Thursday 22 March 2018

We're in open season -- so now is the time for research

November is a hugely busy month in the calendar of college open days for prospective applicants to higher education institutes (HEIs). In the coming week, at least 10 different HEIs throughout the country will host open days and information evenings.

Qualifax, the National Learners' Database, is a great source of information about open days and other career events. Its website is Colleges' websites are also a source of much information.

Today, Letterkenny IT, Co Donegal, which celebrates its 40th anniversary this year, hosts its open day from 9.30am-3pm.

Also today, Senior College, Eblana Avenue, Dun Laoghaire, Co Dublin, hosts an open day outlining its PLC/FE and other courses, from 10am-4pm.

This evening, UCD Agriculture, Food and Nutrition hosts an Information Evening at 7.30pm in New Park Hotel, Co Kilkenny. The session will provide an overview of UCD's 11 bachelor of agricultural science programme options and its BSc in human nutrition programme. A similar session will be held next Wednesday, November 16, at 7.30pm in the Radisson Hotel, Co Galway. For further information, contact UCD Agricultural & Food Science Programme Office, phone 01 7167194, or email agandfoodprogrammes

Tomorrow, Thursday 10, Pulse College, which offer courses in sound and music technology, film production, game development and design, and music production, hosts an open evening from 6.30pm-9pm in its Windmill Lane campus at Ringsend Road, Dublin 4. Booking is required, online at, or phone 01 6685567.

Friday November 11, IT Carlow host an open day from 10am-1.30pm in its main campus in Co Carlow.

IT Tralee, Co Kerry, also holds its open day on Friday next (November 11) from 9.30am-1pm.

Athlone IT, Athlone, Co Westmeath, hosts two consecutive open days, on Friday next, November 11, from 9.30am-2pm; and on Saturday, November 12, from 9.30am-1pm.

UCD, the largest university in the country, hosts its main open day on Saturday next, November 12, from 10am-4pm for sixth-year students, mature applicants, families and guidance counsellors. The open day takes place across four locations on the Belfield campus: the O'Reilly Hall; the Newman Building; the Quinn School of Business; and the Health Sciences Centre. All secondary schools received the open day programme, and it is available on UCD's website.

Also on Saturday there is a special open day for graduate applicants to the GEP (Graduate Entry Programme) in medicine in the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI).

Owing to the high level of interest and the capacity of the venue in the Connolly Memorial Hospital, Blanchardstown, Dublin 15, this is now booked out. RCSI is taking bookings for a second open day to be held on January 14, 2012. RCSI holds a separate open day on Wednesday, January 4, 2012, for school-leaving or mature applicants.

IT Blanchardstown holds its 'Aim Higher' open day on Tuesday, November 15, from 10am-3pm for students in the Dublin 15 area and beyond. Over 30 colleges, universities and colleges of further education will be in attendance to talk to students, offer advice on careers and give information on their various courses.

Science Week Ireland 2011 runs from Sunday, November 13, until the following Sunday, November 20, with a calendar of events in HEIs throughout the country. The aim is to promote the relevance of science in our lives and to demonstrate the importance of these disciplines.

Irish Independent

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