The postgradireland Further Study Fair takes place on 11 February 2015
The postgradireland Further Study Fair is the official national postgraduate further study event for students, graduates and people returning to full-time and part-time education, in Ireland north and south.
If you're considering postgraduate study, then the research starts now: into what – and where – you'd like to study and, more fundamentally, whether a postgraduate diploma, MA, MSc or PhD is the right course to take you in the career direction you want.
The fair features advice on all the different elements to consider before choosing your postgraduate course. Come and speak to experts in the field of careers advice and further study to help make your decision easier. There will be a range of expert led seminars to discuss every element of a postgraduate course from funding to conversion courses and everything in between.
Speak to over 70 postgraduate course providers from Ireland, North and South, the UK, Europe and beyond.
The postgradireland Further Study Fair is for students from ANY DISCIPLINE! Make the most of your day and plan!
- Research exhibitors
- Plan which seminars to attend
- How will you get to the Shelbourne Hall, RDS?
- Register for FREE entry
Stands to suit all budgets
- Entrance prime stand 12m - be the first institution students meet!
- Standard 8m
- Basic 6m2 (3m x 2m)
- University village: 2 departments and main stand
- University village: 4 departments and main stand
- Bespoke stand (choose your own space and design)
We would encourage you to take a stand of 12m or more to enable you to talk with students on your stand rather than on the floor of the hall. Create the 'living room feel' on your stand!
Pre fair magazine
15,000 copies distributed to all campuses in Ireland nationwide in advance of the event Reaches all students nationwide including those unable to attend the event
Advertise in the postgradireland Further Study Fair programme which is distributed at the fair and also to all graduate careers services.
Email to all fair attendees
Before the event, send an announcement to all attendees to let them know you will be attending the fair.
For further information please email firstname.lastname@example.org or ring us on +353 (0)1 645 1500.
Beware – Expo Guide Warning
gradireland and many other event industry bodies are working together to inform exhibitors, across all industry sectors and in all countries, of the misleading and unethical business practices of Expo-Guide.
Expo-Guide claim to publicise its services to exhibitors at events, primarily in Europe. The company uses a misleading form, which resembles an organiser’s Free Catalogue Listing Service, inviting exhibitors to sign and return the form for an entry in an online directory. Doing so contracts the purchaser into a three-year, non-retractable agreement. Non-payment is then followed by aggressive debt collecting by Premium Recovery.
Expo-Guide have no connection with Exhibition Organisers or any of their events but they deliberately target exhibitors who are about to exhibit across Europe.
The companies use a form, to view an example of the form click here, which resembles an organiser’s free catalogue listing service, inviting exhibitors to sign and return the form for an entry in an online directory, which contracts the purchaser into the three-year, non-retractable agreement. The exhibitor then receives an invoice for €971 which, when not paid, quickly escalates into intimidatory debt recovery tactics and threats of legal action.
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However if any companies have mistakenly completed and returned the forms it has been established that ExpoGuide have never carried out their threat of legal action against non-payers. Expo-Guide also attempt to get companies to settle for one-year payment instead of three to “avoid prosecution”. Companies are advised to seek their own legal advice on whether to withhold payment.
Keep a written record of any communication with this company. If possible record any telephone calls and inform them that you are doing so.
Further details on the activities of this company can be found at the following websites:
University of Aberdeen
Student Recruitment & Admissions Service, Aberdeen AB24 3TU
T +44(0)1224 272 090
Based in Aberdeen, energy capital of Europe, the University was founded in 1495. With a student population of 16,000 and a large international community from 120 countries, the university has an excellent reputation for teaching quality and research, and is ranked in the top 1% in the world.
Aberystwyth University was the first university in Wales and founded in 1872. We pride ourselves on the quality of our student experience combined with academic excellence and unique study opportunities. We value both teaching and research.The University is broad enough to offer you great choices but is small enough to be an inspiring academic community where you will meet and interact globally with colleagues and students from a wide range of specialisms. You are guaranteed accommodation if you move to Aberystwyth or you can study via distance learning on one of our remote learning courses.
Rosemary Mills, Postgraduate Advisor
T +44 (0)1970 628483
Bangor University is ranked in the top 50 universities in the UK, and situated in one of the country’s most beautiful campus locations. The results of the latest National Student Survey place us in the top ten universities in the UK for student experience, and top in Wales. Bangor offers expertise in over twenty distinct subject areas and currently delivers over 150 postgraduate courses, both taught and research.
College Road, Bangor, Gwynedd LL57 4BQ, Wales, UK
T +44 (0)1248 382005
University of Birmingham
The University of Birmingham is investing in postgraduates, offering in excess of £24 million per annum in funding awards to outstanding applicants. We have over 375 taught postgraduate programmes and a wealth of world-leading research opportunities to choose from, to help you widen your skills base, further your knowledge and boost your career prospects. The University of Birmingham offers a wealth of information and advice for graduates thinking about entering postgraduate study. Whether you are searching for a research degree or a taught postgraduate programme, we can help you make an informed choice.
T +44 (0)121 414 5005
1 Kildare Street, Dublin 2, Ireland
T +353 (0)1 708 83 00
Cardiff Metropolitan University
Whether you are looking for full or part-time study, Cardiff Metropolitan University is an excellent choice for postgraduate and research study.
We pride ourselves on having a strong reputation in applied research and active engagement with business and industry and can offer you first-class taught courses and unique research opportunities across our five academic schools.
Full course list: www.cardiffmet.ac.uk/postgraduate
Admissions, Llandaff Campus, Western Avenue, Cardiff, CF5 2YB
T +44 (0)29 2041 6010
Cardiff is a successful, thriving and cosmopolitan university with a long history of service and achievement and an international reputation for high quality teaching and research. The University offers high academic standards, modern facilities, a friendly environment and a strong focus on the needs of students.
Student Recruitment, Deri House, 2-4 Park Grove, Cardiff, CF10 3BN
T +44 (0)29 208 70084
CIMA, the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants
As the world’s largest professional body of management accountants CIMA offers the most relevant global accounting qualification for a career in business. CIMA equips students to focus on business strategy and the future by providing a fundamental understanding of all aspects of business enterprise, performance and financial strategies. The CIMA qualification gives you a competitive edge to succeed in business. Find out more: www.cimaglobal.com/findoutmore
5th floor, Block E, Iveagh Court, Harcourt Road, Dublin 2
T +353 (0)1 643 0400
City University London
City University London prides itself as the UK University dedicated to Business and the Professions. With a unique central London location it is one of the top 30 UK universities (THE table of tables) and ranks in the top 5% of universities in the world (THE world University rankings).
Northampton Square, London EC1V 0HB
T +44 (0)207 040 5060
Cranfield is an exclusively postgraduate university – a global leader for education and transformational research in technology and management. We offer industry-focussed Masters’ and research degrees in aerospace, automotive, defence and security, energy, environment, health, manufacturing and management. Visit our stand to find out why our graduates are industry-ready and in demand.
Cranfield University, College Road, Cranfield, Bedfordshire MK43 0AL
(Defence and Security courses held at Shrivenham Campus, Swindon)
T +44 (0)1234 758008
DAAD - German Academic Exchange Service
Have you considered a career as a property professional working in property, land or construction?
The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) provides information about studying in Germany and offers funding to study and carry out research at German institutions of higher education. Scholarships are available for all disciplines.
Please check the website and specific scholarship schemes for deadlines and requirements.
1 Southampton Place, London WC1A 2DA
T +44 (0)20 7831 9511
Dublin Business School
Dublin Business School (DBS) is Ireland’s largest independent third level institution with a student population of more than 9,000 and the potential to deliver over 100 accredited programmes at both undergraduate and postgraduate level. Dublin Business School specialises in the provision of career focused postgraduate education and the delivery of contemporary programmes in areas including psychology, counselling, business administration, marketing, ICT and law.
13-14 Aungier Street, Dublin 2
T +353 (0)1 417 7500
Dublin City University
DCU offers an extensive range of taught and research postgraduate opportunities. Our programmes are relevant, flexible and reflect current and future employer needs, while at the same time meeting rigorous national and international academic standards. Many of our postgraduate programmes are offered on a full-time, part-time and distance learning basis. For further information visit: www.dcu.ie/postgraduate-students.shtml
Registry, Dublin City University, Dublin 9
T +353 (0)1 700 5338
Dublin Institute of Technology
The Dublin Institute of Technology offers an extensive range of postgraduate programmes at Diploma, Masters and Doctoral levels. The Institute plays a leading role in the development of technical, technological and business education in Ireland and is deeply involved with the latest developments in technology in all areas, while maintaining its commitment to industrial, economic and cultural development at both local and national levels. DIT is a member of the European University Association.
Postgraduate Admissions Office, 143–149 Rathmines Road, Dublin 6
T +353 (0)1 402 3434
University of East Anglia
The University of East Anglia is one of the leading research institutions in the UK, ranked in the UK Top 20 institutions for the impact of our research. We are an internationally renowned university based on a distinctive and attractive campus, in the historic city of Norwich, priding ourselves on the excellent academic, social and cultural facilities which we offer to over 15,000 students.
University of East Anglia, Norwich Research Park, Norwich NR4 7TJ
T +44 (0)1603 591515
Edge Hill University
Located close to the bustling city of Liverpool, Edge Hill University is a unique and vibrant place to study. Offering PGCE’s across all ages and subjects as well as Taught Masters and Research opportunities. We have a strong focus on employability (93.4%) and student satisfaction (top university in the North West of England by National Student Survey 2013) Edge Hill University is also proud to have been shortlisted for the Times Higher University of the Year Award in 2014, 2011, 2010 and 2007.
St Helens Road, Ormskirk, Liverpool L39 4QP
T +44 (0)1695 657000
Edinburgh Napier University
Edinburgh Napier University is one of the largest higher education institutions in Scotland with 18,000 students from 109 countries, offering professional, flexible, postgraduate courses. Our industry informed courses combine the optimum balance of theory and practice, and are designed to equip our graduates for success in today's competitive global job market.
T +44 (0)131 455 2414
University of Edinburgh
A centre of academic excellence for over 400 years, and located in the heart of Scotland’s capital city, the University of Edinburgh is a world-class institution for teaching and research, and is ranked 17th in the QS World University Rankings. We offer more than 325 taught postgraduate programmes, and research opportunities in all our academic disciplines.
Student Recruitment & Admissions, 33 Buccleuch Place, Edinburgh EH8 9JS
T +44 (0)131 650 9959
University of Essex
The University of Essex has established a global reputation for pioneering research. Ranked ninth among UK universities for research quality, and top for social science, we are an international community for original thinkers. Rated sixth in the UK for student satisfaction, we provide a research-led education which equips our students with the curiosity and capability for personal and professional success.
Wivenhoe Park, Colchester, Essex CO4 3SQ
Glasgow Caledonian University
GCU offers a vibrant and accessible environment for learning, teaching and applied research. We cover a wide range of opportunities to study in Undergraduate, Postgraduate and Research in the following disciplines: Business, Health, Life Sciences, Law and Social Sciences, Engineering & Computing and The Built and Natural Environment.
Admissions and Enquiry Service, Cowcaddens Road, Glasgow G4 0BA
T +44 (0)141 331 8630
Glasgow School of Art
The Glasgow School of Art (GSA) is internationally recognised as one of Europe’s leading university-level institutions for the visual creative disciplines, with a proven history of producing some of the world's most successful practitioners. The GSA offers undergraduate, postgraduate taught and research programmes across architecture, design, fine art and digital.
167 Renfrew Street, Glasgow G3 6RQ
T +44 (0)141 353 4500
Goldsmiths, University of London
Founded in 1891, and part of the University of London since 1904, Goldsmiths offers a range of undergraduate and postgraduate study options in the arts, humanities, social sciences, cultural studies, computing, and entrepreneurial business and management. Former Goldsmiths students are shaping the socio-cultural landscape on a global scale, and include fashion designers, composers, published authors, broadcasters, journalists, policy advisers and entrepreneurs.
New Cross, London SE14 6NW
T +44 (0)20 7919 7766
Hibernia College is an award winning, HETAC accredited college, offering online and blended courses designed to address the growing demand for flexible, cost effective learning unrestricted by location or time. The college runs postgraduate courses in a variety of areas including teacher education and health sciences in partnership with industry leaders. The college introduced a PhD in Education in 2014.
9-10 Fenian Street, Dublin 2
T +353 (0)1 661 0168
IBAT College Dublin
IBAT College Dublin is Ireland’s leading industry focused third level institution embracing innovation and new models of education to enable students and graduates to become leaders in the business world. Combining state of the art facilities for postgraduate education (including an MBA debating chamber) with extensive high speed information and learning services, a postgraduate programme from IBAT College Dublin will help you to realise your full potential.
IBAT College Dublin, 16–19 Wellington Quay, Dublin 2
T +353 (0)1 807 5055
IE Business School
IE Business School is one of the world’s top-ranked international business schools. A pioneer in business education, we train tomorrow’s business leaders, shaping them with an innovative approach and acting as a catalyst for the creation of new businesses. IE and its MBA programs have been met with worldwide acclaim, featuring highly in both the FT and Economist business school rankings, and cementing IE’s reputation as a global leader in business education.
Maria de Molina 13, 28010 Madrid (Main Campus),
96 High Street Kensington, W8 4SG London (International Office)
University of Kent
Kent is one of the country’s most dynamic universities. Established in 1965, it has 20,000 students studying at campuses in the south-east of England and continental-European sites in Brussels, Paris, Athens, and Rome. Kent’s research is ranked as world leading, and the University is a major educational, economic and cultural force throughout its region with worldwide external networks and partnerships.
University of Kent, Canterbury, Kent CT2 7NZ
T +44 (0)1227 827272
King’s College London
King’s is one of the UK’s most prestigious university institutions, the fourth oldest in England, and ranked 16th in the world (QS World Rankings 14/15). With over 14,000 undergraduates and some 10,000 graduates, the College is committed to high quality education in a stimulating learning environment which seeks to contribute and serve the society through its teaching and research.
Strand, London WC2R 2LS
T +44 (0)20 7836 5454
University of Limerick
The University of Limerick is a young, vibrant and enterprising university committed to excellence and relevance in its research and teaching. Situated on a unique, modern campus that spans both sides of the River Shannon, UL offers outstanding educational, cultural, sporting and residential facilities. Over 120 taught postgraduate programmes and a range of research opportunities are offered across four Faculties – Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences, Business, Education & Health Sciences and Science & Engineering.
Postgraduate Admissions Office, Graduate School, University of Limerick, Limerick
T +353 (0)61 234 377
Liverpool John Moores University
POSTGRADUATE COURSES FOR PEOPLE WITH AMBITION
Choose from our professional masters courses and research opportunities in: architecture, urban design and the built environment; business, digital marketing, entrepreneurship and human resource management; engineering, computing and sustainability; fashion, graphic design, exhibition; studies and fine art; law, legal practice and criminal justice; nursing, social work and public health; sports science; teacher training and educational practice; mass communications, writing and journalism.
Contact us now for more information about courses, how to apply and open days.
T +44 (0)151 231 5090
London Metropolitan University
London Metropolitan University is situated in the centre of London and has a diverse student population, including over 100 Irish and over 3000 EU students.
We offer a wide range of postgraduate programmes including Business, Law, Psychology, Architecture, Art/Design, Social Sciences, and Education.
For further information please see: www.londonmet.ac.uk/courses/
London Metropolitan University, 166-220 Holloway Road, London N7 8DB
Manchester Metropolitan University
Recognised as providing an excellent research environment for our postgraduate students, we are based across two sites offering over 200 postgraduate course options, extensive facilities, vibrant postgraduate communities and excellent professional and career development prospects.
We have 10,000 postgraduate students and are committed to matching our high reputation for teaching with parallel excellence in research.
Recruitment and Admissions, Manchester Campus, Manchester M15 6BH
T +44 (0)161 247 6969
Maynooth University provides world class teaching and research facilities in Ireland's only university town. We support students to expand their knowledge, to explore their academic passion and to build the personal and professional skills needed for their future career development. Maynooth University offers part-time and full-time Masters and Research programmes across Arts, Celtic Studies and Philosophy, Social Sciences and Science and Engineering. Find out more at: www.maynoothuniversity.ie/postgraduate
Graduate Studies Office, Maynooth University, John Hume Building, Maynooth, Kildare
T +353 (0)1 708 6018
Northumbria University offers a wide range of postgraduate taught courses and research opportunities, designed to offer you advanced skills relevant in today’s global workplace. Research opportunities (MPhil, PhD and Professional Doctorate) are available in all of our departments. 96.9% of our PG taught and research graduates are in employment/further study within 6 months of graduating.
For further information visit: www.northumbria.ac.uk/pg.
Student Recruitment (PGT/EU), Northumberland Building, Northumberland Road, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 8ST
T +44 (0)191 227 7743
The Open University in Ireland
Open University postgraduate study can fit around your life.
Gain a highly respected postgraduate qualification with the Open University without putting everything else on hold to achieve it. We are experts at combining flexibility with quality, so everything about learning with us is designed with convenience in mind. www.open.ac.uk/postgraduate/atoz
Holbrook House, Holles Street, off Merrion Square North, Dublin 2
T +353 (0)1 678 5399
Ranked in the top 4% of universities across the globe, Plymouth University is a world-class, innovative institution with emphasis on enterprise, career opportunities and high-quality degrees.
Plymouth University, Drake Circus, Plymouth, Devon PL4 8AA
Queen Margaret University
At QMU we understand the specific needs of postgraduate students. Our School of Arts, Social Sciences and Management and School of Health Sciences offer a range of masters courses with our multi-disciplinary approach that will develop your skills and expertise and enable you to specialise in your chosen field.
Recruitment and International Liaison Office, Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh EH21 6UU
T +44 (0)131 474 0000
Queen's University Belfast
Belfast BT7 1NN
T +44 (0) 28 9097 5081
Robert Gordon University
Robert Gordon University one of the top UK universities for postgraduate employability, with a 97% employment rate (HESA destination of UK leavers’ survey 2012/13). When it comes to helping you progress, we think we’re the better than the rest... It’s time to think you’re better too.
Robert Gordon University, Schoolhill, Aberdeen AB10 1FR
T +44 (0)1224 262044
University of Salford
Salford is an ambitious forward looking University with opportunities in areas such as health, science, engineering, the built environment, arts, design, media, law and business. Our new campus in MediaCityUK is next to the BBC and alongside creative and digital industries. We are an international community, with students and staff from more than 100 countries. We offer strong student support and a lifestyle enhanced by the great city of Manchester, minutes from our main campus.
The Crescent, Salford, M5 4WT, United Kingdom
T +44 (0)161 295 4545
The School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) is the only Higher Education institution in the UK specialising in the study of Asia, Africa and the Near and Middle East. It remains a guardian of specialised knowledge in languages and periods and regions not available anywhere else in the UK. SOAS has over 100 postgraduate programmes (taught and distance learning) in the social sciences, humanities and languages with a distinctive regional focus and global relevance.
Thornhaugh Street, Russell Square, London WC1H 0XG
T +44 (0)207 898 4700
Sotheby’s Institute of Art
Since 1969, Sotheby’s Institute of Art has been among the world’s leading institutions for art history studies offering Master’s degrees in various fields of specialization such as Art Business, Contemporary Art, Photography, Contemporary Design and East Asian Art. At the Institute students learn through actual first-hand examination of artworks exploring both the scholarly and business sides of the art world to gain the skills and professional network necessary for a successful career in the field. Our courses are validated by the University of Manchester.
30 Bedford Square, London WC1B 3EE
T +44 (0)207 462 3232
St Mary’s University, Twickenham
St Mary’s University has a long and distinguished history of training teachers and is one of only a small number of Teacher Training Providers to be awarded ‘outstanding’ by OFSTED for both primary and secondary provision.
We have a successful employment record with the vast majority of students gaining employment following completion of the PGCE course.
St Mary’s University, Waldegrave Road, Twickenham, Middlesex TW1 4SX
T +44 (0)8240 4326
University of Strathclyde
At the University of Strathclyde you will join more than 15,000 students from over 100 countries who are attracted by our excellent academic reputation and stimulating study environment. Strathclyde is a leading international technological university renowned not only for its teaching and research but also for its strong links with industry, the professions and the private sector. There is a wide range of opportunities for postgraduate study and research across the University’s four faculties: Humanities and Social Sciences, Engineering, Science, and the Strathclyde Business School.
Recruitment and International Office, 50 George St, Glasgow G1 1QE
T +44 (0)141 548 4793
University of Surrey
Ranked 6th in the UK by The Guardian League Table 2015, the University of Surrey is one of the UK’s leading research universities with a global reputation for academic excellence. Located on a beautiful campus in Guildford just 30 minutes from London by train, Surrey’s professionally focused degrees combine knowledge, skills and experience to prepare you for your future career.
University of Surrey, Guildford, Surrey
T +44 (0)1483 689 902
St Patrick’s College
PhDs in Education, Special Education & Humanities along with a taught Doctorate in Education programme. Taught MA (Humanities) with the following specialisms: Children’s Literature, Theatre Studies, International Theatre Studies, An Ghaeilge, Music, History & Human Development. Taught Masters in Education is available in a range of special options including a Master of Education in Specific Learning Difficulties and Taught Masters in Special Education. A Masters in Religious Education (Primary) is also provided. In addition, we offer Masters Degrees by thesis & the College also offers a wide range of post-graduate certificates & diplomas.
Drumcondra, Dublin 9, Ireland
T +353 (0)1 884 2096/2025/2013
University College Cork
For students who want to embrace everything university life has to offer, University College Cork (UCC) is the right choice. University College Cork — a world-class university was founded in 1845 and combines a rich tradition of teaching, research and scholarship. Come along to our stand to talk about postgraduate opportunities.For students who want to embrace everything university life has to offer, University College Cork (UCC) is the right choice. University College Cork — a world-class university was founded in 1845 and combines a rich tradition of teaching, research and scholarship. Come along to our stand to talk about postgraduate opportunities.
2nd Floor, West Wing, University College Cork
T +353 (0)21 490 2876
UCD Graduate Studies
University College Dublin (UCD) is Ireland’s largest provider of Graduate Education in Ireland. It has a rich heritage stretching back more than 150 years. Today, the university has a thriving graduate community of some 8,000 students who work and learn on two world-class campuses, and in numerous associated research and teaching institutions.
UCD, Belfield, Dublin 4
T +353 (0)1 716 4043
UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School
UCD Smurfit School is Ireland’s leading business school, offering a wide range of Masters courses (FT & PT) to both business and non-business graduates. We’re the only Irish business school to hold triple accreditation from the US (AACSB), Europe (EQUIS) and UK (AMBA) accrediting bodies and are the only Irish member of the leading business school alliances CEMS and GNAM.
Carysfort Avenue, Blackrock, Dublin
T +353 (0)1 716 4321/8033/4302
University of Ulster
Ulster is a multi-campus university of 25,000 students. We have over 100 postgraduate taught courses, many offering the flexibility for you to graduate at Certificate, Diploma or Masters level. Accredited short courses at postgraduate level are also offered with the option to combine them for a Postgraduate Certificate in Professional Development.
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Helen Bingham T +44 (0)28 9036 8506
Waterford Institute of Technology
Waterford Institute of Technology has a growing postgraduate community, comprising both students on taught masters programmes and students undertaking research programmes for Masters and PhDs across the following disciplines Science, Business, Engineering, Health Sciences, Humanities, Education and Lifelong learning.
Cork Road, Waterford /p>
T +353 (0)51 845 627
Webster University Leiden
Webster University is an American Accredited institution that includes campuses all over the world in Leiden (the Netherlands), Geneva (Switzerland), Vienna (Austria), London (UK), Bangkok (Thailand), Shanghai (China), and Accra (Ghana). Webster Leiden is located in the heart of Europe and is home to 300 students representing more than 45 different nationalities.
Boommarkt 1, 2311 EA, Leiden, The Netherlands
T +31 (0)715 168000
12:30 - 13:20pm
Teacher training in the UK
Presented by Rachael Farley, Edgehill University
The seminar covers all areas relating Postgraduate Teacher Training in the UK including:
- Entry Requirements
- Skills Tests
- Making a Strong Application
- How to make yourself stand out from other candidates
- The Interview
- Life as a Teacher
Rachael Farley is the Postgraduate and EU Recruitment Manager for Edge Hill University near to Liverpool. She has worked for the University for over 11 years and has had the privilege to witness its tremendous growth and expansion and in particular gaining University Status and shortlisted for the Times Higher University of the year on four occasions. Having completed a BA Hons Degree in Applied Social Sciences, Rachael began her careers and a Course Advice and Guidance Officer before progressing to Postgraduate and EU Recruitment. Despite a busy working life, Rachael has undertaken a large home improvement project with her partner and now spends all of her time decorating and reading DIY manuals.
13:20 - 14:10pm
Funding for postgrad – what are the options
Presented by Peter Brown, Irish Research Council
The Council offers a number of opportunities through the Government of Ireland Postgraduate Scholarship Scheme for suitably qualified individuals to pursue a postgraduate degree in any discipline at an eligible HEI within Ireland. In addition, a number of targeted Scholarships are offered in collaboration with our strategic funding partners. Come along to the seminar to find out more!
Peter Brown has recently been appointed Assistant Director of the Irish Research Council. Peter holds a Bachelors Degree in Commerce and a Masters Degree in Equality Studies, both from University College Dublin. Peter has worked in industry, in the community sector and in higher education. Prior to his current role, Peter has held management positions in the Higher Education Authority in the areas of equity of access to higher education and more recently in the Skills and Enterprise Engagement Unit. He is currently a member of the Management of Guidance Committee of the National Centre for Guidance in Education.
14:10 - 15:00pm
Presented by Eoin O’Brien, The Open University Ireland
Postgraduate study can be intellectually rewarding, and may change your career path and prospects. However, it may also be costly and challenging and may not increase your earning potential. Knowing what questions to ask yourself before making a decision will help you identify the potential risks and rewards. Eoin will give an overview of the advantages and disadvantages of distance education. He will give an overview of both the benefits and drawbacks of postgraduate education through distance learning.
Eoin O’Brien is the Corporate Development Manager for the Open University covering the Republic of Ireland, Northern Ireland and the Financial Services Sector in the UK. He has a Honours degree in History and Politics from UCD and a postgraduate qualification in Business Studies from the Michael Smurfit School of Business in UCD. In recent years he has studied with the IPA and the Open University through distance learning. He is currently undertaking a management qualification with the Open University. He combines his study with a busy home life as he has two children under the age of 4 and recently completed the Dublin City Marathon. This background gives him a unique perspective into part time distance learning and the benefits of postgraduate education.
15:00 - 15:50pm
Presented by Dave Kilmartin, DIT
Conversion courses are postgraduate courses which can provide an opportunity for students to diversify and specialise in other career fields. It is a growing area of education provision in third level with courses ranging from fashion to PR; from accountancy to marketing; from law to advertising and from psychology to public affairs, to name but a few. If you are considering further study, a conversion course could be a viable option for you. Come along to find out more.
Dave Kilmartin is Head of Dublin Institute of Technology Career Development Centre. He has an honours degree in Communications from Dublin City University and a Masters degree in Communications and Cultural studies from the same University. He also has a postgraduate qualification in Careers Guidance and Counselling from University College Dublin. He is a fellow of the University of Warwick where is a trainer on guidance skills. He has delivered Guidance Training in Finland and South Africa and is a member of the Executive of the Association of Higher Education Career Services in Ireland.
12:30 - 13:20pm
Postgraduate study: What's right for me?
Presented by Marie Kielty, ITT
Postgraduate study: What's right for me? There are a myriad of postgraduate courses to choose from and it is often overwhelming for the potential applicant on where exactly to start? What is the difference between a taught Masters and a Research Masters? What is a PG Diploma? How difficult will it be? Have I the time …. the passion …. the commitment…? What is my best option ? Should I consider fulltime, part-time, distance learning? Is it essential to where I want to go? Will it give me an edge? These are just some of the questions to be considered and explored if you attend the presentation “Post-graduate study – What’s right for me?
Marie has been employed as the Careers Officer in ITT Dublin for over 11 years providing both undergraduate and postgraduate careers advice and support to students from a broad range of disciplines. She previously worked in Portobello College as the Careers Advisor for 8 years. Marie brings a significant wealth of experience having been working directly with students in the higher education sector for all of this time. Marie studied Psychology as an undergraduate in NUI Galway, completed a postgraduate Diploma in Business in Smurfit Business School and is MCIPD qualified from DIT. Marie has also completed qualifications in Emotional Intelligence and Levels A & B Psychometric Testing.
13:20 - 14:10pm
Applying to Postgraduate Degree Programmes [taught through English] in Continental Europe
Presented by Guy Flouch, EUNICAS
Participants will receive an overview of the postgraduate opportunities, in Continental Europe, on English-taught programmes, many in leading European universities. They will also learn about entry requirements, fees and application procedures.
Guy, has been assisting Irish students to apply to undergraduate and postgraduate programmes in Europe, for over five years. He is a leading authority on the hugely significant trend in the increasing globalisation of higher education.
14:10 - 15:00pm
The Fulbright Awards: Opportunities to Study and Research in the US
Presented by Lisa Nic an Bhreithimh, Fulbright Awards
Considering postgraduate study or research in the US? Learn about Fulbright Awards and EducationUSA at the postgradireland fair. The Fulbright Commission of Ireland annually awards grants to Irish and EU postgraduate students, scholars, and professionals to study, research, and lecture in the United States. Applications for the 2016-17 Irish Fulbright Awards will open in August 2015. EducationUSA is Ireland’s only official information source on studying in the US and aims to provide accurate and unbiased information about all accredited higher education institutions in the United States. EducationUSA in Ireland is based in the Fulbright Commission offices in Dublin.
Lisa Nic an Bhreithimh
Lisa Nic an Bhreithimh is the Irish Awards Officer with the Fulbright Commission. Lisa is a Fulbright Alumnus, having completed a Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistantship at the University of Connecticut in 2013. She has a BA in Modern Irish and Philosophy from Trinity College Dublin, and an Masters in Media and Irish language from University College Dublin. Since joining the Commission Staff in July 2014, she has advised undergraduates, postgraduates and professionals on opportunities to study, research and teach in the US.
15:00 - 15:50pm
Presented by Angela Collins, WIT
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Angela Collins is the Head of Careers and Careers Advisor at Waterford Institute of Technology. She is enthusiastic about working with undergraduate and graduate students to help discover their passions and assist them in developing their career, academic and personal goals. She enjoys interacting with students of many backgrounds and perspectives. Angela is an active member of AHECS and has served on a number of, committees and working groups over the years.
Now that you are considering postgraduate study, it is important undertake some research before attending the postgradireland fair. You will find useful information below as to how you can go about narrowing your options to make this choice.
Make sure you have researched the exhibitors who are attending and decide beforehand which ones you would like to talk to. Think of questions which might not be answered already in brochures or on their websites. And make sure you attend one or more of the specialist careers seminars – they are designed to give you the edge when it comes to applications and interviews!
Why do postgraduate study?
Use our in-depth advice on key postgraduate issues to help you plan your day at the postgradireland fair. The planning pre event will help you get the most from this day.
Choosing a course:
There is a huge array of postgraduate opportunities to choose from, ranging from taught courses to research programmes. There are also a variety of study options available, spanning part-time online distance learning to full-time classroom-based courses.
Before attending the fair you'll need to identify the type of programme you'd like to follow, investigate the range of options available, and think about which would be the right university. Click here for more detailed information on choosing a postgraduate course, a checklist for choosing your course and choosing a university.
Finding funding is often the biggest headache for prospective postgraduates. However, grants, scholarships, bursaries and loans are all available, and it's likely that you'll need a combination of these to pay your way. Research what funding is available to you and then discuss your options with the exhibitors and careers professionals on the day of the fair. For more information about funding, please click here.
Research postgraduate experiences:
Speak to recent postgraduate students and find out what they thought about the process and their hints and tips.
Why not read about postgraduate experiences below
Dáime - MSC in Journalism
Paul - MSc in Software Development
Lorna - MSc Sports Performance
Noel - MSc in Finance
Christian - MSc in International Strategic Management
Hints and Tips on arrival at the fair:
Put all of your pre-event research to use!
- Pick up your floorplan and identify the location of the exhibitors that you have researched.
- Have your CV printed and book your time slot at the CV clinic – we will be running a specialist CV Clinic, hosted by careers advisers from your University providing 25 hours of specialist advice, at which you can have your CV reviewed. However, a word of caution – the CV Clinic has a limited number of slots and gets booked up very quickly, so get there early to book your appointment and don’t expect the advisers to write your CV for you – they are there to review and advise but you’ll have to do the hard work first yourself!
- Review the seminar timetable and mark the seminars you have already identified as ones you want to attend
- Have your pre-prepared questions ready to ask
Wednesday, 11 February 2015
12.00 pm - 4.30 pm
Shelbourne Hall, RDS, Dublin
The RDS is located approx. 3 kilometres from Dublin City in the heart of Ballsbridge. The venue is surrounded by Merrion Road, Simmonscourt Road and Anglesea Road and is serviced by car parking spaces for over 2,000 cars plus drop off points for taxis and coaches. The venue is less than 15 minutes’ walk from five of Dublin's top hotels. For further information visit www.rds.ie.
The closest DART station (approx. 5 minute walk) to the RDS is Sandymount.
From the Sandymount Dart Station: Follow the Exit signs and turn right onto Sandymount Avenue. Continue until you reach the traffic lights (Bewley’s Hotel and the Four Seasons Hotel will be directly in front of you). Turn right onto Merrion Road and the Main Complex is situated on the left hand side (Merrion Road).
There is no direct route from the LUAS to the RDS, however, the LUAS does connect to the DART local train system that passes by the RDS. The LUAS connects to the DART at Connolly Station. Connections to Heuston Station and National rail routes can then be reached through this stop.
Merrion Road Stops: 27X, 4, 45, 4A, 5, 7, 7A, 8, 18
Anglesea Road Stops: 63, 84
There are also a large numbers of routes serviced through the Donnybrook Bus Garage stop which is located only 10 minutes’ walk. Bus routes include: 10, 10A, 116, 118, 145, 25X, 37X, 39B, 39X, 46A/B/C/E/X, 47, 66X, 67X, 70B, 746, 7B, 7D, 84X.
The RDS also has a taxi rank outside the front of Hall 1.
From the Airport
The RDS is serviced by the Aircoach that brings you directly to and from Dublin airport. Aircoach stops are located on the Merrion Road (opposite the RDS) and on
For more travel information
To view the RDS' full access guide, please click here.
Accommodation and local information
For more information on accommodation and what else is happening in Dublin around the time of the postgradireland Further Study Fair, please go to www.visitdublin.com
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