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Further and higher education access initiatives


The REACH RCSI Programme administers a number of scholarships.

Applicants who may require assistance progressing to third level education, whether for social or financial reasons, are invited to apply for:

  • The Kiran Pathak Fund (Pharmacy at RCSI)
  • The RCSI Aim High Scholarship (Medicine at RCSI)

Kiran Pathak Scholarship in Pharmacy

The Kiran Pathak Scholarship offers a student the opportunity to study in the School of Pharmacy who has the desire, ability and commitment but through social and economic obstacles may be otherwise unable to progress to third level education

What does the Kiran Pathak Scholarship offer?

  • Reduced points entry to a place in the RCSI Pharmacy Programme for a school leaver from a socio-economically disadvantaged background.
  • Financial support may be available, details of this will be agreed with the successful candidate will depend on individual circumstances;
  • Non-financial support e.g. extra tuition will also be available to the successful candidate.

The Kiran Pathak Fund was been established in memory of Kiran Pathak MPSI, and his family, who lost their lives in a tragic boating accident in Kenya in 2001.

The Kiran Pathak Scholarship forms part of a fund which supports a range of Pharmacy initiatives.

Kiran Pathak Graduate

Kiran Pathak scholarship graduate Lauren McDonald with Professor Cathal Kelly.


RCSI Aim High Scholarship

The RCSI Aim High Medicine Scholarship is awarded to a school leaver who excels academically, is passionate about medicine as their career choice and who would otherwise be unable to attend third level education due to social disadvantage or financial constraints. Click here for further information.

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Skillet Culinary Training Programme

The overarching aim of the Skillet Programme is to enhance the life chances of young people from Dublin's inner city, disadvantaged by a lack of employment opportunities, by introducing them to the finest of Dublin's culinary world and offering them the chance to develop the skills involved in restaurant and hospitality management.

In addition to being trained by some of Ireland's premier chefs and front of house professionals, participants were exposed to the myriad of suppliers, producers, food markets and visited some of Dublin's finest eateries to sample their wares, learn about the food and hear the personal journey of each restaurateur of how they got to where they are today.

On Tuesday, September 16th 2014, the College on St Stephen's Green was transformed into a ‘one night only' pop-up restaurant, the culmination of the Skillet Culinary Training Programme which took place in partnership with REACH RCSI.


Skillet 2014 participants (L-R): Emma Brooker, Keith Nolan, Matthew Culleton, Christopher Griffin and Marsha Gantley.

Partners in the programme included REACH RCSI Programme, YMCA Aungier St, food writers, kitchen instructors, a culinarian and a front-of-house expert.

Also mentoring the group were two of Dublin's best chefs: Derry Clarke of L'Ecrivain and Ross Lewis of Chapter One (both Michelin star restaurants).

Skillet Food

After the intensive training programme and after a long day's preparation in the kitchen, the Skillet participants treated their guests to a fantastic night of gourmet food. Guests on the night included friends and family members of the participants, individuals and local businesses who had contributed to the programme, and members of the national media.