Portobello Institute Announces Open Days

Portobello Institute Announces Open Days

The Portobello Institute is holding open days this summer. Open days can be incredibly helpful for new students. They offer a chance to meet with department experts who can guide and advise students on the best course of study, career opportunities and progression routes.  The upcoming open day dates are as follows: Thursday 14th July […]

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That SUSI, still breaking student’s hearts

That SUSI, still breaking student’s hearts

  It was a promise that students could hardly refuse. Apply for your grant online, get it processed in double-quick time, pay your college fees, and continue your upward trajectory. Like any meaningful relationship, things just couldn’t be that simple. As a general rule of thumb, whenever a new system is put in place you […]

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Leaving the Leaving Cert

Leaving the Leaving Cert

So the fuss is almost all over for 2013’s Leaving Cert students. I say nearly, because there is still the bevy of first- and second-round college offers to look forward to. Preliminary reports in the media have exhibited an almost obsessive tendency to cite numbers: students who sat Higher Maths, and the percentage of them […]

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Philosophy in school? There’s thinking ahead.

Philosophy in school? There’s thinking ahead.

At a time when the calls for more ICT and science training in secondary schools grow louder by the day, some are now asking if it might be time to reflect on the nature of education and of true reform. One such voice made itself heard in the Irish Times during the week. Steven Lydon, […]

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Dispute resolution – letting cooler heads prevail

Dispute resolution – letting cooler heads prevail

Cool heads, if only they prevailed a bit more often. It seems that wherever there are people, there will inevitably be disputes – whether over money, territory, possessions or rights. Disputes at the highest levels can have massive costs. For instance, in 2012 Samsung was hit with a head-spinning 1.5 billion dollar lawsuit in a […]

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The digital sector – learning to be social

The digital sector – learning to be social

  So you’ve been caught looking at Twitter feeds, Facebook updates and Pinterest trends on your smartphone in class. This means trouble, right? Actually, no, it doesn’t. Quite the opposite in fact – you were simply immersed in the topic, because you’re a student on a Digital Marketing/Media course. It may sound a bit strange, […]

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Developing Colleges’ R&D Facilities

Developing Colleges’ R&D Facilities

News last week that 300 million euro in funding would be invested in research here over the next six years is something that should be generally greeted with a healthy dose of optimism. The money, which is to be provided by both the taxpayer and the private sector, will benefit the following research areas: ICT […]

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