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RCSI MATTERS
Sami Backley, RCSIAmbassador in the International Student
Ambassador Programme, wth President Higgins at Áras an
Uachtaráin.
Members of the RCSI Student Union pictured at the College Ball in
April.
successful auction. Other annual favourites ­ the Graduation
Ball, Pharmacy Ball, Sports Ball and PMCSA Farewell ­ meant
there was never a dull moment in the events calendar.
Some of the many supports delivered by the Student
Services Office:
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Access
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Accommodation (On Campus, Off Campus,
Peripheral Rotations)
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Chaplaincy & Pastoral Care
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Disability Service
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Hardship Funds
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Immigration & Visa Support
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Induction & Orientation
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Merchandising
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Publications
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Societies
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Sports Clubs
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Student Events
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Support to Student Union
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& much more...
OTHER NEWS TO REPORT
Communication plays a vital role for the Student Services
Office and its `Big Screen Project' continues to develop.
The project, which commenced in 2012, involved locating
large information screens in key locations where students
congregate. The past 12 months have seen the installation
of new screens in student lounges in Beaumont Hospital,
Connolly Hospital, GEP School in Sandyford, AK Henry
Restaurant and RCSI's gym.
Management of the College gym sits within the Student
Services Office and, this year, a video was produced to give
users a detailed insight into what each machine does and
how to use it correctly and safely.
The gym is equipped with cardiovascular machines, resistance
weight machines and a free weights area. It accommodates
some 600 staff and student users.
The Student Services Office are no strangers to video
production having delivered a range of information
videos in 2012 including presentations on their on campus
accommodation, International Night and graduation. Check
them out at these scan codes:
Response to both internal and external feedback resulted in
significant changes to the Student Services presence on the
College website (www.rcsi.ie/studentlife.) The overhaul aimed
to deliver a more user friendly home page, to create an easy
to navigate A-Z of supports and services in addition to a News
& Events feature section. The office will continue to work on
this project in 2014 recognising the importance of providing
vital information to potential students, parents, sponsors and
other stakeholders.
This year also brought participation in the International
Student Ambassador Programme ­ an Education in Ireland
initiative, supported by third level institutions around the
country. RCSI's Ambassadors for this inaugural year were Sami
Backley & Hadeel Al Jazzaf. The programme aims to promote
Ireland as an education destination and to raise the profile of
Irish third level Colleges internationally. A student blog is the
driving force and students from the participating institutions
write articles, submit videos and answer the many and varied
questions arising from potential overseas students. In addition
to receiving a certificate of participation from the Minister for
Education, Ruairi Quinn, the ambassadors were invited to Aras
an Uachtarain to meet the President, Michael D Higgins where
he thanked them individually for their valued contributions.
As part of the annual St Patrick's Day Celebrations, Student
Services launched its first St Patrick's Day Card for students.
The card was provided free of charge to students who were
encouraged to send greetings around the world to friends
and family. Each card sent, generated 1 for Breast Cancer
Ireland. The Student Services team set up stands in the
main College, Beaumont Hospital and in RCSI Sandyford to