Clare primary students ‘graduate’ from NUI Galway

Clare primary students ‘graduate’ from NUI Galway

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David Murphy, fifth class student from Kildysart National School, Ennis, Co. Clare, receives his certificate of participation from NUI Galway's Youth Academy. Photograph by Aengus McMahon
David Murphy, fifth class student from Kildysart National School, Ennis, Co. Clare, receives his certificate of participation from NUI Galway’s Youth Academy. Photograph by Aengus McMahon

NUI Galway recently conferred special certificates on the seventh cohort of ‘graduates’ from its Youth Academy, with primary school children from across Clare receiving their certificates.

Established in 2012, the Youth Academy aims to inspire entry to university by introducing primary school students and their families to university life. Since its foundation, over 1,000 students have graduated from a variety of  courses on Saturday mornings ranging from Italian to Film Studies, Engineering to English Literature, Cell-EXPLORERS and Kitchen Chemistry to Smart Act-Aisteoirí óga anseo!, and The World of Cops and Robbers to Drama.

The Youth Academy runs for a six week period and works with high-ability fourth, fifth and sixth class primary school children to support their learning and academic development, in partnership with their primary schools.

Speaking at the event, Registrar and Vice-President of NUI Galway, Professor Pól Ó Dochartaigh, said: “The Youth Academy is a very important initiative by this University. We feel that it responds to the educational needs of our most important young citizens and gives talented young students the opportunity to get experience of learning in a university. NUI Galway is committed to the sharing of knowledge with the wider community and ensuring that the pathways to university are open to all. I hope that initiatives such as the Youth Academy can highlight how the university can and does serve its community, not only here Galway but in society in general.”

For further information on the courses and participation please contact Geraldine Marley, NUI Galway Youth Academy Coordinator, at youthacademy@nuigalway.ie.

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