Friday, 16 November 2018

NUI Galway Celebrates College Awareness Week 2018

NUI Galway are organising a series of events to mark the fourth annual College Awareness Week, which takes place from 19-24 November. The campaign promotes the benefits of a post-secondary plan that supports students to become college ready and also showcases local role models. College Awareness Week aims to inspire and inform all students about the importance of having a post-secondary education plan. It advocates for students to have the choice to pursue the course best suited to their interests, abilities and dreams, whether that is a PLC qualification, an apprenticeship or a university degree. To celebrate the initiative, NUI Galway is teaming up with Archbishop McHale College, Tuam, Co. Galway, to launch the ‘Attract-Transition-Succeed’ project, which is a partnership between the University’s Access Programmes, Techinnovate Centre and the James Hardiman Library. The partnership will help build on the role of the NUI Galway Access programmes in developing educational models that will support and facilitate under-represented student groups, teachers, families, and communities to access and participate and succeed at third-level. Owen Mac an Bhaird, NUI Galway student teacher at Archbishop McHale College said: “We are delighted to be part of a nationwide campaign to promote the importance of post-secondary education. There are lots of options out there and College Awareness Week encourages people of all ages to consider further education as part of their future.” In addition to this launch, NUI Galway together with professional services firm Grant Thornton, are launching a mentoring programme called Professional Engagement Module, which will give students the opportunity to gain exposure to the professional environment, develop career skills and increase their career readiness. It is the combination of mentoring, time spent in the Grant Thornton offices, and workshops that combine to give the students self-belief around progression in education and in planning for their careers. Other events taking place during College Awareness Week will include: Talks from the University’s course coordinators to students in Further Education colleges studying QQI Level 6 courses about the pathway of progression to third-level. The launch of the 1916 Bursary Fund and Inclusive Centenaries Scholarships targeting students in the community who have the ability to benefit from and succeed in higher education but who, for a variety of social and economic reasons, are under-represented at third level. The University will celebrate the Access programmes during their Annual Awards Ceremony on Thursday, 22 November, and during the ceremony will officially launch the 20th anniversary of the Access Programmes in Galway which will take place next year. For more information on College Awareness Week visit www.collegeaware.ie. -Ends-


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Monday, 12 November 2018

NUI Galway student Nicole Loughlin is organising a fundraising campaign entitled ‘Let’s Make it Happen’, to fund the building of a Post Primary School in Malawi. Nicole, a fourth year student on the BA Mathematics and Education Programme, is from Headford, Co. Galway, and her idea originated from a summer visit to Malawi, where she witnessed first-hand the poverty crisis than engulfs this developing country. Malnourished babies and children struggling to survive, orphanages attempting to take care of children with no parents and children walking severe distances every day in order to try and get any form of education so that they can better themselves. Nicole said: “Prior to my visit I was filled with the stereotypical perceptions of a developing country which included images of poor malnourished infants barely dressed, displaying ribs and swollen stomachs. I was pleasantly surprised and shocked however as I was presented with smiling faces of respectful and loving children.” After meeting some of the children of Malawi Nicole, a pre-service teacher, was inspired to take action and proposed to organise the construction of a rural secondary school as it was clear that the provision of education was minimal. While the ‘Let’s Make it Happen’ campaign is formed around the building of a secondary school, Nicole’s vision is to go much further than this and wishes to reach as many people as possible. She commented: “My aim is to bring people on this social venture where we work towards one united goal - coming together as school communities and wider, to raise awareness surrounding developing countries and Global Citizenship Education. The aim is to construct this Post Primary School, while also establishing lasting connections with a rural community on the other side of the world, our world.” Nicole is currently on School Placement at her own secondary school, Presentation College Headford, where she is kickstarting the campaign. Here she is mentoring a committee of Transition Year students to help her with the campaign. Students in her TY Maths class are participating in a Statistical Research Project whereby they investigate, analyse and subsequently draw conclusions on the contrasts that present us between the developed and developing world. The School of Education at NUI Galway is fully supportive of the campaign and commends the great work Nicole is doing in creating awareness of Development Education and building a school in Malawi. Dr Cornelia Connolly, Joint Programme Director of the BA Mathematics and Education Programme, said: “This project exemplifies the calibre of pre-service teacher on our BA Mathematics and Education programme and we are fully supportive of the project and Nicole’s work.” Nicole’s classmates and a number of other local schools have agreed to fundraise for the project the aim is to encourage other regional schools participate in the Global Citizenship Education Week running from Monday, 10 December until Friday, 14 December. A week in which Global Citizenship is celebrated and students are made aware of conditions which children of similar ages are facing every day in developing countries. In order to build a two-classroom rural school along with two pit latrines the campaign needs to raise approximately €11,000. To raise such a substantial amount, the ‘Lets Make it Happen’ campaign are inviting schools to participate in a ‘Christmas Jumper Day’ on Friday, 14 December, where students have permission to wear their Christmas Jumper to school and in turn will donate €2. Taking into consideration some schools may have already fundraisers in place, or may not be able to run a ‘Christmas Jumper Day’, schools are invited to participate and fundraise by their own means. For more information on the project Nicole can be contacted at n.loughlin2@nuigalway.ie or contact Dr Cornelia Connolly, NUI Galway’s School of Education, at cornelia.connolly@nuigalway.ie. -Ends-

Monday, 12 November 2018

Seven NUI Galway postgraduate courses have been shortlisted in two categories for the national gradireland Higher Education Awards 2018. The categories include Best New Course and Postgraduate Course of the Year, and award winners will be announced on Friday, 23 November at a reception in Dublin. The postgraduate courses that have been shortlisted are: Best New Course: The MSc (International Accounting and Analytics), J.E. Cairnes School of Business and Economics; and the MSc in Patient Safety and Healthcare Simulation, School of Medicine Postgraduate Course of the Year Award in Business, Finance and Management: The MSc in Digital Marketing; the MSc in Strategy, Innovation, and People Management; and the MSc in International Management, run by the J.E. Cairnes School of Business and Economics Postgraduate Course of the Year Award in Computer Science and Technology: The MSc in Business Analytics, J.E. Cairnes School of Business and Economics Postgraduate Course of the Year Award in Science: The MSc in Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security, Ryan Institute The annual Postgraduate Course of the Year Awards recognises excellence amongst Irish postgraduate course providers. The winning courses are judged on the success of the course including employability of graduates, recognition of the course’s quality or ranking by external bodies, research record of academic staff, and providing a good experience for students. Judges also take feedback from students into consideration when selecting a winner. Valerie Leahy, Postgraduate Recruitment Officer at NUI Galway, said: “We’re delighted to again make the shortlist for these important national awards; it’s great that the calibre of our postgraduate courses is being acknowledged, as is their effectiveness in terms of employability, and interaction with industry and business. These courses are now accepting applications and those interested can apply online via the NUI Galway postgraduate applications system at www.nuigalway.ie/apply. We also offer generous full-time taught masters scholarships for first-class students, so that’s another reason to consider NUI Galway for postgraduate studies.” NUI Galway offers a wide range of fourth level courses, developing programmes based on its traditional academic strengths of Arts, Social Sciences, Celtic Studies, Commerce, Medicine, Nursing, Health Science, Law, Engineering, Informatics and Science. These areas have been augmented with innovative Research Centres in areas as diverse as Biomedical Engineering, International Human Rights, Digital Media & Film Studies, and Regenerative Medicine. Over 5,000 postgraduate students (including international students) currently attend NUI Galway. -Ends-

Thursday, 8 November 2018

The highly-acclaimed Enigma Project brings mathematics to life through the fascinating history of codes and code breaking. This exciting project is coming to Galway as part of the 2018 Galway Science Technology Festival, which runs from 11-25 November. The Enigma Project brings you on a journey from ancient times to World War Two and on to today’s world of hacking and internet encryption. The wonderful British mathematician Dr James Grime will host a series of special events and talks which will include a demonstration of an authentic WWII Enigma machine and will share stories of its associations with Bletchley Park and the British mathematician, and father of computing, Alan Turing. Codes and code-breaking can be used to motivate and inspire pupils in the study of mathematics and will engage all pupils, and all ages. The Enigma Project is a maths project first but includes a lot of cross-curricular ties such as history, technology, computing, languages and more. A few of the Enigma Project events will be suitable for second level students ages 10 to 18, some for third level students and another for adults only. Presentations and code-breaking workshops will be followed by an introduction to the pioneering research being carried out at the Insight Centre for Data Analytics NUI Galway as well as a guided tour of the Computer and Communications Museum of Ireland. The Enigma Project workshops for secondary school students will take place on November 20 – 23rd at the Insight Centre for Data Analytics, Data Science Institute, NUI Galway, Dangan Business Park. This workshop was much in demand and quickly booked out. ‘An Evening with Alan Turing’  James Grime will give a talk entitled ‘An Evening with Alan Turing’ in the O’Flaherty Theatre, Arts & Science concourse at NUI Galway at 7.30pm on Wednesday, November 21st, suitable for an adult audience.  Click here to book You can also enjoy an Enigma Project Presentation and Workshop on Sunday, November 25th at the Exhibition in NUI Galway at 10am, 12.30pm & 3pm.  Free booking for the Exhibition Day talk and workshop will be released on Saturday,11 November, at11am on www.galwayscience.eventbrite.ie For more details visit GalwayScience.ie ENDS


Events Calendar

Upcoming Events Time / Date Location
Sean-nós Singing Workshop 19.00 Friday,
30 November 2018
Seminar Room, Centre for Irish Studies, Distillery Road

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