February 2020
Steam Ambassadors With Last Years Recipients

Griffith College Launch Second Year of STEAM Bursary for DEIS Schools

Griffith College officially launched its STEAM bursary at its campus on South Circular Road with the help of its partner companies, ambassadors and last year’s recipients. 

The €10,000 bursary is designed to improve Science, Technology, Engineering, and Maths materials and facilities within DEIS schools across Ireland. 

Piloted in 2018 in partnership with CPL, three Dublin and two Cork schools were in receipt of financial and experiential gain in its first year. Griffith College welcomed Loreto College Crumlin, St. John’s De La Salle and Kylemore College Ballyfermot to the campus for the launch.

On the day, Griffith College proudly introduced its STEAM ambassadors Founder of Go Girls Go Karting, Irish hockey player and engineer Nicci Daly as well as Griffith College Computing student and Miss Dublin South, Chloe O’Loughlin. The national institution also announced it is officially sponsoring Daly’s Go Girls Go Karting at the launch.

Griffith College student and STEAM ambassador Chloe said, “I agreed to be an ambassador for the Griffith College STEAM bursary, because I want to be a positive role model for young people in this industry. I would like to get more young people involved in these subjects, and make a difference in their futures.”  

Since its inception, the bursary has attracted partner companies such as Wolfgang, Dogs Patch, CPL, IBEC and Exit Entry. 

Griffith College Schools’ Liaison Officer Sinéad O’Callaghan said, “Upon receipt of this financial contribution from Griffith College, the students in the winning schools will be able to further access Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths equipment and experiences.”

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Griffith College to Host Annual Free Maths Revision Course for Leaving Cert students

Griffith College is set to welcome close to 1,000 Leaving Certificate students to its campuses across Dublin, Cork and Limerick during the Easter break for its annual free maths revision course. 

The event, which is the largest of its kind in Ireland will take place across four separate dates in April. Ordinary and higher level maths will be explored in Dublin on 16 and 17 April, while Limerick and Cork will hold its ordinary revision course on 14 and 15 April.

Director of Academic Programmes at Griffith College Dr Tomás Mac Eochagáin, presents the course and notes are provided for as Gaeilge agus as Bearla. Dr Mac Eochagáin has over 25 years of experience teaching mathematics and securing excellent exam results for students, with a PhD focusing on Leaving Cert maths. 

All sessions are recorded and are made available online to all participants until after the examinations in June. Students are encouraged to register their place, here.

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Griffith College launches second annual Creative Bursary

After partnering with the Institute of Advertising Practitioners Ireland (IAPI), Griffith College is delighted to launch their second annual Creative Bursary.

Creative media is a growing industry, but not one that many college graduates know about. This bursary, aimed primarily at DEIS schools and schools in disadvantaged areas, hopes to improve interest in this viable career path by encouraging students to take part in creative subjects and projects during their school years.

In 2018, Griffith College awarded four schools €10,000 worth of funding between them, with Colaiste Eoin in Finglas, Co. Dublin, receiving the largest sum of €5,000 to put towards creative projects for their school. St. Tiernan’s Community School in Balally received €3000, and Kylemore College in Ballyfermot and St. Paul's in Clontarf were awarded €1000 each.

As well as monetary funding, a number of IAPI’s member agencies (Core, Group M, Guns of Knives, Verve, Chemistry, Dynamo, Mindshare, Epsilon and Bonfire) have partnered with the scheme to provide the winners with experiential opportunities in the form of additional training and “day in the life” experiences.

Participating schools are required to submit a proposal to rebrand their school by designing a new logo and tagline and submitting an accompanying submission video involving students and staff. The deadline for submissions is Friday 31st January 2020 and shortlisted entries will be reviewed by a panel with a view to announcing winners later in March 2020.

Deputy Head of Journalism and Media at Griffith College, Dr. Robbie Smyth, stated in relation to the scheme “We are delighted to be partnering with IAPI in this bursary scheme. It will provide schools with a unique opportunity to explore their identity and create a new brand. At Griffith, we are looking forward to sampling the ideas and plans of the schools involved. This bursary is not just a monetary prize but offers the winning schools access to some of the cutting edge advertisers of today and opens up a new world of creativity to the next generation of creative talent.”

CEO of IAPI Charley Stoney said, “IAPI are delighted to partner with Griffith College for this bursary.  We are passionate about educating young creative minds to the huge scope that the advertising industry offers them beyond the conventional corporate world.  This partnership is a perfect fit for our agency members.”

2019 Grand Finalists Rachel Kidd, Madison Rafferty And Cian Newman With Jane Leavey And Megan Kelly

Sustainable Fashion Event at Griffith College Prepares Junk Kouture Students for National Competition

Griffith College hosted a sustainable fashion event in partnership with Junk Kouture at its Dublin campus in celebration of the competition’s 10 year anniversary. 

The Fashion Design providing college held the free event and welcomed more than 100 students who engaged in a day of workshops focused on educating students around sustainable fashion. Workshops on the day were facilitated by the Rediscovery Centre Ballymun where students were taught to create fashion, jewellery and handbags by using reused materials. Griffith’s award-winning photography lecturers gave the students tips when taking pictures of their entries to Junk Kouture inside the college’s photography facilities. 

Visitor’s to Griffith College had the chance to speak with last year’s grand finalists, (insert names), who displayed their recognised work on mannequins in the auditorium. These grand finalists were accompanied by Fashion Design graduate Naoise Jo Farrell who spoke with students about her deigns and recent success having showcased her designs at London Fashion Week. 

Head of Fashion Design at Griffith College and Junk Kouture judge Jane Leavey said, “Environmental issues and sustainability are such important factors for the future of fashion design. It was great to see so many students and their teachers attend today’s event, I hope the students have discovered new skills, and create truly exciting innovative designs to celebrate the 10th Anniversary of Junk Kouture”

Operations Manager at Junk Kouture Megan Kelly said “Junk Kouture was delighted to partner with Griffith College for this event and I’m thrilled that some of our former JK designers were invited to participate. Their designs really showcased what can be done with recycled materials through inspiration and creativity. Now more than ever, making environmentally conscious fashion choices are important. Giving students the opportunity to talk with JK designers, teachers of former winners like Ms. Oonagh Kelly from Our Lady’s Bower in Athlone and to gain insight into the life of a Fashion Design student at Griffith will hopefully inspire our future designers.” 

Every year, Griffith College awards one finalist a scholarship to its esteemed BA (Hons) in Fashion Design programme.

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Griffith College Templeogue win Hula Hoops Championship

Griffith College Templeogue have been crowned Hula Hoops National Cup Champions 2020.

The game was broadcast live on TG4 and played in front of a sold-out crowd at Tallaght's National Basketball Arena. Griffith College Templeogue defeated DBS Eanna by 10 points with a final score of 78-68. 

Griffith College Student Union manager Paul Walsh said fo the game, "the team led from the very start and were never behind, at one stage opening up a 19 point lead. In the final quarter, DBS Eanna threw everything they had at the guys managing to pull it back to a 2 point game with a minute and a half left on the clock. The tight nervy finish that was anticipated didn’t materialize however as the guys held their nerve and once again increased their lead to win by 10."

Congratulations to the whole team, especially Griffith College students Oisin Kerlin (Accounting & Finance), Xavier Arriaga (Hospitality Management) Darren Townes (MA Journalism and Media Communications), and Vladimir Tokishin (EAP), as well as the SU's Jason Killeen.

Dave Stapleton

Spotlight on: Dave Stapleton

David Stapleton earned his BA in Business & Marketing at Griffith College in 2010, and went on to found Bua Fit, the first app of its kind. We talked to him about his journey.

"My experience was great and really suited my learning style. I loved being in small classes, and I made great friends. I have some amazing memories of hanging around campus. I especially loved my time in Eilis’s marketing classes. 

I was entrepreneurial from a young age and was regularly looking for ways to make money. In fact, I set up my first business during my time at Griffith, with two friends. We removed the hassle of purchasing and disposing of Christmas trees and provided an online service in 2009; our venture was called ‘Trees on Wheels’!

I never really listened much in secondary school – I was more interested in rugby. At Griffith, I learned the basics of business principles from accounting and economics to marketing. I also learned how to present and speak in front of people, which has been a big help.

Griffith was the first educational environment where I really started to work hard and knuckle down so I realised that productivity creates opportunities. Massive action is the solution to everything."

About Griffith College

Griffith College is Ireland's largest independent third level institution with four centrally located campuses in Dublin, Cork and Limerick. 

Celebrating its 45th anniversary in 2019, Griffith College enjoys national and a growing international reputation for student success. The national institution has gained an enviable, award winning reputation for providing students with first class lectures and excellent study material. 

It offers internationally recognised postgraduate and undergraduate degree programmes, complemented by a wide range of professional, short term and corporate training educational solutions. 

We are a designated educational institute of Quality & Qualifications Ireland (QQI). Many former students have gone on to enjoy distinguished careers in Ireland and internationally, in fields as diverse as accountancy, business, computing, design, law, media, music and drama. 

If you are interested in studying at Griffith, we'd be delighted to meet you at one of our upcoming open days to discuss the course that best suits your needs.

Media Contact

Aoife Bulfin 

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