Direct Application Initiative targeting students from Northern Ireland at IT Sligo

The Institute of Technology in Sligo has announced additional places for students from Northern Ireland applying for entry in 2012. A new initiative under which students can apply directly to the Institute opens opportunities on a number of its degree programmes for students undertaking Applied A Levels and BTEC qualifications, as well as Academic A Levels.

The institute offers over 70 undergraduate and postgraduate courses in a range of disciplines across science, engineering, business and social sciences.

Speaking about the initiative, President of IT Sligo and Derry native, Professor Terri Scott, said that the number of students at the Institute from Northern Ireland has grown over the past number of years.  “Career advisors, parents and students in Northern Ireland are getting more and more aware now of the wide range of options available to them and they’re discerning about the choices they’re making. The Department and Employment and Learning have recently confirmed that registration fees for students studying in the Republic will be covered by the Department up until 2013.”

She continued: “All qualifications offered at the institute are recognised on the National Framework for Qualifications and our courses are also compliant with Bologna accord opening opportunities for students to transfer credits internationally.   In addition the Institute offers international exchange with the United States and up to 100 Erasmus internships annually”.

More than 15 Business, Science and Engineering Degree programmes are included in the pilot scheme. Full details of the programmes, including the application form and minimum entry requirements are available on . The closing date for applications is September 3rd

IT Sligo is just one hour from Enniskillen and approximately two hours from Derry.





Having rocked the bar many times, Skratch Bastid is now ready to raise it.

In 2010, The Bastid has become one of Canada’s most in-demand DJs and respected producers but don’t think it happened overnight. From his humble beginnings a decade ago as a teenager in Halifax- pumping out mixtapes from his bedroom and earning a loyal following already back then- he slowly spread his skills first at DJ competitions like DMC, ITF, and Scribble Jam and now around Canada and the world as a widely recognized go-to guy for party-rocking. The illest redhead on turntables has since gone viral. Seriously, youtube that shit.

Since he is increasingly recognized for his comfort and versatility in different styles- hip hop, funk, disco, rock, club and just about every other genre that will make you dance- more and more people are getting hip to his style. That’s what keeps this Bastid working so hard. Touring city-to-city with a relentless drive, he’s wowed crowds from coast to coast in Canada, the United States, the Caribbean, and all over Europe as he averages close to 200 shows a year.

For Skratch Bastid, all that energy is brought back to the studio and heard in his music. As a producer, he takes that experience from the stage and lays it down on hard-hitting original music with a wide range of sounds. The formula earned him a Juno Nomination as Producer of the Year for his work on Buck 65’s Situation album, which he lost to Joni Mitchell. You can hear his own music often elevate his live sets along with yesterday and today’s best.

In the past year, the young lad landed in Toronto- after five fruitful years as a Montreal resident- bringing new flavor to the city and making his first mark with a big bang. His new Skratch Bastid Presents quarterly event kicked off with a blockbuster collaboration including DJ Starting from Scratch and world-renowned beatboxer Scratch formerly from the Roots. The inspiring first party was a huge success as it breathed new life into Toronto’s night scene. The three noisemakers are hoping to take the show on the road for the world to see.

If the next decade is anything like the previous one, you’ll be hearing a lot more about Skratch Bastid. As he continues to find new fans worldwide, his catalog of sounds, styles and tricks will leave a lasting impression.

What’s next? Just like in his electric sets, that’s the exciting part! Get down with the sound.

Want to be named Ireland’s Top Undergraduate?


Round 3 is officially open!

The Undergraduate Awards of Ireland & Northern Ireland are looking for the top undergrads on the island of Ireland. If you believe you have compiled an excellent essay or project which has received a high 2.1 or above during this academic year why not submit it for consideration?

Open to all final and penultimate year students, the awards aim to recognise Ireland’s brightest students, who have demonstrated innovation, originality and excellence in their coursework. You can submit now on with the final deadline of 30 June.

If you believe you have composed an excellent project or essay of the highest standard; if you would like to be recognised as one of Ireland and Northern Ireland’s top undergraduates and if you want your CV to really stand out, enter now at:

Don’t forget! You need to prepare a 100-word abstract of your essay.

We are also delighted to announce our collaboration with GenePool, a graduate recruitment specialist.  Entrants to the Undergraduate Awards can now avail of fantastic recruitment opportunities, internships and placements – an invaluable opportunity in today’s harsh economic climate.

The President of Ireland, Mary McAleese, has been confirmed to host this year’s awards event which will also be welcoming our top entrants from the United States of America for an exciting three day event in Dublin.

For more information about eligibility and categories, see or email the Project Co-Ordinator, Sasha de Marigny, at






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