Catherine Lynch - BA (Community Studies)
My experience of doing the BA at the Kilkenny Campus has been very positive. Firstly the staff on campus are very friendly and supportive. Although Kilkenny is a tiny fraction of the size of the Maynooth campus, they endeavour to have all the key resources in place for students, and are continually upgrading and adding to those resources. They are tuned in to the concept of adult education, and the difficulties that can arise for people returning in later life to education. From your first semester there is guidance and support to acclimatise you into your new environment. The choice of modules available is always diverse and interesting, complemented with a very high standard of lecturers. The modular system allows the students to work at their own pace so that college can fit around personal, work and family commitments. Perhaps the most enjoyable part of college life for me has been the wonderful friends I have made during my study. I will miss the ‘craic’ and the social aspect of my college life when I finish my degree.
Along the way I have learned from others, made new friends, and acquired new skills. The experience has enriched my life beyond my expectations. While the degree is a wonderful thing to have, and I am sure it will open new doors in the future, it has given me back my self belief and confidence, and that is of most value to me. Today, with my degree in my back pocket, I am a different person to the one who entered the doors of Kilkenny Campus for the first time in 2004. My next goal is a Masters degree, to challenge myself to reach new heights!
Phyllis Mahfoud - American Literature Short Course
The short story works of John Cheever, Tobias Wolff and Flannery O'Connor among others, whetted the appetite. The American Literature Course encourages discussion in a relaxed atmosphere. The first Course was enlightening and enjoyable. Highly recommended for enthusiasts of the genre.
Annette Ashe - Certificate in Counselling Skills
Theory, research and practice all combine to give this course a rich tapestry. From a personal point of view I learned so much about myself, about others as well as about those early 'counsellors' who have influenced or rather informed our thinking today (Freud etc). I would highly recommend the course to anyone wishing to learn more about themselves or those around them but even more than this - anyone interested in gaining an insight or introduction to counselling and perhaps a chance to take it further.
Jonathon Fisher - Teastas Eorpach na Gaeilge (TEG)
I was last in an Irish class about fifty years ago and, naturally enough, was a bit apprehensive about starting again. I shouldn't have worried; the TEG class is relaxed, informative and good fun even though it also requires a bit of real work on my part. Overall, the experience is go hiontach !
Sarah Meagher - NUI Cert in PhilosophyI attended a Philosophy course in NUIM Kilkenny Campus in 2009/2010 and received an NUI Certificate in Philosophy in autumn 2010.I must say it was a most enjoyable experience, enlightening and stimulating. Our tutors were excellent and interaction in class was lively. I would recommend this course to anyone, it gives a wonderful broad prospective on life.
Mary White - NUI Cert in Spanish
From day one our tutor brought us through this Spanish course with great skill, energy and patience. We got a great grounding in the language, and I can't believe how much we learned in one year .
We also got a whistle-stop tour of the history and cultures of Spain and Latin America including the art which I particularly loved .
The course was expensive but we covered in one year what other courses cover in two. It was "intensivo" but we had fun too.
Liz Keyes - BA (Community Studies)
NUI Maynooth Kilkenny Campus has been a wonderful refuge for advancing academic learning. Five years ago, I was looking to do a college course that would lead to a degree. I was very nervous and I didn't have confidence in my academic abilities. I was made aware of the BA courses in Local Studies / Community Studies during the summer of 2005, I started the course that September and I have never looked back. Every module that I studied brought an awareness that can be applied to every day society. The academic year goes by so quickly, I am always happy to pass away the long winter nights in the library or class. The support by all staff in the campus is excellent. All the lecturers that I have had were very helpful and accommodating. I can only recommend to people that are interested in doing a part-time degree course or any other course to discuss it with a member of staff in the college.
Dr William Smyth - BA (Local Studies) / PhD (History)
I was first tempted to apply to study at Kilkenny Campus by an advertisement in a local newspaper in the summer of 1998. The notice mentioned modules in Landscape Archaeology and Physical Geography and my plan was just to signup for these two modules. Luckily, as it happened, I had to do the foundation modules first and four years later I received a B.A. in Local and Community Studies.
What impressed me most was firstly the Kilkenny campus itself – beautiful grounds and buildings with an aura of scholarship all around; that combined with the friendly staff and a very high standard of lecturers. I was hooked, and ended up doing and enjoying everything from Latin to Computer Skills as well as my landscape modules, which were everything I hoped they would be.
Having completed my degree, on an impulse I applied to the University to do a Masters in modern history and was later upgraded to a PhD, which I completed recently. The Kilkenny experience is certainly one to be savoured but should come with a warning – it’s addictive.
Cindy O'Shea - SPCM Cert in Christian Studies
I was encouraged to join the Certificate in Christian Studies by my Rector and Dean, in preparation to become a Diocesan Lay Reader. I am greatly challanged by the course and it inspires me to explore and deepen my faith and 'live it out' at a gut level in my everyday life. I finished my BScEd in 1981 so perhaps the biggest challenge is time management, writing and studying again after being out of full time education for thirty years.
Niamh Carroll - Modular Cert in Culture & Society
I completed the Modular Certificate in Culture and Society last May. I found this course an excellent stepping stone into the BA in Community Studies as you get a real feel of what the Degree programme entails. I have to say I found the college to have admirable facilities for the adult students that it caters for. It also offers an essential support system from the college staff and fellow students alike, which allows the adult learner to develop. I would not hesitate to recommend the Modular Cert to anyone who is considering a return to education.