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Innovative Product Multidisciplinary Laboratories Development at Cork Institute of Technology New Tech Apprenticeships by FIT | Department of STEM at MIC Curious minds at American College Dublin | Study agriculture at IT Tralee Development Education in GMIT Letterfrack | Hungary as study option Infographic on Education Demographics | Suppliers Guide | Reviews


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News: Irish 4th class students best in reading in Europe; How was school for you today? News: Online tool launched to combat match fixing; Foreign languages strategy; New mental health research unit at UU News: Investment in Gaeltacht schools to more than double in 2018; Ndrc@ArcLabs Start-Up Accelerator announced for WIT’s West Campus News: Online resource aims to help keep students studying News: Technological Universities Bill heads for the Oireachtas; €28.8m minor works grant for primary schools announced FEATURE: New Tech Apprenticeships at NFQ Level 6 announced Development Education in GMIT Letterfrack Mary Immaculate College launches Department of STEM Education Language courses in all world languages at Sandford Language Institute FEATURE: Can women do enterprise? Support for school leavers at National Learning Network Study in Hungary for a range of qualifications Accessibility for all at Plunket College Finding answers to the biggest challenges in Irish agriculture at IT Tralee The world's most curious minds under one roof at American College Dublin COVER FEATURE: Engineering an Undergraduate Multi-disciplinary Student Innovation Eco-System at Cork Institute of Technology Further education options at Dún Laoghaire Further Education Institute Horticulture as a career path at Teagasc College of Amenity Horticulture A wide range of courses at Crumlin College of Further Education Make your move to Sallynoggin College Designed to equip future leaders of the agri-food industry at University College Dublin Bring your students to Share Discovery Village Education and fieldwork opportunities at the Marble Arch Caves UNESCO Global Geopark Quality education opportunities at Kylemore College THE INFOGRAPHIC: Educated Ireland - the facts Reviews - recently published books Education Suppliers Guide

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Cork Institute of Technology Innovative Product Development Multidisciplinary Student Team HydroFLOcean H-FLO™, who have been invited to exhibit at the prestigious 2017 Dubai Design Week Global Grad Show Winners of (1) James Dyson Design Award 2016 - First Place National Award - Top 20 Globally (2) Enterprise Ireland Student Entrepreneur Finals 2016 - Cruickshank Intellectual Property Attorneys National Award (3) CIT Prize for Innovation 2016 - Most Technically Innovative Product Award The 2017 Dubai Design Week Global Grad Showcase brings together the best international projects from most innovative technology and design programs in the world H-FLO's Dyson entry may be viewed at: www.jamesdysonaward.org/projects/hydro-flocean/

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Irish 4th class students How was school best in reading in Europe for you today? THE 2016 PIRLS (the Progress in International Reading Literacy Study) report has been published which shows that Ireland’s primary school children are best in Europe and OECD countries for reading skills. PIRLS is an international study which examines fifty countries every five years and reports on the reading achievement of pupils in Fourth Class. Fourteen of these countries, including Ireland, last year also took part in a new component (ePIRLS), which assesses reading in an online environment. The results show that the reading skills of our primary school children, both in the paper based and online assessment are among the best in all European and OECD countries. T h e k e y re s u l t s a c c o rd i n g t o t h e Department of Education were: • No country in Europe is better than Ireland for reading skills at primary level • Irish pupils’ overall reading achievement score has improved by 15 points since

the last cycle of the study which was in 2011 • The gender gap in Ireland is smaller than that the gap internationally. Furthermore, this gap has narrowed significantly between 2011 and 2016 in Ireland • Since the last study in 2011, the number of pupils in Ireland with only basic reading skills has dropped significantly • The percentage of Irish pupils who have advanced reading skills rose from 16% in 2011 to 21% in 2016, which is much higher than the international average in PIRLS • Irish pupils also performed exceptionally well on the new online reading assessment in ePIRLS. Only one other country (Singapore) outperformed Ireland on this test Minister of Education and Skills Richard Bruton says that the Government has set the ambition to make Ireland’s education and training service the best in Europe within a decade.

MORE than 3,200 young voices had their say in Comhairle na nÓg research which focused on the topic of Education and is covered in a report called 'So, how was school today?' The report found that 75% of young people agreed or strongly agreed that they learned best through active learning such as quizzes, learning games and role play. Young people feel that the subjects that need the most improvement are Mathematics, Irish, English, French, Science, History and Geography, so that's quite a bit. Just under half of young people feel they are satisfied with the availability of career guidance in their schools. This survey arose from the second biennial Comhairle na nÓg national showcase and a vote by delegates at Dáil na nÓg. Comhairle na nÓg are child and youth councils in the 31 local authorities while Dáil na nÓg is the National Youth Parliament of Ireland.

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New online tool launched to combat match fixing MORE than 12% of athletes have played in a match that was fixed, while nearly 15% suspect they have, according to the findings of a European survey published by researchers at University of Limerick. The survey, with more than 600 participants across six member states, reported that nearly 15% of respondents had been asked to fix a match within the last year with nearly 40% of participants reporting that club officials were the most likely to instigate the illicit act. Fix the Fixing is an Erasmus+ funded project, which developed a new evidence-based, user-friendly educational tool. In the future, this online tool will be available to anyone involved in sports, education and policy-making, to help sport participants and other stakeholders recognise, resist and report match-fixing. Key survey findings were that more than 12% of respondents indicated they had played in a match that was fixed, almost 15% said they suspected they had played in a match that was fixed and nearly 15% stated they were approached in the past year by someone who asked them to fix a match. However, of those who were approached to fix a match in the last year, 36% of participants said they would not report any suspicions of fixing, mainly due to lack of trust and confidentiality.

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Foreign languages strategy revealed EDUCATION minister Richard Bruton has launched the government’s Strategy for Foreign Languages in Education 2017-2026. The Plan sets out a roadmap to put Ireland in the top ten countries in Europe for the teaching and learning of foreign languages, through a number of measures targeted at improving proficiency, diversity and immersion. The new strategy promises to: • Increase the number of post-primary schools offering two or more foreign languages by 25% • Increase the number of students sitting two languages at Junior Certificate and Leaving Certificate by 25% • Increase the number of students in higher education studying a foreign language, in any capacity, as part of their course, by 20% • Increase the number of participants in Erasmus+ by 50% • Double the number of teachers participating in teacher mobility programmes • Double the number of foreign language assistants in schools • Improve learners’ attitude to foreign language learning • Improve the quality of foreign language teaching at all levels

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New mental health research unit at UU WITH 1 in 4 people experiencing a mental health problem annually and with Northern Ireland recording some of the highest rates of mental ill health and suicide in the UK, Ulster University is building upon its existing, world-leading mental health research with the launch of a £5 million Institute of Mental Health Sciences. Scientists aligned to the Institute will work corroboratively on research, which examines the genetic underpinnings of mental health all the way through to how mental ill health issues can be alleviated through interventions promoting physical exercise amongst other approaches. The university hopes that this research will transform scientific breakthroughs into life changing and life saving interventions and treatments for those with mental health issues.

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NDRC@ArcLabs Start-Up Accelerator announced for WIT’s West Campus THE NDCR@ArcLabs accelerator, which is based in ArcLabs at Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT), has been officially announced. The Accelerator programme is part of Enterprise Ireland’s overall strategy to increase the number and quality of start-ups that have the potential to employ more than 10 persons and achieve €1 million in export sales within three years. The accelerator programme is open to applications from potential teams or individuals both in Ireland or overseas, in all technology sectors. ArcLabs, WIT’s knowledge and innovation community, opened its doors in 2005; since then, it has housed up to 50 companies over the 12 year period. At any one time, there are approximately 15-18 companies on site in Waterford, accommodating over 100 employees.

Investment in Gaeltacht schools to more than double in 2018 THE Government is to significantly increase spending on schools in Gaeltacht areas, marking one year on from the launch of the Policy on Gaeltacht Education. One of the key actions in implementing the policy is the Gaeltacht School Recognition Scheme, which invited schools in Gaeltacht areas to opt into becoming Irish-medium schools meaning full immersion in the Irish language. Uptake has been very strong, with nearly 80% of primary schools in Gaeltacht regions opting into the Scheme and over 96% of post-primary schools. There are 134 primary schools and 28 post-primary schools in the Gaeltacht giving an overall total of 162 schools. All remaining schools (28 primary and 1 post-primary) will be given another opportunity to participate in the scheme next year and supports will be available to schools who indicate that they would like to join. The Gaeltacht Education Unit has been working with the Office of Government Procurement to develop tenders for the provision of a four-year B.Ed. programme

through the medium of Irish and for the provision of an Irish-medium and Gaeltacht education Master in Education (M.Ed.) programme. The additional spending earmarked for gaeltacht schools in 2018 includes: • A grant of €1,000 for the purchase of Irish-language teaching materials. • Additional language support hours, which will be equivalent to providing an extra 40 whole-time teachers in Gaeltacht schools • Additional professional development for teachers, with substitute cover, provided by COGG, and the opportunity to participate in a new part-time M.Ed. in Irish-medium and Gaeltacht Education • Extra advisory visits from School Inspectors • The opportunity to take part in a pilot project to link post-primary Gaeltacht schools digitally to extend subject choice through the medium of Irish The department is also developing a strategy for early years education in the Gaeltacht.

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Online resource aims to help keep students studying AN online resource to assist higher level institutions to create effective student retention strategies and to enhance student experiences has been launched. The Online Resource for Learning Analytics (ORLA) was developed by the National Forum for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning to support institutions to use existing data to benefit their students’ learning. On average, approx. 15% of third-level students do not progress to the second year of their course. Some of these students could be helped to stay in education if institutions applied Learning Analytics (LA) to the data in their in-house student systems to develop new approaches and strategies to support students to continue with their studies. ORLA is a tool box that provides a detailed introduction to the concepts and applications of Learning Analytics. The resources can be used to develop institutional strategies and help teachers make better use of the data available to them. They are supported by a suite of case studies, written and submitted by educators who have successfully incorporated LA into their teaching management. The comprehensive suite of information available through ORLA was developed by the National Forum in conjunction with over 60 representatives from across the higher education sector. The National Forum will continue to work over the coming years with institutions to develop their use of Learning Analytics for example targeting priority groups in the HEA National Access Plan. ORLA can be accessed through www.teachingandlearning.ie/orla

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Founded c.1030 by Norse King, Sitriuc Silkbeard, Christ Church Cathedral is one of the oldest buildings in Dublin and has been at the heart of Dublin history and culture for almost 1000 years. It’s an ideal place to learn about the Vikings, the Normans and medieval life. It’s also a wonderful way to discover church art and architecture and about religious life in Ireland through the centuries. ■ See the foundations of the original Viking Church built on a hill above Wood Quay. ■ Come and visit Strongbow’s tomb and hear about how he helped to build the Cathedral. ■ Be amazed by the ‘Leaning Wall of Dublin’ and hear the story of how the Cathedral roof fell in. ■ See the famous mummified ‘Cat and Rat’. ■ Visit our atmospheric crypt – the largest in Ireland – which is full of amazing stories. Don’t get stuck in the stocks while you’re down there… ■ Climb the 86 steps up to our belfry and try your hand at ringing the famous Christ Church bells. ■ Primary age children will love our new ‘Monks Tour’, where they will have the chance to dress up in a monk’s robe and learn all about how monks lived at Christ Church; what they ate, what they wore and what they did every day.

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Technological Universities Bill heads for the Oireachtas THE Government has approved insertions and amendments to the Technological Universities Bill allowing it to proceed to the houses of the Oireachtas. The Government had previously approved the key insertions and amendments to the Technological Universities Bill in July. The insertions and amendments were developed following a consultation process with stakeholders including the Teachers’ Union of Ireland, IMPACT, the Union of Students in Ireland and the Technological Higher Education Association. These amendments relate to terms and conditions of service for staff, strengthening the regional remit of a Technological University, membership of governing bodies and amendments to the application process for Technological University designation. Minister for Higher Education Mitchell O’Connor said: “The advancement of the Bill to early enactment by the end of the year if possible, will pave the way for consortia that are ready to make applications

€28.8m minor works grant for primary schools announced

for designation to apply and be assessed in 2018. One of the amendments approved means that the application process for Technological University designation will no longer require a pre-application merger stage. There are currently four consortia engaged with the process to become designated as Technological Universities. These are TU4Dublin (Dublin Institute of Technology, Institute of Technology Ta l l a g h t , I n s t i t u t e o f Te c h n o l o g y B l a n c h a r d s t o w n ) ; Te c h n o l o g i c a l University for the South-East (TUSE) (consisting of Waterford Institute of Technology and Institute of Technology Carlow); Munster Technological University (MTU) (consisting of Cork Institute of Technology and Institute of Technology Tralee) and the Connaught Ulster Alliance (CUA) (consisting of Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology, I n s t i t u t e o f Te c h n o l o g y S l i g o a n d Letterkenny Institute of Technology).

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THE Dept of Education has announced that the Minor Works Grant will be paid to all primary schools throughout the country in December. All primary schools will receive a flat rate Minor Works Grant of €5,500 plus €18.50 per mainstream pupil and €74 per special needs pupil attending a special school or special class. The grant is worth €6,425 for a 50 pupil school and over €11,000 for a 300 pupil school. Schools can use the grant for a variety of school works, including improvements to school buildings and grounds, i m p ro v e m e n t o r re p l a c e m e n t o f mechanical and electrical services, the purchase of standard furniture and physical education equipment, the purchase of floor coverings and window blinds, and the purchase of IT related equipment. Primary schools want to have more certainty with regard to the grant on an annual basis, the Department noted.

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New Tech Apprenticeships at NFQ Level 6 announced With a target of 1,000 participants a year by 2021, Ireland’s new Tech Apprenticeships redefine the concept of ‘hire education’

FIT Ltd. (Fast Track into Information Technology Limited) with the support of Accenture, SOLAS, Education a n d Tr a i n i n g B o a r d s a n d t h e Apprenticeship Council has announced two forthcoming new ICT apprenticeships, the first of their kind in Ireland. FIT described the new tech apprenticeship initiative as comprising two apprenticeships at Level 6 on the National Framework of Qualifications (NFQ): ICT Associate Professional Software Developer ICT Associate Professional Network Engineer International experience indicates that ICT apprenticeships help technology businesses build a skilled and 10 Education

motivated workforce in a timely and cost effective manner. Employers of all sizes gain access to adept tech enthusiasts who attain bespoke skills that enable them to be highly productive and to 'hit the ground running' in a relatively short period. Giving Employers Ready Access to Tech Talent Open to people of Leaving Cert standard or equivalent, the tech apprenticeships embrace a ‘learning by doing’ format of ICT skills development, which has been championed by industry and is now incorporated as an integrated component of statutory provision. The two-year paid programmes, based on a dual-education model, integrate college-based learning with on-the-job application in companies such as Accenture, and culminates in

"Research that FIT is currently concluding into skills needs indicate current vacancies in the tech sector to be in the thousands and growing"

the attainment of the ICT Associate Professional Apprenticeship Award. All training costs of the apprentices will be covered by the State through the National Training Fund. FIT manages all aspects of the programme and coordinates employer input. Peter Davitt, CEO of FIT said at the announcement today: “Research that FIT is currently concluding into skills needs indicate current vacancies in the tech sector to be in the thousands and growing. "We believe 75% of these roles can be addressed in a timely manner t h r o u g h t h e n e w Te c h Apprenticeships to the benefit of indigenous companies as well as the multi-nationals located in Ireland and most importantly to the benefit of those wishing to pursue a fulfilling career in the sector”. Davitt praised the vision of the


Announcing the new technological apprenticships at The Dock, Accenture’s multidisciplinary research incubation hub, from left: Peter Davitt (FIT); Hilary O’Meara, Managing Director at Accenture; Barry Lowry, Government Chief Information Officer; Daniel Chew, participant in the pilot programme; and Pepper the robot. Picture: Shane O’Neill/SON Photographic.

Apprenticeship Council for supporting the development of new apprenticeships and acknowledged the key role of the Education and Training Boards throughout the country in the delivery of the training elements of the programme. Calling All Tech Enthusiasts? The Tech Sector Wants YOU! People with tech skills are in demand – not just in the IT sector – more and more jobs across industry require various levels of proficiency in IT. This is a trend which is anticipated to grow as increasingly companies utilise technologies to manage their activities, market their products, communicate with their customers and increase productivity. Emerging Internet of Things (IoT) technologies are creating daily, new

"Davitt acknowledged the key role of the Education and Training Boards throughout the country in the delivery of the training elements of the programme"

industrial sectors, way beyond the prospects of driverless cars, delivery by drones etc., resulting in the creation of new roles, skill sets and career paths right across all sectors of the economy, which are expected to grow exponentially in the coming years. Hilary O’Meara, a Managing Director at Accenture Ireland said: “We are delighted to welcome 13 participants in the FIT ICT Associate Professional Software Development programme into Accenture this week which is part of the pilot initiative that preceded and informed the new Tech Apprenticeships. "Participating companies, such as ourselves, sponsor trainees during the programme, allowing them to earn while developing important skills working with our teams and our clients. This programme brings

increased diversity of experience and thinking and has enabled us to broaden our talent pool to shape the workforce we need to help clients succeed. "Participants from the pilot programmes have been hired as Accenture employees at the end of their journey,” she added. 'An amazing experience' Daniel Chew, a participant in the pilot programme said: “Being a part of the FIT ICT Associate Professional programme has been an amazing experience for me. "I have learnt so much in the last six months in college and am very much looking forward to putting my learning into practice over the next 18 months with my sponsor company, Accenture. "I am anticipating an exciting and >>> Education 11


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The 13 ICT Associate Professional participants with Accenture's (L to R) Aisling O'Sullivan, Hillary O'Meara, Austin Boyle and Deirdre Murphy. Picture by Shane O'Neill, SON Photographic.

>>> bright future ahead in a dynamic and ever-changing Industry.� ICT Associate Professional - A Tech Skills Remedy! Skills demand in technology companies is now a global issue. With the phenomenal growth in the sector, all jurisdictions are competing for tech talent. Barry Lowry, Government Chief Information Officer said at the announcement: "I am delighted to support the announcement of these apprenticeship programmes. The gap between the industry demand for digital and ICT talent and the supply of people qualifying with relevant skills continues to grow. "These apprenticeships are an exciting, innovative response. They not only create a new source of skills supply to both public and private 12 Education

sector, they bring opportunities for people to enter or re-train into one of the most exciting and wellrewarded career paths available." Following the announcement Dr Mary-Liz Trant, Executive Director of Skills Development in SOLAS said: "We congratulate FIT and the consortium on their development of two exciting new ICT apprenticeships. Together with the Education and Training Boards we look forward to supporting roll out of the new programmes over the coming months." Tech Apprenticeship Structure The first six months of the programme is intensive college-based learning where apprentices are equipped with the necessary technical acumen. The remaining 18 months are a combination of on-thejob experience with participating

On successful completion of the programme, qualified tech apprentices will typically progress into full-time positions within their sponsoring companies

countries, supplemented with college-based instruction. Participating companies pay candidates throughout the apprenticeship and facilitate the onthe-job learning, thereby enabling apprentices to generate added value through honing their knowledge, skills and competencies in real-time while contributing to product development, technological advancement and talent development. On successful completion of the programme, qualified tech apprentices will typically progress into full-time positions within their sponsoring companies thereby enhancing the talent portfolio while increasing productivity and competitiveness in those enterprises. Programmes commence in early 2018 - see www.fit.ie for further information.


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We are a Technology Enhanced Learning (TEL) centre of excellence. The College is also an approved Google GSuite centre, providing students with the best of learning devices and technologies available today. Students are invited into a learning partnership with teachers and support personnel helping them to achieve their goals. The College is proud of its students’ success. It is a real alternative for a school leaver, where they can expect a supportive, professional and quality educational experience.

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Development Education in GMIT Letterfrack AN exciting new initiative in Development Education has got underway here at GMIT Letterfrack. With funding support from the Ubuntu Network, first and second year teacher education students will demonstrate how locally grown timbers, can be processed and utilised in value added craft products. The Ubuntu Network (www.Ubuntu.ie), based in the University of Limerick, was established in 2006 to support the integration of Development Education (DevEd) into post primary Initial Teacher Education (ITE) in Ireland. It is made up of teacher educators from Higher Education Institutions, NGO representatives and partner organisations with a commitment to education for social justice, equality and sustainability. Sustainability Addressing questions of sustainability in our DevEd project is a good fit for GMIT Letterfrack as our core area of activity involves the use of wood, a sustainable material. The project outcomes will be twofold. The first part of the project will be a suite of (online) teaching aids demonstrating small scale timber conversion and drying. These teaching aids will be pictures and video clips showing wood being processed on campus. This processing facility, co-funded by COFORD (the Irish Forestry Research Council) consists of a small mobile mill, a kiln and a drying shed. In the second phase of the project, students will design and make small 'biodiversity' projects such as bat boxes and bug 'hotels' using the timber that has been dried. The project is also strongly linked to the theme of biodiversity which forms part of the campus’ Green Flag programme of activities. The DevEd project is integrated into the delivery of the teacher education programme so is due for completion in May 2018. In the meantime, visit our Facebook page to see updates of the project: www.facebook.com/OfficialGMITLetterfrack/

President Michael D. Higgins and his wife Sabina, getting a tour of the new timber processing facility during a recent visit to GMIT Letterfrack

The first stack of Irish-grown ash going into the new kiln.

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SEE WHAT MIC HAS TO OFFER YOU. Mary Immaculate College (MIC) is a university level College of Education and the Liberal Arts, serving the needs of a growing and diverse student population of over 5,000 students. MIC’s flourishing learning community is distinguished by highly responsive student supports and excellence in learning and research. Programmes we offer include: MIC CAMPUS, LIMERICK • BA in Contemporary and Applied Theatre Studies: (MI001) • Bachelor of Arts: (MI002) (now with expanded subject offering) • Bachelor of Education – Primary Teaching: (MI005/006) • BA in Early Childhood Care and Education: (MI007) • B.Ed. in Education and Psychology: (MI008)

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MIC Launches Department of STEM Education AS part of National Science Week in November Mary Immaculate College (MIC) officially launched a new department entitled the Department of STEM (Science, Technology, Education and Mathematics) Education. This new departure comes at an exciting time in the Irish educational landscape and responds to the National Strategy for Education (2011) which challenges third-level providers to set out the distinctiveness of their respective institutions. According to Dr Aisling Leavy, Head of STEM Education Department, this department will bring together a wealth of expertise and innovative practice from Science Education, Mathematics Education and ICT/Digital learning. “MIC is invested in building upon, promoting and widening relationships with the wider community to bring all learners, particularly those from diverse and marginalised communities, into contact with STEM,” she said. To that end over 5,000 primary school children with their teachers

and families attended free STEM related activities, organised by the Department of STEM Education, and hosted in both MIC’s Limerick and Thurles campuses. The events, which were all part of Science Week, included a variety of science shows, interactive experiments and workshops. According to Professor Eugene Wall, President (Acting) of MIC, MIC has an established track record in encouraging children’s long term interest, understanding, knowledge and skills in STEM subjects - and developing primary school teachers’ confidence, knowledge and skills in the teaching of STEM. “Science education is crucial in fostering wonderment in children and in helping them to develop scientific reasoning. To that end, MIC’s STEM Education team maintains a very strong up-to-date knowledge of contemporary developments in their fields by co-ordinating, managing and conducting evidence-based research – and in developing new innovative, effective teaching and learning methodologies." Continuing, he said that MIC is the largest primary teacher education college in the country, educating more primary school teachers than any other institution and holds significant specialist expertise in Primary STEM Education. “It is our shared goal to continue to prepare a STEM literate teaching profession who will foster relevant STEM skills and dispositions in schools. STEM visibility in the under-

Open Day is Saturday, January 13th, 2018 from 10am-1pm at the Tara Building, MIC Campus, Limerick

graduate programme is further enhanced by the recent development and commencement of the MA in STEM which provides a space for practicing teachers to acknowledge and develop existing STEM expertise in the educational community,” he added. The two-year, part-time programme, offers a focus on integrative and innovative approaches to STEM education through exploring socially responsive teaching and research informed by national and international developments in school and education settings. At the Open Day on January 13th find out about MIC’s Primary and Post- Primary Teaching, Liberal Arts, Theatre Studies and Early Childhood degree programmes at both undergraduate and postgraduate level.

FOR FURTHER DETAILS CONTACT:

Admissions Office, MIC, South Circular Road, Limerick. T: 061 204 300 E: admissions@mic.ul.ie www.mic.ie

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A dedicated STEM Careers website to inspire the next generation Online resource providing valuable insights into Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) careers. SmartFutures.ie supports students, teachers and guidance counsellors with practical information about working in STEM. The website showcases how all kinds of people work in STEM; from designing video games to medical devices, food science to sport, helping to save lives through cancer research and battling climate change.

Keep up-to-date on upcoming: TY Career Talks Parent Evenings Science Week College Awareness Week

Visit www.SmartFutures.ie to read interviews with STEM professionals working in industry and academia, how they got started, their typical day, what motivates them and their career progression insights. Use this online resource to inspire students to think differently about school subjects, life after school and to look beyond stereotypes.

Teachers, guidance counsellors, TY coordinators, parents can access: Video interviews with STEM professionals Free downloadable career infographics Posters for the classroom Smart Futures STEM careers roadshows will be taking place at many venues during Science Week and SciFest.

Contact Smart Futures on (01)6073271 or smartfutures@sfi.ie if you require any additional help.

Engineers Week Maths Week Tech Week

Smart Futures is a government / industry programme that provides secondary school students in Ireland with FREE access to role models working in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM).


Sandford Language Institute

Language courses in all world languages LANGUAGES have always been important and never more so than now. With the large number of multinationals operating in Ireland proficiency in languages is extremely beneficial. Be it for business or pleasure, acquiring basic conversational skills and learning the etiquette and culture of the country with which you are dealing with is very advantageous. Sandford Language Institute was established in 1989 and offers language courses in two convenient locations, Milltown Park in Ranelagh and 34 Dame Street, Dublin 2. 35 different languages Director Mary Zerbe comments: “We offer group courses, private tuition, corporate tuition and grinds”. More than 35 different languages from Europe, Asia, Africa and South America are taught by qualified native tutors. The new term commences in January and morning and evening courses will be offered from both locations. Sandford Language Institute also offers tuition for primary, secondary and third level students, weekly classes and grinds all year long with revision courses during holidays and mid-term breaks. Private and corporate tuition and grind can commence at any time. If you are not a total beginner, you are welcome to try out one of our currently running group classes cost and commitment free at any time and pay pro rata if you decide to join. FIND OUT MORE: www.sandfordlanguages.ie

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Can women d

Entrepreneurs are a key driver of the economy and disproportionately

WHEN Geraldine Swarbrigg received the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2017 IMAGE Businesswoman of the Year Awards the gong was widely covered across the media. One reason was that she had been involved with many well-known retail brands such as Vera Modo and Jack and Jones. Another reason is that her name would have rang some bells in Ireland's collective Eurovision psyche as her husband Tommy represented Ireland twice in the competition. Unfortunately, a major reason for the coverage is the dearth of successful female entrepreneurs in Ireland. And almost all the coverage of Geraldine's award included the word 'serial' showing that she didn't only start a business but that she did it again and again, another trait rare in female business.

The main findings were: • Women are more risk averse • Perceiving less access to finance • Lower levels of self-confidence • Greater fear of failure • Different ways of networking and less networking opportunities • Lacking visible role models • A lack of technical expertise. All of these findings are cultural, transient and ultimately changeable. Indeed change is underway across the education system, the economy and society. In Transition Year girls are introduced to enterprise ideas and projects alongside boys. Initiatives abound to get girls more involved in STEM subjects, which will be a key area for future start-ups. The state too, has recognised that the lack of female entrepreneurs is not only an equality issue but a real drag on economic growth.

Is business any women's business? The good news is that both women and men in Ireland are relatively active at business start-ups. The Global Entrepreneurship Monitor (GEM) provides data on entrepreneurial trends across the globe and its results for 2016 for Ireland are revealing. The participation rate for men as shown in the table opposite is twice that of women. Of course men have a head start as they have traditionally dominated the boardroom and the managerial classes. Boys have had more role models and things are slow to change given the stubborn trends in traditional male and female jobs. So why specifically are women not closing the gap? In 2012 Enterprise Ireland conducted research into female entrepreneurship and the participation ratio.

Let's get started The Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation (DBEI) is

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"Enterprise Ireland's Female Entrepreneurship Unit was established to support ambitious women grow scalable businesses and to address challenges impacting on the growth of female led business opportunities

"The purpose of this CSF is to accelerate the growth of female-led start-up companies that have the potential to employ more than 10 people and achieve €1 million in export sales within three years Geraldine Swarbrigg winner of Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2017 IMAGE Businesswoman of the Year Awards. Pic Presence PR

where the state's initiatives regarding female enterprise begin. According to the DBEI, addressing the under representation of femaleled businesses requires a tailored, focussed approach in terms of support, personal development and networking opportunities. E n t e r p r i s e I re l a n d ' s F e m a l e Entrepreneurship Unit was established to support ambitious women to grow scalable businesses and to address challenges impacting on the growth of female led business opportunities. Since the introduction in 2013 of measures targeting women, the number of women who are setting up their own businesses has grown year-on-year. Participation by female entrepreneurs in Enterprise Ireland’s High Potential Start-Up programme increased to 22% in 2015 In 2012, just eight out of 97 participating high potential start-ups were female-led (8%). In 2014, this had increased to 18 out of 102, which was 17% and, in 2015, the figure reached 22%. In 2016, 19% of companies participating in the programme were led by women. Show me the money The state's various enterprise supports are open to women but some specific initiatives are also available. One of these is Enterprise Ireland’s €750,000 Competitive Start Fund (CSF) for Female Entrepreneurs which opened for applications in the summer. Up to €50,000 in equity funding is available to a maximum of 15 successful female applicants with early stage start-up companies. The purpose of this CSF is to accelerate the growth of female-led start-up companies that have the potential to employ more than 10 people and achieve €1 million in


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y few of them are women. How can this change? Niall Gormley reports

export sales within three years. Enterprise Ireland says that the agency’s investment in female-led companies has reached a record level and the highest in it’s history. More than €5.5 million was approved for investment in female-led companies in 2016 and this level of investment will be higher again in 2017. Act locally... At local level the Local Enterprise Offices are also engaged in encouraging and inspiring an increase in female-led businesses through initiatives such as the annual National Women’s Enterprise Day and the Women in Business Networks. An important aspect of the networking programme is the promotion of successful female entrepreneurs as role models and the use of mentoring and networking opportunities which aims to build confidence of newly emerging female entrepreneurs. LEOs say that progress has been made, for example in 2015, 57% of participants attending core training programmes in Local Enterprise Offices were female. A lot done... Geraldine Swarbrigg is still opening businesses and branches after 30 years as an entrepreneur. Born into a retailing family she tells other women that they should go for it, to support each other and that enterprise is a legitimate goal for them. If schools, colleges, universities and state agencies weigh in, as well as friends, family and civil society, the future for female enterprise is bright. If another 7 per cent of the female workforce became entrepreneurs, what a prize for the Irish economy and Irish society that would be.

"More than €5.5 million was approved for investment in female-led companies in 2016 and this level of investment will be higher again in 2017

Entrepreneurial rates for Women & Men

"An important aspect of the networking programme is the promotion of successful female entrepreneurs as role models and the use of mentoring and networking opportunities

Source: 2016 Global Entrepreneurship Monitor (GEM) Survey

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Expand your horizon A new study, the start of a new future. Choosing a bachelor’s degree is an exciting and intensive process. Are you keen to pursue a career in the international world of (creative) business or technology? Inholland University of Applied Sciences in the Netherlands offers seven courses. Faculty of Engineering, Design and Computing • Aeronautical Engineering • Information Technology • Mathematical Engineering Faculty of Creative Business • Business Innovation • Media and Entertainment Management • International Music Management • Tourism Management 22 Education

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National Learning Network

Are your students unsure of what to do next? Students doing group work at National Learning Network.

School Leavers

HAVE you recently left school and want to get a qualification, but you’re not sure about college? If you need extra support to continue with further training one of National Learning Network’s (NLN) 50 training centres around the country could be the answer. NLN, the training and education division of Rehab Group, has over 50 years of experience in assisting people to learn the skills they need to build lasting careers in jobs that reflect their interests and abilities. Whatever your circumstances – whether you are long-term unemployed, have an illness, have a mental health issue or a disability – National Learning Network can help you. As Ireland's largest non-governmental education and training organisation, NLN offers over 70 different training programmes from art and cookery to computer and business skills in centres across the country. So, whatever your interests, we have the training programme for you. Vocational courses funded by the ETBs include the following: Arts, Craft and Media, Catering, Tourism, Hospitality and Leisure, Business Studies and Administration, Computer and IT, Horticulture and Environment, and Career Exploration and Employment. “90pc of people who complete National Learning Network programmes progress to employment or further education and training,” said Rehab’s Head of Learning, Cormac Woods. “Our courses are designed around the needs of each individual student, enabling them to achieve their vocational goals at their own pace. A comprehensive range of additional supports such as career planning, personal and social skills, literacy and numeracy classes are also available. Assistive technology is also provided to those who need it,” he added. Unique system of training delivery At National Learning Network we are different. Our unique system of training delivery enables students to reach their potential in a manner that takes account of personal, social and environmental requirements. National Learning Network provides mental health services within its extensive range of QQI accredited courses across a range of levels. All of our managers, instructors, rehabilitation officers, resource teachers, social skills facilitators, psychologists and advocacy officers have had extensive training in this field. In addition to a wide range of centre-based courses, students can also avail of employer-based training with host companies, or distance learning courses that have enabled people, particularly those with disabilities and mobility difficulties, to boost their job prospects by studying at home.

Do they need more support and further training and education? National Learning Network offers a range of flexible courses in over 50 centres across the country. Our courses are designed to develop valuable skills and give knowledge and confidence to help your students get a job or progress to further education and training. Courses include work experience opportunities and offer nationally recognised qualifications accredited by City and Guilds, ECDL and QQI. Find out more at: 1890 283 000 | info@nln.ie www.nln.ie | facebook.com/NLNIreland

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International Education

Study in Hungary for a range of qualifications STUDYING in Hungary has provided an alternative for many Irish students to access a number of qualifications in recent years. Aspiring doctors, physiotherapist and vets, amongst many other disciplines have used universities and colleges in Hungary to kickstart their careers. These subjects and qualifications can be accessed online through www.studyhungary.hu which provides comprehensive information about the courses available and the application process to access them. The subjects include Veterinary Medicine at the University of Veterinary Medicine Budapest, General Medicine, Dentistry, Pharmacy, Physiotherapy, Nursing, Midwifery, Psychology, Veterinary Medicine, Pre-Medical, Pre-Veterinary, English Language Course, E c o n o m i c s , B u s i n e s s A d m i n i s t r a t i o n , A r t , A r t H i s t o r y, Communication, International Studies and Political Science. The site gives details about living and studying in Hungary including details about the universities and their faculties across the subject areas on offer. The process involves an application fee and one entrance exam which is valid for all three medical universities, Veterinary University and Health Science Faculty at Semmelweis University. FIND OUT MORE: Ireland contact: Dr Timothy J O’Leary T: 028-28197; E: mizencomputers@eircom.net W: www.studyhungary.hu; E: info@studyhungary.hu

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University College Dublin Bachelor of Social Science (BSocSc) BSocSc Social Policy and Sociology ■ 3 year Honours degree in Sociology and Social Policy, premier Social Sciences degree in the Republic of Ireland for over 50 years. ■ Excellent employer recognition, nationally and internationally – this is the standard undergraduate qualification for students who wish to pursue a career in the public social services and policy making. ■ Three distinct pathways: Social Work and Social Professions; Social Citizenship and Public Services; People, Business and Organizations ■ Potential for direct admission and progression onto Social Work and Social Science Masters programmes ■ Integrated career guidance. For more information please visit our website: www.ucd.ie/socialpolicyworkjustice/study/undergraduateprogrammes/ Or contact: Dominic Shellard, Administrator and Marketing Manager at dominic.shellard@ucd.ie

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Plunket College of Further Education

Accessability for all PLUNKET College of Further Education offers a wide range of Further Education (Post Leaving Certificate/VTOS) programmes for students who wish to pursue specialised areas of study. Our Adult Leaving Certificate caters to students of all ages who want to return to education through a two year programme while our dedicated Repeat Leaving Certificate classes are of one year duration. Our Further Education Programmes include the following QQI Level 5 Awards: Third Level Access introduces students to academic writing, essay preparation, personal development and guidance for application to third level. Modules include:-Psychology, Philosophy, English Literature, Classical Studies and History. This course, in partnership with the Trinity Access Programme (TAP), has a facilitated link for students. Introduction to Counselling & Psychology provides a foundation for students in counselling and psychology. The college offers guidance and preparation for students who wish to progress to Third Level Colleges. Successful students are eligible to apply for reserved places on higher education courses. Accounting Technician prepares students for examinations of Accounting Technicians Ireland (ATI). Qualified Accounting Technicians may work at middle management and provide support services in the offices of practicing accountants. Advanced entry is available to some business courses in Institutes of Higher Education. Motor Vehicle Maintenance is ideally suited for students who aspire to apprenticeships in the motor industry and related fields. It also provides Higher Education links to Institutes of Technology in the fields of Engineering, Technology FIND OUT MORE: Apply online at www.plunketcollege.ie Phone: 01-8371689 Email: info@plunket.cdetb.ie

and Design Technology. Carpentry & Joinery is designed for students who wish to progress to apprenticeships or to Third Level Education through the higher links scheme. Adult VTOS courses offer full time programmes in English Language, Business and Information Technology and Computer and Office Systems (Level 4. A BTEI

"For students who wish to pursue specialised areas of study

funded programme in Employment Skills offers English Language as a speciality for students who wish to pursue their studies on a part-time basis. Plunket College of Further Education provides experienced and supportive teachers as well as offering services in Career/ Personal Guidance and Disability Service support.

www.plunketcollege.ie Swords Road, Whitehall, Dublin 9 01 837 1689 / 837 1680 info@plunket.cdetb.ie www.facebook.com/plunketcollege

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Registration: €40 & €100 book rental

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For eligible adults in receipt of Social Welfare • Creche support available • Free books • Meal and possible Travel Allowance

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The Perks of Studying at IT Tralee

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From campus to coast in 10 minutes.

Train your body and your brain.

The cost of living in Tralee is 50% less than Dublin & 25% less than Limerick or Cork.

€16.5m Sports Academy opening Spring 2019.

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National and International work placements. 89% of our students are employed or pursuing further studies by October following graduation.

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One of the best student to staff ratios in the country.

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A world class education.

An international student experience.

Planned €50m+ spend in new state of the art facilities by 2021.

Over 70 nationalities on campus and 100 international partner Institutes.

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A choice of 70 clubs and societies.

87% of graduates stated that their course was essential & relevant to their employment.

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Finding answers to the biggest challenges in Irish agriculture RISING to meet challenges facing the agricultural sector is nothing new in Irish farming. Irish farmers have been to the fore of technology and innovation for decades and are recognised worldwide for their influence on agricultural practices. Climate change, environmental sustainability, and sustainable sourcing and production pose significant and diverse challenges to Irish farmers. Meeting targets as part of Origin Green, Food Wise 2025 and other such initiatives stretch farming output and resources. In addition, Brexit presents perhaps the biggest threat in half a century to Irish farming when one considers that 40% of Irish food exports journey through the UK. Yet, where some see only problems, students of the IT Tralee also see opportunity. Bringing a ‘glass half full’ mentality to the table, IT Tralee Agricultural Science students apply learnings from their studies to the field to optimise the sector’s efficiency and sustainability. Science Technology Engineering & Mathematics (STEM) Students of the Agriculture Science programme at IT Tralee bring with them their own experience of farming. The dynamics of a classroom where the students’ enthusiasm for agricultural science is matched by that of the academic staff, results in an open, creative learning environment. This, combined with exposure to the best farming enterprises in Ireland, in a Region synonymous with rural Ireland and a rich farming heritage, provides IT Tralee students with something that isn’t easily replicated.

IT Tralee’s School of Science Technology Engineering and Maths (STEM) has long been involved with agriculture as the National Centre for Agricultural Engineering. In addition to a range of engineering programmes, STEM also offers science programmes that span across four areas in field and laboratory sciences. The longest established of these programmes prepares graduates to work as laboratory scientists in what is Ireland’s largest export earning sector, the massive Pharmaceutical industry. Wildlife Biologists Another programme within the School has been developed for those interested in ecology and who see themselves working as Wildlife Biologists in areas of natural resource development, environmental management and education. This programme is unique to IT Tralee. This year, new programmes in the a r e a o f Ve t e r i n a r y / A n i m a l Biosciences were introduced for those interested in veterinary science/diagnostics and working in the areas of animal welfare, animal production and animal research. IT Tralee offers a 3-year general Degree in Agricultural Science and a 4-year Honours Degree, that have been running for seven years. Honours graduates completing this programme hit the ground running, bringing the latest advancements in technology to make an impression as practicing Agricultural Scientists. The BSc in Agricultural Science meets all requirements for stamp duty exemption and transfer of land to young farmers. The programme is focused on animal and crop production and satisfies many of the

"IT Tralee Agricultural Science students apply learnings from their studies to the field to optimise the sector’s efficiency and sustainability

"Students at IT Tralee develop much of their practiceready qualities from a semester in work placement, farm visits, practicals, engagement with national agricultural bodies

requirements for recruitment to roles in the Dept. of Agricultural Food and Marine and Teagasc. Graduates are also qualified as pesticide users on course completion. Practical Approach Agricultural Science students at IT Tralee develop much of their practice-ready qualities from a semester in work placement, farm visits, practicals, engagement with national agricultural bodies, and a researchbased final year project. Students spend a semester in production settings at the Clonakilty Agricultural College, in addition to site visits to Teagasc centres at Moorepark, Grange, Oakpark and Johnstowncastle and demonstration farms, where students gain exposure to the most up to date research. In terms of employment opportunities, Agricultural Science graduates from IT Tralee are eligible for Department of Agriculture, Food and Marine farm advisor positions and go on to work in diverse roles ranging from animal nutrition, crop, dairy and dry stock production, quality assurance and research. Kerry Group, Arrabawn, Teagasc, Farm Relief Services, Capita amongst others have welcomed IT Tralee students on placement and have gone on to recruit them as graduates because of their hands-on practical approach to work. Education 27


Study Musical Theatre in Ireland Ireland’s first BFA in Musical Theatre, taught by established instructors in the musical theatre educational field, including: David Wray, Mary MacDonagh, Eoin Cannon, Aileen Donohoe, Noel Lennon, Morgan Crowley, Peter McCamley, Aoife Mulholland and Duncan Brickenden, all lead by the head of programme for performing arts, Deirdre Masterson.

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American College Dublin

The world’s most curious minds under one roof AMERICAN College Dublin (ACD) offers a range of undergraduate and graduate courses in Liberal Arts, Business, Performing Arts and Creative Writing. The college was founded in 1993 by Lynn University under the guidance and direction of President Donald E. Ross and delivers programmes accredited by Quality Qualifications Ireland (QQI) and Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE). Many courses are dual accredited which is a benefit for our students looking to work abroad. Students interested in study in America are able to transfer credits to or apply for graduate courses at universities in America. ACD prides itself on being the transatlantic gateway for students. A truly global perspective With a student body consisting of 20 nationalities, we place an emphasis on multiculturalism. It is a fundamental part of our mission to bring the world’s most curious minds under one roof for the purpose of fostering a truly global perspective. Our students develop their skills in a close knit international community made up of individuals with varying

cultural backgrounds. Our career focused programmes give students the opportunity to develop practical skills through internships which are built into the credit structure of both our business and performing arts courses. This allows our students to graduate with CVs that highlight their relevant field experience. Network of partners Students at ACD have the advantage of a centrally located campus. Our network of partners throughout the city expands the boundaries of our campus walls. We encourage our student body to engage the various businesses and institutions of our city both during and after their studies at ACD. We admit students on a rolling basis and applications can be accepted either directly to the college or through the CAO system. Direct applications are processed throughout the year and prospective students typically know if they have been accepted to the college within two weeks of applying (the only exception here being courses requiring an audition which is usually held in February each year). This gives

"American College Dublin prides itself on being the transatlantic gateway for students

students a head start when it comes to securing accommodation. We work with accommodation providers to source many different types of housing including dormitories, apartments and homestays. Our partners will even assist you navigating the Dublin rental market if you prefer to arrange your own accommodation. The variety of options given at ACD allows you to decide what kind of student life you will have outside of lecture hours. Heart of Georgian Dublin ACD’s campus is located on Merrion Square in the heart of Georgian Dublin. Our corner building was the childhood home of famous Victorian playwright and author, Oscar Wilde. Wilde is one of the proudest sons of Dublin having written prolific dramas including The importance of being Earnest and Salome, and the novel The picture of Dorian Gray. Wilde’s statue smirks at us from his boulder perch across the street in the square.

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Engineering an Undergraduate Multi-disciplinary Student Innovation Eco-System

Innovative Product Laboratories Development

Engineering an Undergraduate Multi-disciplinary Student Innovation Eco-System THE development of ground-breaking Innovative Product Development Multi-Disciplinary Laboratories modules and projects, implementing safety, sustainability, engineering ethical and transformative social responsibility considerations as primary driving design imperatives, has dovetailed with the implementation of major initiatives including CIT student start-up company internships, CIT innovation week and student prizes for innovation and entrepreneurship, CIT engineering exhibition (200 stands in 2017) to engineer a college-wide student innovation ecosystem leading to a great flowering of Irish educational student achievement on national and international stages. The developed action-learning programmes brings multidisciplinary teams together to collaborate in conception, research, design, development, experimentation, validation, prototype production, proof of concept testing and commercialization of self-conceived and inspired novel products. Many of the emerging products and start-up companies are driven by student idealism towards the use of engineering, business and innovation to better mankind with many projects addressing global application transformative biomedical and societal needs and issues. Practical development The laboratory and workshop based modules centre on the practical development and inculcation of engineering systematic product research, design, development and production skills, experimental and modelling techniques, commercial investigation/assessment, marketing, communication and interdisciplinary 30 Education

By Professor Sean F. O’Leary Cork Institute of Technology

"The student learning process is enhanced by academic, industrial, peer and public review through formal demonstration and exhibition of the developing solutions"

teamwork management. Environmental impact, lifecycle, safety and hazard analysis techniques are introduced and implemented in the innovative product design, production, validation, optimisation, utilisation and disposal. Product development learning outcomes are achieved through the application of innovative teaching techniques - hands-on student exposure to state of the ar t product development technologies and methodologies, formal laboratories and workshops, self-initiated and selfdirected learning, formal report writing, informal multi-disciplinary staff/ student round table fora, progressive presentation development, brain storming, team and meeting management. The student learning process is enhanced by academic, industrial, peer and public review through formal demonstration and exhibition of the developing solutions. Industrial professional expertise is harnessed through the incorporation of formal consultations and day/evening lectures by leaders of industry and research, project managers, entrepreneurs, patent lawyers, marketing analysts, innovation centre managers and international and national innovation award winners. Potential and opportunities Students are introduced to the potential and opportunities provided by the resources, facilities and expertise of Enterprise Ireland and Centres

of Excellence. The development of the CIT Prize for Innovation with awards totalling €14,000 per annum in conjunction with Enterprise Ireland Innovation Centres and the Cork City and County Enterprise Boards has also been a major spur towards the promotion of an entrepreneurial/innovation ethos amongst the student body. The attendance and participation of internationally renowned entrepreneurs and alternative thinkers, such as Edward De Bono of 'Six Thinking Hats' fame is designed to provide inspiration and example. Many of the projects are being developed by the multidisciplinary teams to knowledge-based innovative start-up products/companies. Successful student start-up A prime example of a highly successful student start-up company, now employing 22 staff, is PMD Solutions based in the Rubicon Centre, CIT’s Campus Based Start-Up Incubation Centre. Following winning First Place in the CIT Prize for Innovation and the coveted Award of CIT Entrepreneur of the Year 2011, CIT Mechanical Engineering Student and MEDIC Centre intern Myles Murray founded PMD Solutions to develop innovative and patient friendly technologies to support health providers early prevention model of patient care. PMD Solution’s novel respiratory monitor device achieved EC Horizon 20/20 Funding of €4.2 Million in 2016. This success is underscored by the unprecedented achievement by CIT IPD multidisciplinary students and staff of all five major awards at the Enterprise Ireland Student Entrepreneur Awards National Finals Education 30


Engineering an Undergraduate Multi-disciplinary Student Innovation Eco-System

2016 (from over 500 entries nationally) - the Enterprise Ireland Overall National Winner and Student Entrepreneur of the Year 2016, the Cruickshank Intellectual Property Attorneys National Award 2016, the Grant Thornton National Award 2016, the Intel ICT National Award 2016 and the Enterprise Ireland Academic Innovation Achievement National Award 2016. Award successes Further major successes in the last year include the Accenture Leaders of Tomorrow National Award 2016, the National Disability Authority Centre for Excellence in Universal Design Grand Challenge Enterprise Ireland Commercialisation National Award 2016 and Judges’ Choice Award Technology Trophy National Award 2016, the Early Career Awards Special Recognition National Award (2016), the MEE TA Asset M anagement National Student Award Overall Winner 2016 and MEETA National Certificate of Excellence 2016 and the James Dyson Design National Award Ireland 2016. This success has continued apace into 2017 with CIT IPD multidisciplinar y students achieving (1) the University Startup World Cup 2017 HealthTech Leadership Award Winner (from 1,500 entries globally), Copenhagen Denmark, (2) Invited Exhibitor, Dubai Design Week - Global Grad Show 2017 and (3) Three major awards at the Enterprise Ireland S t u d e n t E n t r e p r e n e u r Aw a r d s National Finals 2017 - the Cruickshank Intellectual Proper ty Attorneys National Award 2017, the Intel ICT National Award 2017 and Enterprise Ireland / Invest Northern Ireland National Awards of Merit.

A further major graduate employability benefit has accrued to students as many have reported that the multidisciplinary innovative project has ar isen as a major positive and uniquely differentiating factor in Irish and international company interviews. Student and Graduate innovative product development successes and benefits have resulted in very strong increases in enrolment in the multidisciplinary laboratories modules. This positive growth is also reflected in increasing numbers of international students enrolling from diverse countries including China, Holland, India, Spain, UAE, Germany, Malta, France and of course Ireland. Multidisciplinary teams The forging together of student multidisciplinary teams from career streams and disciplines with traditionally and currently high proportions of male participation such as Mechanical Engineering and Accountancy with career streams and disciplines with traditionally and currently higher proportions of female participation such as Biomedical Engineering and Marketing / Management has harnessed a powerful and ground-breaking synergy between the genders and has had a hugely beneficial effect in inculcating an innovation / entrepreneurship ethos, mindset and skillset amongst these young people. The developed multidisciplinary programme actively promotes the role of women in engineering in general and specifically in relation to participation through leading roles throughout the innovative product development process. Indeed a very positive indication of the success of

"The Cork Institute of Technology Innovative Product Development MultiDisciplinary Laboratories initiative has been adjudged winner of the European Commission EEPA National Award "Promoting the Entrepreneurial Spirit Promote an Entrepreneurial Mindset, especially among Young People and Women"

this proactive approach is that in the academic year 2016/17, over 60% of the team leaders and project managers elected by the multidisciplinary teams were women. Indeed the prevalence of women engineers in team leadership and project management roles had been a major driver and central component of the international/national success of these multidisciplinary teams. Now, entering its 32nd year, the Cork Mechanical, Manufacturing & Biomedical Engineering Exhibition I r e l a n d a n d E u r o p e ’s L a r g e s t Educational Engineering Event incorporating over 200 stands showcasing a wide range of student development projects - is a seminal fixture in promoting engineering on a national and international level and is central and crucial to engineering a highly successful campus educational innovation eco-system The Cork Institute of Technology Innovative Product Development Multi-Disciplinary Laboratories initiative has been adjudged winner of and presented with the European Commission EEPA National Award "Promoting the Entrepreneurial Spirit - Promote an Entrepreneurial Mindset, especially among Young People and Women through delivering Innovative Product Development, Multidisciplinary Engineering and Ground-breaking Education” at the European Enterprise Promotion Awa rd s I nte r n at i o n a l Fi n a l s i n Luxembourg. Flowering of Irish engineering 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 of CIT’s engineering and business degree courses. The Engineering of an Innovation Eco-System through the development of Innovative and New Product Development Multi-Disciplinary Engineering / Business Laboratories modules and supporting structures has led to a great flowering of Irish engineering educational achievement and will play a major part in the future development of a powerful, vibrant, prosperous and ethical knowledgebased Irish economy. Education 31


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Enterprise Ireland Student Entrepreneur National Awards 7th - 8th June 2017 Cruickshank Intellectual Property Attorneys Most Technologically Innovative National Award - €5,000

CIT Innovative Product Development Multidisciplinary Teams Win Three Major National Awards at National Finals Enterprise Ireland Student Entrepreneur Awards 2017 (1) Cruickshank Intellectual Property Attorneys - Most Technologically Innovative €5,000 National Award 2017 (2) Intel - Outstanding ICT €5,000 National Award 2017 (3) Enterprise Ireland - National Merit €1,500 Award of Excellence 2017 The achievement by CIT Engineering students and staff of all five major awards at the Enterprise Ireland Student Entrepreneur Awards Finals 2016 - the Enterprise Ireland Overall Winner and Student Entrepreneur of the Year 2016, the Cruickshank Intellectual Property Attorneys National Award 2016, the Grant Thornton National Award 2016, the Intel ICT National Award 2016 and the Enterprise Ireland Academic Innovation National Award 2016 - is unprecedented. With over 500 entries nationally to this prestigious entrepreneurship and innovation multi-discipline competition, the achievement of all five major national awards by engineering projects, students and staff from one college is quite remarkable. See studententrepreneurawards.com/ and studententrepreneurawards.com/category/previous-winners/2016/

Cruickshank Intellectual Property Attorneys Most Technologically Innovative National Award - €5,000

Stryde Tech™ Mobility Enablement Device Design and Development Multi-Discipline Start-Up Innovation Team Cork Institute of Technology Muireann Hickey, Kevin Hayes, Cian O’Leary, Jonathan Mullane, Alexander Sologub

Intel ICT National Award - €5,000

Stryde Tech™ Mobility Enablement Device Design and Development Multi-Discipline Start-Up Innovation Team, Cork Institute of Technology

StrokeSense™ Medical Application Device Design and Development

Muireann Hickey, Kevin Hayes, Cian O’Leary, Jonathan Mullane, Alexander Sologub Presented by Mr. Donal O'Connor, Cruickshanks

Multi-Discipline Start-Up Innovation Team Cork Institute of Technology Kevin O’Regan, Ciara Cronin, Cathal Merz, Jamie Coleman, Emmet Cadogan, Conor McCarthy, Thom van der Kley Presented by Ms. Lisa Harlow, Intel

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National Merit Award of Excellence 2017 €1,500

CIT Prize for Innovation 2017 Student Entrepreneur of the Year 2017 First Place €4,000 Award

Winner: Dialast™ - Medical Application Device Design IPD Laboratories Multidisciplinary Team Cathal O’Sullivan, Orla O’Donoghue, Kate O’Sullivan, Kiran Shaju, Denis Hegarty

Nimbus Research Centre Prize 2017 €3,000 Developmental Award

Pendulife™ Transport Safety Device Design and Development Multi-Discipline Start-Up Innovation Team Cork Institute of Technology Ciara Doherty, Patrick Collins , Richard Moynahan, Keith Lawlor, Padraig O’Callaghan, Yola Versteegh Winner: Artery Aid™ - Medical Application Device Design IPD Laboratories Multidisciplinary Team Kate Hawksby, Niall O’Connor, Daniel Vaughan, John McCarthy, David O’Leary, Thomas Horgan, Damien Lacey

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CIT Prize for Innovation 2017 Best Product Concept €1,500 Award

Innovative Product Development Laboratories Multidisciplinary Biomedical, Mechanical and Business Team Finalists Custard Coat™ | EZ Spin™ | Pendulife™ PanoKato™ | SmartCap™ | Irrawaddy™

Winner: StrydeTech™ Mobility Enablement Device Design IPD Laboratories Multidisciplinary Team Muireann Hickey, Kevin Hayes, Cian O’Leary, Jonathan Mullane, Alexander Sologub

Best Business Opportunity €1,500 Award

Winner: StrokeSense™ Mobility Enablement Device Design IPD Laboratories Multidisciplinary Team Kevin O’Regan , Ciara Cronin, Cathal Merz , Jamie Coleman, Emmet Cadogan, Conor McCarthy, Thom van der Kley

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Universal Design Grand Challenge Awards - Gibson Hotel Dublin 25th May 2017 CIT IPD Laboratories Multidisciplinary Team Pano-Kato™ " Innovative Hippotherapy Device for Exercise, Muscle Development and Rehabilitation " THE Pano-Kato™ team travelled to Dublin to compete in the National Finals of the Universal Design Grand Challenge Products and Services Category and the Enterprise Ireland sponsored Universal Design Commercialisation Award and People’s Choice Award 2017 Following a highly exacting and competitive adjudication process undertaken by international judges on a very large entry of design projects at undergraduate and postgraduate levels, the Pano-Kato™ Team’s third year self-devised Innovative Product Development Laboratories project on " Innovative Hippotherapy Device for Exercise, Muscle Development and Rehabilitation " was short-listed to the Universal Design Grand Challenge Award Competition Finals 2017. The Universal Design Grand Challenge Awards Competition Finals, run by the Centre for Excellence in Universal Design (CEUD) at the National Disability Authority (NDA) and supported by Enterprise Ireland, is a very high profile event, taking place this year in the Gibson Hotel, Dublin. The Universal Design Grand Challenge (UDGC) promotes and awards excellence in student projects that feature solutions that work for everyone and is open to third level students in their final two years of study, post grads and recent graduates to enter their best student project to compete for the National Universal Design Student Awards.

PANO-KATO™

CIT IPD Laboratories Multidisciplinary Team Pano-Kato™ Leanne Fitzgerald, Saleh Al-Shaalli, Peter McMahon, Shane Fitzgerald, Conor Cashman, Arther Jocys, Jonathan McCarthy, Loveth Aigbefo "Innovative Hippotherapy Device for Exercise, Muscle Development and Rehabilitation " The Universal Design Grand Challenge (UDGC) promotes and awards excellence in student projects that feature solutions that work for everyone. See universaldesign.ie/Awards/Student-Awards/ Education 35


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Leaders of Tomorrow Engineers Ireland Innovative Student Engineer of the Year 2017 sponsored by Siemens

Accenture Leaders of Tomorrow Awards 2017

Darragh Donovan, Alan Cullinane, Padraig Flynn Final Year Level 7 Biomedical Engineering Degree Students demonstrate their capstone project on

Uroflow Home Test Kit Design and Development which received a Finalist Award at the Engineers Ireland Innovative Student Engineer of the Year 2017 National Competition

Best Start Up Video Pitch Competition First Place National â‚Ź500 Award Winner Accenture Leaders of Tomorrow 2017 Launch

Irrawaddy™

Luke Pardy, Shaun Donnelly-Murphy, Michael Grimes Final Year Level 7 Mechanical Engineering Degree Students demonstrate their capstone project on

Boot Buddy - Vehicle Boot Platform Assistance Device Design and Development which received a Finalist Award at the Engineers Ireland Innovative Student Engineer of the Year 2017 National Competition

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Hand-held Water Purification Device Design Eoin McCarthy and Myat Min Khaung - Biomedical Engineering


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Cork Chamber Emerging Company of the Year Award 2017

Winner: OrthoXEL Congratulations to Pat O’Connor (Chief Executive Officer), James Harty (Chief Medical Officer) and Charles Daly (Chief Technical Officer). Graduating from Cork Institute of Technology in 2003 with a First Class Honours Mechanical Engineering Degree, Charles started his career working in various multinational companies; Depuy, Boston Scientific and Cochlear. With roles that varied from manufacturing, process-product development, new product introduction and R&D, with all roles focused on launching new medical devices on the market. In 2009, Charles moved to Cork Institute of Technology’s MEDIC centre undertaking a concept research and development role where he engaged with surgeons to translate clinical needs into tangible product concepts. Charles was principal investigator on a number of projects securing funding and completing technical development work for technologies in orthopaedics and critical care. During 2013, Charles moved to a peripheral vascular start up medical device company, ABK Biomedical, as product development manager where he designed and developed the companies lead embolotherapy delivery technology along with setting up the quality management system and design control system. In 2014, Charles co-founded OrthoXel and is currently Chief Technical Officer, leading the development of the Apex Tibial Nail product and portfolio products through the final development stages to commercial launch along with growing the company’s IP portfolio and supporting business planning and development activities.

CIT Gasgon Student Team Honoured, University Start Up World Cup HealthTech Leadership Award 2017 Copenhagen, Denmark

2017 University Startup World Cup HealthTech Leadership Award Gasgon Medical Team Vincent Forde and Conor O’Brien FROM 1,500 Business Plans submitted from 40 Countries to the University Startup World Cup 2017, CIT’s Gasgon Medical Team were short-listed to just 70 Finalists for the Global Competition Finals in Copenhagen, Denmark. Based on demonstration of the highest professionalism throughout the world cup finals 2017 and a concept which has extreme high potential to make a difference, CIT's Gasgon Medical Student Team, Vincent Forde and Conor O’Brien, has been adjudged winner of and is to be honoured with the University Start Up World Cup HealthTech Leadership Award 2017. A really fantastic global success and immense international honour for Vincent and Conor. Undergraduate students, Vincent and Conor demonstrated great passion and dedication and rose admirably throughout the week long international finals in Copenhagen to the huge challenge of competing at this esteemed level amongst the cream of the cream of postgraduate teams globally.

CIT HFLO Multidisciplinary Student Team Invited to Exhibit at 2017 Dubai Design Week Global Grad Show November 13-18 2017 H-Flo is a new innovative water safety device that disengages a lanyard from a harness when submerged in water. The functional prototype was designed in response to the tragic death of two men on Thomond Bridge, Limerick in 2015 when they were harnessed onto a platform that fell into the River Shannon. H-Flo aims to prevent future tragedies like this one occurring. Winner of (1) James Dyson Design Award - First Place National Award (2) Enterprise Ireland Student Entrepreneur FinalsCruickshank Intellectual Property Attorneys National Award (3) CIT Prize for Innovation Most Technically Innovative Product Award H-FLO's Dyson award winning entry may be viewed directly at: See: www.jamesdysonaward.org/projects/hydro-flocean/

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Sorted...com WHEN summer is over, seaside towns have more to offer than icecream cones and candy floss, and the Victorian seaside town of Dún Laoghaire is no exception. In the quiet end, bordering on leafy Monkstown, a restrained revolution is playing out in a modest building on Cumberland Street. The warriors are students and teachers carrying the banner for that educational sector that does not receive the same media attention as other educational sectors; extraordinary when you think that it is Further Education colleges like DFEi that are very real channels into third level institutions for school leavers who are disappointed with their Leaving Certificate results, and mature students who are looking to improve their prospects. It’s what a casual observer would call a win, win situation in the educational stakes. Personal missions So, let’s dust off our imaginary satchels and go inside the building where we will be met by a veritable ant colony – stairs and corridors filled with students of all ages and from diverse backgrounds, each focused on their own very personal mission. The short-term mission might be getting a seat in the canteen; the longer term one will, of course, be getting a place in a third level college or finding employment; but students always work better on a full stomach, so, while the queue for the canteen moves at its own pace let’s take a quick tour of DFEi. If you are lost, Kieran at reception will point you in the right direction, so don’t hesitate to ask him. Perhaps you would like to see the Learning Centre, and why not? It is a very bright and attractive space, specifically designed as a study hub replete with banks of computers. It is also 38 Education

on this corridor that you will get that recognisable smell of newly sawn wood. If you dream of designing and making your own furniture, or making and repairing musical instruments, this is where you need to fulfil that dream. Or perhaps you look at the bigger picture – the buildings that house the furniture and the musical instruments. If this is the case, you need to look at DFEi’s Architectural Te c h n o l o g y & D e s i g n o r Construction & Engineering Technology courses. STEM cells It may seem insincere to say that STEM is a ‘no brainer’ but when you think about it, it’s true. Courses related to Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics have proven to be reliable and sustainable routes to gainful employment. DFEi’s Pre-University Science courses in Laboratory Techniques and Food Science & Nutrition are the perfect first steps to a STEM career. Indeed, the Expert Group on Future Skills Needs has identified a dearth of graduates to fill available scientific jobs. If you are more attracted to the binary than the organic, a bit ‘nerdy’ perhaps, or a fan of the IT Crowd, you need to check out DFEi’s Computing & Electronic Technology or Software Development courses. These courses are supported by FIT (Fast Track into IT); a unique IT led initiative giving students the opportunity gain the skills that lead to employment. It’s true then; STEM is a ‘no brainer’. ‘Front of house’ roles Of course, while the STEM people are beavering away in the background, other personality types like to be ‘front of house’, or managing situations. If you fall into this category you should consider DFEI’s courses in Marketing & Event

Management, Business Studies with Law, or Police & Security Studies. If your desired theatre of action falls into the medical sphere, DFEi’s Community & Social Care course will get you started on the path that will enable you to work with dementia sufferers, or people with disabilities, mental health or social issues. If your heart is set on the nursing profession, you need to consider DFEi’s very popular Nursing Studies course. The success rates from this course are very high for progression to third level nursing degree programmes in Ireland and the UK. Some people are attracted to the unconditional love of animals; and where would the world be without domestic pets, farm animals and wildlife? Delivered by practicing professionals, DFEi’s Animal Health Care courses boast state-of-the-art facilities with regular field trips. On occasion, you might be surprised by a preponderance of dogs around the building; probably a clue that the animal grooming class has gone ‘live’ or the canine obedience class needs willing woofters. You will be relieved to learn that the large farm animals do not stalk the corridors of DFEi but are instead receive visits from the animal care students. Going digital The doings of humans, animals, and machines make for an interconnected machine in a complex world; a world that needs to be interpreted, entertained, investigated, and reported on. We’ve got it all covered at DFEi with courses in TV & Digital Film, Digital Radio Production, Journalism for the Digital Age, Sound Production, and Music Production. The Higher National Diploma in Music Production is taught by working professionals. On each of these courses you will use industry standard equipment and software. You can do your own recording in the sound studio, broad-


on’t have enough points?

me to DFEi cast your own show in the radio studio, or edit your own programme in the TV studio. Why not tune in to 107.8fm and listen to DFEi’s very own radio station, The Wave? You will find an archive of accomplished documentaries. Of course, nothing goes unnoticed by journalists, and the journalism students in DFEi are given every opportunity to report on the doings of the humans, animals and machines that make for that interconnected machine in a complex world. Having visited the Criminal Courts of Justice and listened to the evidence in a murder trial, sat in on a Dail debate, or grappled with the spectres of Brexit and Trump, the journalism students have plenty to write about. Showcasing talent The academic life of DFEi is punctuated by a vibrant calendar of social events showcasing the talents of the students. If you like an audience, there’s a captive one in DFEi. Sound Production students compose their own material to audition for the annual college album release. The skills of the Event Management, Office Administration and Security students are always sought for college events. Gigs, concerts and talent shows are enjoyed by students and staff, usually in the canteen, also known as The Hub, which as well as providing hot food, is equipped with a stage, sound booth and acoustic panelling. Ladder to a third level DFEi’s courses are designed to meet current industry standards. Students are taught the fundamental skills and survival techniques that will put them on the ladder to a third level qualification. You will be taught how to present work in written and oral format. You will be taught basic research skills, referencing systems, and general

academic conventions across all courses. Experience at DFEi has taught us that every student does not learn in the same way or at the same pace. If you have particular learning support requirements, they will be met at DFEi. A tried and tested way DFEi’s quality assured courses are open to anyone who is seeking the knowledge, skills and competencies to enhance their employment opportunities or educational progression. If you did not get enough points for your chosen third level course, consider spending a year in DFEi. It’s another tried and tested way to get a place in college, as incidentally, is our legendary Arts, Culture & History course – an excellent foundation for pursuing an arts degree in NUI. With subjects like archaeology, folklore and local history, this course

"The academic life of DFEi is punctuated by a vibrant calendar of social events showcasing the talents of the students. If you like an audience, there’s a captive one in DFEi.

is perfect for those of you who want to use your fascination with the past to propel your academic career forward. The formula is simple – eight QQI Level 5 or Level 6 modules with as many distinctions as you can get. But it takes work on your part. You need to come to class, complete assignments on time and prepare for exams. The teachers are there for you every step of the way if you are there for them. Find out more Look at our website on www.dfei. ie; it’s really rather attractive and the menu is quite tempting; our brochure is not bad either. We don’t offer ice-cream or candy floss but we do offer a fine education. Our Information Day is on Wednesday 24th of January 2018. Come along; experience the facilities and the inclusive environment that is DFEi.

New links between DFEi and IoTs MEMORANDUMS of Understanding (MoUs) are a new trend in educational partnership between Colleges of Further Education like DFEi and Institutes of Technology. To date, DFEi has signed MoUs with three Institutes of Technology - IT Carlow, IADT and Waterford IT. All three colleges approached DFEi with a view to cooperation, and DFEi students will benefit enormously. They will be considered for admission to these Institutes of Technology if they have completed a full QQI Award (Level 5 or 6). They will be m a d e o ff e r s t h r o u g h C A O i n advance of Round One offers. DFEi has secured links to some IT Carlow courses that were not previously linked. Advanced entry opportunities to Year Two of the BSc in Architectural Technology are available. To put it simply, an MoU results in a secure relationship between a College of Further Education like DFEi, and an Institute of Technology enabling you, the

student, to progress with greater ease. You will be interested to know that an MoU with an Institute of Technology generally applies to every course DFEi provides across all departments. If you, as a DFEi student, wish to avail of any of these opportunities we will notify you of any additional requirements in, for example, information technology or mathematics. DFEi offers IT workshops in generic and discipline-specific skills to prepare you for entry to higher education. These workshops are mandatory for intending applicants, and attendance is monitored. This academic year DFEi is considering new MoUs in order to expand its network with other Institutes of Technology in Ireland. Year on year, opportunities are improving. Colleges of Further Education are a tried and tested route into third level. Check out www.dfei.ie and find out for yourself. Education 39


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Teagasc College of Amenity Horticulture

Horticulture as a career path THE Teagasc College of Amenity Horticulture is located in the National Botanic Gardens in Dublin’s northside suburb of Glasnevin. At this location we teach full time courses in Horticulture at Level 5 (Certificate, 1 year), Level 6 (Advanced Certificate, 1 year) and Level 7 (Ordinary Degree, 3 years). We have approximately 200 students from all over the Dublin, the greater Leinster area and beyond. Fantastic outdoor classroom Students who enter the courses have the ability to learn in the fantastic outdoor classroom which is the plant collection of the National Botanic Gardens complimented by the new state of the art college teaching facilities which were completed in 2014. We have the added benefit of students being taught by top class Teagasc and OPW staff of the Gardens who take students on prac-

tical work experience during their studies in the college. Our qualifications are fully accredited and suit people who wish to follow the area of Horticulture as a fulltime career path. The basic science of horticulture is covered in all courses, soils, plant science and plant identification and then students can further study areas like Landscaping, Sportsturf, Nursery stock and Food Crop production. These subjects give people the foundation to build a strong career in the horticultural sector. Degree course Students can enter first year either by applying directly to the college for the Certificate course or through the CAO for the level 7 degree course (WD097). We have a partnership w i t h Wa t e r f o rd I n s t i t u t e o f Technology for the delivery of the d e g re e c o u r s e i n t h e B o t a n i c Gardens.

"The basic science of horticulture is covered in all courses, soils, plant science and plant identification and then students can further study areas like Landscaping, Sportsturf, Nursery stock and Food Crop production

This year students can also study part time modules in Horticulture at level 5 and level 6. This will enable people who are working to drop in to partake in modules that are awarded as components of the major award at level 5 and level 6. This year we are offering Level 5 modules on a part time basis - see list below for summer courses and courses within the academic year. We also offer Level 6 modules on a part time basis, for those working in the industry. The college is holding a Career and Course information day on Thursday 8th March 2018 from 2.00-4.00pm and all are welcome to attend.

FIND OUT MORE: Teagasc College of Amenity Horticulture, National Botanic Gardens, Glasnevin, Dublin 9 01 8040201 or 01 8040202 Email: botanic.college@teagasc.ie

A Career in Horticulture... Situated in the National Botanic Gardens Glasnevin, the Teagasc College of Amenity Horticulture offers a range of courses in Horticulture. This wonderful setting provides the unique blend of the finest park setting in the capital coupled with the experience of the staff of the gardens and the Teagasc staff. All students can avail of work experience in the Botanic Gardens as well as in parks around the city and other placements further afield. Graduates of the college are leaders in the field of Horticulture and develop clear career pathways. Careers in landscape design and construction, parks, garden centres, fruit and vegetable production are all followed by the graduates. Full time Courses: • QQI Level 5 Certificate in Horticulture • QQI Level 6 Advanced Certificate in Horticulture • QQI Level 7 BSc in Horticulture in Partnership with WIT (WD097) (CAO Application) Part time Courses: Summer (June/July) • Plant ID and Use • Garden Design (New) • Ornamental Horticulture (New)

Part time Courses: Academic Year: • Plant ID and Use • Plant Propagation • Landscape Construction and Maintenance • Plant Protection • Fruit and Vegetable Production • Horticulture Mechanisation

Course and Careers Information Day

Thursday 8th March 2018

@ 2.00 – 4.00pm

Venue: College Building in National Botanic Gardens (No prior booking needed)

Application forms and details on all courses can be found at: www.teagasc.ie/education/teagasc-colleges/botanic-gardens/ Telephone 01 8040201 or email: botanic.college@teagasc.ie Education 41


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Crumlin College of Further Education

A wide range of courses CRUMLIN College of Further Education has been offering educational services in South Dublin for over 60 years. Located on Crumlin Road, its close proximity to Dublin Bus and Luas services makes it an ideal location for students. A range of QQI courses are offered at Level 5 and Level 6 in the schools of Hairdressing, Beauty, Fashion, Sports, Information Technology, Business & Accounting, Tourism, Catering, Security, Sales & Administration. In addition, a range of night courses are offered at its Evening School. Here’s just a flavour of what’s on offer at Crumlin College… Fashion The Fashion Department in Crumlin College offers industry focussed courses that reflect the current and future staffing requirements of the business and creative sectors of the fashion industry. Students can choose between the QQI Level 5 course in Fashion Buying & Merchandising or Fashion Styling with Design. Both courses offer students a comprehensive understanding of their chosen field as well as a rounded perspective on the fashion industry as a whole. The college has established close links with a network of professionals within the fashion industry and students benefit from visits by a variety of guest speakers. Research fieldtrips for college assignments are organised throughout the academic year and are enjoyable and valuable learning experiences. Students have the opportunity to get hand-on experience through the college’s work experience programme. There is also the possibility to apply for college-organised internships and work-experience placements in major international Buying & Merchandising offices. Through the college’s industry links with some of Ireland’s leading fashion designers and fashion stylists, there are frequent opportunities to apply to gain practical hands-on experience in fashion design studios or in assisting in the styling of fash-

ion shows and photo shoots. Upon successful completion of the QQI Level 5 course, many graduates have successfully gained employment in the fashion industry as Trainee Buyer & Merchandisers, Assistant Stylists or Design Studio Assistants. Through the QQI progression routes, graduates may also apply to third level courses. Crumlin College graduates have progressed to successfully complete the BA in Visual Merchandising & Display in DIT. There is also the option to progress onto the QQI Level 6 course in Fashion Management in Crumlin College and this will appeal to students who wish to develop a career in the business, managerial and retailing side of the fashion industry while actively developing imagination and flair for design, buying and selling. The dynamic and industryfocussed courses offered by Crumlin College’s Fashion Department equip graduates with a well-rounded and practical skill-set desired by prospective employers in the fashion industry and prepares them for study at third level institutions. Beauty The School of Beauty is located in a separate building in Captain’s Road, Crumlin. Crumlin College offers a one or two year Diploma in Beauty Therapy. The Diploma in Beauty Therapy includes accreditation from QQI, ITEC and CIDESCO. The course provides intensive practical and theoretical training in a various aspects of Beauty Therapy and leads to an internationally recognised qualification. Successful applicants can attain employment as a beauty therapist in a broad range of industries including Cruise Liners, Beauty Salons and Health and Leisure centres. Beauty and Retail Sales may be taken as a one year course at QQI Level 5 or a two year course at QQI Level 6. The course also includes ITEC accreditation in manicure, pedicure, make-up and beauty spe-

"The college has established close links with a network of professionals within the fashion industry

"Intensive practical and theoretical training in a various aspects of Beauty Therapy and leads to an internationally recognised qualification

"Students get a solid grounding in the practical side of Culinary Arts and participate in a work experience programme

cialisations. Practical and theoretical knowledge is enhanced through work experience in the beauty and retail sector and through the running of pop-up salons within the college. Catering Students have the option of choosing the Culinary Arts (Professional Cookery) Programme or The National Traineeship in Professional Cookery. The Culinary Arts (Professional Cookery) is a one year course at QQI Level 5 with the possibility to progress to a second year at QQI Level 6. Students get a solid grounding in the practical side of Culinary Arts and participate in a work experience programme which allows them to further hone the skills acquired in class. On successful completion of the course, students may progress on to a range of higher certificate and degree courses in Institutes of Te c h n o l o g y o r U n i v e r s i t i e s . Alternatively, they will have acquired the necessary skills to take up employment in a broad range of hospitality organisations, a sector of industry where suitably qualified applicants continue to be in high demand. The National Traineeship in Professional Cookery is geared towards students who are employed in the catering industry. The course is one day release programme which allows participants to build on their practical culinary skills and techniques by attaining a professional qualification. The QQI Level 6 qualification, upon successful completion, allows for the possibility to advance to the BA in Culinary Arts at Level 7. Information on these and all courses offered at Crumlin College of Further Education can be accessed at www.crumlincollege.ie Education 43


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Check us out @ www.scfe.ie

OPEN DAY

10am - 4pm Wed 24nd Jan 2018

www.scfe.ie Talk to our staff and students… Demonstrations, Exhibitions, Presentations, and Guided tours Art, Craft and Design • Photography • Commercial Floristry • Dance • Performing Arts/Theatre, Film & TV Acting • Fashion Industry Practice • Fashion Design • Hairdressing 44 Education & Beauty Specialist •

Fitness Instruction & Exercise

Personal Training & Sports Therapies/ Strength & Conditioning

Childcare

Social Studies

Youth Work & Community Studies

Tourism, Travel & Airline Studies

Tourism, Hotel & Leisure Operations

Sallynoggin College of Further Education Pearse Street, Sallynoggin, Dún Laoghaire, Co. Dublin Tel: 01-2852997 Fax: 01-2848437 Email: reception@scfe.ie Website: www.scfe.ie Coláiste Breisoideachais an Naigín Sráid an Phiarsaigh, An Naigín, Dún Laoghaire, Co. Átha Cliath Fón: 01-2852997. Facs: 01-2848437 R-phost: reception@scfe.ie Idirlíon: www.scfe.ie


Further Education

Make your move to Sallynoggin College SALLYNOGGIN College is celebrating 50 years of Further Education this year, and continues to expand and develop courses as needed. Just this year, we have successfully introduced two new QQI Level 6 courses; one in Advanced Performing Arts/ Theatre Film & TV Acting and one in Advanced Art & Design. Recently developed courses in Childhood Education & Training, and in Hotel & Leisure Operations have also provided exciting new opportunities for students in the Childcare and Tourism Departments. Facilities upgraded Our college facilities are continually being upgraded to support these changes, with a recently refurbished Gym and newly launched Hairdressing and Beauty salons, bringing practical classes to an industry standard. Having earned a strong reputation for excellence, in the areas of Further Education, Sallynoggin College offers a diverse range of courses outside

the CAO points system leading to higher education or employment. Many who have started further education at SCFE, have progressed through higher education, and are pursuing careers in their chosen areas. Just recently, our past students, Sarah Murphy and Carol Ann Hughes, have completed their degrees in Fashion Design, set up their own business, and commenced employment in the fashion industry. F u r t h e r a f i e l d , To m m y McCormack, our Personal Training and Sports Therapy student, had a life-changing opportunity, working as coach and cut-man to Conor McGregor for his Mayweather fight in Las Vegas. The friendly and supportive structure of Sallynoggin College provides students with a strong foundation when entering third level college. Each year, our students, continue to reap the benefits of studying for their QQI Level 5 or Level 6 awards, when they experience a successful

transition into the demands of third level colleges and industry. "The friendly and supportive structure of Sallynoggin College provides students with a strong foundation when entering third level college

Open Day Sallynoggin College OPEN DAY is the one to look forward to on Wednesday 24th January 2018, from 10am to 4pm. College staff and students will be on hand to answer any queries, with information and advice available on the Vocational Training Opportunities Scheme, the Back to Education Allowance and the Higher Education Authority fund. SCFE welcomes applications from all age groups and backgrounds. The college, located within walking distance from Dun Laoghaire, is well served by public transport and free, secure parking is available to students. Application is free. No CAO points are required.

Check us out at www.scfe.ie and on Facebook at SCFE - Sallynoggin College. Sallynoggin College of Further Education, Pearse Street, Sallynoggin, Co. Dublin. Tel: 012852997 | E: reception@scfe.ie

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University College Dublin

Designed to equip future leaders of the agri-food industry UNIVERSITY College Dublin (Ireland’s Global University) is Ireland’s largest University and is ranked within the top 1% of higher education institutions world-wide. The programmes offered at UCD’s School of Agriculture and Food Science are highly regarded nationally and internationally and are designed to equip future leaders of the agri-food industry with the necessary scientific, technical and business skills required. Through a global curriculum, which evolves from year-to-year, students pursue a range of modules in the applied sciences to gain specialist knowledge in preparation for future career opportunities. The School offers two distinct undergraduate degree pathways, a Bachelor of Agricultural Science (BAgrSc) and a Bachelor of Science (BSc), which are both four-year, level 8 honours degrees. Global challenges These programmes align with many of the current global challenges in areas such as global warming and sustainable food production, food safety, population growth, and food and health. Students achieve specified learning outcomes and develop their strengths in core academic disciplines. UCD also provide the opportunity for a broader liberal education through the Horizons programme, which offers students greater flexibility and choice in how and what they study. Entry pathways are available for mature and access students and QQI-FET pathways are also available and provide an attractive option to students with related prior learning.

Invaluable learning and netwrking opportunity Professional Work Experience is an integral component of the School’s undergraduate programmes and is an invaluable learning and networking opportunity. Students also have the opportunity to study abroad for one semester at one of thirteen partner universities in the USA, Australia or New Zealand. New Food Business with Chinese Studies programme available from Sept 18 The School of Agriculture and Food Science recently announced details about an exciting new honours undergraduate degree programme available in September 2018 entitled Food Business with Chinese Studies. The progamme is a welcome development reflecting the changing market landscape for a greater number of graduates with improved

"Students will have an opportunity to study and work in China during year three of the programme

foreign language capability to facilitate access to new markets. The program m e i s a c ol l abar at ion between the UCD School of Agriculture and Food Science and the UCD Institute for Chinese Studies. Commenting on the new programme, Professor Alexander Evans, UCD Dean of Agriculture said: “UCD are delighted to be in a position to introduce this new programme. "As Ireland’s Global University it is important we continue to innovate, evolve and develop graduates with the skills and competencies that will contribute to Ireland’s growing and very successful Agri-food sector.” Students will have an opportunity to study and work in China during year three of the programme, providing an opportunity to experience first-hand the diverse culture of China and the vibrant economic growth that the second largest economy in the world has to offer. Education 47


open day

25th January 2018

from 10am - 4pm mulgrave street, Limerick

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School Outings

Bring your students to Share Discovery Village SHARE Discovery Village is Ireland’s largest residential activity centre based in the beautiful County Fermanagh on the shores of Upper Lough Erne. SHARE has 35 years of experience working with a large number of school groups and Further Education College students, of all ages and abilities each leaving with their own special memories. The Centre can cater for groups in numbers from 8 – 1000. A group can come just for the day or for a residential. SHARE offers over 30 activities onsite. Activities i include water, land and arts activities. The Centre is open all year round, meaning that you do not need to restrict your trip to the summer months. A large Arts Arena providing indoor activities means SHARE can be enjoyed whatever the weather! All activities are led by a qualified instructor and all equipment required is provided including wetsuit and buoyancy aid if on the water. Accommodation Groups staying onsite can opt for a full board package including accommodation, meals, activities and a meeting room. Guests will stay in either Bedroom or Chalet accommodation, each providing bedrooms with 4 beds with an en-suite. All accommodation is wheel chair accessible. If you are thinking about organising a student trip to SHARE for a day or residential. SHARE staff would be more than happy to meet with you onsite to give a tour of the facilities offered and discussing the needs of your group. Every group having their own tailor made programme! FIND OUT MORE: Tel: 0044 (0) 28 67722122 or email info@sharevillage.org www.sharevillage.org Share Discovery Village, 221 Lisnaskea Road, Lisnaskea, Co Fermanagh. Registered Number NIC101204

✔ Over 30 activities onsite ✔ Day Groups ✔ Residential Groups ✔ Group size 8 - 1000 ✔ Full Board Packages ✔ Wheel chair accessible accommodation ✔ Swimming pool and gym onsite ✔ Playpark ✔ Tailor made programme to suit your group's needs.

Arts

Land

Water

Evening

Tours

Pottery

Archery

Dinghy Sailing

Fussball

Marble Arch Caves

T shirt Painting

Climbing

Windsurfing

Nightline

Enniskillen Museum

Modroc Sculpture

Combat Corps

Keelboat Sailing

Swimming Pool

Shopping in Enniskillen

Mosaics

Mountain biking

Canoeing

Scavenger Hunt

Inishcruiser

Film making

Team Games

Kayaking

Bingo

Circus Skills

Orienteering

Banana Skiing

Movie

Bushcraft

Raft Building

Quiz

Gorge Walk

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Marble Arch Caves UNESCO Global Geopark

Education and fieldwork opportunities at the Marble Arch Caves UNESCO Global Geopark

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GEOPARK is an area with really special rocks and landscapes. These may be special because they are good for education, or because they are of great scientific value. They may also be special because the rocks and landscapes are very rare, or simply because they are exceptionally beautiful. Geoparks aren’t just about rocks and landscapes though, they also include places that have important history and archaeology, fascinating plants and wildlife, and often intriguing folklore. After all, many of these are intimately linked with the ground beneath our feet. About the Marble Arch Caves UNESCO Global Geopark United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) endorsed Geopark status was first awarded to the Marble Arch Caves and adjoining Cuilcagh Mountain Park in 2001 and since this time the Geopark has expanded rapidly from these two original sites. In 2007 and 2008, the Geopark underwent two phases of expansion first into public access lands in west Fermanagh and secondly into west Cavan making the Geopark not only one of the largest in the

world but, also the first cross-border Geopark in the world. In 2015 UNESCO officially recognised the Global Geoparks Programme, Creating Marble Arch Caves UNESCO Global Geopark. The Geopark now stretches from the northern shores of Lower Lough Erne in County Fermanagh to Lough Oughter in County Cavan. The Geopark is jointly managed by Fermanagh & Omagh District Council and Cavan County Council.

available for Leaving Certificate and AS/A2 level Geography teachers. This is a self-led study guide with information on sites to visit and the features of interest within them. For primary school pupils Earth science workshops are organised as part of Science Week every March and November. Training courses are also offered for both primary and post-primary teachers in how to teach Earth science more effectively.

Education and Fieldwork Opportunities 1. Primary & Post-Primary The Geopark offers many environmental educational packages including site specific packages for both primary and post-primary school pupils. A number of workbooks and guided education programmes are on offer for primary and post-primary school pupils. These are delivered at the Marble Arch Caves Visitor Centre, Cuilcagh Mountain Park or at the Cavan Burren Park. Key curriculum components covered focus on the topics of geology, biodiversity, archaeology and history. Indeed, specific programmes can be tailored to suit individual needs upon request. An Earth Science Education Field Guide is

Education Activities and learning areas • Cave Tours • Woodland and Habitat Studies • Vegetation Studies • Sustainable Tourism • Glacial Processes • Rock Cycle and Resources • Sustainable Living 2. Tertiary Education & Lifelong Learning The Geopark has produced a booklet with information on areas of study within the Geopark. The Geopark employs a Geologist and Education Officer whom are both on hand to provide information prior to or during a visit. Where possible, programmes can be tailored to suit individual requests. A number of university accredited courses are offered within the Geopark. Other Services Geopark staff members can carry out visits to schools and also organise special education events at various times throughout the year. FIND OUT MORE Further information please contact: Geopark Development Officer Marble Arch Caves Global Geopark 43 Marlbank Road, Legnabrocky, Florencecourt, Co.Fermanagh BT92 1EW. Tel: 028 6634 8855 (NI) Tel: 048 6634 8855 (RoI)

■ Educational activities on lower slopes of Cuilcagh Mountain

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E-mail:mac@fermanaghomagh.com www.marblearchcavesgeopark.com


Marble Arch Caves Marble Arch Caves are one of Europe’s finest showcaves allowing visitors to explore a fascinating, natural underworld of rivers, winding passages and lofty chambers. Lively and informative guides conduct tours past a bewildering variety of cave formations. Stalactites glisten above streamways and chambers, while fragile mineral veils and cascades of creamy calcite coat walls and create shimmering terraces. Spectacular walkways allow easy access while powerful lighting reveals the stunning beauty and grandeur of the caves. Electrically powered boats glide through huge caverns carrying visitors along a subterranean river. Tours last for 75 minutes and are suitable for people of any age and of average fitness. Comfortable walking shoes and a warm sweater are recommended. Opening times: March 13th – June: 10am – 4.30pm every day; July – August: 10am – 5pm every day; September: 10am – 4.30pm every day; October: 10:30am – 3:00pm every day; November – February: CLOSED. It's advisable to phone to ensure that you can be accommodated and to check the availability of tours as the caves can be affected by heavy rain.

Marble Arch Caves are located in a National Nature Reserve in the shadows of Cuilcagh Mountain and have coach and car parking, toilets and baby changing facilities, souvenir shop, restaurant, exhibition area, free audio-visual presentation and free WiFi. Education packages are available for school children and for those interested in lifelong learning. An events programme is delivered throughout the year.

Cuilcagh Mountain Park CUILCAGH Mountain and the Marlbank area provides some of the most spectacular scenery in Fermanagh. At 665m, Cuilcagh is the highest point in Fermanagh, and the only true mountain. Its distinctive table-top profile is easily identified across the region and forms the focus of an area rich in geology, archaeology, folklore, flora and fauna. The mountain itself is topped by gritstone, exposed in places as dramatic cliffs sweeping down to the lower sandstone and shale slopes. The middle slopes of Cuilcagh Mountain are covered with a thick layer of peat and form one of the best examples of a blanket bog ecosystem in the north of Ireland. The lower slopes of Cuilcagh Mountain are formed of limestone with its associated (karst) landforms and complex cave systems.

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University Degrees in the North West Accredited by NUI Galway

Choose from a range of Undergraduate Programmes www.stangelas.nuigalway.ie For more details contact Seรกn Kelly T: 071-9195512 E: schoolsinfo@stangelas.nuigalway.ie www.stangelas.nuigalway.ie


Kylemore College

Providing quality education opportunities for many years KYLEMORE College has for many years been running three very successful further education courses, in the areas of Sound Engineering, Music Performance and Motor Technology. All three courses are full-time one-year with QQI level 5 certification with which successful students may gain employment or progression to higher education. Music Technology: The aim of the course is to educate students for a variety of career opportunities within the audio industry and related areas. It also aims for students to gain a broad appreciation of the technology, learn how to use it and be able to generalise from this understanding to use future hardware and software. Above all it aims to provide an inspiring and creative environment for students to develop their skills. Progression Opportunities: The course will provide you with a qualification that has many applications within the music and audio industries. These industries and employers now seek qualified and competent personnel. Typical career opportunities are in the areas of sound engineering, music production and recording, live sound production, and audio technology, while many progress by attending third-level universities. Music Performance: The overall aim of the programme is to develop the student’s ability to

perform across a range of musical styles and approaches. In addition to the ever important areas of performance skills and musical ability, a fundamental knowledge of music production software and its application in studio, stage, creative & rehearsal situations are essential tools for the modern musician. K y l e m o r e C o l l e g e ’s M u s i c Performance course is designed for imaginative musicians, allowing you to realise your creative potential and equip you with the necessary skills in songwriting, composition, arrangement and performance. As a student at Kylemore College, you will not only realise your creative ambitions with the guidance of expert teachers, but you will work collaboratively on a variety of projects with your fellow students. Progression Opportunities: Many of our graduates embark on successful careers in performance and music

All three courses are full-time one-year with QQI level 5 certification with which successful students may gain employment or progression to higher education.

production or work independently as songwriters and producers, while others further their music education by attending third level institutes and universities. Motor Technology The purpose of this award is to introduce students to the fundamentals of motor vehicle engineering and the principles which underpin it to prepare them for apprenticeship, employment within the motor industry or further related education. Students acquire the knowledge, skill and competence required to independently and under supervision carry out minor maintenance and installation procedures on electrical and mechanical components utilised within the motor technology sector. Further information available at www.kylemorecollege.ie or by contacting the college for a brochure. Education 53


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Maria Edgeworth’s Letters From Ireland By Maria Edgeworth; Editor: Valerie Pakenham JANUARY 1 2018 will be the 250th anniversary of Maria Edgeworth’s birth. Valerie Pakenham’s sparkling new selection of over four hundred letters, many hitherto unpublished, will help to celebrate her memory. Born in England, she was brought to live in Ireland at the age of fourteen and spent most of the rest of her life at the family home at Edgeworthstown, Co. Longford. Encouraged by her remarkable father, Richard Lovell Edgeworth, whose memoirs she edited, she became, in turn, famous for her children’s stories, her practical guides to education and her novels – or, as she preferred to call them, ‘Moral Tales’. By 1813, when visiting London, she was, as Byron testified, as great a literary lion as he

had been the season before, and she was hugely admired by fellow novelists Sir Walter Scott and Jane Austen. Valerie Pakenham worked as a journalist in London at Condé Nast and the Daily Mail before her marriage to the writer Thomas Pakenham. Her most recent book is The Big House in Ireland, an anthology published in 2001. She has lived in Westmeath, fourteen miles from Maria Edgeworth’s old family home in Edgeworthstown, for over fifty years and is familiar with many of the places described in these letters. The Pakenham and Edgeworth families intermarried in the early eighteenth century and were close friends across several generations. Lilliput Press • Around €25

Fair Faces: Images from a disappearing Ireland:

Sam Maguire: the man & the cup

By John Hall

THE ornate silver cup based on the Ardagh Chalice is one of the most coveted trophies in Irish sport and underlines the appeal and reach of the GAA across Ireland. ‘Sam’s’ shining glint never fails to command attention, turning heads everywhere it goes, provoking interest and curiosity, and embellishing every occasion it graces. Yet, very few Irish people know its history. A new book by Kieran Connolly, Sam Maguire: the Man and the Cup, tells the story behind the cup. With a foreword by Aogán Ó Fearghail, President of the GAA, it describes Maguire’s role in the GAA. The final chapters describe the most notable AllIreland football finals and interesting facts and figures. Mercier Press • Around €12

CORK photographer John Hall has travelled to traditional horse fairs, steam rallies, religious ceremonies, fleadhs and festivals around Ireland to capture wonderful, candid, black-and-white photographs of people engaged in traditional activities and pastimes in a manner little changed since the 1950s,1960s and 1970s. Fair Faces: Images from a Disappearing Ireland shows that the traditional ways have not yet vanished. It is a valuable photographic record of a uniquely Irish way of life that is rapidly being swallowed up by the trappings of modern living, and will soon be lost to future generations. This book awakens nostalgia, records what it means to be uniquely Irish and captures our cultures and traditions. Mercier Press • Around €15

By Kieran Connolly

Death and the Irish: a miscellany.

Exploring Ireland’s Castles

AS a race, the Irish have the reputation of “doing death well”. Taking its cue from this somewhat dubious distinction, this volume explores the relationship of the Irish people with death from the earliest times to the present day. In over seventy articles, it gathers together the expertise of historians, archaeologists, folklorists, sociologists, geographers, Celtic Studies scholars, dramatists, anthropologists, musicologists, theologians, liturgists, undertakers and palliative care specialists, in a wide-ranging and lavishly-illustrated collection, which is, at times, as humorous as it is poignant. This collection will be an resource for anyone with an interest in the social, cultural and religious history of the Irish. Wordwell • Around €25

By Tarquin Blake

by Matt Seaver

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WHETHER ruined or opulent, castles have the power to fire the imagination. For almost a millennium, they have studded the Irish countryside. The concept of using building methods to protect territory was introduced from overseas in the twelfth century, when the Irish term caisleán began to appear in manuscripts. By the sixteenth century, Ireland had become the most castellated country in Europe. In this latest book, Tarquin Blake takes us on a breathtaking tour of Anglo-Norman fortresses, medieval towers, fortified houses and the neo-Gothic piles of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. The castles are captured in atmospheric photos and brought to life through true stories of the families who lived there. Collins Press • Around €30


MUSEUM & STADIUM TOURS Follow in the footsteps of your Munster heroes by taking a look behind the scenes at the iconic Thomond Park Stadium

THOMOND PARK STADIUM

For more information call +353 61 421109 musuem@thomondpark.ie Education 57


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Databiz Solutions provides software solutions for library management and book rental schemes to a range of education providers in Ireland.

MIT Education Solutions Arclabs Research Centre, WIT West Campus, Carriganore, Waterford 051 834150; 051 834151; 051 834153 smorris@mit.ie

At Wriggle, we pull all the pieces of the puzzle together. Technology, content and pedagogy are the three essential elements required for progressive teaching and learning in the 21st Century. By providing all of the necessary tools and support for teachers and students, Wriggle guides schools along their journey to equip students with the skills and proficiencies demanded of them today.

087-6873933 trevor@alignment.ie www.alignment.ie; www.computingatschools.ie Trevor Murphy Computing and Coding Teacher Training Specialist. We aid primary & post-primary schools implement and deliver computer science modules.

STAC First Aid Unit 11A Ballycummin Village, Raheen, Limerick 061-595290 info@stac.ie

www.technology4schools.ie Trevor Ryan Elasnik and Technology4schools work as your IT partner, keeping your systems working well, so you can concentrate on teaching and running the school. I.T Supplier to over 30 schools in Cork and County.

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www.pupilcover.ie Pupil cover team. Pupilcover.ie has been the market leader in the provision of School Personal Accident insurance since 1986. The combination of a dedicated underwriting / claim teams provides unrivalled service.

School Meals/Catering The School Food Company Firhill, Parteen, Co. Clare 087 9005196 info@schoolfoodcompany.ie schoolfoodcompany.ie Ken Providing healthy food solutions for schools.

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CCM are top class providers of services in the Dublin & Cork areas. Services include daily school cleaning/floor polishing/carpet cleaning/Window cleaning

www.stac.ie First Aid Training Specialists, delivering First Aid Training nationwide. Always finding solutions, first aid courses at many levels, PHECC Recognised Institute.

Ecclesiastical, an A rated insurance specialist in schools, colleges and universities owned by a charity and supporting communities all-across Ireland.

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North Wales - named the 4th best region in the world to visit in 2017 (Lonely Planet travel guide)

© Iwan Williams

Study Law at Bangor North Wales Law school is about more than just books and lectures. Study at Bangor Law School and you’ll benefit from small class sizes, inspirational lecturers and a host of careerenhancing resources, in an environment designed to bring out the best in you. Located only 2 hours from Dublin, across the Irish Sea, close to Holyhead, students from Ireland could be eligible for a non-repayable tuition fee grant of up to £4,954 from the Welsh Government, and a tuition fee loan to cover the remaining £4,046 (tuition fees are £9,000). • Every Bangor LLB is a Qualifying Law Degree (QLD) and is recognised by the Law Society of Ireland for professional purposes. • Bangor LLB degree holders are eligible to take the Law Society of Ireland entrance exams: FE-Is.

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What is STEM? Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths

Data analysts, cyber security specialists, web and mobile developers all in high demand

You could help protect the environment

Why study STEM subjects? Studying subjects like Physics, Chemistry, Maths, Biology, Technology and Engineering can lead to working in exciting jobs like...

Sport Science

Renewable Energy Engineer

Improve human health and athlete performance

Pharmaceutical Chemist

9 of the top 10 global pharma-companies are in Ireland

Medical Device Developer

Food and Beverage Manufacturer

Design new materials and processes

Benefits

Create new products for use in the medical field

Irish STEM Industry Facts 80 Jobs

Global opportunities come with STEM qualifications especially if you have language skills

Life Sciences, , k is R , ce n a in F , IT ineering Pharma and Eng demand high professionals in

86,000 People

announced per employed in week in ICT physics-based Jobs

The top 10 Lab technicians are

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STEM graduates needed

STEM employers are struggling to fill positions! So if you’re interested in what STEM has to offer, then visit:

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Smart Futures provides access to STEM careers information and role models to students, parents and teachers. It is managed by Science Foundation Ireland in partnership with Engineers Ireland’s STEPS programme.

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