CTYI at Dublin City University (DCU) was established in 1992 to support high ability children from all over Ireland. Too often these students are not catered for within the education system and may not fulfil their academic potential.
CTYI helps these academically talented students by providing university style programmes in a range of subjects on Saturdays and during the summer. Courses on offer include Forensic Science, Medicine, App Design, Computer Gaming, Criminology, Law, Novel Writing and Psychology. The programme is very popular and in the academic year 2013-14, over 5000 students attended CTYI.
In 2006, CTYI started the Centre for Academic Achievement (CAA) programme. The CAA programme was designed to give socio-economically disadvantaged primary school students the opportunity to take classes in science and engineering. The programme has been a huge success and to date some 2000 students have attended various courses.
The Matheson Foundation has supported CTYI since 2010, particularly in the area of identifying high ability students from disadvantaged areas and giving them opportunities on CTYI summer programmes. Since then, more than 400 students have participated in the CTYI Talent Search and on subsequent CTYI Summer Programmes. Furthermore, the Matheson Foundation has supported a doctoral student at DCU to evaluate the impact of these courses on this group of students. The Matheson Foundation also supports the CAA programme, which currently attracts 500 students a year.
Matheson employees volunteer to teach modules on CTYI Summer Programmes in areas such as international law, taxation and negotiation skills. The Matheson Foundation is represented on the CTYI Advisory Board.