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Students of the Certificate in Contemporary Living graduate

Students of the Certificate in Contemporary Living (CCL) - a course for people with intellectual disability - graduated at a ceremony in the Public Theatre on Friday, November 14th. The sixteen students who were awarded their certificates are now the seventh cohort to graduate from this pioneering and innovative Trinity programme.
The CCL allows people with an intellectual disability an opportunity to experience tertiary education and the richness of life as a college student. There are three aspects to the CCL programme - academic learning, personal growth and career development.  The programme provides support through taught sessions, careers advice, work placements and personal planning to enable individuals to gain in independence and receive recognition for their achievements. The certificate course has been recognised nationally and is beginning to gain international recognition for its innovative commitment to inclusion.

Commenting on the significance of the achievement of CCL graduates, course co-ordinator Dr John Kubiak said: “Since 2008, over one hundred students have graduated from the course. A number of them are in employment while others are pursuing education or training opportunities.  Every one of them is a role model and an ambassador for the CCL and their experiences and achievements will inspire future students.”

CCL Graduate Clare Knox was the recipient of the annual Margaret McLoughlin Student Prize. The prize was established in the National Institute for Intellectual Disability (NIID) by a generous gift from the McLoughlin family and friends and was presented to Clare by Joan McLoughlin at a reception in the NIID after the graduation ceremony.

L-R: CCL class of 2013-14 and Clare Knox

L-R: Joan Mc Loughlin, Clare Knox, Kevin Buckley, Dylan Joyce & Conall O'Hobain.


Two outstanding athletes from the National Institute for Intellectual Disability (NIID) were presented with the Trinity College Sports Scholarships at a ceremony in the Pavilion Bar. Fiachra Costello and Maeve Philips, who are both first year students on the Certificate in Contemporary Living (CCL), were awarded the first ever Sport Scholarships for students on the CCL programme.

Fiachra and Maeve were presented with their award by Trinity's Head of Sport and Recreation Michelle Tanner as well as former Irish rugby international Hugo MacNeill who has been a champion of the NIID for many years.

Fiachra was awarded his award for Gaelic Football and is currently training and playing on the college Fresher's team. Maeve is a keen swimmer and a Special Olympian. Maeve is hoping to qualify for next year's World Games in Los Angeles. Watch this space!

Congratulations to both recipients of this year's inaugural NIID Sports Scholarships awardees who are the first CCL students to have the honour of representing the University. We hope they will aspire to even greater successes in their retrospective sporting ambitions.

L-R: Fiachra Costello & Maeve Philips

L-R: Maura Gallahue (NIDD), Hugo MacNeill (former International Rugby Player), Maeve Philips, Fiachra Costello, Dr Carmel O'Sullivan (Head of School of Education) & Michelle Tanner (Department of Sport & Recreation).


Last updated 11 December 2014