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.
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!
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 !
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.
Maria Dollard - Cert in Adult & Community Education / Postgraduate Diploma in Adult & Community Education
In 2007 my employer offered staff a chance to participate in a Level 8 Certificate in Adult and Community Education, right on my door-step here in Kilkenny. What a gift! I grabbed it with both hands and caught the bug! It was one of the best things I ever did and despite all the above concerns once the first night was over I thoroughly enjoyed every moment of it. On reflection I think I enjoyed it so much because of the people I met and the knowledge I discovered. Of course I had all the usual concerns such as belief in myself and worry about having the time to do it. It’s strange how we can make time! I enjoyed it so much that I decided to apply for the Postgraduate Diploma in Adult and Community Education. This course so far has been thoroughly enjoyable, again because of the interesting, diverse and committed people I share the education space with. I have learned so much about the ideas that are out there for many years about education, the ideas that are influencing our work from a policy level … but most of all I am learning about myself and clarifying what my own ideas are about adult education, my work and society at large.
Adult education is something I believe happens all the time in life. We often hear of “a steep learning curve”, I experienced one when it dawned on me that one of my children had a serious disability. Much of my life since has been spent understanding why so many structures in society, not least education, seems determined to exclude difference.
Today our country has elected a group of people to represent us in government and in opposition. Many of those elected or voted for but not quite elected, represent those who also feel excluded, betrayed and forgotten. As a society we are on a steep learning curve and education, whether formal or informal will play a significant part in that. If you work in adult education, I would highly recommend this course as a way of raising awareness of your role, contributing to a more equal society and empowering people in their own learning path wherever that may lead. We are all on a journey of learning every day and supporting others on their journeys is, for me, probably one of the best jobs you can have. The PGDip in Adult and Community Education is a great addition to assisting you in doing that job and understanding your own practice, personal philosophy and motivation, as you take up the challenge of walking beside any group of learners on that journey.
Marilyn Castle - NUI Cert. in Creative Writing for Publication
As a new entrant to The Creative Writing Course (Kilkenny Campus) in 2010, I presumed we would be fed volumes of work in a ‘formal setting’ plus expected to be given the winning formula for producing quality work for publication. It was a pleasure to find the opposite. Workshops and lectures are professionally structured yet wonderfully informal. I speak for our whole group here in saying we have been inspired, nurtured and guided to reach set targets in each module all the while expanding our knowledge, exploring our individual talents and unwittingly, ourselves. Fabulous course!
Sandra Kazlauskaite - BA (Community Studies)
My experience of studying as an adult student has been a very interesting and fulfilling journey. During these years I have met many wonderful people with different experiences, which we have shared with each other and learned from. We as adult learners bring our life experience and previous knowledge into the course, and we learn how to combine this experience with academic knowledge. The Community Studies programme is very well designed to suit adult students. The range of modules available gave me the opportunity to pick specific modules which interest me. The lectures always were open for debate, and everyone’s knowledge and experience was listened to. In many ways this learning experience has changed my life.
Pat Tynan - BA (Local Studies) / H.Dip (Education)
The BA offered by the NUIM Kilkenny Campus offered me the opportunity to achieve a degree. For one who did not have the opportunity to go on to University this course opened a door that had seemed to be permanently closed. I found the whole course to be a tremendous experience and it also offered me the opportunity to continue with my studies.
After completing the BA course I went on to complete my H. Dip. in Education in Maynooth, and this allowed me to enter the teaching profession. I am now teaching in Castlecomer Community School in Co. Kilkenny. It also gave me the opportunity to teach in the adult education sector with the VEC in Kilkenny.
So for me the course was very successful and has offered me exciting, challenging and rewarding new career opportunities.
May outreach campuses grow in strength and prosperity!
Keep up the good work.