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Life on campus for the international student

Ireland might be a small country, but our universities, institutes of technologies and colleges are incredibly diverse. Every year, tens of thousands of students from over 130 countries come here to study. Dublin, home to about 1.2 million people – and growing – is the destination of choice for the majority. Drawn by the city’s high-quality education offering and the possibility of securing a part-time job in one of the major tech firms with a Dublin base, including Google and Am

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Here’s a look inside Microsoft’s new €5m tech facility for Irish school students

"We want Dreamspace to be a catalyst for schools – we're just the starter." For Amanda Jolliffe, Lead at DreamSpace, an educational initiative from Microsoft Ireland, it's about creating the right conditions for students to thrive in technology. Students from two sides of the country were in Leopardstown, Co Dublin to experience DreamSpace for themselves, hailing from Coláiste Bhaile Chláir, Claregalway and St Laurence's Boys National School. They're the first two groups of what Microsoft hopes will amount to 100,000 primary and secondary students to visit DreamSpace, a €5 million technology education facility at Microsoft's new campus in Leopardstown, Dublin. It's hoped that by giving them an immersive digital skills experience here that they will be inspired by technology at the earliest possible age, giving them skills in both coding and creative design. At DreamSpace, students will be taught critical thinking, problem-solving and self-learning skills. It's hoped that experiences like these will encourage more young people to pursue studies and careers in STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths). The transition year students will undertake a coding and sport session that combines the world of technology with an unlikely match – hurling. Their task for the day? To create a digital skeleton playing different positions on a hurling pitch – in the process learning the names of joints, muscles and bones involved in each.

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DIT Open Day

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DIT is a big place, with campuses across Dublin City Centre, so if you attended their main Open Day event in Aungier Street, there is a chance that you didn’t get to visit the campus on which you will spend most of your college career. Throughout April, Schools and Colleges across DIT will host individual Open Days providing CAO applicants with the chance to experience life on campus in the Aungier Street, Bolton Street, Kevin Street and Cathal Brugha Street buildings. If you reckon you could give Francis Brennan a run for his money, the School of Hospitality Management & Tourism can’t

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World-class teacher: Luke O’Neill, immunologist

As Professor Luke O’Neill discovered recently, when you become a fellow of the extremely exclusive and august science club that is the Royal Society, you have to sign their book. Previous signatories include Newton, Boyle, Freud and Einstein (Oh, and superstar astrophysicist Brian Cox). Which makes the process rather nerve-wracking, according to O’Neill, a biochemist at Dublin’s Trinity Biomedical Sciences Institute and one of the world’s leading immunologists. Luke O’Neill: There’s a practice, you don’t want to smudge your name! Dublin.ie: That’s quite some company you’re keeping there - but what do all you science guys have in common? Luke O’Neill: Science is trying to find stuff out. You can call it exploration, you can call it pioneering, frontier stuff because it’s all about making discoveries. We are explorers, that’s our job, that’s what attracted me to it. I wanted to see something nobody’s seen before. And in my case, luckily enough in my lab we probably had three big discoveries that made a big difference: we explored the immune system and saw things there for the first time. The next step is there’s a whole new pathway or process discovered - and of course the thrill would be if that was a dysfunction or a disease because then you might try and correct it. Once you find the enemy, you might be able to design a new medicine that might beat it. Dublin.ie: So you’re a biochemist and not an ordinary one? Luke O’Neill: I’m a bit of a schizophrenic! I was interested in chemistry anyway and biochemistry is chemistry writ large: if you want to understand something you’ve got to understand the chemical basis for things - and biochemistry is the basis for life. If we understand the chemicals of life wouldn’t that be a thrilling thing? One comparison is with genetics: geneticists don’t really go beyond the genes, you know – and I want to know the real fundamentals. Like genes makes proteins, but what do they do? I was always obsessed with true mechanism – the underlying mechanism, the very basics of how things work. I’ve always been obsessed with molecular things in a sense.

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Engineers trial new tech to stop energy going down the drain

Engineers from Trinity College Dublin are leading a five-year project that is aiming to stop useful energy going down the drain. They are piloting a system that aims to recover energy from waste water at Penrhyn Castle - a National Trust property in Wales. Additional testing sites in Ireland and the UK are set to follow in the coming months. Using the new technology, the engineers will extract heat from the waste water flowing out of the vast Penrhyn Castle kitchens at between 40°C and 50°C, and use this to warm the cold water coming into the kitchens. Associate Professor in Engineering at Trinity, and the Dŵr Uisce project lead, Dr Aonghus McNabola, said: "We have, alongside our partners at Bangor University, been working closely with the National Trust on this project over the last 18 months. We are hopeful that we will further develop this exciting new heat recovery technology and that it may be used more widely in the not-too-distant future. This technology has the potential to considerably reduce energy consumption at Penrhyn Castle, and wherever else it is integrated. We are excited by the possibilities, and are very grateful for the opportunity to design and implement it with the support of The National Trust." If successful at Penrhyn Castle, the technology will be rolled out at other sites across Ireland and the UK, where it should support the growing energy recovery sector and could potentially save millions of euro over the coming years for organisations that produce large quantities of waste heat. Senior Environmental Advisor at the National Trust, Keith Jones, said: "Energy efficiency is about more than just reduction in use. It's also about the re-use of waste, or what we currently consider to be waste. The National Trust and I suppose most other users of energy, from households to hospitals, spend a lot of money on making water hot for many reasons, from hot showers to dish washing. But what do we then do with this warmed resource? We flush it down the drain and then start the process all over again, warming water from very cold to hot again. This is very wasteful in terms of energy and this project at Penrhyn Castle is seeking to close this circle of wasted energy."

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Tech Week 2018

Various Locations

Tech Week is a festival of technology that will give students, parents and the public hands on opportunities to learn about 3rd-level and career options in computing and other technology fields. Tech Week will help everyone see the hidden technology in practically everything they do and also how they can apply that technology to other things they may be passionate about e.g. sport, music, health, business, charity. Ireland’s national festival of technology aimed at students, parents and the public takes place from April 22nd - 28th 2018!

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DIT Open Day

Various Locations

DIT is a big place, with campuses across Dublin City Centre, so if you attended their main Open Day event in Aungier Street, there is a chance that you didn’t get to visit the campus on which you will spend most of your college career. Throughout April, Schools and Colleges across DIT will host individual Open Days providing CAO applicants with the chance to experience life on campus in the Aungier Street, Bolton Street, Kevin Street and Cathal Brugha Street buildings. If you reckon you could give Francis Brennan a run for his money, the School of Hospitality Management & Tourism can’t

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Tech Week 2018

Various Locations

Tech Week is a festival of technology that will give students, parents and the public hands on opportunities to learn about 3rd-level and career options in computing and other technology fields. Tech Week will help everyone see the hidden technology in practically everything they do and also how they can apply that technology to other things they may be passionate about e.g. sport, music, health, business, charity. Ireland’s national festival of technology aimed at students, parents and the public takes place from April 22nd - 28th 2018!

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Graduate Recruitment Awards 2018

The Mansion House

Welcome to the 12th annual gradireland Graduate Recruitment Awards! These awards are the blue riband event for graduate recruiters in Ireland and last year attracted over 550 guests to the spectacular gala awards evening. Attended by the major stakeholders in the graduate recruitment industry, including government and business leaders, graduate employers, academics, careers professionals and key decision-makers, the gradireland Graduate Recruitment Awards is an evening not to be missed. To book your table contact gradireland for more details 01 6451500 Each year the competition for th

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Experimental Archaeology

In a corner of University College Dublin’s suburban campus, archaeologists are building houses using thousand-year-old methods and casting bronze tools in fire pits using moulds they’ve made themselves. Brendan O’Neill, a PhD student in UCD’s School of Archaeology, has built a wooden roundhouse as part of his research. It took him about thirty days’ work over the course of ten months to complete. He wove hazel rods from a managed forest in the Irish midlands to create walls and a roof, which is topped with heather to help waterproof the structure. Inside the house, there’s a surprising amount of space. A central fireplace surrounded by stones is unlit. O’Neil

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Parlez-vous Pirate?

There’s a lot of things you can learn at your local library. And how to speak Pirate is one of them. As a place to learn a foreign language, Dublin’s public libraries have a notable advantage over the city’s other estimable language-learning institutions – the facilities they offer are free! Aside from the foreign language books you can borrow, your library card gives you access to two other invaluable resources. One is a language app called Mango. The other is the more traditional but by no means outmoded method of improving your French, or your Mandarin; con

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BIMM: Music in the making

Looking for stars? Try BIMM Spotted a famous musician in Dublin recently? There’s a fair chance they were coming out of DIT’s school of commercial music. Situated on Francis Street in Dublin 8, the British and Irish Institute of Modern Music (BIMM) holds regular masterclasses for its students with world-class musicians: Imelda May, Danny O’Donoghue of The Script, Smashing Pumpkins drummer Jimmy Chamberlain and even Hozier have paid surprise visits. US singer-songwriter John Grant offered a songwriting masterclass. U2’s The Edge has attended a BIMM graduation ceremony. All of the tutors at BIMM are working mus

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