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Studying in the UK l Chinese and Asian Studies l University of Limerick New horticulture facilities at IT Blanchardstown l Tourism and hospitality at DIT Social Care at IT Tralee and Carlow College l “I enjoyed every day�- Nursing careers

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Volume 25, Issue 4

4 Cover story: Cork Institute of Technology

10 Department of Humanities @ ITT Dublin 12 UCC Arts - acquiring skills for the real world

Editor Niall Gormley

16 Feature - Studying in the UK: 16 A unique music degree in London 19 University of Wales: Trinity Saint David

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22 Coláiste Dhúlaigh - The innovative college 26 University of Limerick 29 National Learning Centre 30 Feature - Chinese and Asian Studies: 30 UCD Confucius Institute for Ireland 33 UCC School of Asian Studies 37 Pilot or Management Careers in Aviation at DCU Business School 39 New business courses at AIT target smart areas

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41 EirGrid’s Schools Science Programme 42 IT Blanchardstown grows its horticulture facilities 45 UCD School of Agriculture and Food Science 47 School of Hospitality Management and Tourism, DIT Cathal Brugha Street 49 GMIT – College of Tourism & Arts 50 Dublin City Hall The story of the capital

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52 Glasnevin Museum - a journey through Ireland's past 55 Abbott Family Science 56 “I enjoyed every day” A career in nursing

Pictured on Front Cover : Vision REtm Multidisciplinary Student Team of Cork Institute of Technology Etaoin Ni hAilpin Kieran O’Callaghan Norma Downing 'Terrain / Obstacle Detection System for the Visually Impaired' - Enterprise Ireland / Invest Northern Ireland Cruickshank Intellectual Property Attorneys Most Technologically Innovative Award Winner - Student Enterprise Awards Mechanical Engineering PhD student Kieran has been announced as the European Student Innovator of the Year 2012 - First Place and Outright Winner from 48 finalists representing 26 countries at the European Student Innovation Finals - Innovact Reims France - First Irish Winner of European Student Innovator of the Year

Studying in the UK In this edition we begin a series looking at the opportunities for Irish students to study in the UK. In this issue we cover the University of Wales: Trinity Saint David and a unique music degree at the City University London. Page 16

58 Festo - Professional training in virtual world environments 61 Institute of Beauty & Holistic Training



62 IT Tralee - What is Social Care? 63 Carlow College - Preparing students for social care work 65 Vocations news 67 ACCORD Golden Jubilee Studying in the UK ● Chinese and Asian Studies ● University of Limerick New horticulture facilities at IT Blanchardstown ● Tourism and hospitality at DIT Social Care at IT Tralee and Carlow College ● “I enjoyed every day”- Nursing careers

69 College of Progressive Education & Montessori Education Centre 70 UCC engineering student bags an Oscar Education 3

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Cork Institute of Technology

First in Europe, First in Ireland, First in Innovation International and National Successes of Professionally Accredited Engineering Degree Courses at Cork Institute of Technology


he remarkable success of the Honours Level 8 Bachelor of Engineering Degrees in Engineering offered at Cork Institute of Technology has been confirmed not just by the highly coveted Engineers Ireland professional accreditation and re-accreditation of these courses in 2012, but also by further remarkable International and National student and graduate achievements throughout the year. This includes European Student Innovator of the Year 2012 First Place and Outright Winner, Engineers Ireland Student Innovator of the Year 2012 National Award, National Council for the Blind of Ireland Grand Prize 2012, GradIreland 2012 Graduate Employee of the Year, Enterprise Ireland / Invest Northern Ireland Academic Innovation Award 2012 and Abbott Ireland Intern of the Year 2012. n European Student Innovator of the Year 2012: Kieran O’Callaghan, Vision REtm, CIT Mechanical Engineering, First Place and Outright Winner presented by Ms. Vera Egreja Barracho of EBN and Mr. Gilbert Azoulay of AEF. European Student Innovation Finals - Innovact 2012 Reims France. First Irish Winner of European Student Innovator of the Year. Pic: Guillaume Gellert

n Vision REtm Multidisciplinary Student Team of Cork Institute of Technology. Etaoin Ni hAilpin Kieran O’Callaghan Norma Downing “Terrain / Obstacle Detection System for the Visually Impaired”. Enterprise Ireland / Invest Northern Ireland Cruickshank Intellectual Property Attorneys Most Technologically Innovative Award Winner - Student Enterprise Awards.

First Place and Outright Winner It was announced on Wednesday 28th March 2012 before a packed auditorium at the European Innovation Finals Innovact 2012 Reims, France, that First Place and Outright Winner of European Student Innovator of the Year 2012, from hundreds of international entries and 42 shortlisted international finalists from 28 European countries, is Kieran O'Callaghan of Cork Institute of Technology. This is the first time that the accolade of First Place Laureate in European Innovation has been won outright by an Irish student: • F i r st P l a c e E u ro p e an L a u re a t e o f Innovation 2012 Kieran O'Callaghan VisionRE tm , Cork Institute of Technology Ireland - "Real Time Interactive Obstacle Detection and Navigation Aid for the Visually Impaired" • Second Place Thibaud Arnault et al WebShell - University of Epita - France -" A New Computing Language to allow Developers to make Web and Mobile Applications in 10 mins instead of 10 days" • Third Place Modeo Salvatore et al MRS - Material Recovery University of Salento Italy - "Electromechanical System to Select and Salvage the Waste of the Empty Room (Thermal Evaporation) to maintain Evaporation".

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sustained International achievement The 2012 successes follow on from a period of sustained International achievement in Engineering Innovation, Design & Entrepreneurship including: • One European Laureate of Innovation First Place Award – European Student Innovator of the Year 2012 - European Student Innovation Finals - Innovact Reims France (2012) • One European Science Engineering and Technology Best European Mechanical Engineering Student First Place Babcock Award - SET Finals London UK (2011) • One European Laureate of Innovation Third Place Award – European Student Innovation Finals - Innovact Reims (2010) • Two Gold Medals Undergraduate Awards of Ireland and Northern Ireland Engineering/ Mechanical Sciences (2011, 2010) • Seven First Places and Six Runner Up Finalists in the Institution of Mechanical Engineers Best Medical Engineering and Design and Development of a Biomedical Device Competitions, London (2011, 2010, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005) • One Global Student Entrepreneur Finalist Award sponsored by the Entrepreneurs’ Organisation in conjunction with MercedesBenz Financial at the GSEA Finals in Kansas City, Missouri, USA (2009) • One SOFE Paris Second Place Award Institution of Mechanical Engineers (2009) • One First and One Second Place in the ISEA International Sports Engineering Competition, London • Two Queen’s Silver Jubilee awards for Best Mechanical Engineering Degree Project in Ireland and Britain • One Genius 2000 Award for Best New Invention at the Nuremburg Inventors’ Fair • Two Society of Manufacturing Engineering Outstanding Young Engineer Worldwide Awards • Three First Places for Best Published and Presented Paper at the International Manufacturing Conference.

n Enterprise Ireland / Invest Northern Ireland Academic Innovation Award Winner 2012. Senior Lecturer Sean F. O’Leary of Cork Institute of Technology with Ms. Gillian Slattery of Enterprise Ireland and Mr. Frankie McCourt, Invest Northern Ireland. Think Outside The Box Finals Dublin.

n Enterprise Ireland / Invest Northern Ireland Student Finalist Award Winners 2012. CIT Multidisciplinary Group Wheelchair Enablement Device PyraAidtm represented by John Roberts, Alan O’Reilly, Laura Hannon, Sandra Hayes, Siobhan Hickey, Think Outside The Box Finals Dublin 2012

n National Council for the Blind of Ireland Grand Prize 2012 presented to CIT Mechanical Engineeering Student Kieran O’Callaghan by Minister Pat Rabbitte

n Enterprise Ireland / Invest Northern Ireland Student Finalist Award Winners 2012. CIT Multidisciplinary Group Muscle Stress Indicator MSI represented by Rebecca Lyall , Colm Keane, Declan Cotter, Richard O Sullivan, Sean Leahy with Mr. Tom Hayes, Head of Micro Enterprises and Small Business, Enterprise Ireland, at the Think Outside The Box Finals Dublin

Other recent National student successes include: • One GradIreland Graduate Employee of the Year First Place Award Mansion House Dublin ( 2012 ) • One NCBI Inclusive Technology Showcase Grand Prize Wood Quay Dublin (2012) • Nine Engineers Ireland Innovative Engineer of the Year Awards sponsored by Siemens (2012, 2011, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005, 2004, 2003) • Two MEETA Asset Management and Maintenance National Awards (2011, 2006) • Three Abbott Ireland Intern of the Year Awards (2012, 2011, 2009) • Two Enterprise Ireland / Invest Northern Ireland Academic Innovation Awards (2012, 2009) • One Engineers Ireland Excellence Awards - Inaugural “Best in Class” Engineering Education Award (2011) • One Engineers Ireland Excellence Awards - ESB Award for Outstanding Contribution to

n CIT Mechanical Engineering Graduate Connor Barry (Abbott) pictured with Dr David Foster, GradIreland, wins Graduate Employee of the Year 2012 at the GradIreland Awards, Mansion House, Dublin

n Engineers Ireland Student Innovator of the Year 2012 National Award Winner. CIT Mechanical Engineering Student Martin Evans “Design and Development of an Advanced Scrum Machine in conjunction with Munster Rugby”

Engineering (2011) • One Engineers Ireland Excellence Awards - Chartered Engineer of the Year (2011) • Three Cruickshank Most Technologically Innovative Project First Place €7,500 Award (2009, 2008, 2007) • One Inaugural Enterprise Ireland / Invest Northern Ireland Young Entrepreneur of the Year Solving Problems for Industry €7,500 Award (2009) • Six Enterprise Ireland / Invest Northern

Ireland Award of Merit Awards (2012, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007) • Enterprise Ireland / Invest Northern Ireland Young Entrepreneur of the Year First Place €10,000 Award • Three Enterprise Ireland I.Mech.E Speak Out for Engineering Awards • Two HP Invent Awards for Best Science/ Engineering/IT project in Ireland • Three William Eccles Institution of Production Engineers National Awards

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n CIT Mechanical Engineering Graduate Connor Barry (Abbott) GradIreland Award Winner 2012 demonstrates his 2010 Final Year Capstone project on Contact Lens Detection carried out in conjunction with Bausch and Lomb

n CIT Prize for Innovation Award Winners 2012 - CIT Entrepreneurs of the Year - First Place €4,000. CIT Multidisciplinary Group Innovative Drink Cooler System CoolCountertm Cian Hurley, Daniel Goulding, Shane Fogarty, Mohamed Moulay-Slimane, Ann Cullinane, Darren Dawson

Novartis Ringaskiddy, Janssen Pharmaceutical, Bord Gais, Stryker Orthopaedics, MSD, Astellas Ireland, Millipore Ireland, GE Healthcare Ireland, WWS, Holfeld Plastics, Abbott Ireland, Stryker Ireland, ERAS ECO, SR Technics, PM Group, Medical Engineering Design and Innovation Centre (MEDIC), Cork University Hospital, Munster Rugby, Dalmar Ireland, Mycrosports, Bol Chumann na hEireann, Leisureworld, The Naval Service, EEG/ TEC Nimbus, Dairymaster, Zimmer, SchuF Va l v e Te c h n o l o g y G m b H , M a r k E i re , O'Donnell Engineering, RadBoost, CIT Engine Test Cell Centre and a large number of MultiDiscipline Start-Up Innovation Projects.

Award winning

n Abbott Ireland Intern of the Year 2012 - Eoin Lyons CIT Biomedical Engineering. Eoin was presented with the Abbott Intern of the Year Crystal Trophy and €1,000 bursary by Ms. Kelly Henry, Talent Acquisition Specialist, Abbott Ireland at a glittering ceremony at the Abbott stand at the 2012 CIT Career Fair

n CIT Prize for Innovation New Market Entry Award Winners 2012. CIT Multidisciplinary Group - Innovative Hurley Grip - GripToStick tm represented by Sarah Radwan, Eoin Dee, Marie Shine

n Munster Players Denis Leamy, Donncha O'Callaghan, Christy Condon, Mick O'Driscoll and James Coughlan Scrum Down at the CIT / Munster Rugby Student Project Centerpiece Stands, 2012 Cork Mechanical, Manufacturing and Biomedical Engineering Exhibition.

n Munster Rugby Players and Staff assess scrum engagement feedback from the Award Winning Advanced Scrum Machine developed by CIT Mechanical Engineering Student Martin Evans

In touch with Munster Rugby Crouch, Touch, Pause, Engage is a well known instruction delivered by rugby referees before scrum engagement. The modern game places an ever increasing pressure on rugby teams to improve scrum performance – hence the need to determine a reference to allow pack and individual team member performance comparison and incremental improvement. Martin was given carte blanche to increase - through redesign / remanufacture and virtual instrument development - the functionality of an existing intermediate level scrum machine to the level of an advanced machine with data acquisition and scrum performance measurement capabilities. Hence C r o u c h , To u c h , P a u s e , E n g a g e a n d Measure. The 26th Cork Mechanical, Manufacturing

and Biomedical Engineering Exhibition, which took place on April 26th 2012, featured a major Centrepiece Stand detailing CIT Student Projects in conjunction with Munster Rugby, including Advanced Scrum Machines, Lineout Training Aid and Gym Motion Tracking System Design/Development. CIT Mechanical Engineering Student Projects being carried in conjunction with Munster Rugby and the visit of members of the Munster Team to view and assess these projects at the 2012 Cork Mechanical, Manufacturing and Biomedical Engineering Exhibition is now featured (titled: CIT Showcase Rugby Equipment ) on the Munster Rugby Website at: news/10431.php. The 2012 exhibition featured over 190 Industrial and Research and Development Stands including projects in conjunction with Pfizer Ireland Pharmaceuticals, Eli Lilly SA,

At the Engineers Ireland Excellence Awards 2012 Dublin, CIT Mechanical Engineering Graduate Alan Bateman, Automation and Control Engineering Manager at Janssen Pharmaceuticals, was presented on behalf of Janssen Supply Chain (Ireland) with the Engineers Ireland Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Company of the Year Award. Cork-based multinational Janssen’s overhaul of its business model ensured more than 500 hi-tech jobs were sustained across its two locations, Little Island and Ringaskiddy, in Cork. The Engineers Ireland CPD Company of the Year Award aims to recognise and reward the successful and sustainable achievement of an engineering employer’s strategic vision through the use of best practice CPD initiatives. CIT Mechanical Engineering Graduate Danny Johnston, Engineering Manager, OpenHydro Technology, was part of a four man team from OpenHydro presented with the Engineers Ireland Technology of the Year Award. OpenHydro designs and manufactures marine turbines to generate renewable energy from tidal streams. This award highlights Irish innovation in technology that clearly demonstrates a real impact on society, coupled with an actual or future contribution to society. CIT Mechanical Engineering Graduate Eoin O'Donovan, Technical Operations and Maintenance Manager for Renewables at Bord Gáis Energy, was short-listed to just six very impressive finalists for Engineers Ireland Chartered Engineer of the Year 2012 from over 450 nominated engineers nationwide and internationally. Eoin O’Donovan joined Bord Gáis Energy in 2010 from SWS Energy, where he was responsible for developing the wind operations team. Prior to SWS, Eoin worked for Pharmaceutical Multinational, GlaxoSmithKline, as a plant reliability engineer. Eoin’s project concerned the Delivery of a Sustainable Operations and Maintenance Management Model in the Wind Industry. The winners of the GradIreland Graduate Recruitment Awards were announced on Wednesday 25 April 2012 at a gala dinner in The Mansion House in Dublin. Voted for by students and judged by an independent panel of industry experts, these awards recognise Ireland’s most popular recruiters across a range of employment sectors.

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CIT Mechanical Engineering Graduate Connor Barry of Abbott was adjudged GradIreland Graduate Employee of the Year 2012 and presented with the premier award at the Mansion House event attended by 500 of Ireland’s most respected employers, third level careers services and professional bodies. Connor graduated with a First Class Honours Bachelor of Engineering Degree in Mechanical Engineering at Cork Institute of Technology in 2010, thereafter securing a place on the highly selective Abbott Ireland Professional Development Programme. Connor has completed three of his four rotations on this programme and is currently working on assignment as a global buyer in the Abbott Nutrition Supply Chain in Columbus, Ohio, the first Irish Professional Development Programme recruit to be offered such a global assignment. Connor’s previous rotations were as a process development engineer and quality engineer in Abbott Vascular’s Irish operations. The 2012 International and National successes clearly signpost the Cork Institute of Technology Bachelor of Engineering Degrees as unrivalled centres of excellence in Engineering education and a Mecca for ambitious and innovative engineering students.

How has this remarkable sustained International and National Success arisen? The CIT Honours Engineering degrees are centered on a strong hands-on design core in all four years of these professional courses this design ethos was highly commended by a recent Engineers Ireland re-accreditation panel. Students undertake design projects from literature research, analysis, experimentation and validation right up to prototype production and commercial evaluation / business plan development. Many of the International and National Adjudication panels have averred to the integrated structure of the CIT engineering projects as a critical element in setting them apart from other university competitors. A strong innovation and entrepeneurship e t h o s i s e n c o u r a g e d w i t h i n t h e CIT Engineering student body and links have been developed with students from other disciplines including ground-breaking multi-discipline team projects in liaison with Accounting, Management and Marketing students. From student concept, current issues and needs are assessed and addressed through applied engineering design solutions under the supervision of a young and vibrant staff via oral and written presentations and roundtable student/staff fora.

hands-on The success of the hands-on design approach is highlighted annually by the Cork Mechanical, Manufacturing and Biomedical Engineering Exhibition (190 stands in 2012). The exhibition serves as a very important academic and educational milestone, exposing the students to peer, family, general public

n The CIT Staff and Student Mizen to Malin Vintage Car Rally for Suicide Aware supported by Munster Rugby, raising over €17,000 at the most recent rally, proved a very popular stand for CIT Chemical Engineering students, Mai Twomey, Suzanne Creagh, Adeola Odugbose and Marlene Clark at the 2012 Cork Mechanical, Manufacturing and Biomedical Engineering Exhibition

n CIT Prize for Innovation Best Project Stand Award Winners 2012. CIT Multidisciplinary Group - Vehicle Detection and Warning System - Road Network Solutions RNS tm represented by Shane Carey, Keith Merrigan, Evan Collins, William O'Mahony, Agnieszka Leja, Daniel O'Donovan

n CIT Prize for Innovation Most Innovative Entry Special Commendation Award Winners 2012. CIT Multidisciplinary Group - Spectacles Demister Device Development - FogOff TM represented by Gerard Kelleher, Cathal Gorey, Gerard Kelleher, Kenneth O’Connell, Owen Laffan, Catherine Hussey, Daniel Allen, Cathal Hogan

n Engineers Ireland Excellence Award Winners and Finalists 2012 CIT Mechanical Engineering Graduates Danny Johnston, Engineering Manager, OpenHydro Technology, Alan Bateman, Automation and Control Engineering Manager, Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Eoin O'Donovan, Technical Operations and Maintenance Manager for Renewables, Bord Gáis Energy pictured with CIT Head of School of Mechanical, Electrical and Process Engineering Matthew Cotterell and Senior Lecturer Sean F. O’Leary

and industrial review. The development of spoken, written and computer based communication skills is also incorporated within the learning outcomes of all four years of the CIT Honours Engineering degrees. Te c h n i c a l e x p e r t i s e a v a i l a b l e f ro m Apprentice, Technician, Honours Degree, Masters and PhD levels is harnessed to create an integrated educational structure within the CIT Engineering model. The CIT integrated approach equips engineering students and graduates with the technical, managerial and personal skills to effectively communicate and direct staff at all skill levels in contrast to the traditional university graduate, whose exposure to industry and other skill levels is often very limited.

The CIT Engineering model has proven itself on many occasions over the past 20 years, has led to a great flowering of Irish engineering educational achievement and has established CIT as a premier world class engineering educator. To conclude, a continuous design core, a strong innovation ethos, product development from student concept to prototype manufacture and optimisation, multi-discipline teamwork, business plan development, communication and exhibition skill enhancement and a unique engineering education model have all combined to create a critical mass leading to the remarkable International and National successes over a sustained period of the students and graduates of CIT’s Honours Engineering degrees.

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Department of Humanities @ ITT Dublin

A vibrant and proactive place to study


he Department of Humanities, at ITT Dublin is a vibrant and proactive place where students can chose to study for a degree in such diverse areas as Creative Digital Media, European Studies, Social Care Practice, Culinary Arts, and International Hospitality and Tourism Management. Besides undergraduate study students are able to pursue research degrees at Master and PhD levels in Social Science, Languages, Creative Digital Media, Literature, and Adult Mathematics Education. considerable investment A central theme of all programmes offered in the Department of Humanities is the alignment of theory and practice so students who complete any of the awards are able to DO and not just TALK ABOUT what their course qualifies them to do. To this end considerable investment has been made to ensure that students can

study and work in practical environments where access to studio equipment, language resource materials, culinary and restaurant facilities enables them to achieve their creative and professional potential. With a practical class ratio set at 20:1 students are able to put theory into practice very quickly and become active players in their own learning. Practical and academic Besides the practical components on degree programmes students also pursue traditional “academic” modules where all student learner supports are available online. This approach ensures that students are prepared before they come to class and then in class can derive greater benefit through their exchanges with lecturers. Proof, if any is needed, that our approach works can be seen in the number of awards attained by students in Chef Ireland 2011 by Culinary Students; and the drink aware

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campaign (2011), and Student Media Awards 2011 by Creative Digital Media Students. active citizenship While formal study is an important part of a third level student’s life, critical awareness of responsible and active citizenship is an essential component of education which is needed now more than ever as Ireland seeks to re-engineer how its society should function properly and in the process avoid committing grave errors made in the recent past. To this end the Department operates a highly successful Active Citizenship programme whereby students receive academic credit arising from voluntary work in the community. So whether it’s working with a local social and community services or assisting in the construction of a school abroad all such activity is valued and rewarded appropriately. The task of co-ordinating such activities is quite demanding and recognising these challenges, the Department has put in place both Internship and International co-ordinators to ensure that students can make their contribution in a constructive and meaningful manner. The work of the Internship and International co-ordinators is not confined to volunteering activities but also to ensuring that Social Care Practice Students, European Studies, and International Hospitality and Tourism Management students can avail of placement opportunities to work and study at home and abroad. CAreer Launch All in all the Department of Humanities is a vibrant place where prospective students who wish to study arts, humanities, and social sciences should consider as they launch their careers whether as students coming straight from second level school, or those wishing to change their careers, or those who are coming back to education for whatever reason. The Department’s door is open and all are welcome to come in have a look, stay awhile, and hopefully leave better for having accepted the invitation to study with us.

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College of Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Sciences, UCC

Arts - acquiring skills for the real world It is the skills that Arts graduates acquire while studying for their degree that employers are most interested in


eptember is the busiest time of year in the College of Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Sciences at UCC. We have students returning to second, third and fourth year on the eight undergraduate degree programmes we offer. But, more importantly, we have students registering for first year of these degrees. We are very conscious that coming to College for the first time is a big change for many students and while first years attend a very comprehensive orientation programme before term begins, the following are some of the concerns most frequently raised by students. Mentoring for First Year Students At orientation all first years meet and are linked with a student from second or third year of the same degree programme. This ‘peer support leader’ will guide you at orientation and can show you what life at UCC is all about. Your peer support leader will give you their contact details and will meet with you as little or as often as you like during the year to offer a friendly and confidential ear

students make a smooth transition from secondary school to University. Your personal tutor will be happy to help you with any aspect of your academic life at UCC. What subject to choose?

as well as providing practical, emotional and social support to you in your first year in the College of Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Sciences. Mostly peer support leaders can offer you their take on life at UCC and offer some practical help in dealing with issues that they themselves experienced in first year. In addition, all first year students in the College of Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Sciences are assigned an academic member of staff under the CACSSS Personal Tutor Scheme. The aim of this scheme is to help

The College of Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Sciences offers students the choice of 29 subjects in CK101. Some subjects will be familiar from school like English and History and some will be completely new like Philosophy and Sociology. Because you have to register for four subjects before the year starts (and before you have even tried anything), it is understandable if you are afraid to try a new subject in case you don’t like it and opt, instead, to play it safe and register for a subject you know. Many students do not realise that for the first five weeks of term, you can attend any lecture in any subject. As many subjects as you like, in fact. If you find a subject or subjects that you like more than those you are register for, then you can simply call to the College office and, if the subject isn’t full, switch into it then and there. So, use the first five weeks of term to make sure that you are registered for the best subjects for you.

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New International Pathway in CK101

New Subject – Portuguese Brazil is now rapidly moving to the forefront of the word stage and, as a result, Portuguese is becoming a language of increased global significance. Responding to the need to equip students with the skills to deal with a fast-changing global workplace, the College of Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Sciences at UCC are expanding our current suite of languages of French, German, Italian, Spanish and Chinese to include Portuguese as a subject in our BA degree. With dedicated staff and native tutors of language, students will take Portuguese language as complete beginners and will also study the history and cultures of the Portuguese-speaking world of Portugal, Brazil, Angola and Mozambique.

From this year, all incoming students into CK101, the three-year BA programme, will have the option of extending their degree by one year and spending third year studying at a university in another country. Living abroad for a year is a fantastic opportunity, it not only fosters maturity and independence, it also enhances cultural awareness and demonstrates commitment and adaptability, all attributes valued highly by employers. We currently have links with Universities in Europe, USA, Canada, Brazil and China offering students a huge choice of destinations. Students indicate their preference for this pathway when they register for second year. Why employers want Arts Graduates It is a fact that, in their careers, most Arts graduates never directly use the subjects they study in their degree. It is also true that nearly half of the employers who contact the Careers Service in UCC are seeking graduates of any discipline. It is the skills that Arts graduates acquire while studying for their degree that employers are most interested in. That and good overall results, of course. Intellectual skills (problem solving, researching and analysing data), social skills (communication, presentation, team work) and management skills

(organisation, time/project management, IT skills) make Arts graduates the preferred employee for many employers. Holders of an Arts degree with good overall results have already proven that they are willing to learn, that they are dependable, motivated and committed with good oral, presentation and written skills. Look at our ‘Careers after an Arts Degree’ section on our homepage which features some of our Arts graduates who are now employed in such diverse areas as advertising, publishing, banking, forensics, film and theatre. Find OUT MORE For further information or to arrange a school visit please email Karen Coughlan at Scan our QR code or check out of School Leavers 2012 page at

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City University London

A unique music degree in London The unique music degree from City University London offers excellent employment prospects, exceptional staff, outstanding facilities in a central London location, and private performance lessons with Guildhall School of Music and Drama teachers (for students pursuing solo performance).


or students interested in a career in music, London is hugely attractive - a world city encompassing musical influences from all around the globe. Given London's history as a music centre, the number of dedicated venues, clubs and concert halls, the sheer variety of genres, styles and influences, a case can be made for living in the city as a music education in itself. Then combine all that with a music degree from a university based in the heart of London and you have a very attractive package for those wishing to pursue a

n Helen Finnegan (2nd yr BMus student) jazz saxophone

career in music or the self expression that music involves. City University London is based in the centre of London, close to the City, and ranks highly amongst UK universities. Its Centre for Music Studies offers a top class BMus (Hons) degree using state-of-the-art facilities, accomplished staff, private performance lessons with teachers from the renowned Guildhall School of Music and Drama, and all in a student-focused environment. musical backgrounds Dr Christopher Wiley is a Senior Lecturer in Music at the university and he explains how the course is structured to accommodate students with a wide variety of musical backgrounds and bring them to higher levels of appreciation and performance for music. The first year of the three year course is common but is structured to guide students up to the standards the course requires. "In first year we divide up some of the classes. For instance, music theory and harmony is an area where the educational foundations of students can be quite variable. Some of them will have had a rigorous training from A-level and others might have come via a BTec route, the international b a c c a l a u re a t e o r t h e I r i s h L e a v i n g Certificate. They might have less support in that area and so we stream our students according to how much support they have had in music theory. We need to ensure that students don't find themselves out of

their depth," says Chris. For students aiming to take the City University BMus course, there are naturally basic criteria to be achieved. Students must have Grade 7 or equivalent. The equivalence caveat is important because the university is aware that some students may not have had the opportunity to take the music practical grade examinations. So for solo performance students are asked to be at Grade 8 or equivalent at the outset of the programme. If they haven't got the piece of paper to prove that, then they will be auditioned and a decision will be made as to whether they go on to solo performance or not. Dr Wiley is keen to stress the notion of equivalence and that the course is open to those who can prove their music abilities. "Obviously there are a number of exam boards that are recognised as equivalent by

n Dr Chris Wiley

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Student Profile: Jane McConnell Jane McConnell is from Tyrone. She is a singer and also plays piano.

n City University Chamber Choir in rehearsal, conducted by Edward Burt (City BMus student, now graduate)

UCAS. Every year we have a handful of students who say 'we didn't do the music examinations, for one reason or another but we feel we have the standards - can you please assess us?' We will ask them for an authenticated CD or, increasingly these days, a YouTube video and we can make an assessment based on that evidence. "We are very averse to sending away interesting and well-qualified candidates. We like to engage with people as individuals not as statistics or a series of grades." A duty to perform The course is very keen to emphasise the practical part of music and performance plays a key role. Participation in at least one of the departmental ensembles is part of the core experience of the course. Students may choose from a variety of ensembles including: • City University symphony orchestra • City University chamber choir • African dance and drumming • Balinese gamelan • Javanese gamelan • Latin-American music ensemble • Middle Eastern music ensemble • Jazz workshop

Throughout the course, the ensembles will enhance understanding of the repertoire and develop professional and practical musical skills. A sound future The university is proud of the career outcomes for its students and 96.6 per cent of BMus students are in employment and/ or further study within six months of completing the course. Graduates include performers, composers, secondary-school music teachers, peripatetic instrumental/vocal teachers, music examiners, orchestral conductors, administrators, royalty-tracking consultants, music therapists, sound recording engineers and music technicians. Many pursue further study at postgraduate level. First year accommodation For Irish students thinking of applying for the BMus at City Dr Wiley was keen to point out the student accommodation scheme where first year undergraduate students (meeting some conditions) are guaranteed a place in University accommodation for the 2013-14 academic year.


Course Structure During the first year all students study the same broad-ranging course. For the second and third years, students work with a personal tutor to plan a tailored programme of study comprising a set number of elective modules, leading to the degree of Music BMus. (All correct at time of going to press).

Year 1

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Ensemble performance

Major project Ensemble performance

Music, sound and technology

plus SEVEN elective modules in western music, music and popular culture, world music studies, applied music studies, compsition, or performance

Performance AND/OR Ensemble performance

(Note: all composition and performance offerings are double modules)

Investigating western music Music in oral cultures/Studies in ethnomusicology Materials of tonal music Composition

Plus FIVE elective modules

Why did you choose to study a BMus? Music has been a part of my life since I was about 7 years old when I started playing piano. I have been a member of many different choirs, gained lots of music qualifications, performed many solos, and was considered a very musical person. It has been a great passion and hobby ever since, and I decided that I wanted to continue it to university level! Why did you choose to study at City? I came to London for the life experience, the endless opportunities and the chance to pursue music as a career. Where I come from, there is only a fraction of the number of opportunities compared to London. I chose City as my first choice after I visited one of its open days in February 2011. Its facilities, location, and most of all, the music programme were very impressive. The Open Day is definitely worth attending! What's your favourite topic? One of the most interesting parts of the programme is the history of music which we learned about in 'Investigating western music I & II'. This was definitely the most informative module. I was surprised how much I enjoyed composition this year, considering my experience in it at GCSE and A-level. Being able to freely compose your own style of music was great, and hearing it live from classmates was great too. What are the three best things about the programme? 1. The team behind the programme: the lecturers, administrative staff, tutors etc. I have really appreciated the organisation, the forward thinking, helpfulness and variety of teaching methods that I have experienced in my first year; it really made a difference. 2. The experience of a wide variety of modules in first year; I have really discovered what I like to do, what I am good at, and what are the most rewarding topics and modules for me in the programme. 3. The number of performance opportunities; the Guildhall School of Music and Drama tuition is a brilliant opportunity, especially when you are pushed to do what you didn't think you were capable of. Performance workshops and recitals, ensembles (choir was brilliant fun this year) and lunchtime concerts are great aspects of the programme and the department which give you a break from essay writing, sitting in front of a computer, and reading. What's the best thing about studying in central London? The opportunities available: for work/work experience, for life experience, culture, and to expand what you are studying into the real working world.

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Studying in the UK

University of Wales: Trinity Saint David

Twenty-first century learning, teaching and scholarship


ith campuses in in Carmarthen, Lampeter, Swansea, and London, the University of Wales: Trinity Saint David (UW:TSD) has a large portfolio of undergraduate and postgraduate courses, not to mention many vocational opportunities. Our campuses in Carmarthen and Lampeter offer a beautiful and enriching environment with everything that you need on one site. The atmosphere is welcoming and friendly, we pride ourselves on providing a personalized experience and each campus brings people together to form a

supportive community in which the ability to recognise and respect individuals is paramount. We acknowledge that in choosing a university programme, you are making a considerable commitment and investment in your future. HISTORY The University has been rated top in Wales for personal development in the National Student Survey (NSS) and continues to invest and reinvest in its proud heritage (supported by the oldest Royal Charter in Wales and England outside the

Universities of Oxford and Cambridge) to provide an environment befitting twentyfirst century learning, teaching and scholarship. The University is proud of the fact that as a student you will join an institution that will value your individual contribution. Your lecturers will know you by your name. You will be a part of a close-knit community and will have every opportunity to fulfill your greatest potential. TUITION FEES As an Irish citizen, the Welsh Government will pay a Fee Grant of ÂŁ5,035* for under>>> Education 19

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Studying in the UK graduate courses meaning that you will pay £3,465 per year. You can apply for a tuition fee loan to cover this sum. You will only pay back this loan when you are earning £21,000 or more. (For any additional information please contact our EU Officer, James Lloyd, on +44 (0) 1267 67 67 22 or email *Fee Grant correct as of October 2012 ACCOMMODATION All student accommodation is located on the campuses. The majority of rooms are single occupancy but there are a few rooms that are shared. We can guarantee on campus accommodation to all first year students who accept our offer of a pace and apply before June each year. All rooms have internet access which means that you could access the internet from your room, provided you have a laptop or PC of the required specification. For second, third or postgraduate students, self-catering accommodation is available on campus. ADMISSIONS AND ENTRY REQUIREMENTS We are committed to increasing participation in higher education and, as a result, consider each applicant on their individual merit. We usually invite applicants to the University to discuss their chosen course. However, we are also able to advise potential students on the appropriate programme and preparation for study in higher education by arranging a conversation via Skype or by telephone. For instance, Irish students applying for the BA Primary Education with QTS will need to achieve (at least) the equivalent of 260 UCAS in their Leaving Certificate, and Mathematics, English and Science(s) in their Junior Certificate. For further information please visit the following web address to view a UCAS tariff and factsheet (which will allow Irish student to convert their projected grade into UCAS Tariff points): Alternatively, any queries regarding can be directed to the EU Officer at the University of Wales Trinity Saint David - EU Officer, James Lloyd, on +44 (0) 1267 67 67 22 or email HOW TO APPLY For full-time undergraduate programmes please apply through UCAS: UCAS Codes: Carmarthen Campus: T80 Follow us on Twitter: @trinitystdavid Visit our Facebook page:

The perfect setting... The University of Wales Trinity Saint David is based on two campuses in South West Wales and we also have a campus in London for international students. The Carmarthen campus in Carmarthenshire and the Lampeter Campus in the county of Ceredigion. TSD London is a new development providing an opportunity for international students to study a range of MBA programmes in one of the most picturesque and safest areas of London. Getting to know the area West Wales With national parks, country parks, designated areas of outstanding beauty, clean rivers and beaches, west Wales is a favourite with those who enjoy the outdoors. The area is steeped in a rich history and heritage and is a popular tourist destination. Facilities and attractions in the region include a wealth of National Trust proper-

ties, castles and gardens, seaside attractions as well as theme parks including Oakwood and the Blue Lagoon Water Park. From the bustle of town life to the quiet tranquillity of the countryside and breathtaking beauty of the sandy beaches, there’s plenty to enjoy here. There are events and festivals for all to enjoy throughout the year including the University’s Christmas Fair and concerts, as well as Gwyl!, the University’s Arts Festival which includes the student-led fringe festival as well as the Stuart Burrows International Voice Award which draws competitors from around the world to compete for the coveted prize. A joint University and town event is the Lampeter Food Festival, held on the campus each summer. The Festival attracts producers, caterers and celebrity chefs from acrossWales and beyond. The Festival is an ideal chance for local people and visitors to sample local products which are an integral part of the area’s unique tourism experience.

n The Carmarthen Campus

Trinity Saint David is going green: new sustainability exchange Trinity Saint David is going green. Recently, students and staff came together at a new ‘Sustainability Exchange’ to discuss all aspects of sustainability and what can be done to make the University more environmentally fit for the future. Sustainability education prepares people to cope with, manage and share social economic and ecological conditions characterized by change, uncertainty, risk and complexity. Creating a more sustainable future for us all is a growing concern for the world. The University is now looking to decrease its carbon footprint on its campuses and in the classroom , create a curriculum more focused on active global citizenship to increase the employability of its students.

The next Exchange will centre on what the University and its community are doing to promote sustainability and what more could be done. An exciting new web platform will enable students and staff to have the opportunity to have their voices heard and input into what Trinity Saint David should do to support the future of our environment. “We want to bring everyone together in a collaboration of great minds to keep our future bright,“ said Jane Davidson. “We want to work together to create a more sustainable university here in Wales and create graduates whose skills and experience here will enable them to understand better the key challenges of the world they will enter when they leave.”

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Coláiste Dhúlaigh College of Further Education (CDCFE)

The innovative college C

oláiste Dhúlaigh College of Further Education (CDCFE) prides itself on being one of the most innovative colleges in the country and is one of the largest providers of PLC courses in Dublin. Located on the Dublin’s Northside, spread out over five campuses in Coolock, Raheny, Kilbarrack, Malahide and Artane, CDCFE offers over 30 full-time PLC courses, as well as a large range of part-time day and evening courses. Why Choose CDCFE?

Over thirty years of experience in further education has allowed CDCFE develop the expertise required to meet the needs of Irish students. In this time of recession many find it necessary to reevaluate their future, so whether you are looking to change career, are a school leaver or simply want to upskill, there are a variety of courses to suit your needs. All our courses adhere to the highest quality assurance procedures and conform to the demands of the various certifying bodies. All courses enable students to work with the current industry standard equipment, software and technology which provide them with the necessary skills to pursue a career in their chosen area. In addition, our smaller class sizes enable us to provide greater personal attention to our students. Links & direct progression to Irish Universities and Institutes of Technology Access, transfer and progression for students have been a crucial part of the development of CDCFE over the past 30 years. In addition to the FETAC links scheme, we have direct arrangements with many 3rd level institutions in Ireland. We have consulted the Higher Education sector particularly DCU and DIT in developing many of our courses. Students can bypass the points system on completion of many courses in CDCFE and progress directly into

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first, second or third year of level 8 degree programmes. See our website for further details. Science and Technology Department In this time of recession many skill shortages have been identified in Science and Technology. CDCFE has developed its courses accordingly making them relevant to current employment opportunities. In addition, with the recent points increases in Science and Computer Science University programmes putting them out of reach of many leaving cert students, our PLC courses have direct access into DCU and DIT. All our Science & Technology courses have strong links with the third level sector. Students can chose one of the many courses on offer, enabling them to embark on an exciting and new career. Courses include; • Computer Science (DIT advanced entry) • Computer System Technician (DIT) • Engineering • Medical Laboratory Science • Pre-University Science (DCU & DIT access) • Renewable Energy Practices.

Does Business or Tourism pique your interest? CDCFE offer courses in both Business & Tourism. Tourism is currently Ireland’s largest home grown industry, and also one of the biggest global industries, so there has never been a better time to study Business & Tourism, with many career options to choose from. CDCFE Courses include • Business & Tourism • Languages & European Studies/PreUniversity Languages (DCU) • Certificate in Business (advanced entry into DCU and other institutions.) Art & Design Department CDCFE offer a wide range of structured courses focused towards a career in the design industry. All our design courses are designed to be industry relevant by tutors who are highly experienced in their respective areas and continue to maintain a strong links with current design trends and new technology. • Animation • Architectural Technology • Art and Design Portfolio • Fashion Design • Graphic Design • Interior and 3D Design Our courses provide students with the key skills necessary to progress to a degree level qualification and pursue their career goals. The design department maintain stong links with Irish and UK Universities enabling students to gain advanced entry i n t o DIT, IADT, U n i v e r s i t y o f Wolverhampton and many other institutions. All courses use up to the minute industry standard software and technology which enables students to work on live projects and showcase their work each year at an exhibition that is held at a high profile Dublin City venue. >>> Education 23

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Media and Communications CDCFE prepares students for a wide spectrum of diverse careers in Media with courses in • Communication & Media Production • Film Production • Journalism • Photography. Our courses are tailored for those who are creative, focused, enthusiastic and determined, and who possess good communication and organizational skills. Our graduates now work in the fields of Music P h o t o g r a p h y, Te l e v i s i o n a n d F i l m Production, Sound Design, Music Production and Journalism. Alumni include Film Director Damien O’Donnell, Fintan Maguire, head of TV3 Productions, Music and Commercial photographer Mark Duggan, Charlene Lydon, Programmer of the Lighthouse Cinema and many more. Our aim is to create thinking practitioners who can work at all levels within the Media Industry. We h a v e d i r e c t l i n k s t o s e v e r a l Universities allowing our students advanced entry into the final year of degree programmes at the University of Wolverhampton and University of Central Lancashire. The course is recognised within the UCAS system. Media students have developed and utilised their talents in helping CDCFE become the successful educational centre that it is. Performing Arts Department For those who are creative, imaginative and hardworking, we offer courses in • Theatre Studies • Hairdressing, Our Theatre studies course offers both FETAC and Higher National Diploma (HND)

programmes in performing arts, with advanced entry to degree programmes in the UK. It allows students to master acting techniques, professional skills and develop the academic background required for further studies or work in theatre, television or film. On our Hairdressing programme students are given the confidence & training to secure an apprenticeship in a Hairdressing salon. All practical training is done in our brand new fully equipped professional Hair Salon. Leisure & Social Care Department With an extended reputation for over 30 years in Social Care, CDCFE has the best possible choices for you. The Health Science (Pre Nursing) course appears very popular each year mainly due to the success of students getting direct entry routes to 3rd level in particular DCU. The Social Studies and Social Care Practice courses provide students with the necessary practical experience. On our Special Needs Assisting course students will gain the skills required for working with people in an educational or care environment. If the classroom is not for you, perhaps our Outdoor Adventure Management (Shackleton) Course will fulfil your needs. This 3 year course provides students with the opportunities to develop skills, knowledge and qualifications required to gain employment in the adventure and leisure industry. For students interested in the Health& Fitness industry, our Health Science (Physiology & sport) course is very popular. • Health Science (Pre Nursing) • Outdoor Adventure Management • Social Studies • Health Science (Physiology & sport) • Special Needs Assisting • Social Care Practice VTOS, GET and Part-time Adult Education (Day & Evening) CDCFE offers full-time educational opportunities for unemployed adults. Students are eligible under VTOS programmes to avail of courses in General Education, Business & Computers, Art & Design, Media in Education, and FIT (Fastrack intoTechnology). C D C F E a l s o o ff e r p a r t - t i m e G E T (Gateway to Employment and Training) programmes for students wishing to return to education. Those in receipt of social welfare payments are entitled to free tuition while keeping their social welfare benefits. Courses include: Healthcare, Horticulture, Childcare, Science & Maths, PC Maintenance, Business & Social Media, ESOL and Retrofitting.

Student Experience Student life is not all about the course you are studying and at CDCFE we emphasise the importance of the personal and social development of our students alongside academic ability. The college has a vibrant Student Union which is run by the students themselves. Each class is represented by student reps who liaise continually between the student population and the student union. Events and activities are at the heart of the college and ensure that time spent at CDCFE is a valuable experience and most definitely a memorable one. The college boasts 5 campuses in Coolock, Raheny, Artane, Kilbarrack and Malahide all based on the Northside of Dublin. Our Kilbarrack campus has access to a fully equipped indoor gym, while the Malahide campus has access to many Outdoor Recreational amenities. full potential CDCFE is proud of our learner-centred approach and our programmes are delivered by a team of tutors dedicated to the highest standards of teaching and learning in a caring, supportive and friendly atmosphere. We want you to succeed and our courses are designed to help our learners achieve their full potential. Find OUT MORE

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Department of

Computer Science & Information Systems

Why Study at CSIS? A wide range of courses in digital and software disciplines Excellent facilities Dedicated and enthusiastic staff Graduates are highly sought after by employers

LM023 BSc in Health Informatics Health Informatics is an intriguing and rewarding subject of growing importance. Increased emphasis and investment on the application of ICT in health care has given rise to the need for suitably qualified graduates in this sector.

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LM051 BSc in Computer Systems Despite all the advances, software intensive systems continue to present many demanding challenges for the professionals who design, build, test and deploy them. The development of computer-based systems promises to be an exciting and indispensable career for the foreseeable future.

LM110 BSc in Computer Games Development

Computer games development is innovative and exciting from a technological and creative perspective, providing career opportunities for imaginative, logical, and energetic students.

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What Is Unique About UL? Scenic

riverside campus Pioneering and European leaders in Cooperative Education Outstanding sporting facilities Excellent

on-campus accommodation


graduates enjoy an employment rate 8% higher than the national average for all other Irish graduates� Source: Higher Education Authority, 2010

LM113 BSc in Digital Media Design There is an increasing need for graduates with the ability to cross social and technical boundaries, in order to exploit the opportunities offered by computer technology in a range of industries and services such as recording, general media, broadcasting and education.

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LM114 BSc in Music, Media and Performance Technology Develop the technical and creative skills required to be successful media practitioners in both the music and media industries.

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UCD Confucius Institute for Ireland

Experience China First Hand Study Chinese, Experience Culture ★ What will the participant students learn and gain?

★ Project Features ➢ Visit Chinese Culture Experience Center in Hanban (Confucius Institute Headquarters); ➢ Chinese Courses: experience Chinese courses taught by our outstanding teachers; ➢ Visit the famous scenic spots and historic resorts in Beijing; ➢ Experience traditional Chinese culture; ➢ Exchange with peer Chinese students from local high schools; ➢ Time is flexible (Easter holidays and summer camp) ➢ Great value: low prices for rich experience

➢ Improvement in Chinese Language: We encourage participant students to use Chinese on a variety of occasions through our authentic language environment, the flexible language teaching, and communication and exchange with peer Chinese students. ➢ Cultural Experience: Students will explore the glorious Chinese history and culture, and experience the unique charm of ancient China and modern China. ➢ Fun: Through sightseeing, students will have different views of Chinese culture. They will also be participated in a variety of classes taught by our professional instructors, including paper cutting, Chinese knotting, Chinese songs learning, calligraphy, and martial arts.

★ We provide three itinerary options ➢ 01. One week in Beijing for Chinese learning and Sightseeing €600-700 ➢ 02. One week in Beijing for sightseeing only €650-750 ➢ 03. Two weeks in Beijing & Xi’an for Chinese learning and sightseeing €1200-1300 Prices are best estimates and are subject to change

★ Contact Information Ms. Xiaodong Li • Tel: 01 7163000 Email: • Address: UCD Confucius Institute for Ireland, University College Dublin, Roebuck Annexe, Belfield, Dublin 4

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Chinese & Asian Studies

UCD Confucius Institute for Ireland

Embrace the Orient! C hina has become the second largest economy in the world, and learning more about this enormous country and its huge market has never been more relevant. So how can you tap into this market, and explore the myriad possibilities that are opening up between Ireland and China? The first step is to learn about their language and culture. The Chinese are far more disposed to doing business with foreigners who have made the effort to learn about their language and culture, and that is the first step to making connections, or ‘guanxi’, the cornerstone of Chinese business affairs. Not in business? The same principle applies to students, teachers and tourists alike - putting in the effort reaps huge rewards. Even a simple ‘Ni Hao’ (Hello) will elicit broad smiles and open doors in the Orient. Why choose UCD’s evening courses? 1. You will benefit from the teaching experience and resources of Ireland’s premier university - UCD. 2. Two excellent locations: UCD and City Centre. 3. Highly qualified teachers: Our teachers are native Chinese speakers who understand Irish culture and have excellent English, and as such are ideally suited to pass on their knowledge to you in easy to grasp modules. 4. Our courses are specifically tailored to meet the needs of Irish learners, draw-

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ing on the experience of our teachers and returning students to make the courses as interactive, relevant and engaging as possible. 5. UCD CI’s courses are fully supported by free on-line materials and handouts, ensuring that you can work your learning around your schedule. 6. At just €150, our course price is extremely competitive. 7. Free Chinese Corner! Practice your Chinese in a relaxed atmosphere outside class. Take your first step to unlocking the secrets of the Orient - you won’t look back!

Here’s some feedback from our past students: “Excellent background of lecturers and their knowledge; very useful practical language teaching” “Focus on pronunciation, dynamic and participative atmosphere is very good.” “The teacher is very clear in her expectations, the class is well paced.” “Interactive format to class encouraged us to participate through forming sentences, talking amongst each other, pronouncing words etc; the lecture is informal teaching style, friendly and helpful”

The UCD Confucius Institute Mission The mission of the UCD Confucius Institute for Ireland is to work with the Irish government, businesses and academia to develop stronger educational, cultural and commercial links between Ireland and China. The Institute is a joint venture between the Office of Chinese Language Council International (Hanban), Renmin University of China and UCD. The Institute was established in 2006 and was officially opened by Mr Zeng Peiyan, then Vice Premier of the People's Republic of China. The Institute offices are located within the UCD Belfield campus.

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Both China and Ireland have a long history and profound cultural connections, and in recent years bilateral relations have made remarkable progress. A Chinese proverb sums it up very succinctly: “When planning for a year, plant corn, when planning for a decade, plant trees, when planning for life, train and educate people”. I’m confident, with this mutual recognition in mind, that the UCD Confucius Institute will serve as a bridge in Chinese and Irish cultural, economic and educational development for many years to come.

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Recent developments at the UCD Confucius Institute for Ireland Awards: The UCD Confucius Institute for Ireland has been awarded the accolade of ‘Confucius Institute of the Year’, one of 20 chosen from all the Confucius Institutes around the world, an incredible 3 times in the last 5 years – making it one of the most awarded Confucius Institutes in the world. This is the only award granted by the Confucius Institute Headquarters in Beijing, and reflects the vision, innovation and dedication of the directors and staff here in Ireland. Confucius Medal: The first of its kind anywhere in the world, the UCD CII ‘Confucius Medal’ is an award which recognises and celebrates outstanding achievement by an individual in educational and cultural relations between Ireland and China. The inaugural medal was presented to the then mayor of Beijing Mr. Guo Jinlong in September 2011 for his tireless work in making the new BJUT / UCD campus a reality. Chinese Studies Nationwide: Due to the growing demand and popularity of Chinese Studies all around Ireland, we have expanded our Chinese Studies programme substantially over the last 2 years, from 23 schools predominantly in the Greater Dublin area in 2010-2011 to over 100 schools spanning the entire country from Donegal to Wexford and everywhere in between this semester and the next. HSK and YCT: The UCD Confucius Institute has long established the largest testing centre for Mandarin Chinese in Ireland. The new HSK (Chinese: Hanyu Shuiping Kaoshi) and YCT (Youth Chinese Test) are both internationally standardized

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exams that test and rate Chinese language proficiency. A number of exams are held throughout the year for individuals of all ages to see just how good their Chinese is, and to receive a valuable exam certificate from Beijing as proof. Teacher’s Pack for Chinese Culture and Language: We are here for the long haul, and to do that we realised that we had to make Chinese Studies sustainable and integrated. Working with the NCCA, we have developed a Teaching Pack for Irish teachers. The pack is PowerPoint based, and is designed so that Irish teachers with no background knowledge of Chinese language or culture can, with minimal preparation, teach classes on Chinese culture with some elements of Chinese language. These resources are available to download free of charge from our website. We

have also developed a Teacher’s Handbook to accompany these resources which contains a wealth of additional material for teachers to use and refer to when teaching the course. Short Courses: Following the initial announcement of the changes to the Junior Cycle, we immediately started working with the NCCA to realise the ambition of bringing Chinese Studies into the new Junior Cycle as a Short Course. We have extensive experience working with schools nationwide at all levels, from 1st year to 5th year and we are keen to satisfy the huge demand from schools to provide Chinese Studies at this level. Galway Training Centre: The Galway Education Centre has just announced that it is to become the regional training centre in the west of Ireland for Chinese Language and Culture in partnership with The UCD Confucius Institute for Ireland. This exciting new development is a direct response to an increase in demand for Chinese Studies classes in post primary schools in the Galway/Mayo and broader western Ireland region. Such was the interest that the need for a local venue providing cultural and linguistic training directly to teachers in the region became imperative. The first of the language courses, a 10 week basic Mandarin and Chinese teaching skills module began this autumn. Find OUT MORE

n The Minister of State for Training and Skills, Ciarán Cannon T.D. with his Chinese teacher Ms. Liu Xiangyi, as he begins taking Mandarin lessons with the UCD Confucius Institute.

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UCC School of Asian Studies

Your Gateway to Understanding Asia Offering Students 3rd & 4th Level Degree Programmes CK 101 Arts BA Hons (Chinese Studies, Asian Studies, Religions & Global Diversity) CK 211 BComm Hons International with Chinese CKA 25 HDip. Contemporary Chinese Culture & Business CKA 27 HDip Study of Religions CKE 74 MA Contemporary Chinese Culture & Business CKE 81 MA Asian Studies CKE 06 MA Contemporary Religions MBS Asian Business/Farmleigh Fellowship MPhil/PhD Programmes & Postdoctoral Fellowships

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UCC School of Asian Studies

Leading Ireland's education into Asia T

he announcement last May by Minister for Education Ruairi Quinn on the future introduction of both transition year and junior certificate curricula on Chinese language and culture, illustrates the current educational drive towards developing a generation of students who can engage on all levels with China and the greater Asian sphere. Since its foundation in 2006, University College Cork’s School of Asian Studies it has been the leading institution in Ireland in providing education curricula and resources in this field for Ireland’s second, third and fourth level students. The school works closely in co-operation across various departments within the university campus but also extends out to secondary schools in providing educational programmes across various criteria in relation to Sino and Asian studies.

The aim of School of Asian Studies is to maintain and expand its unique role as a centre of excellence in Asian Studies in Ireland, whilst contributing to the development of Asian Studies internationally. Through the maintaining and development of high quality academic programmes of teaching and research, the School aims to support UCC’s strategies of internationalisation and greater diversification within its campus. Curricula & Courses:

The School of Asian Studies has in total 490 undergraduate students, 34 taught Masters students and 27 PhD research students. At any given time, some 30 students are studying for up to a year in Asia as part of their degree programme. It offers a wide range of undergraduate

and post graduate courses including the BA in Chinese Studies, BComm (International) Chinese Studies, HDip in Contemporary Chinese Culture and Business, MA in Asian Studies, MBS Asian Business, and MA in Contemporary Chinese Culture and Business. In 2013, Asian studies will also be incorporated as a subject of the BA in Chinese Studies programme. The Study of Religions department within the School also offers ‘Religions and Global Diversity’ in the BA (Hons), MA Contemporary Religions, HDip Arts (Study of Religions) and MPhil and PhD supervision. Many of the undergraduate courses aims to provide students with various transdisciplinary options, which are flexible towards other areas within the university’s College of Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Sciences and the College of Business and Law. This enables students to shape their university progression towards their particular interest and speciality. Adding to this, the Schools expansion of post graduate options, further offer students the opportunity to extend the students experience into their specialised field along with the facilitation of students coming from a different fields of study a more specialised scope with regards to Asia. Find OUT MORE Web:

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Chinese & Asian Studies Educational Partners Since its establishment in 2007, and working in close co-operation with School, UCC’s Confucius Institute has been a key partner and stakeholder in the success in incorporating Chinese language programmes through the various sectors of Irelands education system. The institute has been instrumental in the development of intercultural links and exchanges between educational and government institutions in both China and Ireland. Furthermore, it has reached out to the wider local community by fostering intercultural links through a number of different cultural events such as its participation in the China Day celebration in Galway as part of the Volvo Ocean Yacht Race and its a n n u a l N e w Ye a r / S p r i n g F e s t i v a l Performance held in Firkin Crane Theatre in Cork. With the aim of expanding its scope into further regional areas of studies, the School through the support of the Korean Foundation and The Korean Academy, launched the Irish Institute of Korean Studies in 2009, offering students Ireland’s only third level facility in learning Korean language, philosophy and history. Adding to this, the department recently launched the Irish Institute of Japanese Studies, which further aims to provide not just third level learning opportunities but to develop a network of other scholars within Europe interested in Japanese research. One of the most exciting aspects in the programmes available, are the opportunities for students to spend at least a year within the departments partner universities scattered throughout Asia. Currently, the School of Asian studies has developed successful academic partnerships including the joint delivery of programmes in the areas of international business with universities throughout Asia. These institutions include Shanghai University, Fudan University in Shanghai, East China University of Law and Politics, South China Normal University and Nanyang Technological University in Singapore. This development of inter-university links has enabled closer bonds between both parties allowing further exchanges for both students and faculty. Looking to the Future Education, especially in relation to third and fourth levels must offer students at all levels to opportunity to engage, learn and build upon the multi cultural experience of a globalised world. While the Irish education system has offered this over recent years within a European perspective, the next stage of this process must encompass looking eastward. UCC’s School of Asian Studies aims to be playing a leading role within this process. Education 35

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GRADUATE STUDIES IN EDUCATION On-line applications are now invited for the following courses

Masters in Education (2 year part-time)

Masters in Education in Special Educational Needs (2 year part-time)

Masters of Arts in Education (1 year full-time)

Graduate Certificate in Education Studies (1 year part-time)

MLitt in Education

(1 year full time or 2 year part-time)

Gradiate Diploma in Special Educational Needs* PhD in Educational Psychology* Structured PhD inEducation

(full-time and part time options available)

MSc in Children and Youth Studies (full and part-time)

PhD in Children and Youth Studies (full and part-time)

Closing date for applications for most programmes is Friday May 3rd 2013

For further information on our programmes, please visit our website

Contact the School Office at:

School of Education, Roebuck Castle University College Dublin, Belfield, Dublin 4 Tel: +353 1 716-7965/7967/7968 *Please see website for closing date for applications for this course

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DCU Business School

Pilot or Management Careers in Aviation


CU B u s i n e s s S c h o o l s ground-breaking and unique aviation four year degree programme, B.Sc. in Aviation Management/B.Sc. in Aviation Management with Pilot Studies offers a distinct choice for those wishing to train as commercial pilots or to pursue fast-paced management careers in the dynamic world of aviation. Who is this course for? • those who wish to become commercial pilots, it offers a route to a professional qualification as a commercial pilot combined with a strong background in business education; • those who see themselves playing other roles in the industry, it provides the necessary expertise to maximise potential in this ever-changing aviation industry. This course will suit students who have a general interest in aviation and management. The course has been designed to cater for the needs of modern aviation employees both inside and outside the cockpit.

Programme Design and Content The programme has been designed in close consultation with key representation from across the aviation industry and continually develops to meet evolving industrial needs. One such recent addition is the new Emissions Markets and Aviation module that has recently been introduced into the second year syllabus. In addition to aviation management education, the programme has been designed as required by the industry on a solid general management educational foundation. This combination of general and specialist management knowledge optimally qualifies students for a career start in demanding positions in this promising industry sector. The curriculum as currently devised is approximately 45% Aviation Management and 55% General Management, with a strong link to the long running Bachelor of Business Studies Programme running in DCU Business School.

Attractive Industry Work Placement OR Semester Abroad Currently the third year of the course begins with a substantial period away from DCU either in an organised industrial placement relevant to the programme OR alternatively students can elect to attend our partner Aviation Management Programme in European Business School, Germany for a one semester exchange.

Choice of Final Year Specialisms - Aviation Management or Pilot Studies In the fourth year, the programme divides into two streams: some students will opt to pursue training at an approved Flight Training Organisation with a view to qualifying as a commercial pilot (Airline Transport Pilot Licence - ATPL); others will choose to follow more specialist studies in aviation management here in DCU.

Aviation Content Delivery The aviation components of the degree are delivered by a team of highly experienced domain experts, with the majority at senior managerial level in the industry, with whom this degree has been designed. What is being delivered in the classroom is at the cutting edge as many of these experts deal with these issues in a day to day manner in a range of employers, including airlines, aviation state regulatory boards and the Irish Air Corps.

Clear Career Pathway with DCU Business School A degree in aviation management educates an airline pilot to view the airline in its entirety and to recognise business opportunities that might arise. It offers flexibility in terms of alternative career paths and once qualified gives the graduate a skill set advantage over directly trained pilots. And it’s not just about becoming a pilot; the aviation industry requires specialist graduates from DCU Business School with effective management skills on the ground in the areas of business operations, marketing, logistics, flight operations, finance, public relations, and employee relations. So, if it’s wanting to fly high with a worldwide airline or make a change in the aviation industry, DCU Business School offers a clear pathway to a successful career with this unique and ground-breaking course.


We develop students to be industry ready from the moment they graduate by exposing them to tangible real world assignments, INTRA work placement and entrepreneurial modules. DCU Business School has a strong emphasis on industry engagement. Our innovative relationship with industry allows us to constantly improve our undergraduate and postgraduate programmes. Overall, we build a proven pathway to career success for our students, contributing to DCU being ranked as one of the ‘Top 50 Universities in the world, under 50 years old’.

Undergraduate Degree Programmes: • • • • • •

Business Studies Global Business Studies Business Studies International Accounting and Finance Aviation Management Marketing, Innovation & Technology

Postgraduate Programmes available:

• Cloud Computing • Digital Marketing • Business • Strategy • Accounting • Marketing • HR • E-commerce • MBA and many more Realise career goals with DCU Business School, visit, contact +353 (0) 1 700 5265 or email

Applications through the CAO, 2012 CAO points: 425 “DCU’s aviation management programme is the first of its kind in Ireland and one of only a very small number in Europe. This in combination with the rapid evolution of the industry places DCU graduates in prime position to be both influencers and leaders of this change. In following in the DCU tradition, this programme has been designed by the industry for the industry thus enabling DCU graduates to leave this programme ready to hit the ground runn i n g ” D r. P J B y r n e , Av i a t i o n Management Programme Director

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Athlone Institute of Technology

New business courses at AIT target smart areas


ntrepreneurship, innovation, social media, digital marketing – just some of the words that repeatedly crop up in any discussion about the future of business. They are not just buzzwords, however, they represent core skill areas that are at the heart of the resuscitation of the Irish economy. They are also core pillars of a number of new courses being offered by the Business School at Athlone Institute of Technology. Two new offerings, the Higher Certificate in Entrepreneurship and Innovation (AL656) and the Higher Certificate in Social Media Marketing (AL655), feature in the CAO for the first time this year. According to the Government’s Action Plan for Jobs the challenge for Ireland is 'to reinvent itself'. This change will be achieved, it says, through “the creativity and ingenuity of people in the private and public sectors… Just as jobs are at the base of any successful society, enterprise must be at the heart of any jobs programme.” That ethos is at the core of the Higher Certificate in Entrepreneurship and Innovation. The programme will give students the opportunity to develop entrepreneurial, interpersonal, innovation and managerial knowledge and competencies. This is the skillset which will best support graduates in starting their own enterprise or invigorating an existing (family) business. In developing the course, AIT lecturers were able to draw on decades of experience, experience which has helped previous generations of business graduates reach the pinnacle of their careers. A typical example is Longford’s Brendan Farrell, who gradu-

n AIT business students preparing to deliver a group presentation

ated from Athlone in 1984 and last year was shortlisted as the Ernst & Young international entrepreneur of the year. Farrell is CEO of his own company on Wall Street and is amongst the top 100 most influential business leaders across the global Irish network. That same understanding of the future needs of business was also core to the development of the Higher Certificate in Social Media Marketing. While everyone understands that social media is the pulse of the 21st century, fewer people appreciate how it can be utilised for business. A quick look at some statistics, however, reveals just how significant it is: Manchester United, for example, currently has 29 million likes for its Facebook page, while Lady

Gaga has some 32 million followers on Twitter. AIT’s new course will provide students with the business, marketing and digital media skills and knowledge needed to enter this industry. The blend of theory and practical skills will provide not only an excellent theory basis, but will enable students to build a unique online portfolio during the course of their study.

Mullingar to Hollywood, LA Mullingar’s Diarmuid McCoy graduated from AIT in 1993 and in the subsequent two decades has worked in Dublin, Barcelona, London and Paris, and is currently employed in Los Angeles, where he is Director of Worldwide Compliance and Controls at Paramount Pictures. Prior to joining Paramount in 2007, Diarmuid worked for Vivendi Universal, the world leader in video games and music. He has also held auditing roles with Seagram and Grant Thornton. A business graduate of AIT, Diarmuid attended St Finian’s n Diarmuid McCoy College in Mullingar.

n Brendan O'Farrell

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EirGrid’s Schools Science Programme

omething interesting has been happening in some theatres and art centres around the country during 2012 - eirgrid, the electricity transmission system operator, has been rolling out their schools science programme incorporating a travelling Lobby Lab and interactive show. The show enables junior cycle and GCSE science students to develop an appreciation of the impact that electricity has on their lives and environment and is based on the experiments from both Irish and UK curricula. It is a very interactive experience with an emphasis on practical experience. EirGrid Manager Aidan Corcoran explains who EirGrid is. "EirGrid's role is to deliver quality connection, transmission and market services to electricity generators, suppliers and customers utilising the high voltage electricity system. We are responsible for the grid infrastructure required to support the development of Ireland's economy, as well as connecting the Irish grid to the European grid. These are complex messages, and indeed the whole area of electricity can be difficult to explain or demonstrate in the classroom environment. "This is why we bring a team of EirGrid engineers and scientists to the venues. The aim of the show is to assist students to develop a knowledge and understanding of the important principles, core concepts, theories and facts relating to electricity and their application and impact in the everyday life of the student." To date, a number of shows have been held at locations across Ireland and Northern Ireland; in Castlebar, Co. Mayo, Ballybofey, Co. Donegal, Derry City and most recently at the Intel Auditorium in Co. Kildare, the Theatre Royal in Waterford and The Set Theatre in Kilkenny.

n Aidan Corcoran, Grid25 Manager, EirGrid

n A pupil enjoys the effects from Van de Graff Generator at the show in Intel recently.

EirGrid decided to focus on the junior cycle science age group because science is taught as a single subject at junior cycle level - it is broken into physics, chemistry and biology for the senior cycle. Students at this level are already familiar with the language and terminology of science, they engage more with the wider environment and they will become the decision makers, legislators and community members of the future. forms of energy Students learn about various forms of energy; how they are used to generate electricity and the need to develop economical uses of energy sources. They also learn about the underlying electricity principles applied to industry, business and daily life. One of the key lessons highlighted is Ireland's economic dependence on electricity and the drive to exploit our renewable resources. The show is divided into two parts- the first part allows students to participate in a Lobby Lab, with a range of curriculumbased experiments. This is followed by a 50 minute interactive live show with a mixture of experiments, demonstrations and bespoke animations. Both are presented by EirGrid's engineers and scientists, enabling students to clearly visualise the real life application of the lessons they learn. To date, the reaction from both teachers and students alike has been overwhelm-

ingly positive. It is also worth noting that without the assistance and feedback from ISTA, Scifest and other organisations, it would have been much more difficult for EirGrid to produce and develop this show in a way that works for its audience. EirGrid is proud to have some of the best and brightest young engineering minds in the country working in its organisation and hopes that the initiative will complement the enormous work that is already underway to encourage our young people to consider a career in science, technology, engineering and maths. vital role Science and technology have a vital role to play in our economicrecovery. EirGrid firmly believes that initiatives such as these, where young people get the opportunity to experience their science curriculum experiments in settings outside of the school classroom, where the theory can be applied to real life experiences results in students being more aware of the opportunities to work in the science and engineering sectors. Find OUT MORE Email: Tel: 01 2370000 EirGrid, The Oval, 160 Shelbourne Road, Dublin 4. Education 41

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Institute of Technology Blanchardstown

ITB grows its horticulture facilities


iven that the Institute of Technology Blanchardstown has a unique location set in circa 22.5 hectares of land on the fringes of the fastest growing city in Europe, we have an opportunity to develop facilities that other colleges simply do not have. ITB is planning significant investment in building state of the art new horticulture facilities which will include: glasshouses, poly-tunnels, workshops and welfare facilities as well as a range of outdoor practical work areas for fruit and vegetable production and sportsturf management depicted in the graphics. The project is currently awaiting planning permission and it is envisaged that construction will commence next March with an expected completion date in September 2013. horticulture education Richard Gallery, Head of Department at ITB welcomed the proposed new development at ITB, saying, “The investment by ITB in new, state of the art horticulture facilities at the campus in Blanchardstown, shows our continued commitment to the development of horticulture education for full time, part time and work based students. These new facilities, coupled with our recent successes at Bloom and increasing links with the horticulture industry through our work placement programmes, bodes well for the future of horticulture at ITB and in this region.” This investment in up-to-the-minute Horticulture facilities will complement ITB’s innovative purpose-built campus. In recent years, developments have included both 3rd generation synthetic and natural grass

pitches, additional car-parking facilities and a shuttle bus service linking the college with Blanchardstown village, the shopping centre and Coolmine railway station. These improvements have been necessary to cater for continually growing student numbers across a range of established and new courses. Our hands-on and practical horticulture courses are designed to help develop the knowledge, skills and practical experience needed to work in the dynamic and expanding horticulture sector. ITB’s horticulture courses immerse students in the science, technology and business involved in food cultivation, sportsturf expertise and plant and landscape management. ITB Horticulture graduates have been employed in a variety of careers, including sports facility management, retail, business, organic food production, education, heritage and community horticulture. Many graduates have become self-employed in a

these sectors too. At ITB, the courses have been designed to incorporate the theoretical and practical aspects of horticulture and include modules on landscape design, fruit and vegetable production, soil science and plant nutrition, ecology, organic and sustainable practices in conjunction with modules in project management, information technology, marketing, customer service and professional practice. experience and confidence We offer practical hands-on opportunities to develop skills and we engage with the local community on real life practical projects, designed and built by students, to a budget. This allows students to practice team-building and collaborative skills. With each project completed, the student gains experience and confidence that scaffolds their learning year-on-year. Two periods of work placement in the industry are an integral element of this course. ITB offers Horticulture programmes at level 6, 7 & 8 in addition to part-time courses in plant studies and organic & sustainable horticulture. Find OUT MORE For more information on any of our courses, contact a member of our marketing team at Tel: 01 885 1530 or email Education 43

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• Vocational Certificate in Agriculture (FETAC Level 5 and 6) • Vocational Certificate in Forestry (FETAC Level 5 and 6) • HETAC Higher Certificate in Agriculture in conjunction with DKIT • B.Sc in Sustainable Agriculture (Level 8) (Hons) in conjunction with DKIT • Advanced Certificate in Dairy Herd Management For further information please contact:

College Principal - Tel. No. (049) 4338108 • E-Mail:

A CAREER IN HORTICULTURE Teagasc College of Amenity Horticulture offers the following courses in the unique setting of the National Botanic Gardens, Glasnevin. Certificates in Horticulture, Greenkeeping and Floristry Honours Degree in partnership with Dublin City University (DC 170) Ordinary Degree in partnership with Waterford Institute of Technology (WD 097) Careers in Landscape Design and Construction

Careers in Garden Centres

Research Advisory Education

Garden Estates

Parks and Botanic Gardens

Grounds Maintenance


Application procedure: Degree Courses CAO application process Certificate Course application forms and further information from: Teagasc, College Administration Office, National Botanic Gardens, Dublin 9. /i i« i\Êä£Ênä{äÓä£ÊUÊ > \ÊL Ì> V°V i}iJÌi>}>ÃV° i 7iL\ÊÜÜÜ°Ìi>}>ÃV° iÉL Ì> V}>À`i ÃÊUÊÜÜÜ°Ü Ì° iÊUÊÜÜÜ°`VÕ° i ?? EDUCATION 44 Education

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UCD School of Agriculture and Food Science

For careers in agriculture and food science


he UCD School of Agriculture and Food Science is the only academic institution in Ireland that delivers education and research on the complete food chain from initial on farm production through processing to final consumption by the consumer. The School is the first destination of choice in Ireland for students interested in developing their careers in agriculture and food science. The prospects for the Agrifood sector are the best that they have been for many decades and graduates of the School have an enviable employment record both in Ireland and overseas, competing and succeeding in a market place that extends well beyond traditional agricultural and food roles. Feeding and caring for a growing population, the provision of energy and the protection of the environment are the biggest global challenges facing society and these are areas where UCD Agriculture, Food Science and Human Nutrition graduates play a central role. With a fully modularised academic system, UCD Agriculture, Food Science and Human Nutrition students can tailor their degree to their own particular interests. In addition, Professional Work Experience and international study abroad opportunities contribute to the development of highly sought after graduates with innovation, entrepreneurship, critical thinking and problem solving skills. For 2013 entry, the following undergraduate programmes are available • DN250 Agricultural Science • DN250 AES Agri-Environmental Sciences • DN250 ACP Animal and Crop Production • DN250 ASC Animal Science • DN250 ENT Engineering Technology • DN250 FAM Food and Agribusiness Management • DN251 Animal Science -Equine • DN252 Dairy Business • DN261 Food Science • DN262 Human Nutrition • DN271 Forestry • DN272 Horticulture, Landscape and Sportsturf Management • Non CAO: Dip/BSc in Rural Development by Distance Learning (also available as a Diploma programme) Education 45

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School of Hospitality Management and Tourism, DIT Cathal Brugha Street

Tourism - a fast moving, vibrant and ever changing sector


ourism is one of the world’s fastest growing sectors and here in Ireland it’s the country’s largest indigenous industry, with over 14.8 million passengers travelling through Dublin Airport this year. Contrary to stories of job losses, the hospitality, leisure and tourism industry is holding its own. DIT graduates are gaining full-time employment in this fast moving, vibrant and ever changing sector, with a huge abundance of career paths open to school-leavers who choose this field. T h e DIT S c h o o l o f H o s p i t a l i t y Management and Tourism, Cathal Brugha Street, is the leading centre for teaching hospitality, tourism, event and leisure management. It has been designated as a World Tourism Organisation (WTO) Centre for Tourism Education and Research. According to Tourism Ireland’s Outlook Report 2012, ‘tourism and hospitality sectors have forecasted continued growth’. In recent months, several of the country’s top hospitality industry leaders have spoken of the skills shortages they experience and the challenges in recruiting qualified staff. One person who’s a good litmus test for the health of the market is the school’s placement officer, Oonagh Birchall. "We’re certainly seeing a pick-up in demand for our students – while hotels may not be achieving the rates they were a few years ago, the demand levels are certainly on an upward curve," claims Birchall.

The School prides itself on a very strong commitment to students and a good example of this is an innovative programme for first year students to help them integrate into third level. Teamwork is strongly encouraged and students find this extremely beneficial as they get to know their fellow students in a relaxed environment. All students are encouraged to join the many incredible clubs and societies available at the school. What are the career opportunities? Career opportunities, both here in Ireland and aboard, are almost limitless in this sector. These range from managing hotel resorts, working for on-line travel agencies, organising worldwide events, running a marketing department, through to hotel management, working with semi-state agencies and tourist boards to name but a few. One of the school’s recent graduates, Jonathan Sargeant, who completed a B.Sc. in Tourism Marketing, is currently working for Tourism Ireland in Canada. Jonathan explains that the best parts of his degree was "the six month work placement, working on group projects and meeting with successful business figures – which was a

fantastic opportunity to network with people in the industry". Jonathan goes on to explain how the work placement greatly benefited him: "One of the main reasons I chose this course was because it incorporates a six month work placement and this is a wonderful opportunity for students to gain invaluable work experience, either in Ireland or abroad. I undertook my placement in Cape Cod, USA working in a large hotel and golf resort where I gained fantastic skills and international experience". Since graduating from The School of Hospitality Management and Tourism, Jonathan has been promoting Ireland in the Canadian market. "I graduated in May 2011 and I am working for Tourism Ireland in Toronto on a two year graduate program. My job entails working with journalists and media, running marketing campaigns and travelling around Canada to trade shows". This sector offers a mixture of exciting careers and a qualification from The School of Hospitality Management and Tourism is highly sought after, opening up exciting opportunities both home and abroad to graduates. While academic achievement is important in the school, the courses offered are also very orientated towards the practical element with students encouraged to undertake projects in various sectors. The school has exceptional links to industry leaders, who partner with the school to employ students in permanent roles and work placement programmes. The School of Hospitality Management and Tourism are very happy to facilitate visits to schools and welcome class visits to their campus.

Find OUT MORE For further information please contact Mary Dineen, DIT School of Hospitality on 01 402 4352 or email Education 47

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Shannon College of Hotel Management A Recognised College of the National University of Ireland

Say hello to international work placements and 100% employment on graduation day Shannon College of Hotel Management, Shannon, Co. Clare


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GMIT – College of Tourism & Arts

Are you ready for the world of work? THE College of Tourism & Arts is a leading provider of Hotel, Tourism, Culinary Arts, and Creative Arts & Media programmes in Ireland, and prides itself on developing graduates who are “work-ready”. Students on all programmes are encouraged to develop their skills and confidence by participating in events, undertaking meaningful work placements and getting help with kick-starting their career. Highlights from 2012 included: Event participation: Students in the College of Tourism & Arts took part in a number of events throughout 2012 which involved working with members of the public, charities, food producers and professional bodies. The events included Ireland’s first national “Foodie Forum” in February, a unique celebratory dinner for Titanic in March in aid of Galway RNLI, and a fundraising drive for Galway Lions Club. Work Placements: Each year, between 400 and 500 students undertake monitored work placements in Ireland, Europe, the US, Australia and many more countries. These work placements are between 12 and 30 weeks in duration, and are designed to develop the students’ confidence and skills, and prepare them for the workplace once they graduate. Tourism & Hospitality Careers Fair: The College of Tourism & Arts invites employers from all over the world to a Careers Fair in GMIT every spring. Many employers use this opportunity to recruit final year students for employment and graduate training programmes. In 2012, 40 exhibitors represented over 100 individual employers from Ireland, the UK, the US and France. Read more about GMIT College of Tourism & Arts programmes on

Are you looking for an international qualification that focuses on: ✔ practical skills ✔ up-to-date knowledge ✔ relevant work experience

Welcome to the world of hotels, restaurants, bars, events, retail and tourism in GMIT. The College of Tourism & Arts at Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology (GMIT) invites you to consider the following programmes Hotel Management • Culinary Arts• Event Management & PR Tourism • Hospitality • Bar & Restaurant Management Retail & Customer Service • Art & Design • Film & Documentary

For further information visit College of Tourism & Arts, Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology (GMIT), Dublin Road, Galway. Tel: 091 742343

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The story of the capital WWW BALLYHASSLAKES IE





Dublin City Hall


An outstanding example of the Georgian architecture for which Dublin is world-renowned

CITY Hall, situated in the heart of Dublin is an outstanding example of the Georgian architecture for which Dublin is world-renowned. Designed by Thomas Cooley, it was built by the Guild of Merchants as the Royal Exchange and used as a financial centre until Dublin Corporation bought the building in 1851. It was re-named 'City Hall' in 1852 at the first meeting held there of Dublin City Council. City Hall was the hub of Dublin’s civic administration until 1995, when Dublin Corporation moved its headquarters to the newly completed Civic Offices at Wood Quay. It was then refurbished from 1998-2000, and was open to the public in 2000. It is still the focal point for the Council’s elected members, Dublin City Council and the Council meets on the first Monday of every month in the historic Council Chamber, originally the coffee-room of the Royal Exchange. The sheer size and sumptuous fittings of City Hall reflect the prestige of Dublin in the late 18th century. The spectacular entrance hall or Rotunda with its spacious dome is surrounded by an ambulatory where the merchants strolled and discussed business. The Rotunda is now available for hire for corporate events, private functions and Civil Marriage/ Civil Partnership Ceremonies. The superb vaults at lower ground floor level were also restored as part of the refurbishment of City Hall and they now host a multi media exhibition, “The Story of the Capitalâ€?. The exhibition traces Dublin’s evolution, from before the Anglo-Norman invasion of 1170 to the present day through a mix of video and newsreel footage, display of a number of important artefacts, interactive software and interpretative text. Audio guides and leaflets are available in several different languages, the building is fully wheelchair accessible and a charming cafĂŠ on site adds to the ambiance.



landscaped lawns for ropes course, aeroball, team challenges and team building exercises. Under the supervision of our resident instructors you can be guaranteed a great day out with challenges appropriate for individuals of all ages. In addition, skills courses are provided in all the above disciplines.




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National Wax Museum

Science and Discovery is a Big Plus The National Wax Museum PLUS puts the fun and exploration back in to science and invention as it celebrates Ireland's Pioneers of science and innovation.


HE National Wax Museum PLUS encourages school groups to engage with Science and invention by visiting the Science Gallery and Discovery Zone, a hidden gem house on the 1st floor of the attraction celebrating Irish inventors, scientists and engineers, many of whom have developed some of the world’s most revolutionary inventions. This element is delivered in an interactive and informative way using wall charts, touch screen technology and online databases, giving visitors a chance to explore and discover for themselves. This area is perfect for both primary and post primary school groups as it is in keeping with the school curriculum. It gives pupils a chance to get real hands on experience through interaction with the exhibits showing the work of our great Irish inventors in a practical way. The tour will also take you on a Journey through Irish History and Cultural Heritage, an enchanting children’s zone of wonder, a green screen video room, a recording studio and a all the exceptional life like stars of Rock n’ Roll, Film, Theatre, TV and Sport that you would expect to see at the National Wax Museum. FIND OUT MORE Open 7 Days, 10am – 7pm (last admission 6.15pm) School Groups `6.50 per pupil, teachers are free For group bookings call 01 6718373 or email

Birr Castle Demesne and Ireland’s Historic Science Centre

Encouraging scientific exploration


IRR Castle Demesne and Ireland’s Historic Science Centre offers both primary and secondary level tailor made educational programmes aimed at encouraging scientific exploration among students. The programmes offer students the opportunity to stimulate their imagination in an engaging educational manner. With two specifically designed, diverse programmes developed to reflect the fundamental principles of our organisation while incorporating the national curriculum. A day at Birr Castle Demesne is much more than just a fun day out it’s the chance to experience first-hand historical scientific achievements. The ‘Junior Science Trail’ offers both junior certificate students and their teachers a hands on educational experience. Combining a botany field trip with an interactive museum visit, the ‘Junior Science Trail’ will both entertain and educate while incorporating key areas of the junior science syllabus. A self-guided tour that includes 21 stop-off points throughout the Science Centre and the castle grounds, which aims to educate students in the areas of light, ecology, energy conversion and classification of substances. The ‘Discovery Primary Science and Maths’ programme takes learning from the classroom into natural surrounds. It offers the students practical activities aimed at increasing their awareness of science and maths. The programme aims to inspire young students through the past scientific achievements of the Parsons family. With the re-development of Ireland’s Historic Science Centre due to take place in 2013, it has never been a better time to visit. Development of a distinctive educational tool the interactive tree house within the grounds of Birr Castle offers a unique opportunity for learning, temporary exhibition galleries and increased facilities make Birr Castle Demesne the perfect destination. A place that incorporates education and entertainment to create experiences that will stay with the students long after their visit.

Birr Castle Demesne and Ireland’s Historic Science Centre

Come and discover the wonders of science at Birr Castle Demesne and Ireland’s Historic Science Centre. We look forward to welcoming you to Birr Castle Demesne and hope that you will enjoy your participation in our stimulating schools programme. For bookings and further information contact us at Tel: 0579120336 Email: Website: Education 51

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Glasnevin Museum

An intriguing journey through Ireland's past Primary and Secondary School Tours


here are over one million stories buried in Glasnevin Cemetery, Gravediggers, Body Snatchers, Rebels and Revolutionaries, ordinary and extraordinary people. We want to share their stories with you. Glasnevin Museum offers an engaging and entertaining Education Programme for both Primary and Secondary Schools. Glasnevin Museum holds a number of exciting and interactive exhibitions, which illustrate the social, historical and political development of modern Ireland through those buried in Glasnevin Cemetery. Our aim is to capture the imagination and send your class away happy! Why choose Glasnevin Museum for your class trip? • We tailor the experience to your classes needs • We offer a new and exciting way to investigate aspects of the primary and secondary curriculum • We email an education pack to all school groups with primary and secondary documents to help you make the most of your visit • We offer an easy and controlled environment, secure and safe for all ages. • Taking a break, The Tower Café serves daily specials and treats for children • We offer great value for money. Museum Opening Times: Monday – Friday : 10am – 5pm Sat, Sun and Bank Holidays: 11am – 5pm Tour and Museum Admission: Adults: €12 Concession: €8 Family: €25 School Groups Admission - Museum and Tour Combined Ticket: €6 per student 1 leader free with every 10 students Advanced booking is required, book early to avoid disappointment.

If you would like to make a booking or want some further information contact our Education Team on T: 01 8826550 E: Web: Glasnevin Museum, Finglas Rd, Glasnevin, Dublin 11. Glasnevin Trust is a not for profit organisation, charity number 5849. All purchases go towards the upkeep of Glasnevin Trust Cemeteries.

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Student travel and education

Kildare Place Society & Schooling in the Nineteenth Century


new exhibition titled Kildare Place Society & Schooling in the Nineteenth Century opened in September at the National Museum of Ireland. The Society for Promoting the Education of the Poor in Ireland, known as the Kildare Place Society, was founded in Dublin in 1811 with the aim of providing non-denominational education. The Society’s pioneering work included the building of schools, teacher training, the publication of an extensive library of reading books and the establishment of an inspectorate to monitor schools. The Society received a parliamentary grant until 1831, but this ceased with the advent of the Irish National School system. The Society’s influence on teaching was significant and many of its innovations influenced the National School system. In 1855 the Kildare Place Model Schools were taken over by the Church Education Society and in 1884 became the Church of Ireland Training College for primary school teachers. In 1968 the college moved to its present location in Rathmines, where the Church of Ireland College of Education continues to educate national school teachers for primary schools under Church of Ireland, Presbyterian, Methodist and Society of Friends patronage. Last year the College celebrated the bicentenary of the founding of the Kildare Place Society. The Plunket Museum in the grounds of the College houses a schoolroom from 1901 and charts the history of education from pre-Christian times to the present. Many primary school children come to the museum to experience lessons in the classroom. The College also has extensive archives that are rich in the history of the Kildare Place Society and education in general. Many intriguing objects associated with 19th century education in Ireland will be exhibited. All the exhibits are from the CICE

Archives and the CICE Museum (the Plunket Museum), both located at the College in Rathmines. The exhibits include education-related items, such as copy headlines, monitor’s badges, inkwells, attendance boards, school desks, etc., all used or displayed in a classroom. Other exhibits include samples of needlework from the Kildare Place Society training college, the Darton Scroll– it is an early visual teaching aid consisting of a long strip

of calico carrying written text and visual hand-painted images; this was gradually unrolled to the excitement of the watching pupils as a lesson progressed), and books from the 1820s printed by the Kildare Place Society (including ‘The Schoolmaster’s Manual’ from 1825, which gave advice to schoolmasters on everything to do with setting up a school including ventilation!). The exhibition will run until the end of June 2013

Castlecomer Discovery Park offers a ran�e of pro�rammes suitable for secondary school students. Pro�rammes are desi�ned to reflect the school curriculum with a particular focus on �eo�raphy, science and history.

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Contributing to Ireland’s economy for more than 65 years.

Abbott is a global health care company devoted to discovering new medicines, new technologies and new ways to manage health. Abbott employees share a passion for turning science into caring. Our products support every stage of life, from birth to old age, and include nutrition products, laboratory diagnostics, medical devices and pharmaceutical therapies. Our strong association with Ireland began in 1946 when we first established a presence here. Today, almost 4,000 Abbott employees work across 13 sites located in all four provinces. We have eight manufacturing facilities located in Clonmel, Cootehill, Cork, Donegal, Longford and Sligo as well as a third party manufacturing management operation in Sligo. We have commercial operations in Dublin and shared services in Dublin and Westport.

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Abbott Family Science

Abbott education programmes promote science and engineering careers to school children


or the fourth year, employee volunteers from 12 Abbott facilities, located throughout Ireland, are reaching out to families in their local communities and inviting them to learn about the importance of science through two educational programmes, Abbott Family Science, for primary school students and Operation Discovery, for secondary school students. One of the most important achievements of Abbott Family Science is how it changes parents’ behaviours and attitudes towards science. After participating in the programme, 82% of parents said they would discuss careers in science and engineering with their child compared to just 38% prior to programme participation. These events are facilitated by Abbott employees in schools, and offer exciting experiments and hands-on lessons in the principles of scientific discovery. science would be fun The Operation Discovery post-programme survey found 74% of participants agreed that “working in a science laboratory would be fun,” compared with just 40% before the event. This programme affords secondary students and their teachers the opportunity to work directly in an Abbott laboratory with scientists and undertake experiments that are relevant to that manufacturing site. A critical part of the programmes is the collaboration with teachers – more than 100 teachers have partnered with Abbott on the programmes to date. In addition, almost 1,000 parents have participated in the Abbott Family Science programme. Nearly 2,000 school children in Ireland have taken part in the programmes since they were launched in 2009. Katharine Jensen, CSR Manager, Abbott Ireland said, “Our science programmes allow students to better understand how the appliance of science plays an important role in their lives. As science and innovation are at the core of Abbott’s business, we are working to develop the next generation of scientists and engineers through programmes which take creative approaches to learning.” Abbott Family Science and Operation Discovery are delivered with the support of Abbott's philanthropic foundation, the Abbott Fund. Ireland was the first location outside of the U.S. to conduct these science programmes. Due to the success in Ireland, the programmes have now been implemented by Abbott in China, Germany, Puerto Rico, Singapore, South Korea and the UK and more than 20,000 students around the world have participated in the programmes to-date

n For the fourth year, employee volunteers from Abbott’s vascular facility in Clonmel have reached out to families in the local community and invited them to learn about the importance of science. More than 40 students from St Oliver’s School Clonmel participated in Abbott’s science educational programme, Abbott Family Science. Pictured enjoying the event are Alex and Vanessa O’Meara with an Abbott volunteer.

n For the fourth year, employee volunteers from Abbott’s diagnostics facility in Longford have reached out to students in the local community and invited them to learn about the importance of science through their science educational programme, Operation Discovery. 30 students from Scoil Mhuire, Longford, St Mel’s, Longford, Templemichael College, Longford, Cnoc Mhuire, Granard, Moyne Community School and Mercy Convent Ballymahon participated in the event, which offers exciting experiments and hands-on lessons in the principles of scientific discovery. Pictured at the event are l-r David Murphy and Dylan Ryan.

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School of Nursing & Midwifery, Trinity College Dublin

“I enjoyed every day” A career in nursing

We asked Professor Agnes Higgins to reflect on her career to date from being a nursing student in 1978 to her current role as Head of the School of Nursing & Midwifery in Trinity College Dublin. Why did you want to become a nurse? At this stage I have forgotten why I wanted to become a nurse. There was no nurse in the family and I didn’t know any nurses, so that wasn’t the influence. Whatever the influence or reason, I can safely say I have never regretted the decision and I enjoyed every day. Over the years, I have worked in mental health nursing, general nursing, hospice and palliative care, and irrespective of what area of nursing care, I have never known a day where I didn’t enjoy coming to work or a day were I wasn’t challenged to learn something new. What do you remember most from your nursing training? I first qualified as a mental health nurse and later went on to qualify as a general nurse. My memories of my training are a bit vague at this stage, but there are some things that I can recall very vividly. Firstly, the power of a really good role model in practice. When I started as a mental health nurse I had some excellent staff nurses who not only taught me very good clinical and communication skills, but instilled in me the importance of the core values such as empathy, respect and giving patients a voice. I was also fortunate to have some ‘tutors’ as they were called then, today we would call them lecturers, and they gave me a love of teaching. But some the greatest lessons I learnt were those taught to me by the patients/service users. They taught me lots about myself, the importance of self awareness, emotional intelligence and the healing power of compassion. They also gave me an appreciation that really good nursing or indeed midwifery practice must happen in partnership with the person, and where possible with the family. A lot of positive changes have occurred since I was a student. There is a greater recognition that nurses and midwives need a sound theoretical education in nursing theory and the physical and social sciences, including psychology, law and ethics. While I trained in what people called the apprenticeship model, looking back I don’t think it was really an apprenticeship, as in a true apprenticeship you would have worked with a master craftsperson and in many cases students were providing the majority of care and were the main workforce. Today I think we are closer to a true apprenticeship as students are all learning in practice under the guidance and mentorship of an experienced qualified nurse or midwife. One of the really positive changes is that today students get to be ‘students’ and get to be part of the third level community and receive a more holistic education that such an environment brings.

n Prof Agnes Higgins, Head of School of Nursing & Midwifery, TCD

What attributes do you think one would need to be a nurse today? The nurse or midwife of today needs really good evidenced based knowledge, as well as excellent clinical and interpersonal competence. However, these are really only effective if they are combined with compassion and a degree of moral courage to advocate for patients’/service users’ rights. I also think the nurses of today need to be more than research and policy adopters; they also need to be involved in shaping health policy and research agendas for the future. What do your students say about their course in TCD? Students tell me they really enjoy the courses because they are challenged intellectually to think differently and question prevailing wisdoms. They also talk about the excellent learning and mentoring they receive during practice placements in our linked hospitals and community services. During our informal conversations over coffee, they certainly mention the wonderful Trinity campus, excellent library facilities, variety of student activities and clubs, and being at the heart of activity within the city. These are some of the things I hear from them, but they may put them in a different order. What would you say to a student about to choose a nursing course on their CAO form? You will not be disappointed, but be prepared to study and be committed to lifelong learning. I would advise students to go to

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College Open Days and look at websites such as the School of Nursing & Midwifery website Also, if they know a nurse or midwife speak to them about clinical practice or speak to current students so they can gain a real sense of the differences between nursing and midwifery and the differences between general, mental health, intellectual disability and children’s nursing. Nursing and midwifery are careers which require the person to have particular attributes, so student should think carefully before completing their CAO form.

Find OUT MORE For more information about the School and our courses, log on to Follow us on Facebook at Contact Jeni Ryan on (01) 896 3860, email to arrange a tour of our facilities, to arrange for a lecturer to deliver a talk to your class or to find out about our Open Evening in January.

What do you think will be the next major development in nursing? While nurses will always have an important role within the traditional multidisciplinary team and hospital based care, I think that in the next few years we will see much more nurse led services, further expansion of Advanced Nurse/Midwife practitioners and a greater number of nurses and midwives working in the community. Hopefully, we will see nurses and midwives leading major research projects and witness the development of more positions that combine practice and education. For example, the first Advanced Nurse Practitioner in the country, Valerie Small, who is a past Alumni of the School combines working in practice with a position of clinical lecturer teaching on some of our programmes. This type of development ensures that the practice and theory components are closely aligned. Valerie is also very involved in leading future developments in this area of advanced practice. Why should a student choose nursing in TCD over any other College? For the reasons that the students say, plus Trinity is an internationally renowned university. The school of Nursing and Midwifery is one of only two schools that offers all the disciplines of nursing (general, mental health, children’s, intellectual disability) and midwifery. I may sound as if I am boasting, which I am, but the staff in the School of Nursing and Midwifery in TCD are some of the leading lights in Nursing and Midwifery education and research in Ireland. Therefore, students coming to Trinity will be taught by people who are at the forefront of health care innovation and practice. In addition, they will get to practice is some of the leading hospitals and community services in Ireland and will be taught by an academic and practice team who really care about the student, the quality of the education programmes and who are committed to leading and developing health care into the next century. Education 57

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Institute of Beauty & Holistic Training (IBHT)

Creative opportunities


O you want to work in the Hair, Beauty or Healthcare industry? If you would like a rewarding career with many creative and diverse opportunities along the way then the Institute of Beauty & Holistic Training (IBHT) has something for you! Courses available include: Hairdressing, Beauty Therapy, Massage, Sports Massage, Diet & Nutrition, Aromatherapy and much more too. For students at IBHT, it’s all about having passion for what you want to study and who you want to be – and not so much about point systems! IBHT teach students to become well-rounded professionals with excellent skills and knowledge. Employment opportunities arise in Salons, Spas, Cruise Ships, self employed and also great for those of you who wish to travel and work all around the world! Reflecting the highest standards in their business and approach to education, IBHT are accredited by esteemed International Awarding Bodies such as: ITEC, VTCT, FHT, City & Guilds. The teaching style at IBHT is learner centered - very professional & supportive with hands-on approach. A max of 12 students per class & realalistic work experience means quality education for each student. IBHT continuously refresh their approach to training and education incorporating social media, blogs and access to information online. All inclusive prices and payment plans, are available at no extra cost. Most diploma courses are run over an academic year of 9 months (Sept – June). It’s so easy to get your career off to the right start! Just visit or email

Full-time & Part-time Diploma Courses: • Beauty Therapy • Hairdressing • Sports Massage • Diet & Nutrition • Body Massage • Reflexology • Aromatherapy • Teacher Training • Anatomy, Physiology & Pathology LEARN A SKILL AND BE WHO YOU WANT TO BE!

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Institute of Technology, Tralee

What is Social Care?


ocial care is a profession where people work in partnership with those who experience marginalisation or disadvantage or who have special needs. Social care practitioners may work, for example, with children and adolescents in residential care, people with learning or physical disabilities, the homeless, and people with alcohol/drug dependency, families in the community, older people, and recent immigrants to Ireland. Graduates of this programme are referred to as Social Care Practitioners and will typically work in a direct person-to-person capacity with the users of services. They will seek to provide an environment in which various social, educational and relationship interventions can take place in the day to day living space of the service user. A Social Worker’s role on the other hand is to manage the case, for example, co-ordinating case review meetings and negotiating the termination of a placement. Work in the sector is typically interdisciplinary and it would be very likely that social care workers, social workers, early childhood care workers, etc. would work together in multi-disciplinary teams in many work situations. Why study Social Care at IT, Tralee? The course at the ITT is delivered through lectures, workshops and two full semesters of off-site supervised practice placement. In this course, it is essential that students develop and refine practical working skills/methods in field-based settings and demonstrate their competence in performing social care roles. To meet this requirement, the fieldwork visits/placements are structured into the course to ensure that graduates are fully prepared for the diversity that the sector can offer. What are my career opportunities? Due to the broad range of discipline areas covered on the programme there are a wide variety of career opportunities for graduates in the public and voluntary sector. Areas include residential care, outreach, alcohol/drug dependency, family support, community care, older people, juvenile justice and community childcare services. Graduates can also work as carers of children in need of care and protection, carers of children with special needs, carers of adults with special needs and or behavioural difficulties. Community care workers are involved in providing outreach and family support services for children and adults living at home. Career options exist in a variety of settings including the Health Service Executive (HSE) and the substantial voluntary and community sectors. The broad nature of the placement experience on this programme provides students with an opportunity to decide the field that they are best suited to. Other Requirements Satisfactory Garda Vetting is a mandatory part of registration for this programme. Failure to obtain satisfactory Garda Vetting will result in de-registration. Any offence and/or convictions arising after registration must be disclosed to the Institute immediately.The Institute reserves right to review the registration status of a student in light of additional information received subsequent to registration. 62 Education

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Carlow College

Preparing students for professional social care work


ocial Care is a generic term used to describe ongoing professional care of vulnerable individuals or groups in residential, day care or community services. This work involves responding to people’s physical, social, and emotional needs. Social Care Workers are versatile, hands-on professionals who work closely with groups, individuals or families in a therapeutic and supportive way to help

them improve the quality of their lives and empower them to maximize their potential as human beings. Our Social Studies programmes prepare students for professional social care work. Special Features of our Programmes: • Integrated approach emphasising the role of the family.

• Emphasis on developing reflective practice skills. •Close working relationships between staff and students. There are two degree courses available in Social Studies at Carlow College. PC404-B.A in Applied Social Studies in Social Care (3 Years) PC404-B.A (Honours) in Applied Social Studies in Social Care (1 Year Add-on) Important Note for all applicants: As is standard national procedure, students on our Social Studies courses are required to undergo Garda vetting. If you have a criminal conviction you are advised that this will affect your ability to secure placement. This in turn will prevent you from completing your course of study

Carlow College The Key to Your Future

If you are looking for a career in Social Care, Carlow College offers degree programmes which provide the professional training you will need for this challenging and exciting career. And if you want to study in a College where lecturers will know your name and be there to offer guidance and support.... where the student community is welcoming and inclusive, then Carlow College is the place for you. We are situated in the heart of Carlow Town, within walking distance of public transport systems and the lively town centre.

For a full list of our degree programmes or any further information you may need, contact or go to our website: For a school visit, contact

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Religious orders say social media use spurs more interest in vocations


everal religious congregations and organizations in the USA are taking advantage of social media to "introduce" individuals discerning a call to a vocation and the seminary, convent or monastery that fits them. With more than 1,400 likes on Facebook, the National Religious V ocation Conference takes full advantage of social networking, through its Vision Vocation Guide and other outlets. At, also operated by the Chicago-based conference, a brief questionnaire tells "discerners" -- those considering a commitment to religious life -- what their seminary, convent or monastery matches are. People post questions daily about their life circumstances, inquiring about what resources could help them find the right vocation fit, and Vision connects them with the congregation that matches their interests.

Patrice Tuohy, executive editor of the Vision Vocation Guide, said social media has brought the organization to a place greater than it could have been 15 years ago."As the community's use of social networking has increased, so have inquiries. They have quadrupled since we started having a presence online," she told Catholic News Service. Vision is primarily a social networking site that attracts more than 200,000 visitors each year. Seventy-five percent of those are new visitors and 5,000 fill out profiles to find their vocational match, according to Vision's tracking records. Prior to its launch as an online social network, 150,000 copies of the Vision guide were printed, which resulted in 600 inquiries mailed in by readers. Trinitarian Brother Josh Warshak of Baltimore credited Vision with giving him the information he needed in deciding what type of religious life was for him, and he

would recommend it to any "discerner." "I tell people Vision is kind of like eHarmony for those who have a religious vocation, it matches up your personality with the order that fits you best," he said. Before finding Vision, Brother Josh was focused on becoming a priest but didn't have access to much advice about the topic. "Vision showed me that there are so many other things," he said, which led him to his community, the Order of the Most Holy Trinity. Brother Josh, who is 25, said his Trinitarian vocations director, at 30 years old, was younger than most in that position and was extremely plugged in to social media. Brother Josh kept up on the order's blog and communicated regularly with the director during his discernment process via Facebook and email. Brother Josh said this is something that religious communities need to embrace. From

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ACCORD Golden Jubilee. ACCORD Catholic Marriage Care Service (formerly CMAC) celebrates its Golden Jubilee this year. It is fifty years since the first Centre was opened in Belfast in 1962. ACCORD actually had its origins in the British army. The parent organisation, the Catholic Marriage Advisory Council, was the brainchild of a Catholic officer, Major Graham John GrahamGreen. A lawyer in civilian life, his duties in the aftermath of the Second World War included helping troops in London with marriage problems. He came to the conclusion that there should be a separate organisation for Catholic personnel. By coincidence his wife Eirene, a social worker, had arrived at the same conclusion for Catholic civilians. He approached Cardinal Griffin and so the CMAC was founded. The growth of CMAC in Ireland was truly remarkable. Between 1962, when the first centre was opened in Belfast, and 1975, when Fr. Andy Kennedy became the first director in Ireland, no less than 40 centres were established with the help of CMAC headquarters in London. This is all the more remarkable when it is remembered that Ireland was a separate country with a separate hierarchy. Formal separation of the two organisations did not end their relationship. Tutors from the two countries continued to train together and conferences in each country were always attended by representatives from the other, to the benefit of both. More important was the common bond of being Eucharistic communities engaged in non-directive counselling of people with marriage difficulties in a Christian context. For more on Accord's services details visit

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Award: Professional Cookery 5M2088 This one year course will equip the learner with the necessary knowledge and skills to help them build a successful career in the food and hospitality sector, which is one of today’s fastest growing industries. Learners will gain the basic culinary techniques through working in a purpose built kitchen and will also learn the necessary skills for food service in our training restaurant. Students will undertake work experience 1 day a week in various food production and food service outlets as part of the course. Duration: 1 year Course Content: Culinary Techniques 5N0630 Meal Service 5N0635 Pastry, Baking, Desserts 5N2084 Meal Planning and Applied Nutrition 5N2085 Personal Effectiveness 5N1390 Work Practice 5N1433 Food Science and Technology 5N0730 Spreadsheet Methods 5N1977 International Cuisine 5N0632 Entry Requirements: Leaving Certificate or equivalent. For mature students experience will be considered in lieu of formal qualifications.

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Further studies: Successful students may progress to further courses in CIT, IT Tralee, DIT Cathal Brugha St., GMIT. Career Prospects: Graduates can expect to find work in a variety of settings across the Food and Hospitality industry including: Restaurants Cafes Deli’s Industrial and Contract Catering Cruise liners Licensed trade Food manufacturing and processing Artisan food producers

The Cork College of Commerce, the largest College of Further Education in Ireland is delighted to announce that it is now offering a 1 year cours e in Professional Cookery (5M2009), in its new modern state of the art cater ing facility. This is a FETAC Level 5 cours e, which will enable students to develop the necessary skills to find employme nt and work in one of the country’s few job growth areas. Following successful completion of the course students have the option to continue their culinary studies in the IT’s. For further information please contact: Catherine O’Donovan, Course Director, Catering Department, Cork College of Commerce 021-4223815 Email:

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College of Progressive Education & Montessori Education Centre

Quality in montessori education


he College of Progressive Education established in 1986 is based in Blackrock a leafy suburb of Dublin. The College has been the leader in care training in the country since its foundation and currently delivers FETAC Level 5 and 6 internationally recognised, accredited programmes in the areas of Childcare, Montessori and Healthcare.

The programmes are on the National Framework of Qualifications, which gives students the valuable option to progress their studies in the future in one of Ireland’s renowned third level colleges. Recognising the CAO route is not suited to every student the College has over the years developed a range of high quality full time vocational based training programmes

for learners who wish to pursue a career in care. In the current challenging employment market there is clear evidence that the employment opportunities for many of the College graduates is as strong now as it was in the height of the economic boom. The new ECCE scheme is giving rise to an increase in demand for trained childcare practitioners as is the changing population profile giving rise to an increase in demand for trained healthcare assistants. Students who have attended the College are well regarded in their sector and have found it relatively easy to secure permanent employment. Students will find all the support they need from the highly trained College staff. Find OUT MORE For further information on the College programmes contact Irene Keane the Principal on Tel: 01 4884302 or Email:

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n Richard Sadler, CEO and Executive Director of Lloyd's Register Group Ltd, presents the Science Engineering and Technology (SET) award for Best Maritime Technology Student to UCC student Maggie Creed. (Image by Prof. Alistair Borthwick)

University College Cork

UCC engineering student bags an Oscar If you ever thought engineering lacked glamour, think again!


tylish Kensington Town Hall in London was the venue on 26 September last for the presentation of the European Science Engineering and Technology (SET) awards. The SET Awards are Europe’s most prestigious awards for science, engineering and technology undergraduates, and are sponsored by many leading companies including Lloyd’s Register Education Trust, Shell, BP, Laing O’Rourke, and ARM. proud recipient UCC student Maggie Creed was the proud recipient of the SET award for the Best Maritime Technology Student. A PhD candidate in environmental fluid mechanics in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at UCC, Maggie

won the award on the basis of her undergraduate project entitled: “Modelling sediment laden river flow.” top engineers The Oscars-style ceremony gathered together some of Europe’s top engineers and captains of industry, borrowing many of the Hollywood conventions such as red carpet, upstyles and the famed golden envelope containing the name of the award winner in each category. “I couldn't believe it when my name was called out,” said Maggie. “I hadn’t even expected to be shortlisted so it came as a complete shock to win the award on the night.” In accepting the award, Maggie thanked her supervisor, Prof. Alistair

Borthwick, for his encouragement, and her father, Dr. Michael Creed, for his support. Prof. Borthwick described Maggie as a stellar student who had brought honour to UCC. “This award vindicates the quality of our Engineering graduates as they face competition from some of the top engineers in Europe. There were 500 entrants for the awards and only two students from Ireland were short-listed – Maggie and TCD student, Sive Finlay; both won awards.” first class Maggie holds simultaneously a First Class BE degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering from UCC and an MSc in Geotechnical Engineering for ENTPE Lyon, one of UCC’s institutional partners in the context of the ERASMUS programme.

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