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  • Student Blog: Going to England for that college interview » Inside Ireland
    look They are practically famous bridges I tapped mum continuously After I calmed down from the excitement of the bridges mum asked you nervous whilst I sat shaking my knees awk well I am now I glared at her Speech didn t impress My interview was at 12 30 and I made it with minutes to spare Both mum and I were seated in a lecture hall listening to someone telling us that the university of Sunderland has a lot of awards Whilst everyone else sat impressed I wasn t In my opinion and in no disrespect Sunders I don t want to go to a university that has been listed as the top university in the region in fact I want to go to a university to create that good reputation for it In years to come I want people to be like Thats Jessica She went to this uni and graduated with honours she now works with Tim Burton Because you know I have high hopes for my future Guided Tour During a guided tour of the facilities I got the vibe that I was slightly hated by the other applicants and I felt ever so intimidated by the fact that the rest of them seem to be Media Know it alls and here I am thinking five years of studying media was impressive The interview room was small but big enough to turn my stomach into the olympic athletic stadium We were told to interview each other then we would pitch someone to the rest of the group Seems easy right Well easy to the rest of the world is hell to me I got inspired by an extremely confident boy but did really badly myself Living in Ireland means being updated on current news It was all mumbled and stress fuelled but I managed to meet a like minded teenager called Jenna and make the supervisor laugh when I said I am updated by current news and events because where I live people talk a lot Don t you agree though Northern Ireland is a big country for gossip I mean I know more about Mary down the road than she does By the way If you ever question Group Interview that seems to be it Although I am feeling that I completely wrecked my chances of studying at Sunderland Just when the university sells me at their Sparks radio tv and magazine facility I go and spoil it I always knew at least subconciously that I would do badly at any potential university interview Defusing Confusion Arriving back home on Irish lands Having told everyone I know about the awful interview I just had I felt very confused and was full of questions What will I do I don t get an offer considering I will basically take away my previous conditional offer as I need to change course and if Sunderland does go onto making me an offer the question lies with How do

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  • Student Blog: Waiting for that college place interview » Inside Ireland
    email at eleven o clock at night The top email said the university and in my tired state I assumed it was just a confirmation from the one I already have the offer to Despite both universities having totally contrasting names I still figured this was just a confirmation Then it said I had to pick a date for an interview Thats odd I already have an offer UCAS form the equivalent of a CAO process Picture Jess Morrison Interview Skimming up the page I saw that this email was from a new university Screaming I ripped my phone out of the charger and ran upstairs to mum who was half asleep What has she done now She assumed that my older sister had annoyed me again What no I shook my head panting from the manic stair climb UNI got back to me Interview I have An Interview I breathed smiling at mum s hopeful face When Suddenly she was awake End of January I gulped at the thought But I really want to change my course for this one I am not sure After going into a rant saying that it might be too late to apply will not shortlist me for interview for a different course we agreed on giving it further thought before booking interview places flights and hotels were booked The next day after a not so successful day at a go at pin hole photography I did some thorough research and had to make a decision Media culture and communications or Digital Media Production You may think I would have considered the question Practical or Theory based well no I actually went on to unistats com compared them did a list of pros and cons then I was on the phone to a Geordie girl who sorted it out within an hour UCAS track update and all I m impressed What exactly is a group interview Now today is Wednesday morning and I am writing this as I head to the airport for said interview Despite fear of any flight delays due to the belated snow I am feeling quite ok about this interview I spent all week asking everyone what a group interview was and no one had the answer but my teacher prepared me on some UNI knowledge and last night s run around Asda got me a top for the interview I have been considering my one offer Yes I have applied for the wrong course yet again My conditional offer is for Media Production I loved the look of the university and assumed it was general Media Production as in a step up from my current college course I am mistaken this course is animation based The entirely opposite direction I want to go Now I know why they say you need to thoroughly research this stuff Comments Comments are closed Latest Education and Training Recruitment begins for almost 100 PhD positions at SFI Software Research Centre at UL Recruitment

    Original URL path: http://insideireland.ie/2013/01/23/student-blog-waiting-for-that-college-place-interview-83205/ (2016-02-11)
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  • Umbrella group for student unions in North have ‘encouraging’ meeting with Stormont Minister » Inside Ireland
    29m 35m a year Twenty five thousand teenagers a quarter of the age group currently claim the EMA in the North Under the current scheme qualifying students aged from 16 to 19 receive payments of either 10 20 or 30 a week The Government s proposals to revamp EMA includes five options NUS USI is the umbrella organisation for student unions in Northern Ireland NUS USI said they have outlined proposals which offer a better deal for students than the government s options on EMA The President of NUS USI Adrianne Peltz said that the body held a positive meeting with the Stormont Employment and Learning Minister Stephen Farry on EMA a few weeks ago Vital Lifeline The President of the representative body for student unions in Northern Ireland added that the allowance is a vital lifeline for young people as they try to chart a course towards their future career through study or training We need to see the Executive responding collectively to the needs of young people and to what s best to help build our economy EMA is central to both of these aims Following the meeting with John O Dowd Adrianne Peltz said that it was a very encouraging meeting with the Minister We discussed our alternative proposals on EMA with him and he was very positive in relation to the options we provided We also discussed potential reform of GCSE and A Levels and it is a very important that these qualifications retain their integrity and are not undermined by any reforms made elsewhere in the UK We also talked with the Minister about the need for a shared future in education provision through having more integrated and shared schooling here concluded Ms Peltz Comments Comments are closed Latest Education and Training Recruitment begins for

    Original URL path: http://insideireland.ie/2013/01/08/umbrella-group-for-student-unions-in-north-have-encouraging-meeting-with-stormont-minister-82642/ (2016-02-11)
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  • Blog: The thought process of a university applicant » Inside Ireland
    UCAS details I screamed Mum I didn t know what the feeling was it was odd but felt familiar like I was seconds away from winning an auction on eBay I was experiencing a rush of adrenaline What Mum came rushing into the kitchen where I sat I have a change in track A change something has changed The last digit had to be entered on my password and then I would know Know if I had got a date for an interview or an offer Or maybe a rejection I think it is a date for an interview The email said invitation As I clicked on the main page of track it still had that one line Your application has been sent for consideration Quickly I slammed my mouse down on the Choices section and Mum s scream was in my ear sooner than I had formed a feeling Ohh Ahh I think was my initial reaction A university had given me a Conditional offer I looked down Yes yes I was wearing a t shirt This is the Holy Grail after the UCAS CAO process and positive results University Keeping Track 7 01 13 These past few days have been stressful from trying to bring my grades up to a distinction with exceptional work to literally keeping track of the UCAS track Since the big Conditional offer came in I have been wakening at odd hours of the morning just to check my notifications on my phone I see the email notification and go crazy when all it is is a Groupon or Livingsocial deal Is it so hard to ask for a little message saying UCAS Application Status Notification Again The sooner I get replies I guess the sooner I can go back to normality Although when

    Original URL path: http://insideireland.ie/2013/01/07/blog-the-dramas-of-a-student-applying-for-college-places-82629/ (2016-02-11)
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  • Belfast woman nominated for London Award for work with integrated education in NI » Inside Ireland
    to build schools to support rising demand for integrated education of over 22 000 children Drumragh Integrated College Omagh Co Tyrone is one of 62 integrated schools in the North photo Kenny Allen Talyn Rahman Figueroa Director of Grassroot Diplomat said Grassroot diplomacy empowers the voiceless defines a path for the hopeless and restores faith to influencers The Initiative Award seeks to build trust again between the us and them and bring people of all statuses together Baroness Blood is committed to engaging the grassroots in its combined efforts in engaging children of all faiths to grow and learn together and for this her efforts are being recognised here added the Grassroot Diplomat Director With her help integrated schools now number 62 and the pupil numbers are over 22 000 May Blood was born in Belfast born in May 1938 and worked in a linen mill for nearly forty years She has been an Information Officer of the Greater Shankill Partnership and is a founding member of the Northern Ireland Women s Coalition In 1998 she was awarded an honorary degree from the University of Ulster and was awarded a life peerage as Baroness Blood of Blackwatertown in the County of Armagh in 1999 She was the first woman from the North to be given a life peerage and she published her autobiography Watch my Lips I m Speaking Established in 2008 Grassroot Diplomat say they are the only diplomatic agency in the world that bridges the gap between civil society and political leaders Grassroot Diplomat does not lobby nor give strategic advice to political parties but provides services including project management policy research political and diplomatic liaison and media marketing outreach Over 50 high level government officials have been nominated in three categories Policy Driver Social Driver and Business

    Original URL path: http://insideireland.ie/2012/12/22/belfast-woman-nominated-for-london-award-for-work-with-integrated-education-in-ni-82326/ (2016-02-11)
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  • Students organise Day of Action to protest against cuts to the EMA scheme » Inside Ireland
    time in education or training A public consultation on the future structure of EMAs ran for 14 weeks and closed on 2 November Five options for the future structure of Education Maintenance Allowance have been considered DEL said that while the proposed changes may result in some young people receiving less money than under the previous arrangements there is no data to suggest that this will have adverse differential impacts on young people The Umbrella body for student unions in Northern Ireland NUS USI organised the day of action to ensure that government hears students voices loudly and clearly NUS USI President Adrianne Peltz said that students and young people were facing difficult times already and to cut EMA to the level outlined in the recent consultation would be a bodyblow to this and future generations here Government must realise the massive impact that these cuts will have on young people s employment prospects their hopes and dreams and on our whole economy too Ms Peltz said If implemented these proposed cuts in EMA will potentially increase the likelihood of there being a lost generation of young people NUS USI argue that cutting EMA to the levels proposed in the consultation could create a skills deficit with many young people potentially being unable to commence or complete studies due to a lack of money Northern Ireland s young people must not be short changed to facilitate cuts Government must rethink their proposals and should adopt one of the pragmatic alternative options offered by NUS USI in our consultation response concluded Adrianne Peltz Sinn Féin MLA Barry McElduff said Sinn Féin supports the retention of EMA but are concerned that the five options that were put out in the recent consultation will not meet the needs of many students who currently avail of the allowance Many young people make a decision to leave education prematurely due to financial concerns The introduction of the EMA was designed to give young students the option of staying on in education and removing financial barriers in their way of doing this said Mr McElduff who is a member of the Assembly s statutory Committee for Employment and Learning The West Tyrone MLA said NUS USI s Day of Action highlights the level of feeling amongst students who are afraid of losing this allowance which offers them a form of independence Sinn Féin will continue to work with students and their representative bodies in order to find a formula that will increase the numbers of students staying on longer at school he concluded When announcing the consultation in July DEL Minister Stephen Farry said that both his Department and the Department of Education were committed to the retention of the Education Maintenance Allowance scheme Findings from our joint review highlighted that only one third of students receiving Education Maintenance Allowance indicated that they would not have remained in education had they not received it This indicates that the scheme could be better targeted at those young

    Original URL path: http://insideireland.ie/2012/11/22/students-organise-day-of-action-to-protest-against-cuts-to-the-ema-scheme-81919/ (2016-02-11)
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  • Fianna Fáil supports USI Campaign against student fee increases » Inside Ireland
    the Budget USI said We are Fed Up of the Government constantly targetting students and burning a hole in your pocket and your parents pocket Local businesses are at risk too in Cork with the local economy to lose 33 157 630 due to college fee hikes and grant cuts over the next four years if the Minister for Education Cuts your Grant and increases your student contribution charge The Fianna Fáil Leader Micheál Martin pledged his full support to the USI s campaign against further hikes in student fees and cuts to third level grants Deputy Martin said The bottom line is that third level students have been betrayed by Ruairí Quinn who posed in front of cameras in the final days of the general election and made solemn promises to win their votes The Fianna Fáil leader accused Education Minister Ruairí Quinn of breaking promises In his very first Budget he abolished postgraduate grants a move that is deeply unfair and will have serious consequences for this country He cut maintenance grants by 3 and he announced that he plans to single out students from self employed and farming families for further grant cuts More than 50 000 students nationwide are still waiting for their grant applications to be processed With no contact from the Department of Education many students are being prevented from registering properly in college and consequently don t have access to essential student services Some have been forced to drop certain courses as a result added Mr Martin USI are localising the campaign against fees which has been criticised by some Student Union members One student wrote The Local Approach to The Campaign is a step backwards from action the USI has taken previously effectively facilitating further increases in fees and cuts to the grant North Kerry West Limerick TD Arthur Spring said he recognises the student s frustration and distress at the rise in fees but currently over 40 of students qualify for the student grant and do not pay for any registration fees at all The colleague of Ruairí Quinn said The eligibility criteria for student grants has been protected in recent years so increasing numbers of students have been able to access a grant At a time when resources are limited I believes this means tested approach ensures the neediest students can continue to access third level education The decision to increase the registration charge by 250 a year until 2015 is obviously difficult for the Labour Party but the alternative would be to make even more painful cuts in other parts of the education budget including at primary and post primary level The Labour TD added I believe it is better to be honest and up front and I welcome alternative opportunities for constructive engagement with the Union of Students in Ireland However there needs to be an acknowledgement of an overall budget adjustment of 3 500 million and that tough decisions need to be made Comments Comments are closed

    Original URL path: http://insideireland.ie/2012/11/05/fianna-fail-supports-usi-campaign-against-student-fee-increases-81237/ (2016-02-11)
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  • Education funding has ‘fallen off the cliff’ unions tell rally » Inside Ireland
    It means amalgamating classes so that every student has less time to interact in the classroom and less time to learn It means reduced access to vital services such as resource teaching and guidance counselling It means young temporary teachers the lifeblood of our schools lose their jobs added Mr Breslin TUI President Gerry Craughwell said that any further cuts to the education system will have a profound effect on our society on our young people and on our chances of economic recovery ASTI claimed the treatment of new teachers over the past two years has been disgraceful All teachers have the right to enter their careers in a dignified manner Education cuts affect student wellbeing and student attainment hinder economic recover and hurt the vulnerable the most ASTI said The protest was against cuts to the education system Richard Boyd Barrett told the Dáil that the Taoiseach was a teacher himself and should understand more than most the impact of these cuts that have not only seen the newly qualified teachers earning 25 less than their colleagues but have also seen drastic cuts at all levels of education Class sizes have been increased supports for children with special needs have been slashed and fees have been introduced at third level Taoiseach Enda Kenny told the Dáil at Leader s Questions before the rally that the Minister for Education had brought in a new system that meant newcomers to the profession were employed on a lower starting salary wage than their colleagues because of the current financial situation Socialist Party TD Joe Higgins supported the action by the teachers who have suffered the triple whammy of headline pay cuts the universal social charge and the pension levy reducing pay by some 20 across the board Comments Comments are closed Latest

    Original URL path: http://insideireland.ie/2012/10/25/education-funding-has-fallen-off-the-cliff-unions-tell-rally-80944/ (2016-02-11)
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