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Taking a closer look at an X Ray of a shrapnel embedded human skull at the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland during their open day 2014 yesterday was Mark Hogan (16) from Dundrum. Pic Steve Humphreys.

Taking a closer look at an X Ray of a shrapnel embedded human skull at the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland during their open day 2014 yesterday was Mark Hogan (16) from Dundrum. Pic Steve Humphreys.

Taking a closer look at an X Ray of a shrapnel embedded human skull at the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland during their open day 2014 yesterday was Mark Hogan (16) from Dundrum. Pic Steve Humphreys.

Irish IT firm Typetec has signed a contract worth €1m with the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI).

The investment will enable RCSI to build on what it calls its Technology Enhanced Learning Programme, and provide first and third year students with an Apple Macbook Air laptop.

Those not in first or third year will get Macbooks when their current machines need to be replaced.

The college has been providing laptops to students since 1993.

"The latest deal will ensure that we continue to provide world-class technology-enhanced learning for our students at our campus locations in Ireland and overseas," RCSI's director of IT and Transformation Enda Kyne said.

"We're doing a significant restructuring in all our learning assets in terms of our infrastructure, the software we use, our virtual learning environment...and we really want to get focused on what the right solution is."

Typetec have been providing IT services to RCSI for 20 years.

"They're part of my team," Mr Kyne said.

 

Nine projects share €600k prize

Prize money of €600,000 was shared between nine social entrepreneurship projects at the Social Entrepreneurs Ireland awards last night.

Three of the projects - the "Impact Award" winners - were awarded €140,000 apiece, and the remaining six got €30,000 each.

Impact Awards went to Food Cloud (which seeks to reduce food waste), An Cosan's Virtual Community College (which seeks to bring education to poorer communities through virtual learning technology), and Sensational Kids (a development centre for children with special needs).

Over the last ten years Social Entrepreneurs Ireland has supported 179 social entrepreneurs and invested €5.82m in their projects.

"Now more than ever social entrepreneurs are shaping the future of the country," former Impact Award winner Tony Griffin told attendees at the ceremony.

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