Building links with Ireland
Professor John Grattan, seated second from right, along with members of staff and the board of management of Enniscorthy Vocational College at the signing ceremony which took place at Enniscorthy Castle. Standing immediately behind Professor Grattan is the Irish Minister of State Paul Kehoe.
04 June 2014
Aberystwyth University has signed a new pathway agreement with Enniscorthy Vocational College, County Wexford, Ireland.
The new agreement builds on a Memorandum of Understanding signed by the two institutions in June 2012.
The PLC Media Production Course in Enniscorthy has had links with the Department of Theatre, Film and Television Studies at Aberystwyth University for many years.
The new Pathway Agreement extends the relationship to Sport & Leisure, Science and Legal Studies and gives students at Enniscorthy the opportunity of a guaranteed place at Aberystwyth University, once they meet the agreed criteria.
Liam Sharkey, Media PLC tutor is a past student of Aberystwyth and helped create the link in 2000.
Since then, over 70 students have gone through the system and the new agreement will see an increase in the number of students continuing their education at Aberystwyth.
Professor John Grattan, Pro-Vice Chancellor of Aberystwyth University and Dr Nick Strong from the Department of Theatre, Film and Television Studies, joined past, present and future students, along with members of staff and the board of management of Enniscorthy Vocational College for the signing ceremony which took place at Enniscorthy Castle on Friday 30 May 2014.
Also in attendance was Eilis Leddy of Co. Wexford VEC, John Browne TD and Minister of State Paul Kehoe.
Professor John Grattan welcomed the agreement. “Aberystwyth University and Enniscorthy Vocational College have an excellent working relationship, one that provides a clear progression route for students who wish to pursue their studies to degree level. It is particularly pleasing to be able to broaden the areas of collaboration and provide new exciting opportunities to study Sport & Leisure, Science and Legal Studies. With students from 98 countries from all corners of the world, Aberystwyth is a truly cosmopolitan university which offers one of the best student experiences in the world.”