Wexford students win scholarships

By David tucker

Published 17/11/2015 | 00:00

Professor Philip Nolan, President of Maynooth University, with Sarah Aspel from Loreto Secondary School, Wexford, recipient of a Maynooth University Entrance Scholarships for achieving more than 525 points in her Leaving Cert.
Professor Philip Nolan, President of Maynooth University, with Sarah Aspel from Loreto Secondary School, Wexford, recipient of a Maynooth University Entrance Scholarships for achieving more than 525 points in her Leaving Cert.

Maynooth University recognised the achievements of three of Wexford's and Ireland's brightest and most promising first-year students at an on-campus celebration, awarding 115 Entrance Scholarships to students who achieved 525 points or more in the Leaving Certificate examination.

The Wexford students were Sarah Aspel and Karen Rowe, from Loreto Secondary School, and Owen Kenny, from Gorey Community School.

This year's entrance scholars are among 2,000 first years to experience the first aspects of a new undergraduate curriculum at Maynooth University which will take full effect in 2016 and 2017. Options available to first yeas now include critical skills modules, which develop the intellectual and communication skills required in today's workplace, and the ability to take elective modules in areas such as Entrepreneurship, Global Environmental Change and a range of languages to augment students' main degree subjects and expose them to new disciplines and ways of approaching problems.

Professor Philip Nolan, President of Maynooth University, congratulated the entrance scholars, saying: 'During your time at Maynooth University you will gain both a deep subject knowledge, and the critical thinking and working skills that employers value. The new undergraduate curriculum at Maynooth is about preparing you to question, to analyse, to communicate, to think-with the aim that you graduate with the skills and qualities you need to thrive in a world where change is a given and adaptability is essential.'

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