EXCITING UPDATES FROM THE EDUCATION TEAM
FIRST QUARTER WAS A BREEZE !
Looking back on the last quarter it has been a very busy period for those on the Education side of the business.
January started out with completing our Marketing, Recruitment and Registration of over 300 students across the range of our programmes including adding three new locations for our programmes in Athlone, Galway and Waterford.
This combined with our existing locations of Sandyford, Griffith College, Cork and Limerick brings to seven the number of locations that we have our programmes available nationwide. In addition to our domestic programmes we welcomed over 40 full -time International students on our MSc Pharmaceutical Technology and Business in Griffith College.
We welcomed 42 new International students to our MSc programme in January where they attended induction day at Griffith College – they will join the current cohort of 78 international students and join them as they commence Semester 2 next week.
As well, In March we submitted our Springboard + submissions for 2020/21 and in addition we made a number of proposals under the new Human Capital Initiative
We also had our HEI review with a QQI panel. The panel were very complementary of our organisation. We have some more work to do and will be representing to the same panel in the coming months.
And then came COVID -19. It has of course had a major impact on our business over the last month and more particularly since March 12th.
Our first challenge was to ensure that all our students had the opportunity to complete all of the course work for this semester until May. As we know about 2 years ago we decided to move all courses that were on days to a 2 evening per week online and 2 Saturdays per month face to face, model.
Therefore, our challenge has been to move the Saturday work scheduled be it Labs, Practical and Tutorials to be completed online. Thanks to the Innovation of Lecturers, Programme managers and all involved in the delivery we have put together a new timetable and processes that will deliver the learning outcome of our programmes.
The amount of innovation and creativity that has been shown over the last 3 weeks has been incredible and the new ways of working that have been adapted - literally over a weekend - has demonstrated the flexibility and adaptability of all the team in Innopharma.
How to complete exams in this environment has, as you're all aware, been a big discussion point – but we believe that we have in place a new robust assessment process that we can implement in May. (Stay tuned for further details)
Medtronic in Galway announced that they were hiring around 500 staff as they are involved in building Ventilators which are such an important medical device in treating patients with COVID 19. We reached out to all previous Galway based course participants to make them aware of how to apply for these roles.
STUDENT PROGRESSION WITHIN INNOPHARMA
It is great to see the increasing number of students that progress with us. Here is a great story from Limerick. The Certificate in Food Science & Technology January 2020 cohort consisted of 15 previous Level 6 Pharma students out of a class of 22. Upon successful completion, they will graduate with a Higher Certificate in Process Technologies. These students also mentioned that they were keen to get this qualification in order to progress and go on to complete our Level 7 BSc in Process Technologies. As well as that, We had 5 Limerick students who progressed from the Level 7 BSc onto The Higher Diploma in BioPharmaceutical & Medical Device Manufacturing in January.
On the Level 6 Pharma January cohort, 6 students who were unemployed when they started the programme have now secured employment. This is fantastic news! Limerick have many students in the recruitment process with SSE, Regeneron and Medtronic. We look forward to hearing more positive stories about our students as the programmes continue.