Workshop on: Read, Write, Present

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This workshop will take place on the 11 January in Trinity College Dublin.

Identifying research opportunities in your practice; and how to develop a presentation/paper to share your research with colleagues in a conference setting

Workshop One

The aim of the first workshop is three-fold; it will explore with practitioners the value of presenting their work in academic conferences, identify research opportunities within their existing practice and provide an overview of how to prepare the dreaded paper/presentation.

Workshop two

There will also be a follow up workshop which explores in more detail research methods. Providing training in quantitative and qualitative methods and the development of research projects which meet the standard for academic publication. More details of this workshop will follow:

Workshop one – Why you should present

Attending academic conferences is an excellent way to inform practice and build partnerships across sectors. If you are attending, it makes sense to give a presentation.

As an academic researcher it is essential for me to learn from practitioners; and some of the most informative conferences I have been to have included practitioners biting the bullet and providing insight into how theory translates into real life practice.

Few of the people you meet at an academic conference will be fellow practitioners, but those few tend to be the most innovative practitioners, the best prospects for collaboration within and outside your job, and the most willing to share information.

As for the academics at the conference, if they think you can steer grants or contracts their way then you will be the very popular. Otherwise, it can be hard to find common ground with academics at the conference. It helps if you are presenting, because it raises your profile and gives you a natural topic of conversation. There are additional reasons why, if you are investing the time and money to attend a conference, it makes sense to be a presenter:

A practitioner can present her own experience with techniques he/she has applied or cases he/she has participated in. A frank presentation of what he/she tried, what worked, what failed and what he/she observed can show other practitioners what they want to copy or avoid, and can show academics a specific instance of phenomena they might want to study more generally. An important element of practitioner presentations is reporting on personal experience of what works and what doesn’t.

The second part of the day will involve exploring how practice can translate into a presentation; and identifying differing ways in which the group have seen this work. Each participant will be required to submit one week before the workshop a one page description of some practice or work which is central to their role; through small group session we will identify ways in which this work can be presented at a conference and define the innovative elements of the work. The workshop facilitator will identify interesting questions which emerge from the work you submit prior to the workshop.

How you should present

Conferences usually involve panels of three or four presenters, plus a moderator. Each presenter is allotted 15 or 20 minutes, with time at the end for audience questions. The conference will issue a call for proposals a few months in advance, inviting proposals for complete panels and for individual presentations. Conference organizers have a limited number of rooms and times, and they want to maintain quality, so they will pick and choose among proposals. But most conferences accept most of the proposals they receive. If you send a proposal for an individual presentation, and it is accepted, then the conference organizers will choose a panel to include your presentation. The hardest part for practitioners is often choosing the topic and then structuring it; they feel pressured to perform like an academic! This is not needed, practitioners can bring a unique element to the presentation as they are on the ground and have the facility to showcase activities or experiences in a less ‘technical’ or less ‘dry’ way than academics!

The final part of the session will include guidance on abstract and paper writing and we will conclude the session with each member having developed a working abstract on their practitioner work.

Tickets for the Event can now be booked at the following:


CSSI Professional Development Event: 15/16 February 2017, University of Limerick

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CSSI is delighted to announce our 2017 Professional Development Event.

Title of Event: Promoting Services through Social Media 

Date:  Wednesday, 15th February and repeated on Thursday, 16th February. This is to facilitate as many members as possible. Maximum number per workshop: 24.

Times:  10.00 a.m.- 4.30 p.m.  Teas/Coffees will be available upon arrival as will lunch at 1.00 p.m.

Venue:  The Glucksman Library, University of Limerick.

Directions to the campus and parking facilities are available on the Buildings and Estates webpage (click here for details).  Those attending are advised to use the Pay Car Park across from the main bus stop (drive in main gates with Flag Poles, drive straight through roundabout, main bus stop ahead on the left, pay car park across on the right).  The training room in the Glucksman Library is a short walk from the car park with clear sign posts.

Tickets for the Event can now be booked at the following:

UPDATE: We are now completely sold out – looking forward to seeing you on the 15th and 16th.

4th Transatlantic Dialogue, May 2017, Luxembourg

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4th Transatlantic Dialogue

Creating human bonds through Cultural Diplomacy

When: May 24th -26th / 27th, 2017

Where: Campus Esch Belval & Neumünster Abbey, Luxembourg


The Transatlantic Dialogue conference series on global citizens, held in Luxembourg since 2008, explore the significance of culture / liberal education for fostering global citizenship from both US and European perspectives.

Please check out the Conference Homepage for any further information


Transitions in Education Conference: 23rd September 2016, Mary Immaculate College, Limerick

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Transitions in Education: Special One-Day Conference


Students’ Transitions from Second Level to Third Level and

from Primary School to Second Level Education

Friday, 23rd September 2016.

Mary Immaculate College, South Circular Road, Limerick.

Venue: Room G10 (Ground Floor), Foundation Building.

Agenda: MIC Transitions in Education Conference Flyer

This month over 50,000 students will take a very significant step in the transition from second-level to third-level education, with a similar number progressing from primary to post-primary education.  These transitions are among the most important milestones in the lives of children and young people, and it is important that they be enabled and empowered to get the most out of the move from one education setting to another.  Many of the conversations about such transitions to date have focused on curricular aspects, and have highlighted the need for a holistic approach that is student-centred.  This conference builds on work done by the DES, educators and academic experts, among others, and focuses on the student as a person with unique needs and tremendous potential.  The conference specifically incorporates the voices and experiences of students and parents.

The conference is open to all, and will be of particular interest to students, parents, teachers, school managers, professional bodies and researchers.  It is anticipated that the conference deliberations and recommendations will be published and presented to policy-makers.

New European Student Funding Initiative & Scholarships for study in New Zealand

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The Initiative for Transparency in Educational Grants (ItS – Initiative für transparente Studienförderung), is a non-profit organisation which has established a new scholarship programme, the “Dream NEW” Scholarship.

The programme is part of the initiative focusing on the issue of scholarships, apart from the promotion of the elite. The “Dream NEW” Scholarship supports students who are open-minded, have a sense of adventure and are ready to realise their dreams. Altogether, 8 scholarships with a total value of €60,000 will be awarded.

Each scholarship facilitates a semester abroad at one of New Zealand’s eight universities. More details about the scholarship programme can be found here:


About the Initiative for Transparency in Educational Grants:

This initiative wants to help students in financially challenging situations finance their studies. We educate through our informational work about scholarships (for instance, debunking the popular myths that they’re only for extremely talented and dedicated students) and the scholarship platform which we’ve created,, has already received numerous accolades.
Quickly, simply and free of charge, students using the platform can find those scholarships which match their curriculum vitae. The matching process allows information in the user’s profile to be matched to a database of 12,000 scholarship programmes with a total value of 27 billion euros. The European Funding Guide was supported by the European Commission and every year the platform helps millions of students search for scholarships. More than 8,000 supporters throughout Europe are already aiding us in our work.

TCD Vacancy: Head of Service, Academic Registry

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Trinity College Dublin are recruiting for a Head of Service within the Academic Registry. This is to Head up the student facing customer service desk and is the first line of enquiry (via face to face, telephone or email) for most students.

Details of the post are available here: TCD Head of Service (Academic Registry)

For more information, please contact Leona Coady at or tel +353 1 896 4557 [Direct Dial].

ECStA Workshop, Venice, Sept. 2016 – Call for Proposals

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ECStA, European Council for Student Affairs, is looking for engaging workshop proposals for our next workshop. We’re looking for session proposals that explore student and staff exchange between Student affairs organisations and engage a conversation around experiences on welcoming international students. The workshop takes place in Venice, Italy on 16 September 2016.

Please consider proposing a session, or distribute this to colleagues who may be interested. Please submit your session proposal by midday GMT on Friday 8 July 2016, to Sabrina Pawlak at

A draft of the schedule for the workshop can be downloaded here: ECStA-Workshop_16092016_draft

CSSI Conference, 23rd June 2016 – Book now!

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Each year CSSI holds a national conference, and on Thursday 23rd June 2016, this will take place in DIT Grangegorman Campus. Tickets are now available; please click on the link below to book yours.

The brochure for the conference is available to download from here: CSSI-Conference-Schedule-2016

Information on how to get to Grangegorman, bus routes and parking is available here:

A map of the DIT Grangegorman Campus, including bus routes and parking can be downloaded from here: DIT Grangegorman Campus Map 2016

The theme for the conference is Enhancing Student Engagement and Success in Higher Education. The event aims to inspire Student Services professionals to explore new approaches, develop current success, consider international perspectives, and discover new potential.

Registration will begin at 8.30 a.m. with the conference commencing at 9.00 a.m. and will finish at 4.30 p.m.

We look forward to seeing you at the Conference.

REACT Forum, 28th June at Athlone IT

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Judith Mulcahy is a Research Assistant working on the REACT (Responding to Excessive Alcohol Consumption in Third-level) project.

The REACT project is an exciting, and potentially transformational programme involving collaboration between the Department of Health, HSE Health Promotion and Improvement, the Union of Students in Ireland, UCC Health Matters and the Irish Student Health Association. The goal of this project is to deliver an Award Accreditation Scheme in the third-level sector that will recognise and reward an institution’s efforts to reduce alcohol-related harm amongst its students. Within this the project aims to establish a scheme that would require an institution to achieve/deliver 8 mandatory and a number of optional action points.

As part of the project were are holding a forum in the Hospitality, Tourism and Leisure Building in Athlone Institute of Technology on Tuesday the 28th of June between 11am and 3pm. The forum’s primary focus will be to give representatives from colleges/universities/institutes of technology an opportunity to meet and discuss their concerns, problems and facilitators to their involvement in REACT with each other.

REACT would be delighted if you could join us to discuss our progress to date. If you are able to attend this event, please RSVP to