine Night (Welfare Team)

  • SU Bingo Loco

  • SU Speed Friending

  • Silent Zoom Discos

  • SU Welfare Workshops (not to be missed)

  • Student Language exchanges

How do you sign up & get more information?

Tickets for our our events including our Student Meet-Up Series are available through our social media accounts ‘DBS Student Experience’.


Themed Weeks Schedule:



Themed Week

14 September 2020

Prep for Reg & Inductions

21 September 2020

Return to College Week

28 September 2020

Re-Orientation Week (Returning Year 2/3 students)

05 October 2020

UG Orientation Week (1st year students)

12 October 2020

PG Orientation Week (PG students)

19 October 2020

Freshers Week

26 October 2020

Student Welfare Week

02 November 2020

Health & Activity Week

09 November 2020

Education Week

16 November 2020

Personal Career Development Week

23 November 2020

International & Equality Week

30 November 2020

Self-Care Week

07 December 2020

Christmas Week

14 December 2020


21 December 2020

Christmas Break

28 December 2020

Christmas Break

04 January 2021


11 January 2021


18 January 2021

Mental Health Week

25 January 2021

01 February 2021

UG Re-Orientation Week

08 February 2021

PG Re-Orientation Week

15 February 2021

RAG Week

22 February 2021

Sustainability Week

01 March 2021

Wellbeing Week

08 March 2021

Personal Career Development Week

15 March 2021

DBS St. Patricks Festival 2021

22 March 2021

DBS Arts Festival 2021

29 March 2021

Innovation Week 2021

05 April 2021

Student Awards & Formal Ball 2021

12 April 2021

Launch Exam Season!

19 April 2021


26 April 2021


03 May 2021


10 May 2021


17 May 2021