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FHERIS visit to West Region

7 October 2022 

The Department of Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science visit to the West Region

A busy schedule agenda day for the DFHERIS on the 27th September.

West Regional Skills Forum provided an overview of the work carried out and Insight into Skillnet Training Provision in West (itag & Genesys) took placed early in the morning at the new Alcantara building located at the Bonham Quay,  The Docks, Galway City. Thank you Genesys for hosting us.

Second stop of the agenda was at ATU, Centre for Creative Art & Media, Galway where Crew Digital and ATU showed us the teaching/students of the Cert in Media Practice which is a joint initiative between ATU – TG4 – Udáras and CREW, we also had the opportunity to learn about the second Creative Entrepreneurship & Enterprise Development Incubation Programme scheduled to launch in October. Thank you to all ATU Hotel Management (BHM) students in Culinary for providing lunch to all attendees., Higher Education Project was funded by the HCI Pillar 3 which came from the surplus funds in the NTF. We watched a demo of the and one of the other projects connected to the Theme 2 of Higher Education. This free service is available to people in the workplace, returners to education, entrepreneurs looking to upskill, and people looking to accelerate their career and progress within their organisation.

Our third stop was in Thermoking Trane Technologies in conjuction with ATU Galway, Monivea Road, Galway. We had a tour and saw the robotics laboratory of Thermoking and we learnt about the industry-relevant advanced robotics training which was led by Thermoking & ATU Galway in partnership with RSF stakeholders. 

We then, head back to University of Galway where we walked through the course design process and demo a micro-cred currently on offer in Human Biology and Anatomy and one in development on Honey-Bee Health.

The visit ended up at Áras Uí Chathail, in the University of Galway, The Cubbie Sensory Hub is wheelchair accessible, can be used by one person at a time. It features an audio/visual programme and helps people who may be struggling to better manage feelings and emotions to assist with everyday campus life.