• The first Engineering Fair in the Northwest will take place tomorrow (Sunday) at IT Sligo.

    The college is partnering with healthcare company Abbott to host the engineering fair from 12-5pm tomorrow at IT Sligo, with free admission.


    The event is being run as part of Engineers Week and will include a range of performances, interactive displays, workshops and demonstrations to interest all the family.

    The interactive workshops will include - how to create an ice cream without using a freezer, seeing how water is treated, and developing 2D computer games.

    Visitors can race mini-drones in an aerial race course on campus, and build hydrogen-powered cars in a hands-on workshop.

    Those attending will be greeted by a larger-than-life robot, and see the Belfast-built Delorean car that featured in "Back to the Future".

    Organisers say the Sligo Engineering Fair is an opportunity for children, young people and their parents to discover the amazing world of engineering, with fun shows and demonstrations showing how engineering is crucial to our every day lives - from clean water to medical devices.

    It's aimed at encouraging more young people, and young women in particular, to consider a future career in engineering.

    The event takes place from 12 to 5pm this Sunday at the Institute of Technology in Sligo, and admission is free.

  • SUSI is warning that today is the final day for students to apply for a college grant.

    So far, the national student grant awarding authority has received almost 98 thousand applications.

    Those who have not started the process are advised to contact SUSI immediately.



  • Students receiving their first round CAO offers later today are being urged to treat it as the only one they get.

    Thousands will be able to log on to the CAO's website from 2pm and find out if they're successful in getting their preferred course.

    The offers are being issued earlier this year after the High Court last year ruled in favour of a student that the existing appeals process was unfair and not fit for purpose.

  • Two students were taken to hospital following a substance-related emergency at NUI Galway last evening.

    The alarm was raised about the condition of the two male students in their early twenties, and emergency services were called to Corrib Village.

    The students required medical care at the scene before being taken to UHG as a precaution – one of the young men remains in hospital today, but his condition is not believed to be life threatening.

    In a statement on social media, NUI Galway says the University activated its emergency response protocol and emergency services came to the support of the students, who are now under medical care.

    They’re reminding students to stay safe and mind each other, and if anyone is aware of someone who may have taken a substance and had a bad reaction, they should contact the  emergency services immediately.



  • Up to 50 students have reported incidents of rape and sexual assault in Galway in the past six months.

    The figures follow revelations yesterday that three students reported rape in the first two weeks of college in Cork.

    Executive director of the Galway Rape Crisis Centre Cathy Connolly told the Irish Independent that they have been contacted by between 45-50 students in the last six months.

    She said September and October were busy months as the college year begins, and first-years can be quite vulnerable.

    Noeline Blackwell, CEO of the Dublin Rape Crisis Centre, said that while they receive many calls during Freshers Week, they answer a stream of calls all year round, with reports of incidents involving students.

    Ms Blackwell added that consent was something that colleges should discuss with students, as they learn to balance their "new levels of freedom".