The postgradireland Further Study Fair takes place on 10 February 2016
The annual 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. 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.
70 postgraduate course providers from Ireland, North and South, the UK, Europe and beyond will attend this year's Fair.
The postgradireland Further Study Fair is for students from ANY DISCIPLINE! Make the most of your day and plan!
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
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 email@example.com 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.
Fairguide.com engages the services of debt collection agencies. The advice when dealing with these companies, if you are contacted by Expo-Guide you should not complete the listings form.
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 Sheffield
University of Aberdeen
Founded in 1495, we’re one of the UK's most internationally distinguished universities with 76% of research assessed through the UK's 2014 Research Excellence Framework described as ‘world leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’. We offer 120+ postgraduate degrees, across discipline areas; Physical Sciences, Life and Medical Sciences, and Arts and Social Sciences.
Student Recruitment and Admissions Service
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.
T +44 (0)1970 628483
Bangor University is ranked amongst the top 3% of universities worldwide, and is situated in one of the UK’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
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
Canterbury Christ Church University
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
DAAD - German Academic Exchange Service
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
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.
T 01695 657000
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
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
Goldsmiths, University of London
University Of Glasgow
Hibernia College has been delivering world class teacher education programmes from Ireland, preparing primary and post-primary teachers for schools in Ireland and around the world. Hibernia College is now Ireland’s largest provider of teachers. All programmes are delivered online and onsite and are accredited by QQI and the Teaching Council of Ireland.
T 01 6610168
University Of Huddersfield
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
Imperial College London
We offer a fully rounded postgraduate study experience, with advanced taught and research degrees spanning science, engineering, business and medicine.
We're ranked joint second best university in the world in the QS World University Rankings 2014, making an Imperial degree highly valued by employers across the globe.
Our comprehensive programme of professional development includes over 100 free courses to enable you to continually develop as a researcher and gain skills that will benefit your career.
- Range of opportunities:
- Business, finance & management
- Engineering & built environment
- IT & telecommunications
Irish Research Council
University Of Kent
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
Law Society of Ireland
The Diploma Centre offers a wide range of postgraduate courses including a Diploma in Law. Each course is created and delivered by leading experts and experienced practitioners, combines academic theory with practical application and provides the flexibility of participating onsite or online. Our next Diploma in Law commences on 9 September 2016.
Come to our open evening 5 May, 6-8pm
Diploma Centre, Law Society of Ireland
T 01 672 4802
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
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.
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
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
Robert Gordon University
Robert Gordon University is one of the top UK universities for postgraduate employability, with a 98.5% employment rate (HESA destination of UK leavers’ survey 2013/14). 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.
T 01224262209W roehampton.ac.uk
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.
T +44 (0)207 898 4700
St Mary’s University, Twickenham
St Mary's University has a long and distinguished history of training teachers and is one of a small number of universities to be awarded 'outstanding' by Ofsted. We have a successful employment record with the vast majority of students gaining employment following completion of their PGCE
T 020 8240 4326
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.
T 0161 295 5514
University Of Sheffield
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
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
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.
14:30 - 15:20pm
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.
15:30 – 16:20pm
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 full-time, 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 13 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.
13:30 - 14:20pm
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.
14:30 - 15:20pm
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.
15:30 - 16:20pm
Presented by Angela Collins, WIT
Hints and Tips on How to write a personal statement that catapults you on to your chosen course. Universities and IOTs get lots of Personal Statements every year. How can you make sure that yours makes an impact? Come along to the presentation and you will get some good hints and tips.
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.
Prepare for next year's Fair
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 issuesto 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, 10 February 2016
12.00 pm - 4.30 pm
Serpentine 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 Simmonscourt Road.
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