Saturday 24 February 2018

There are so many options for postgraduate study

Last week's column referred to some opportunities for postgraduates, and more news of postgraduate opportunities came our way in the following days.

AHEAD, the Association for Higher Education Access and Disability, announced a specific postgraduate opportunity in its WAM programme.

WAM (Willing Able Mentoring) is an initiative of AHEAD and its objective is to promote a more inclusive labour market for graduates with disabilities. Over the last number of years, WAM has developed a new and innovative mechanism for assisting graduates with disabilities to bridge the gap between college and work.

AHEAD's latest WAM Programme offers 12 work placement opportunities for graduates with disabilities, one in Deloitte and 11 in the Civil Service. The placements are for a full-time working week, and are paid and mentored for a period of six months. The closing date for applications for the placement in Deloitte was 5pm last Friday. The closing date for applications for the 11 placements in the Civil Service is 5pm on Friday, February 24.

Further information is available on AHEAD's website: or by email at

Meanwhile, NUI Galway has announced details of a new scholarships scheme for postgraduate students, through which 100 new scholarships of €2,000 will be awarded per student.

The scholarships are open to postgraduate students who fulfill the criteria as outlined by the university and are applying for fulltime Taught Masters programmes which are due to start in autumn 2012. For more information, log on to postgraduate/scholarships or phone 091-492844 or email

In more scholarship news, the University of Limerick is celebrating the 40th anniversary of its foundation this year, and is marking the occasion by offering entrance scholarships worth €2,000 to 40 incoming students beginning their undergraduate studies in the autumn semester of the academic year 2012/13.

The 'UL40 Scholarships' will be awarded to students based on their performance in the Leaving Cert determined by their CAO points. All CAO applicants will be automatically included in the selection process, so there is no need to apply. (Students who receive another bursary or scholarship from UL will not be eligible.)

The scholarships are on offer across all disciplines, including nine scholarships each in Science and Engineering, the Kemmy Business School, Education and Health Sciences, and Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences. There will also be two scholarships each for the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance, and for Inter-faculty programmes such as BA Law and Accounting and BA International Insurance and European Studies.

Open days: l This evening, Griffith College Dublin hosts an information evening 5.30pm-8pm covering its postgraduate courses . l Also today, UCD's Smurfit Business School holds an information evening in its Blackrock campus from 4pm--7pm on its postgraduate and masters programmes. l Saturday next, February 25, HPAT Ireland, (the health professional admissions test for applicants to undergraduate medicine), will be held in centres in Cork, Dublin, Galway, Sligo and Waterford. l Monday next, February 27, sees the start of Engineers Week, a week-long programme held throughout Ireland, which allows people to look at the world from the eyes of an engineer. The emphasis of Engineers Week is to promote Engineering, Technology, Maths and Science throughout Ireland with the aid of the variety of activities and events. Log on to to find out more.

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