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Transition Year Programmes

Biochemistry and Immunology

The School of Biochemistry and Immunology runs two separate work-experience weeks for transition year students each year, taking 20 students each week. Students are selected from a range of schools around the country to maximise school participation. The students spend half their week in a research laboratory, where they interact with students and senior researchers, learning about and participating in the laboratory’s research. The rest of the week involves group activities with talks, quizzes and visits to scientifically relevant sites on campus.

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The Department of Botany hosts transition year students for a week-long structured work experience programme. Students have the chance to experience what happens behind the scenes in an active research environment, working alongside technical staff, PhD students and professional scientific researchers. In addition to working at the Trinity Botanic Gardens, students have the chance to extract DNA in the molecular laboratory, to examine plant/animal interactions, to examine seed germination and storage using the Irish endangered plant seed-bank, to measure, in the field, critical environmental parameters and to work in the internationally important Herbarium. In addition, transition year students will meet with staff and attend presentations.

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The School of Chemistry hosts a week-long programme aimed at transition-year students. The programme involves a series of lectures, practical work and interactive tours of the facilities in Chemistry and CRANN. This course offers a unique opportunity for interaction with students from different schools and for hands-on exposure to advanced methodology in world-class laboratories.

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Computer Science

The School of Computer Science and Statistics runs week-long workshops for transition year students who have an interest in studying a Computer science or Engineering-related subject at 3rd level. These workshops provide a unique learning space where students work together in teams on a series of technical projects with both hardware and software components which can include: building and programming robots, animation, game design and web design. These workshops also provide an insight into the third level environment with lots of interaction between students and staff. Please be advised the Computer Science transition year workshops are now fully subscribed for this academic year.

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CRANN (Nanoscience)

CRANN is Trinity’s largest research institute. It hosts the AMBER centre, Ireland’s leading materials science centre and offers two ’Exploring Materials’ weeks for TY students yearly, one in spring and one in autumn. We typically take 15 students each week from different schools around the country. Students learn about the basics of materials science with special emphasis placed on nanomaterials. Over the week the TY students visit PhD researchers in their labs, both in CRANN and also at RCSI, St James’s Hospital and at our Advanced Microscopy Laboratory where they get to see advanced electron microscopes. Students also learn about how AMBER works with industry partners, e.g. Intel, and about the commercialisation of research.

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Nursing and Midwifery

The School of Nursing and Midwifery runs a one-week programme for transition year students. This programme provides an introduction to the professions of nursing and midwifery, and is delivered through both lectures and practical sessions. For further information on the programme and the application process.

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The School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences offers placements for transition year students every year. Placements are possible in October/November and February/March, and are restricted to two students per week. A range of activities with our pharmacy students are available to TY students, including a tour of the facilities, attending lectures, seminars, workshops and practicals.

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The School of Physics hosts a number of popular outreach events during the academic year. Our annual Transition Year Physics Experience (TYPE) week is held in November and introduces students to a range of subjects including nanophysics, electricity, optics and astrophysics. The School also hosts two one-day events in February each year which focus on physics/nanophysics or astrophysics lectures and activities. Information on all of our transition year outreach activities is sent to all interested secondary schools inviting them to submit applications for selected students. Public lectures for secondary school students are also held during Science Week (8th-15th November 2015)

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Science Gallery

The Science Gallery runs week long mentoring programmes for up to 20 transition year students at a time, from different schools nationwide – in February/March and October/November. Each programme is developed for students to participate in workshops and experiments, lab visits and exhibition tours, presentations, talks, quizzes and an opportunity to potentially develop project ideas for upcoming exhibitions.

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The Department of Zoology offers a week-long structured programme to transition year students. The programme will introduce you to what it is like to be an undergraduate, and will give you insight into what a trained zoologist does. Among many other activities designed to let you experience the huge breadth of zoology, you will carry out research exercises alongside parasitologists, developmental biologists, behavioural ecologists and freshwater biologists. You will meet (and interview) technical staff, PhD students and professional scientific researchers, learn to evaluate a blog and present its salient points to your classmates, and attend a real research seminar.

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