Oxbridge Medica are currently offering 2 day weekend courses for anyone interested in applying for Undergraduate Mediical or Dental degrees. Both Medicine and Dental courses take place on either the 16-17th March at Manchester Medical School or 23rd-24th March at Birkbeck University London. Please note places are limited for more information contact a member of the Careers Dept. or visit www.oxbridgemedica.com
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Over 50 Year 9 pupils took part in the LASCO Maths Challenge 2013. The pupils completed several Maths challenges and were able to raise money for LASCO at the same time. LASCO is a charity which raises funds for educational and medical projects in Latin America. These projects help improve the future for the street children in the area. Well done to all the pupils involved.
Following the initial application deadline in January, St. Mary’s College Belfast has re-opened some courses for application. This may be of interest to those pupils who have not previously considered St. Mary’s for 2013 entry and who may wish to extend their range of University course applications. The applicable courses include: BA (Hons) Liberal Arts (all subject areas) – Application deadline 31st May 2013 and BEd (Hons) Primary and Post Primary (Irish, Science, Maths and Technology) – Application deadline 8th March 2013. Grade requirements can be found on the St. Mary’s website and for further guidance contact the Admissions Ofice.
QUB School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science is celebrating International Woman’s Day 2013 with a Poster Competition open to all students in Yr’s 8-14. Although the posters should be aimed at promoting STEM subjects to girls, boys are also free to enter and there are some fantastic prizes on offer, including: A kindle Fire HD tablet, £50 Amazon Voucher and 3x £15 Amazon Vouchers. All entrys should be submitted in PDF/JPEG/Tiff digital formats along with your Name, Age, and school to firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com, the closing date for entrys is 4.00pm Wed. 27th Feb -so be quick!!
Due to the inability of gaining work placements in the field of Psychology, the Belfast Trust has decided to host two Clinical Psychology Open Days. These days will be of benefit to any Yr13 pupil who is considering persuing a career in Psychology. The days will provide information on: Undergraduate degrees in Psychology, working within the NHS, Applied Psychologies and Clinical Psychology. The two dates available are the 20th February and the 6th March. If you would like to avail of either of these dates see a member of the Careers staff as soon as possible.
A information evening will be held at the University of Ulster’s Belfast campus on Tuesday 12th Febuary for yr13 and yr14 pupils who are interested in Art and Design and/or Architecture and Design courses. During the event pupils will be given the opportunity to gain additional information on the courses, view the facilities and speak to current students. Pupils must attend with a parent/guardian and the event will take place between 6 & 9pm. If interested please visit http://j.mp/uuopeneveningbelfast for your free event tickets.
The faculty of Computing and Engineering have developed a one week Summer Camp aimed at 14-16 year olds who have a careers interest in Computing and/or Engineering. It runs from Monday 1st to Friday 5th July 2013 at the Coleraine, Jordanstown and Magee Campuse. For additional information see a member for the Careers staff ASAP.
Applications for the 2013 Sutton Trust Summer Schools are now open online at http://www.suttontrust.com/summer-schools/uk-summer-schools/ Sutton Trust summer schools are offered at the following universities: Bristol, Cambridge, Durham, Edinburgh, Imperial, King’s College, Nottingham, St. Andrews and UCL.
The Summer Schools are a great opportunity for high achieveing pupils from non-privileged backgrounds to get a taste of student life at a research-led university. All expenses are met by the trust and participating universities.
Each student may only apply for one summer school and applications must be completed by 11th March 2013. Late submissions will not be accepted.
In addition the Sutton Trust is also expanding its US summer Schools programme based at Yale and MIT, and will be able to offer 150 summer school places at these institutions. Applications are now being taken and must be completed by 18th Febuary 2013. For more information on US summer schools visit http://www.suttontrust.com/summer-schools/sutton-trust-us-programme/
On Thursday 29th November, Mrs Kelly and Mrs Parkhill from the Careers Department attended the annual Northern Ireland Schools’ Careers Association (NISCA) conference, where they were addressed by Mr John O’Dowd, Minister for Eduation as the keynote speaker, and attended a number of workshops on topics such as ‘Applying to university in the European Union’, ‘Applying to study in the USA’, ‘Interview Skills Preparation’, ‘UCAS applications’, ‘Careers in Languages’ and engaged with a number of outside providers, such as Sector Skills Councils, CAFRE, etc. Both Mrs Kelly and Mrs Parkhill felt it was an informative, relevant and highly useful conference which will allow them to feed the information back to staff and to pupils, keeping everyone right up to date with current developments in Careers Education. Any pupils wanting further information on these or any other careers issues should call to the careers office.
Two of our Year 14 pupils, Caroline Goodliffe and Jennifer Horrigan, recently spent a week on the Isle of Coll, Scotland, undergoing challenges and assessments in the hope of being selected to complete a Gap Year abroad before embarking on a degree at university. Coll has only 235 inhabitants, no street lights and no mobile phone signal! Caroline said “Throughout the week we faced many challenges designed to determine whether we are capable of living overseas for a year doing charity projects”. If accepted onto the project the girls could be posted anywhere in Asia, Africa or South America. Over the course of the week long selection process “our days consisted of lessons, over sea preparation, presentations and even essays”. In addition to the girls from Dalriada, were teenagers from England, Scotland and Wales. However, the girls made friends quickly and now all they have to do is wait and see if they have been successful in their applications.