‘Be a Student for a Day’ at IT Sligo Open Day

Student of all ages who are planning to go on to third level studies next year will have an unrivaled opportunity to see what undergraduate life is like at IT Sligo at a special Open Day on Thursday, October 22.

Second level pupils, prospective mature students, teachers, parents and others who may be just curious to learn more about what’s on offer at the Institute’s will be there.

‘Be a Student for a Day’, that’s what we’re saying and we’re expecting prospective students from all over the country to answer our call,” says Dara McGoldrick, Student Recruitment Officer at IT Sligo.

IT Sligo’s continuing success was underlined this month when it was named runner-up Institute of Technology of the Year in the authoritative Sunday Times Irish University Guide 2016.

As students juggle future options and college choices, the Open Day event always proves popular, attracting some 1,700 visitors.  More than 250 schools and colleges have been circulated.

Dara says: “There’s a tremendous buzz about the campus on Open Day, with plenty of colour and fun as well as the important business of giving our visitors key information and insights.

“We’re expecting lots of Leaving Cert year and transition year students but we’re also welcoming older people, many of whom may missed out on Higher Education previously and are now interested in finding out what’s involved in studying at IT Sligo.

“Our location alone is an enormous plus factor.  Unlike many other third level institutions where campuses are dispersed, we have a single campus site which creates a sociable and intimate atmosphere. We have international standard sporting and gym facilities on campus at the Knocknarea Arena, and there’s a wealth of top standard student accommodation on our doorstep.”

During 10am – 2pm on Open Day visitors can watch exhibitions and demonstrations, learn about work placements and internships and discover careers available through qualifications gained in the Institute’s core disciplines of Business and Social Sciences, Engineering, and Design and Science.

Throughout the event, there will be a rolling programme of workshops that will shine a light on an eclectic range of courses, from performing arts to biopharmaceutical science, childcare education to applied archaeology, mechatronic and precision engineering to accounting, sports and marketing.

Staff members and current students will be on hand to act as guides and provide advice about individual courses and facilities, what campus social life is like and other topics such as fees, the Institute’s valuable Sports Scholarship scheme and progression to post graduate research.

IT Sligo is one of Ireland’s most successful third level educational institutions, with around 5,500 students and 450 staff. A regional leader in education, innovation and economic and social development, it provides courses with the skills that students need to thrive in the modern workplace and boasts strong links with industry and professional bodies, arts and sports organizations.

A prestigious €35 million capital investment project has added significantly to its attractiveness for staff and students alike. Features include new Technology and Science buildings, a new student services, a state-of-the-art library set on three floors, a 600 seat restaurant and enhanced facilities at the multipurpose Knocknarea Arena.

According to Dara McGoldrick: “There’s no better way to test the water at IT Sligo than by coming in person on Open Day and immersing yourself in what we have to offer.”

Check out http://itsligo.ie/study-at-it-sligo/open-day/ for further information and a background video featuring interviews with current students.

Photo caption:
“Watch the screen.” Open Day students glimpse facilities at IT Sligo.    

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