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Following a successful quality review in 2012, the unit
developed a Quality Improvement Plan to deliver the
recommendations made by the Peer Review Group. The
recommendations included administrative, operational,
facilities and staffing actions and the past 12 months has
seen a direct focus on response actions. Key changes to note
have included the addition of two new posts to the unit and
a major refurbishment of the office space, which has resulted
in a more accessible facility encompassing a reception area,
team work stations and meeting spaces. The new area has
been warmly received by staff and students alike.
The Student Services Office is the support hub for over 60
student-led clubs and societies which shape the rich and
colourful tapestry that makes up student life.
On the societies side, annual events such as International
Night, the College Ball, the International Food Fair, the Red
Cross Auction and the Chocolate Ball continued to attract
large crowds with students channelling immense efforts into
raising the standards year-on-year.
In addition to hosting events, many of the societies raise
funds for charity. Some of the charities to benefit in 2012
included Breast Cancer Ireland, Red Cross and UNICEF.
Critters (a new society highlighting animal welfare),
created a stir in the main College when they arranged for
Therapy Dogs Ireland to visit. As part of an exam de-stress
programme, the team from Therapy Dogs brought in a
selection of different breeds. A great afternoon was had by
all and there are plans next year to grow this event.
The Career Society goes from strength to strength
organising workshops, seminars and demonstrations in
careers. Professor Clive Lee became President of the
Biological Society at its Annual Inaugural Meeting. The
Surgical Society co-ordinated the Intercollegiate Senior Case
competition as part of the Charter Day activities, with RCSI
Student Services Office strengthens
supports to the student experience
2013 was another year of change for the Student Services Office in its efforts to
shape and support the student experience
The Karate Club in action.