Transition Year Programmes
Week 1: 6 – 10 November 2017 (closing date for applications 29 September 2017)
Week 2: 26 February – 2 March 2018 (closing date for applications 29 September 2017)
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Please wait until the Junior Certificate results are available before submitting the completed application form; preference is NOT given to early applications.
Places will not be offered until after the closing date for applications (29 September 2017).
Normally only one student per school will be selected.
The School of Biochemistry and Immunology runs two separate work-experience weeks for transition year students each year, taking around 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 lab’s research. The rest of the week involves group activities with talks, quizzes and visits to scientifically relevant sites on campus.
We’d like to welcome you to help us push back the frontiers of science for a week. Researchers at the TCD School of Biochemistry and Immunology are working on understanding the biochemistry of life so that we can find new cures for cancer and other diseases. Our research groups include final year undergraduate students, graduate students working towards MScs and PhDs, qualified medical doctors and vets working towards higher degrees, research associates and post-doctoral researchers, ranging in age from 20 to more than 70. The thing that connects us all is a passion for science and an interest in figuring out how the biology of life works. We want to know how birds and mammals flourish in a microbial world, full of bacteria, fungi and bacteria some of which are out ‘to do them in’. You get to meet and talk with many of us and work with some of us.
The two main areas studied in the School are Biochemistry and Immunology.
Biochemistry is the study of the chemical basis of life.
Immunology is the study of how the immune system protects against infection and tumours.
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.
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.
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. Dates for the 2015-16 TY programme will be announced on the School of Chemistry website in autumn 2015
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.
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.
The School of Medicine hosts an annual Transition Year Programme which runs for one week during the academic year. Our aim is to provide students with an opportunity to gain an insight into the life of a medical student and that of a clinical practitioner. This is achieved through attending a combination of the various teaching activities including attendance at a PBL session, lectures, participating in clinical skills tutorials and shadowing a clinical team in one of Trinity’s teaching hospitals. The number of places offered is restricted due to the practical and clinical aspects of the programme. We do our best to select students from different schools to maximise participation nationally.
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.
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.
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)
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.